How to Make Your Own Natural Pet Care Products
If your favorite type of companion is furry and has four legs and a tail, chances are you have pets at home. Most pet owners want the very best for their cats and dogs, and what could be better for them than safe pet care products that you've prepared yourself at home? Not only will you have peace of mind knowing your homemade goodies are free of harsh chemicals and toxins, you'll also avoid spending exorbitant amounts of money on the expensive products that you usually purchase at your local pet store. Here are some easy recipes for some great pet care products that both you and your best pet friend will love.
You can make a very simple shampoo that can be used on cats and dogs by mixing together 1 cup of mild dish soap, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of water, and 1 teaspoon of glycerin in a bowl. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a clean plastic bottle. Recycled shampoo or dish soap bottles work nicely for storing your homemade pet shampoo. Remember to label the bottle and include the ingredients used for future reference. Apply the shampoo on wet fur as you would with store-bought shampoo, and be sure to rinse completely before towel-drying your pet.
If your pet has dry skin, oatmeal shampoo is the way to go. Using a coffee grinder or food processor, grind up 1 cup of oatmeal. Add the ground oatmeal along with 1 cup of baking soda to 1 quart of water and stir until the mixture is well-blended. Gently massage the oatmeal shampoo into your pet's wet fur and rinse well.
Aromatherapy Flea Shampoo for Dogs
Essential oils work wonders when used in pet care products. When used appropriately they can be very therapeutic as well as fragrant. To make a dog shampoo that will help keep flea problems at bay, mix together 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of liquid Castile soap, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of glycerin, 2 drops of lemon oil, 2 drops of citronella oil, 4 drops of lavender oil, and 4 drops of rosemary oil. Blend the ingredients together thoroughly and then use a funnel to pour them into a plastic bottle. Use it as you would the basic shampoo–and don't forget to label it.
Conditioner will not only help you comb any tangles or mats out of your pet's fur, it will leave their coats shiny and healthy looking as well. You can make a conditioner that can be used following any of the above shampoo recipes by bringing 4 cups of water to a boil on your stovetop. Once the water is rapidly boiling, remove it from heat and add to it 2 tablespoons of dried or fresh rosemary and 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh lavender herb. Let the hot water and herbs steep for approximately 15 minutes, and then filter out the herbs by pouring the mixture into a colander that has been lined with cheesecloth. Allow the infused water to cool before pouring it into a plastic bottle for storage.
If you would like to make a natural pet cleaner that you can use to clean up after accidents, mix together 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. After you've mixed it well, apply it to the soiled area and scrub with a damp sponge or washrag. Rinse the area completely and repeat as necessary.
Pet accidents can leave your carpets and upholstery less than fresh-smelling–and most of the carpet deodorizers on the market simply mask the odor temporarily. You can make your own carpet deodorizer that will not just cover the odor–it will help eliminate it as well. To make a natural carpet powder, add a few drops of the essential oil of lavender per 1 cup of baking soda, making sure to break up any clumps that the oil may form. Sprinkle the baking soda on your carpet and let stand for a bit before vacuuming it up. You can substitute the lavender with any one of your favorite essential oils, or opt for ground-up herbs in place of the oil if you wish.
Pet care products are easy and fun to make, and they'll save you a bundle in the long run. Most importantly, your pet will benefit from safe, natural, Earth-friendly products made by your loving hands.
Guest post from Adam. Adam writes for FrugalDad.com, a frugal living and coupon site.