How to Bathe a Dog With Baking Soda

Easy
10 - 40 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

Baking soda offers many great grooming properties for your dog. If you don’t have time for a full bath, baking soda can help your dog smell better until he can get a full wet bath. Baking soda can also add sheen to your pup’s coat. A dry shampoo bath is easy with baking soda and a drop of essential oils while a wet bath can become an odor eliminating bath with baking soda added to water. Mix the two and make a baking soda paste to freshen your dog’s scent before brushing out. If your dog has any skin troubles, you can make your own baking soda shampoo to avoid harsh soaps and chemicals while still getting your dog clean. Baking soda is a known flea killer, so if fleas or other parasites are a problem, a baking soda bath can help kill fleas naturally and neutralize odors as well.

Dog's Perspective

Though there is nothing scary about baking soda, your pup might not be super excited about baths anyway. If he has itchy skin, water alone, especially water which is too warm, might cause more irritation to his skin. Ease this pain by trying a dry shampoo with baking soda before giving your dog a wet bath. A treat always help to ease anxieties too.

The Dry Bath Method

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Prepare
Prepare yourself and your dog with a box of baking soda and a towel for the dog to stand on while you apply baking soda. This towel will also catch baking soda when it’s brushing time. Also, grab some treats for your pup for waiting and being good while getting a dry baking soda bath. And be sure to have a brush handy for the last step of getting your dog clean and smelling good.
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Baking soda
Cover your dog in baking soda, avoiding his face. Be sure to apply a liberal amount and not just sprinkle a little on your dog. Do not conserve on the amount of baking soda used for your dog. Remember, baking soda is going to absorb and neutralize odors in the fur and soothe the skin, so you're going to need quite a bit of it.
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Rub
Use your fingertips and massage the baking soda into your dog’s skin. Avoid leaving the baking soda sitting on the top of the fur, massage it onto the skin.
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Wait
Allow the baking soda to sit on your dog’s skin and coat, working odors out and soothing dry, itchy skin. The baking soda will absorb oils from both the skin and oily coat. Give it time to work. While you wait, offer your dog a treat to pass the time.
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Brush
Brush your dog well from head to tail, getting the baking soda out of the fur. Once the baking soda is brushed out, you should notice a fresh, clean scent and luscious fur.
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The Wet Bath Method

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Add to shampoo
You can add baking soda to your favorite shampoo to deodorize your pup during bathtime. If you are using baking soda to help with your dog’s skin conditions, be sure to use a soap-free shampoo that is hypoallergenic and won’t cause drying of the skin.
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2
Make shampoo
Alternatively, you can make a mixture using baking soda and water. The less water you use, the thicker the shampoo will be. This will be like a paste. The more water you use, the thinner the shampoo will be.
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3
Wash
Wet your dog as you would normally for a wet bath. Use the baking soda and shampoo or water mixture to wash your dog. Use your fingers to massage it into the skin and fur. You may need more for thicker coats. Avoid using baking soda on your dog’s face.
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Rinse
For an extra fresh scent, add baking soda to your warm rinse water. You don’t want the baking soda to be left on the skin, but by adding it to rinse water, you can add an extra fresh scent to your dog with a baking soda rinse.
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Dry
Use a towel to dry your dog’s fur. If his skin is irritated at all, try not to rub your pup when drying him after his bath. Also, if your dog has skin irritations, avoid using a hair dryer as heat could cause more itching.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Baking soda can be added to every bath your give your dog. You do not have to always add it to shampoo or make your own baking soda shampoo. Adding it to the bath water alone can help to deodorize and soothe dry skin.
  • Do not use a baking soda shampoo, wet or dry, on your dog’s face.
  • Whichever shampoo you use for your baking soda bath, let the baking soda sit on the skin for several minutes to give it time to work on odors and skin conditions.
  • Baking soda is often used around the home for a fresh, clean scent. Using it on your dog is just as easy. Be sure to cover your dog’s fur, not just sprinkle a small amount, for deodorizing and neutralizing odors.
  • Brushing your dog before a wet or dry bath will help the baking soda work more effectively.
  • Brushing the dog after a dry baking soda bath helps to move the baking soda through the fur and remove any excess baking soda, but it’s not required.
  •  You can cover your dog with baking soda, massage it in, and let it stay. It will fall off eventually or absorb into the fur and skin. 

Conclusion

Your dog should already know how to play and get dirty. Baking soda is a great odor neutralizer, so when your dog is in the doghouse for getting smelly, get him back out and into your lap with a baking soda bath. You can have a great smelling best-in-show dog instead a paw-ful smelling pet to cuddle.

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