Your pet’s hygiene is incredibly important which means they’ll need the proper pet toiletries! If you don’t brush your pet’s teeth, they will be at risk for developing dental disease. If your dog or cat has long, narrow, or hairy ears, you should clean them to prevent ear infections. And of course, every pet needs the occasional bath to keep their coat clean, healthy, and primed for cuddling. But what’s the cost of all of these primping products?
It can be minimal if you make your pet’s toiletries at home. Not only will you save money, you’ll also know exactly what ingredients are going into your pet’s products. In addition, kids love getting their hands dirty and learning new things, so get the family together and try out some of these DIY recipes.
DIY Pet Toothpaste
This recipe is incredibly easy. Your pet will love the delicious taste, and you’ll love their fresh breath that comes from added parsley. Always consult your veterinarian to be sure that this recipe is appropriate for your pet; pets with gum disease, dental decay, or other health issues may require special treatment.
– 2 tablespoons baking soda
– 1 tablespoon low-sodium beef or chicken broth*
– 1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley
*You can also use 1 tablespoon of water and 1 low-sodium bouillon cube
1. Mix together the baking soda, broth, and parsley until it forms a thick paste
DIY Ear Wash
This is another super easy and cheap recipe. It only requires two ingredients: vinegar and water. The vinegar reduces bacteria and the water dilutes the vinegar. Some pet parents choose to include alcohol in the mixture for its drying effect, but others omit it fearing that it will be too harsh or sting their pet’s ears. This recipe omits alcohol, but if you would like to use it, you can add a splash.
– ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
– ⅔ cup water
1. Pour the ingredients into a small plastic bottle with a nozzle — the kind used to apply hair color. You should be able to find one at a beauty supply or craft store. Shake to mix.
2. Before cleaning your pet’s ears, check them for swelling, redness, a foul smell, pain, or discharge. If you see any of these symptoms, it may mean that your pet has an ear infection, and you should contact your veterinarian before proceeding with a wash.
3. If your pet’s ears look healthy, squeeze the solution onto a cotton ball or soft cloth, then wipe down the inside of your pet’s ears. Be sure to do this gently, as an abrasive touch can irritate the skin and cause infection.
DIY Pet Shampoo
Inexpensive + easy + natural = yes, please! Homemade pet shampoo is the perfect solution for pet parents who want to keep their pal smelling and looking fresh without emptying their wallets. Just be sure to follow the instructions closely; choosing the wrong ingredients or having the wrong balance of ingredients can irritate or harm your pet’s skin.
– 2 cups apple cider vinegar
– 2 cups natural, organic dish soap with a 7-8 pH (avoid soaps with strong scents or artificial additives)
– 4 cups water
– 4 oz vegetable glycerin
1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a large bowl
2. Mix in the water
3. Add the vegetable glycerin
4. Pour the mixture into a clean, empty bottle. You can use an old shampoo or dish soap bottle from around the house, or purchase one from a beauty supply or craft store.
5. Shake well to mix (and shake before every use)