How to Make Deodorant Powder for Dogs

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. baking soda

  • Pinch of ground dried lavender

  • Sifter

  • Brush

  • Baby wipes

  • Baby food jar

Warning

Don't experiment with scented herbs without first checking whether they are toxic to dogs -- many common aromatic herbs, such as some mints, can harm sensitive pooches.Some dogs are allergic to chemicals found in some baby wipes. To avoid skin irritation, use unscented wipes. There is controversy regarding whether a common ingredient in baby wipes, propylene glycol, is safe for dogs, so you may want to chose a wipe that does not contain this ingredient. Use caution when wiping your dog's face and do not use baby wipes around her eyes.

Tip

It's best to do this outside, if possible, to avoid spreading baking soda all over your house. Store leftover powder in a clean, dry baby food jar. If you don't like the scent of lavender, you can use ground rose petals, which are non-toxic to dogs.

Dogs can get smelly when their fur becomes saturated with oils and dirt between baths. This stink is tough to eliminate, but it can be controlled with a simple, safe, nontoxic baking soda-based treatment. The baking soda soaks up the oils and the odors, and it is easy to brush from your pup's fur after application. Lavender gives the dog's coat a pleasant scent while deterring bugs and other pests.

Step 1

Sift the baking soda and the lavender into a bowl to combine. Apply the powder to your dog's coat a teaspoon at a time, working it through the fur to the skin. Let the powder sit on the dog for 10 to 15 minutes. Take care to avoid getting powder in your pup's eyes.

Step 2

Groom the dog with the brush, removing the majority of the powder from her coat.

Step 3

Run a baby wipe over the dog's fur to remove any remaining baking soda mixture. Avoid the dog's face and eyes.

Step 4

Repeat this procedure once a month, if necessary.

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