Y’all, I think you’ll agree that a stinky dog isn’t much fun to be around. I don’t really like to bathe Nike during the colder months here in the midwest, though, because I hate the idea of her catching a chill if she’s still a bit damp when she goes out to potty. So what’s a dog mom to do with a not-so-fresh dog in the middle of winter? I’m so glad you asked: DIY dry dog shampoo!
If you’ve ever used a dry shampoo for yourself, you know it’s a fantastic way to give your hair a refreshing little pick-me-up between shampoos. Well, this do-it-yourself dry shampoo works the same way for your dog. Simply mix a little bit of cornstarch, a little bit of baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite dog-friendly essential oil, and you’ve got the perfect solution to stinky-dog syndrome.
Whenever I mix up a little batch of this magic smell-good powder for Nike, I like to put it in a cute glass shaker jar, which makes it easy-peasy to sprinkle on her as needed.
Check out the recipe below, and remember that you can incrementally adjust the amount of the ingredients depending on how much dry dog shampoo you want to make. Obviously, you’ll need more for bigger dogs. I think you’ll find this is a great solution for not just the colder winter months, but it’s also ideal for use in between baths year-round.
Your turn: do you have any quick and easy tips for keeping your pet smelling clean and fresh? I’d love for you to share them in a comment below!
- 1/2 C natural beeswax
- 1/4 C coconut oil
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 2 T shea butter
- 10-20 drops vitamin E oil
- 1. Fill a pot about 1/3 full with water and heat on low to medium temperature.
- 2. Set a large sized mason jar inside the pot. This creates a double boiler effect.
- 3. Put the beeswax in the jar and heat, stirring often, until completely melted. This should take about 10 minutes.
- 4. Add the coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. Heat until all ingredients are melted, stirring often.
- 5. Remove from heat and add the vitamin E drops. Stir well.
- 6. Pour the mixture into storage containers.
- 7. Let it sit for an hour or so until it hardens.