Washing a dog regularly should be something all owners do, it keeps their skin fresh, protects the oils in their fur and generally keeps nasty hygiene issues at bay. If you’ve not been able to get your hands on a good dog shampoo but your dog needs a wash then here are some easy tips to get your dog washed without shampoo.
You can’t just use anything
It’s important to note that you can’t just use any old shampoo no matter how hygienic or gentle it says it is on the bottle. A dog’s fur is an extension of their bodies with a delicate pH level which keeps the fur protected from the elements and external intruders such as fleas. The pH levels also keep their delicate skin free from irritants.
Using shampoos designed for humans or other animals can cause more harm than good so please don’t do that.
What can you wash a dog with if you don’t have shampoo
- Warm water and a brush
If you’ve already ordered some proper product for your dog but they need a wash in between time then some warm water and a brush will be enough to wipe away a lot of the dirt and keep the skin clear.
Just wash them as you would normally and use a gentle temperature from a showerhead to get deep into the fur.
- Homemade shampoo with a spray bottle
This step is intended for dogs who are dirty and warm water is not enough to give them a scrub. Only use this method until you can sort yourself a permanent solution as the washing up liquid can dry out your dog’s skin with repeated use. However, it should not cause any allergic reactions or adverse effects.
To make some homemade dog shampoo you’ll need
- Washing up liquid
- Spray bottle
Before you start, it’s important to make the mixture’s work easier by getting rid of any loose dirt and malting hair with a brush. Get really deep in there to leave only healthy hair.
Mix half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of washing up liquid into a spray bottle with 2 cups (or more) of warm water. Shake thoroughly.
Put your dog into a bath like normal and spray over the dog’s fur whilst massaging gently. Careful not to get any in your dog’s eyes or ears.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water with a shower head and then dry off.
- Homemade dry shampoo with no water
This solution is ideal for those who don’t want to wreck their bathroom or don’t have a dog washing station. As per the above technique, start by brushing your dog to get rid of loose hair and dirt which will allow the dry shampoo to be more effective.
For this step you’ll need baking soda… that’s it.
Baking soda is a relatively gentle powder with no parabens, perfumes, dyes or anything unnatural. The only ingredient is sodium bicarbonate. Therefore, it’s unlikely to cause any allergic reactions or nasty side effects but still effective enough to wipe away a lot of dirt and leave their pH levels intact.
Sprinkle between a quarter and a full cup of baking soda depending on the size of your dog and length of their coat. Massage it into the coat gently and firmly ensuring it gets underneath the external layer of fur and in the skin.
Do not get any in your dog’s eyes, ears, nose or mouth.
Do this outside as your dog will shake when done.
That’s all there is to it!
Final word of caution
Don’t be tempted to use any detergents or shampoos on your dog even if you plan on using the tiniest amount, and never overwash. A dog’s skin and fur is just not like ours and you could cause allergic reactions and dry skin issues which may need medical intervention to resolve. We recommend ordering some proper dog shampoo asap or one of the above suggestions if you simply can’t wait using the above methods is unlikely to get more stubborn stains such as saliva out as well.