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Sunday, August 14, 2011
It’s easy enough to head to the big box pet store, spend a minute or two staring at the shelves lined with bottle after bottle of dog shampoo, and then chuck the first offering that catches your eye into the ol’ shopping cart. Truly, on the effort scale this activity falls somewhere between lying on the couch stupefied by the latest reality show marathon and walking across the room to answer your cell phone because you can’t reach the darn thing with your foot. In other words: piece of cake.
But store bought dog shampoo isn’t always the best choice for your canine companion. Some dogs have allergies to the harsh ingredients that can be found in heavily processed washes, and other dogs may just have sensitive skin that dries out when foreign chemicals or fragrances are introduced. Luckily there is a wealth of dog shampoo recipes available, and with only a bit of sleuthing, one can easily find recipes for organic dog shampoo as well.
While individual recipes vary slightly, the majority of gentle, natural dog shampoos contain the following ingredients: any natural liquid dish soap, white vinegar, glycerin, and a whole lot of water. Generally these recipes can be made in a quart or gallon container (depending on how strong you want your wash) using one cup each dish soap and white vinegar, followed by a third cup glycerin. After filling the remainder of the container with water, simply mix the ingredients until well combined and store in reusable plastic shampoo bottles (available at many health food stores, drug stores, and dollar stores). If you seem to need a stronger shampoo, there are plenty of recipes that allow for a 1:1 cup ratio of water to soap and vinegar. Even at this concentration you will still end up with a shampoo far more gentle than the washes you will find in most stores. Glycerin can be purchased at most health food stores and pharmacies. If your pooch is having a particularly rough time of it skin-wise, you may want to also add a cup of colloidal oatmeal to your dog shampoo recipe. Colloidal oatmeal can be purchased premade, or you can make your own by simply grinding oatmeal (not instant!) into a fine powder.
Baking soda and cornstarch make for wonderful between bath dry shampoos. Simply sprinkle on your dog’s coat and brush through. Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful flea deterrent, and will keep your pooch smelling sweet-tart fresh!
Even dogs with healthy skin and a lustrous coat can benefit from a vacation from store bought pet shampoos. So, roll up your sleeves and give homemade dog shampoo a shot. We guarantee it will be worth the extra effort!
by Joy Randel
Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com
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