Three simple ingredients will take your dog from funky to fresh in a pinch: baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil. In between regular grooming and baths, Fido probably gets a little musty from the dog park and digging in the backyard. This DIY dry dog shampoo is quick enough to prep you’ll still have time for happy hour afterwards. 


Small batch (1-2 uses)
3 tablespoons baking soda*
3 tablespoons cornstarch*
6 drops skin safe fragrance oil or essential oil**

Large batch (5-8 uses)
1 cup baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
10 drops fragrance or oil**

*You can replace both of these with arrowroot powder.
**We recommend DoTerra.


Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Container (see below)
Dog brush


Simply add baking soda and cornstarch, drop essential oils on top, and mix all of the ingredients together. Alternatively, layer powder and drops of oil in a container and shake. If you’re taking route one, throw the mix in a salt/pepper shaker or old spice container. Label the dry shampoo accordingly. For the essential oil, use vanilla for a cookie smell, lavender, geranium, or lemon for a fresh scent, or perhaps coconut for a summer fragrance. Just make sure your pup doesn’t have any skin issues or allergies. If he does, leave out the oil and the odors will still be kept at bay. 

To Apply

Sprinkle on your pooch while he’s lying down. Start from the bottom and stay away from his head. Use a grooming brush to massage the dry dog shampoo in to absorb odors and oils. This stuff is also good for carpet odors (something dog owners are no stranger to)—just vacuum up the excess.

Now, excuse us while we play with mixing fragrances…


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