What Is a Natural Way to Wash a Stinky Puppy?

by Cindy Quarters

You don't have to wash your pup with flowery shampoos.

If you’ve got a little stinker on your hands and want to clean him up without resorting to perfumes and harsh chemicals, a solution is most likely already in your home. Combine a few common ingredients to make a powerful but natural deodorizer that won’t harm your pal.

Step 1

Soak your puppy thoroughly, so he’s wet down to the skin. You can use cold water, but your pup is more likely to be comfortable if you use water that is pleasantly warm, so adjust the temperature accordingly.

Step 2

Pour 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide into a bucket. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and stir with a large spoon. Be prepared for lots of bubbles. If the bucket is too small the contents may foam up over the sides.

Step 3

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. Stir everything together well, making sure the baking soda is completely dissolved.

Step 4

Rub the mixture into your puppy’s coat. If he has particularly stinky areas, pay special attention to those. Be sure to get under his legs, around his neck and chest and all along his belly.

Step 5

Rinse your puppy completely with water. Make sure to get all of the deodorizing mixture off of him. Check by sliding your hand against his coat. It shouldn’t feel soapy or slick.

Step 6

Mix 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar with 2 gallons of plain water. Pour this all over your puppy as a final rinse. Dry him without washing out the vinegar.

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