Homemade Natural Coat Freshener for Dogs

by Susan Dorling Google
     - Pamela Follett/Demand Media

    The overpowering aroma of “eau de dog” may be the one thing you don’t like about your best friend. Dogs are wonderful companions, but let's face it -- they can get downright stinky. Say goodbye to smelly-dog days forever with this natural, homemade coat-freshening spritz.

     - Pamela Follett/Demand Media Step 1

    Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the rosemary leaves, mint leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar. Boil for two minutes and remove from the heat. Cover and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes.

     - Pamela Follett/Demand Media Step 2

    Pour the hot liquid into the bowl using a strainer to catch the herbs, which you can discard. Let the mixture cool completely. Add the rest of the water, vinegar, vegetable glycerin and aloe vera and mix until well incorporated.

     - Pamela Follett/Demand Media Step 3

    Pour the spritz liquid into the spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Pour the rest of the spritz into the refill container, seal tightly and store in a dark place.

     - Pamela Follett/Demand Media Step 4

    Spray the freshening spritz over your dog’s body, avoiding the head area. Rub it gently but thoroughly into her coat. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub your dog dry with a towel.

    Items You Will Need

    • Small saucepan
    • Strainer
    • Measuring cup
    • Measuring spoons
    • Mixing spoon
    • 36-ounce refill container with screw top
    • 8- or 16-ounce plastic spray bottle
    • 4 1/4 cups distilled water
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
    • 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
    • 2 tablespoons aloe vera (optional)

    References

    • Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals; Kristen Leigh Bell
    • Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to the Natural Health of Dogs & Cats; Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

    Photo Credits

    • Pamela Follett/Demand Media

    About the Author

    Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues. Writing on a diverse range of topics, she reflects her passion for animals, interior design, home decorating, DIY projects, crafts, motorcycles and business.

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