My dog always smells like the canal. As a result, I am constantly bathing her with little success to get out the grimy canal smells and mossy gunk off her fur that makes her white coat look almost a yellowy, greenish brown. Luckily, I have had wide success bathing her with a few simple household items that are perfect in making her look and smell lovely without harming her sensitive skin.
Baking soda and lemon juice, hands down, are the greatest products I could ever put on my dog’s coat. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it immediately takes out that dried fish, canal sulfurous mud smell that is always plaguing my mutt. Lemon juice shines up her coat and soothes her sensitive skin so even if there is a slight residue from either product, she won’t be irritated by them.
Simply fill a bathtub about 4 to 6 inches with cold water (not warm, dogs respond better to cool water on their coats, especially sensitive dogs) and add a cup of baking soda to the tub water and squirt in about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Coax your dog into the tub and wash their coat with the lemon juice and baking soda water. I use a large plastic cup to thoroughly coat her body, paying special attention to her neck, groin, hind end, and armpits, which are “hot spots” and get irritated the most on dogs with daily activities and need the most attention. While pouring the baking soda and lemon juice water on your dog, rub it into their coat to thoroughly get them cleansed. Leave on for 5 minutes, drain their water and run fresh cold water to rinse them a few times.
Be careful to not get water in the eyes or ears- simply take a cool cloth dipped in the water to wash their face.
Baking soda will naturally soothe your dog’s coat from itchy skin and allergies, making your dog more comfortable, and the cool water soothes their hot, irritated skin. Baking soda also takes out the scent of odors in your dog’s coat, and the lemon juice bleaches out brownish stains in your dog’s fur. Baking soda also lifts out the stain.
After trying this concoction on my dog, she has stopped itching and I’ve never seen her so white in all my life. She glows so bright her fur looks almost silver in the sun! Plus, lemon is a scent that smells lovely and fleas and ticks hate it, leaving me comforted in knowing she won’t get bombarded with fleas.
With this bath once a week I am able to maintain her doggy odors, her beautiful coat, and her sensitive skin itching. Works wonders.