How to Use Cornstarch for Whitening Dogs

by Kimberly Caines Google
    He's ready for his cornstarch bath.

    He's ready for his cornstarch bath.

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    If your dog's once white-looking coat is stained and dirty, it's up to you as the parent to clean him. Consistently giving Rascal a full bath can become tedious and time-consuming, especially if he dislikes bath time. Instead, arm yourself with a box of cornstarch. Cornstarch is economical, and it can double as dry shampoo to absorb oil and dirt, and to lighten rusty brown stains from your furry pal's coat in between baths.

    Cleaning Your Dog's Coat

    To clean your dog's coat with cornstarch, lay down several pieces of newspaper on the floor, and place your dog on top of them. Carefully apply corn starch to his coat and rub it in with your fingers. If you desire, mix equal amounts of cornstarch and baby powder, to leave pleasant smell. Don't worry if you dog licks his coat, because cornstarch is nontoxic and won't hurt him. Thoroughly brush your dog to remove the cornstarch, along with any dirt. You can stop brushing when there's no more cornstarch falling on the newspaper.

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    About the Author

    Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.

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