I love my 3 fur kids but they can be a little smelly sometimes. Especially when they somehow manage to find that one dead animal on the farm every time and roll in it. Yuck!! And as for the smell……. there are no adequate words to describe it.
So doggie bathing is a very regular occurrence in our house, and when it comes to deciding what to wash them with, I try to go as natural as possible. Just like people, our pets can have different skin conditions and so may need different shampoos. For instance, our dog Cruze has dry skin so I needed a shampoo that would be nourishing and soothing.
I have tried all different types and brands and it can be an expensive exercise. Especially if you’re on a budget and watching your pennies. Also, choosing the cheaper option is not always the best either, especially if your pet has skin conditions so talk to your vet.
*An important note, please do not use human shampoo or products on your pets. It can be really bad for them and may cause burns and reactions.*
So as I was making some changes inside the house with my cleaning products, opting to go greener and more natural, I thought I’d try using bicarb (bicarbonate soda) and apple cider vinegar as a shampoo for my boys. Again and I can’t stress this enough, talk with your vet first. You do not want an expensive vet bill if you use the wrong shampoo or product on your pet.
Some of the benefits that I have found are:
- It neutralises odours
- Helps with flea deterrent
- Gentle on skin and leaves the coats shiny and soft.
And while we’re talking about it, this is also a great option for our own hair too. Go the “no poo!”
The amount you use will depend on the size of your pet. For me, my boys are medium dogs so I used:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of bicarb soda mixed with about 1½ cups of warm water. This was enough to rub into their coats. For best results try to leave on for 1 minute. If you can do this, well done! It’s completely impossible for me as they just get restless and want to run around like nutters.
- Then rinse off with warm water
- And a final rinse using around 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per 1 cup of water.
And that’s all there is to it. I then like to towel dry and usually wait until they’re completely dry before brushing. There is nothing worse than wet dog hair.
Apologies for no photos during bath time….. so wasn’t going to happen!!
Oh, and before I forget, another fabulous option with using bicarb is that it can be used as a dry shampoo. I know, two for one! Just sprinkle it over your pet, rub it in, and then brush it out. Voilà! Bicarbonate soda is an odour neutraliser so is a great option in winter when it can be too cold to give a bath. Seriously, is there anything it can’t do?
Why not give it go and next time you run out of dog shampoo? All you need is apple cider vinegar and bicarb (bicarbonate soda) which can be purchased from any supermarket or you may already have some in your pantry. You’ll be surprised how well it works.