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My two-year-old fur baby and I have one thing in common—we both dislike the groomer. I'm not the groomer's biggest fan for two reasons. One: the cost, and two: last time I took my anxiety-ridden dog to the groomer he got off his leash, took off and landed in a puddle of newly-fallen, muddy snow. Joy?

Searching the Internet I discovered my salvation: DRY DOG SHAMPOO. 

Here’s how you can make your own:


1. Poke holes in a plastic storage bowl lid (or use a bulk spice container) and add baking soda, cornstarch, and lavender essential oil.

Mix the ingredients together in a new plastic storage bowl or empty bulk spice container. Avoid the temptation to reuse a bowl previously filled with last night's leftovers to prevent transferring any lingering odors to your pet. Poke a few holes in the bowl's matching plastic lid to create a make-shift sprinkler.


2. Thoroughly brush your dog.

Remove any clumps of matted fur, snarls, and dead hair with your dog's regular grooming brush or an old hairbrush you've slated for the garbage.


3. Sprinkle a healthy amount of dry shampoo over your pooch.

4. Work the shampoo through your dog’s coat with your fingers.

Let the shampoo sit for around five minutes. This gives the baking soda and cornstarch time to soak up the oils and odors from his or her skin and fur.

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5. Work the brush through your dog's fur to remove the bulk of the dry shampoo mixture.


6. Rub down your dog’s coat with an old towel.

Between the dog's natural shaking motion (this shouldn't be discouraged—this is your dog’s way of keeping the product out of his or her ears, eyes, and nose), and a rub-down with an old towel, the dry shampoo should be come right off.


7. Blow dry any remaining dry shampoo from your dog’s coat.

If you find that there’s an abnormal amount of dry shampoo remaining on your dog’s fur, blow dry his or her coat, ensuring your dryer is on the warm or cool temperature setting.


8. Reward your pup with some tasty treats.

Enjoy his or her lustrous and shiny coat (thanks to the cornstarch), as well as the lavender oil scent. Not only does lavender oil make your dog smell fresh, it also protects your dog from fleas.


This product is ideal for dogs of any age, size or breed. It’s also perfect for a pet suffering from dry skin or one that just plain hates traditional baths. If your dog is resistant to this type of bath as well, simply give him a regular supply of treats to help the process go more smoothly.

Here’s what you’ll need for the dry shampoo:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • a dog brush
  • a towel
  • dog treats
  • an empty bulk spice container or a plastic storage bowl and lid that you can poke holes in

This is a guest post by Jaimie from Chippewa Falls, WI

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