Getting Rid Of “Dog Smell” Between Baths
We don’t bathe Topher very often. However, even when we do bathe him, he finds some way to get smelly as soon as possible. I think that’s just the nature of dogs—they constantly trend towards smelliness.
I decided that I would try out some measures towards getting rid of that dog smell in between baths. Just wiping Topher down with a damp cloth didn’t really do much, so I looked into dog-safe ingredients that I could make into some kind of spray, and found a few options. Now, Topher smells as fresh as a daisy! Well, a lavender-scented daisy.
Here’s what I used to get rid of Topher’s dog smell between baths.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
- 8-10 drops lavender essential oil (or another oil of your choice)
Combine all your ingredients into a spray bottle, and you’re good to go. This cleansing spray leaves Topher odor-free (except for a mild lavender smell), shiny, and feeling very soft. I just spritz his coat and then rub it in with a microfiber towel, usually right after we come in from dog classes or longer walks.
Make sure to store your spray in a warm, dry place. If your home isn’t too warm, the coconut oil may harden! You can avoid this by quartering or halving the batch you make, combining it in a smaller spray bottle, and using it in one to two sittings. I wouldn’t recommend making more than a 1 cup batch, as the shelf life of the coconut oil may be affected by its suspension in water.
You can make your spray with a variety of essential oils, depending on what scents you like. Here are a few options that are safe for dogs. Even though these are safe for your pets, never spray your dog directly in the face, ears, or other sensitive areas.
What do you use to keep your dog (and his stuff) smelling fresh?