How to Bathe Dogs With Baking Soda

by Amy Hunter, Demand Media
    Baking soda baths will keep your dog smelling sweet.

    Baking soda baths will keep your dog smelling sweet.

    Using baking soda as a dry shampoo or adding it to your dog's bath water will neutralize that doggy odor that dog lovers are all too familiar with. You will be surprised at how effective baking soda is at keeping your pet and home smelling fresh with minimal effort.

    Items you will need

    • Baking soda
    • Brush
    • Dog shampoo

    Dry Bath

    Step 1

    Sprinkle your dog with baking soda. Make sure you cover him with baking soda, don't just sprinkle a little along the top of his back. Get around the base of his ears, but avoid the face.

    Step 2

    Rub the baking soda down to his skin. Use your fingertips and massage gently until the baking soda is on his skin, not sitting on the top of his coat.

    Step 3

    Let the baking soda sit on his skin for a few minutes to absorb excess oil and odors.

    Step 4

    Brush your dog to remove the baking soda. After brushing the baking soda out of your dog's coat, you will be surprised at how fresh he smells and how good his coat looks.

    Traditional Bath

    Step 1

    Mix a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda to 1 liter of warm water.

    Step 2

    Wet your dog with your premixed solution and massage it into his coat until he is thoroughly wet.

    Step 3

    Apply dog shampoo as you normally would, massaging it into his skin. Take your time washing him so the baking soda water has plenty of time to neutralize odors.

    Step 4

    Rinse your dog with clear water. Take your time rinsing, as any shampoo residue left behind can make him itch.

    Tip

    • Sprinkle blankets, carpets and other areas your pet lies on with baking soda and allow it to set for a few minutes before vacuuming it up. This will neutralize doggy odors in his favorite spots, so he doesn't pick those odors back up after his bath.

    About the Author

    Amy Hunter has been a writer since 1998. She writes about health and lifestyle issues and enjoys writing about hiking, camping, trail running and other outdoor activities. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento Parent," ASPCA's "Animal Watch" and other print and online publications. She is the author of "The History of Mexico" and "Tony Gonzalez: Superstar of Pro Football," aimed at young-adult readers.

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