Friday, August 21, 2015

Baking with your Canine (or Feline!)

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It is usually used in baking and for deodorizing your fridge. But it’s also excellent for your dog or cat as dry shampoo! (It may also work on other furry creatures, but I have no experience to share on that).

I mix 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil with about 1 cup of baking soda (this mixture is also a wonderful natural carpet freshener – simply mix and sprinkle on the carpet about 20-30 minutes before vacuuming) and use it as a dry shampoo for my two dogs. I use lavender because it is known to be calming and flea and tick preventative.

I take a few pinches and rub it into their coat and then brush it through. It not only eliminates any odor they may have, but it is also a great supplemental way of preventing fleas or ticks, and makes their coats super soft!!

If by accident your dog or cat happens to nibble on a bit of powder out of curiosity that’s fine…but please do not let them consume a large quantity.

Now…if only they could truly help me with baking…


  1. Never thought of that before! So much better then trying to hose them down :) will any essential oil work?

    1. It's definitely more convenient for those times in between baths. I use lavender because it is known to be calming and flea and tick preventative. Not all essential oils are safe for pets. Some may also pose a danger to cats, but not dogs.You could also use cardamom, fennel, spearmint, helichrysum, or frankincense. Also, make sure you are using a high quality essential oil and that you never apply the oil directly on the pet. Here is a list of those oils considered unsafe:

  2. Good idea. works great.. I tried it on both my dogs.. :)