What Homemade Deodorizer Can You Spray on Your Dog?

His looks are adorable, but his doggy odor is not.
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It's not easy to have your best friend close by when he smells like a dog—even if he really is one. You can reduce that offensive odor by mixing up a simple doggy spray deodorizer that you can use between baths or whenever he's smelling a little bit funky.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Despite its own strong odor, vinegar is a high-powered deodorizer. After the sharp scent fades, vinegar leaves your dog fresh and odorless. It can be used at full strength, or diluted with an equal amount of water. Mist your dog all over and let him dry naturally.


Lavender has a soothing, relaxing scent and can also wipe out your pup's bad doggy smell when combined with other essential oils. Combine 1 cup distilled water with 10 drops lavender oil and 6 drops each peppermint and orange oil. Shake well before each use and spray lightly over your dog. Cover your dog's eyes while spraying, and avoid applying the deodorant to his head.


Not only will geranium oil make your dog smell better, it can also help repel fleas. Add 10 drops geranium oil and 6 drops lemon oil to 1/8 cup distilled water. Mix well and spritz on your pup. You can add 10 drops French lavender oil to this mixture to create a floral bouquet scent. Avoid spraying this mixture on your dog's head.

Eucalyptus and Citrus

Eucalyptus can leave your dog smelling fresh and clean, but the oil can't be applied full strength to your pup's coat. Combine it with citrus and water to make a safe doggy deodorizer. Mix 10 drops eucalyptus oil with 1 cup distilled water and add 6 drops bergamot and 2 drops lemongrass oil. Shake well and spray a light mist on your dog, avoiding his head.