Surprisingly Simple: DIY Natural Pet Shampoo
Organic products are usually a bit more expensive and hence take a toll on our wallets. Want to stay green and keep your furry little friend eco friendly too? Try these DIY Green Pet Shampoos!
This will keep your pet clean as a hound’s tooth!
- 2 cups of natural liquid dishwashing soap such as Method, or "gentle" dishwashing soap such as Dawn or Dove
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- 4 ounces of glycerine (which can be purchased at your local pharmacy store)
- 1 Recycled shampoo bottle or some other reusable container
Pour the liquid dish washing soap into the recycled shampoo bottle first and then add all other ingredients, including the warm water. Give the bottle a quick shake to thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together. In the tub, sink or other bathing area use additional warm water and rub the soap mixture into your pet's fur to create a good lather. This will open your pet's fur follicles which will allow more dirt and dander to be more easily removed. Rinse clean and lather with soap once more to remove any remaining dirt. *If your main issue of concern is fleas, while your pet's fur is still damp rub in a cup of used (and dry) coffee grounds at this stage. Coffee grounds are a natural flea repellent. Then rinse clean. If you wish, a final cold rinse will make your pet's coat shiny and will close hair follicles. Pat your pet dry with a towel.
This spray is great to rid your pet of fleas!
- One large lemon
- A saucepan
- 3 cups of water
- A reusable spray bottle—DO NOT use spray bottles that once carried cleaning chemicals.
Boil the water in the saucepan. Squeeze lemon juice into the boiling water. Once the juice is depleted add rinds into the boiling water as well. Take the saucepan off of the heat and allow the liquid to stand overnight with the rinds. Transfer the lemon liquid into the spray bottle and soak your pet's coat with the liquid avoiding the eyes. Comb through your pet's fur to make sure the liquid is evenly distributed. Do not rinse clean. Spray your pet with the mixture everyday for about a week until the flea problem subsides.
Is your pet experiencing discomfort due to flea bites or allergens making its skin itch? Try the anti-itch shampoo!
- 1 cup of finely crushed oatmeal (place in a blender)
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 4 cups of warm water
- Reusable container or bowl
Combine water and baking soda into the reusable container or bowl. Slowly mix in crushed oatmeal until the mixture begins to thicken. Slather the mixture on to your pet's fur making sure it reaches the skin. Leave the mixture on for about 5 minutes and then rinse clean.
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