A wide variety of dog shampoos are available in stores, of course. But you might find no need at all to buy a specific shampoo for your canine companion:
I’ve found that I can easily create a do-it-yourself dog shampoo from ingredients that most people have in their homes.
DIY Dog Shampoo
(This is the one pictured above.) Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons lemon dish detergent. Add 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera. Shake the bottle well. You may immediately use the shampoo or store it for future use.
I couldn’t stop this article with just ONE recipe. I have a few more.
Shampoo for Dry Skin
Many pet owners struggle with their puppy’s dry skin problems. This next simple recipe will help alleviate scratching and discomfort:
Mix 1 cup lemon dish detergent with 1 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup glycerin. Stir the mixture into 1 quart water. Use as you would any other hair cleanser. Store your homemade dog shampoo in a clean bottle for future use.
DIY Skunk Odor Remover
At some point, your curious dog might get skunked. This is never an easy situation to handle. Many prepared remedies on the market don’t make much of a dent in eliminating the awful smell.
Your pet wants the odor removed just as quickly as you do!
First, put on some eye protection, just in case, along with rubber gloves. The following DIY de-skunking recipe comes from the Humane Society of the United States. I have not yet tried it myself, because fortunately my dog hasn’t been skunked (yet).
Mix 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid. This next sentence is incredibly important: Use this mixture immediately after you make it, as it will explode if you put it into a closed container.
Let me repeat that: It is dangerous to put this solution in a closed container. So do not store it, and do not close the container.
Apply the shampoo to the dog, and work it vigorously into the coat for three to five minutes. Some more cautions:
- Do not get the mixture in the dog’s eyes.
- Do not get the mixture in the dog’s mouth.
Rinse thoroughly with water. Let the coat dry, and repeat as often as needed to remove the smell.
For much more on do-it-yourself deskunking strategies, check out this related article:
DIY Rinse for Great-Smelling Dogs
For a good-smelling rinse, boil 2 cups water and add 2 tablespoons of any essential oil. Let cool and store in the refrigerator. After bathing and thoroughly rinsing your pup with clear water, allow the dog to shake out. Now apply the rinse. Your pup will smell wonderful.
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