At times, you may feel like placing your canine in the bathtub and giving him/her a decent shower. At the same time, you may not have the time and energy to give him/her a full-fledged bath.
Your dog getting dirty just after the bath is also a frustrating experience. A majority of dogs are very scared of water and the idea of a bath. The best alternative that remains is a dry shampoo.
To some of you, this might sound ridiculous, but it can be easily done. The best way to clean your dog with a dry shampoo is to sprinkle it on the dog's coat and then give it a nice comb. You basically have two alternatives, either purchase one or make one at home. The best dry dog shampoo will be the one made at home.
Dry Shampoo Recipe
There is a very simple recipe, and all you need to do is follow the steps systematically to get a nice smelling dry shampoo for your dog.
- A large metal container with a good lid
- Orris roots
- Vanilla Beans
First, take the cornmeal, even it out, and then pour it into the container. Add an equal measure of bran, and make sure that the mixture is viscous enough and there are no lumps within the container. Shake the container well to even out the mixture.
After you are done with the first step, add the orris roots to the mixture. Bear in mind that the quantity of orris should be half of that of the cornmeal and bran.
Take a vanilla bean, slice it into half, and then add it to the container and shake well, so that it blends into the mixture of cornmeal, bran, and orris. You need to keep the shampoo stable for about 2-3 days so that the scent of the vanilla bean gets mixed into the mixture.
While using this shampoo, sprinkle and brush up the fur of your dog. It is very important to sprinkle the shampoo thoroughly so as to ensure that it mixes well into the fur. After you have sprinkled it, let it set for a few moments and then thoroughly comb the fur of the dog.
While combing the fur, either take your dog out of the house or make him/her stand on a large piece of newspaper, as a considerable amount of fur, dirt, dust, and dry shampoo tends to come out of the coat as you go on combing.
It would also be advisable to wear gloves while doing this task. If you choose not to wear gloves, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
Here are some other ingredients which can also be used as alternative ingredients, just make sure you use them in small quantities.
- Tea Tree oil
- Citronella oil
- Rosemary oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Lemon oil
- Peppermint oil
- Sage oil
- Cedarwood oil
- Rue (Ruta) shrub
- Pennyroyal mint plant
- Rosemary herb
- St John's Wort
- Baking soda
You can also go in for a ready-made dry shampoo for your dog, but making it at home is a much better alternative.