The first time I heard of dry shampoo was several years ago when my 10 year old girl Bailey was admitted to the emergency vet. She was lethargic and in obvious discomfort and we didn’t know why. Thankfully, our vet directed us to the emergency vet where she was admitted in extreme gastric distress and was there for several days. With each update that I received about her condition, a clean up using dry shampoo was part of her routine.
Recently, it seems like dry shampoo keeps popping up in trendy beauty tip lists and I was reminded that it could be a good thing to have on hand when the girls are in between grooming sessions and need a quick clean up.
When I was at the BlogPaws conference in April, I spent some time talking to a rep for a brand that uses human grade, organic ingredients in their products. They have a dry shampoo in their line which led me to do a little research on dry shampoos and I decided to make my own. I have 2 recipes that I’ve been using, the first made out of ingredients commonly found in the pantry and the second made with ingredients that are slightly more expensive but extremely gentle and soothing for the skin.
I have also used the first one as a carpet deodorizer. Over the years, I’ve sprinkled straight baking soda on my rugs, let it sit for at least 10 minutes (or longer) and vacuum. I decided to try the blend and I liked the extra fresh fragrance boost after I cleaned it up.
Easy as 1,2,3 Dry Shampoo
An easy, inexpensive DIY dry shampoo to keep your pups fresh smelling in between baths.
You can also swipe this out of the grooming bag and use it on yourself!
(The most difficult step of this recipe is getting the label off of the spice jar.)
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice I chose a skin safe lavender blend
- 1 empty spice jar
Measure equal parts baking soda and corn starch into a mixing bowl. Add essential oil and stir slowly to avoid a dust cloud. Increase or decrease quantities based on the size of the jar.
Using a funnel, transfer mix into the spice jar. Be creative with your label.
Sprinkle into fur, let sit a few minutes and brush through. The baking soda neutralizes odors and the corn starch absorbs oils and acts as a de-tangler.
*As with most household items, keep out of reach and do not allow your dog to ingest large amounts of this mix. Ingesting large amounts of baking soda can be toxic to dogs. Sprinkling small amounts on their skin is safe, but if you notice an allergic reaction, please call your vet.
Soothing dry shampoo for dogs
This recipe includes colloidal oatmeal which is soothing for itchy, dry skin. It is also moisturizing without being oily.
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/3 cup colloidal oatmeal
- 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (lavender, rosemary, citrus ect.)
- 1 empty spice jar
Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl, stirring slowly.
Using a funnel, transfer into a spice jar.
Sprinkle into the fur, let sit for a few minutes and then brush through.
This is a great alternative to the Easy as 1,2,3 recipe. For a dog with allergies or sensitive skin, colloidal oatmeal is soothing and moisturizing.
Arrowroot has similar properties to cornstarch.
You can make your own colloidal oatmeal by buying organic oats at the grocery store (not instant) and then grinding them in a food processor or grinder into a very fine powder.