How to Make Dry Shampoo for Dogs
- 1 cup bentonite clay or diatomaceous earth
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup Moroccan lava clay
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp neem oil
- 100% pure essential oils of your choice (we used 12 drops each of cedarwood, lemongrass and citronella, which are known for their flea, tick, ant and mosquito repelling properties)*
*CAUTION: The essential oils used in this recipe are known to be generally safe for dogs in small amounts and for dogs over 12 months old only. If your pooch has sensitive skin, broken or infected skin in any way, omit all essential oils. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. Cats are much more susceptible to essential oils so avoid using this dry shampoo around cats.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
- Add the neem and essential oils, if using, and mix in.
- Strain the mix through a fine sieve to remove clumps and get a nice fine powdery consistency.
- Store in a jar with a shaker lid or reuse an old baby powder style container.
How To Use Dog Dry Shampoo
Give the jar a shake before each use to loosen the powder. Use this dog dry shampoo twice per week or when needed. Especially helpful in summer. Do this outside in the garden as it will get messy! Sprinkle a good amount over your dog's coat starting from the neck and working down the back. Massage in this gorgeous natural dog shampoo with your hands. Concentrate on areas of the dog prone to heat, such as under the legs, belly, bottom and under neck. Even between the toes.
Avoid eyes, nose and mouth.
Let your pooch shake off the excess dry dog shampoo and then brush the rest out.
Tip: This DIY dry shampoo for dogs is helpful in summer to help control fleas, and handy during the winter months to keep their coat clean and fresh when it's too cold to wash your dog outside.
Please do not use on cats.
Store in a cool dry place. Use within 12 months. This recipe makes enough dry dog shampoo to approx. fill 1 x 440ml mason jar.
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As with all our DIY recipes, experiment with our dry shampoo for dogs to suit your preferences. Many factors can change the end result, including temperature, humidity, light, ingredient quality. Some DIYs can be amended by re-melting or adding ingredients, but some cannot. Please read the whole recipe before beginning and remember to have fun!
Before using any raw DIY ingredient for the first time, please first research that ingredient's potential benefits as well as safety precautions and possible side effects. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.
Please exercise caution when using essential oils. If you are pregnant or have any kind of health or skin condition, we recommend you speak to your doctor before use. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids, so use in moderation. Pure essential oils should never be used directly on the skin and should never be ingested.