I don't wear a lot of white for one simple reason – it gets dirty so easily. If it's difficult for me to keep a white shirt clean, I can't imagine how difficult it is to keep a dog with a white coat clean! I've recommended this DIY whitening dog shampoo to many pet owners, and they've had great success with it.
Even the cleanest white dogs will begin to look dingy over time. Washing your pet with a regular dog shampoo will help, but it won't be enough to brighten his white fur. This recipe uses ingredients that are proven to whiten even in the dullest coats.
Whitening shampoos can be bought in pet stores and pharmacies or made at home from simple ingredients. The following recipe is a bluing shampoo. These types of shampoos are used for emphasizing the whiteness of your dog’s fur. They manage to neutralize all other colors that tarnish the coat, and they are not as aggressive as bleaching shampoos.
DIY Whitening Dog Shampoo Recipe
Prepare an empty bottle that holds at least 14 ounces. Make sure to wash it thoroughly before you start mixing the ingredients. It is better to take a larger bottle, then to realize later that you don’t have enough space for all the ingredients.
Pour 1/2 cup regular dish soap into the bottle first. If you would like to add fragrance to your shampoo, choose a scented soap. Also, try to find a dish soap that is formulated to be gentle on the skin.
Add 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar to the bottle. Either type will work the same, so use whichever type you prefer. Pour 1/2 cup water into the mixture. The water will help to thin the shampoo so it is easier to apply. The water will also help to dilute the smell of the vinegar.
Add 2 tablespoons of liquid bluing to the shampoo. This product usually comes in a small bottle in the laundry section of your supermarket. You can also order it online if you can't find it in your local store.
Finally, add 2 tablespoons of liquid glycerin to your DIY whitening dog shampoo. You can find it in most drug stores or order it online. This ingredient will help to keep your dog's skin and coat moisturized and shiny.
Shake your whitening shampoo vigorously before each use. Remember to always shake the bottle before using the shampoo as the liquids are of different densities, so they will form separate layers in the bottle each time the mixture settles.
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