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Got A Stinky Dog? This DIY Dry Dog Shampoo Can Help

Got A Stinky Dog? This DIY Dry Dog Shampoo Can Help

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Kol’s Note: I think we’ve all dealt with smelly dogs. I totally admit that in the winter, the Felix smells like a foot pretty much all the time. You can’t bath your dogs every week. It would be a total time suck, plus it’s not very good for their skin. Frequent baths can actually dry your dog out and make them itchy. So how do you combat that doggy smell without sudsing them up? This DIY Dry Shampoo for Dogs can help.

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We love this simple, natural DIY Dry Dog Shampoo

from Maggie Marton at Oh My Dog!

Sometimes my dogs smell. Like, really smell. But even if they stink (think: a long walk on a hot day, a dip in their kiddie pool, etc.) they’re not necessarily dirty, and I hate to over bathe them, especially the two bullys who have sensitive skin. So I’ve whipped up a quick and easy solution to get rid of the smell. Bonus: It’s non-toxic, eco-friendly, and super cheap.

There are two ways to do this: the easy way and the ridiculously easy way.

Let’s start with the easy way. First, gather up your supplies:

  • Baking soda
  • Container
  • Essential oil (optional but nice)
DIY Dry Dog Shampoo

Fill your container with approximately ¼ cup of baking soda. Add a few drops of essential oil. Add another ¼ cup of baking soda and top off with a few more drops of oil. I like to add the oil in layers like this so that it gets dispersed evenly throughout. Stir it up, then put the lid on. And voilà! See? Easy!

Now, for the ridiculously easy way: Open a box of baking soda.

That’s it! If you’re not going to add oils, there’s no need to decant the powder into another container.

Whether you mixed up your own concoction or plan to use it straight-up, the next step is to sprinkle the powder along your dog’s coat


Thoroughly rub it in. You want it to get through the fur and onto your dog’s skin. Let it sit for a minute or two – or five if your dog is really stinky. Then brush it all the way out of your pup’s coat.

To make sure that all the powder is gone, run your hand through your dog’s fur in the direction opposite growth. If you feel anything gritty, keep brushing.

There you have it: The easiest way to de-stink your dog!

Maggie and Emmett web

Maggie Marton is a freelance lifestyle writer and dog blogger. If she’s not online, you can find her walking, hiking, and training with her three dogs, Emmett, Lucas, and Cooper.

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Jenny azcat

Monday 24th of September 2018

I already have this concoction made up, baking soda with lemongrass essential oil, but what do I use it for? My cat’s litter box! I sprinkle a little on top each time I refill her box and when she scratches in their it makes the room smell good. Thank so much

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