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Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 12, 2016
Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog

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There are many shampoos for bathing your dog out there. Some of them are excellent, while others are simply a poor mixture of chemicals. Always read the ingredients in the label and discard those products that contain carcinogenic parabens.

In this article, we at AnimalWised will show you natural products to bathe your dog; some alternatives to reinforce or boost the properties of the shampoo that you use on your pet. Read on to find out everything:

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  1. Water
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Kaolin
  4. Rose hip oil
  5. Argan oil


Water is the only natural product that is absolutely essential for bathing your dog. This, of course, sounds quite obvious, but there is something more to it. The water temperature conditions must be neither cool nor too warm for your dog. The ideal temperature to bathe your dog in is between 37 and 38° C (98 to 100º F).

You must be aware that water is not harmless. If you pour it inside your dog's ears, it can produce very painful problems that can become serious.

Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog - Water

Apple cider vinegar

The disinfectant properties of vinegar are very well known. Of all kinds of vinegar, apple cider vinegar is the softest and least aromatic and it has many properties for the hair and skin.

Gentle friction with apple cider vinegar on the dermis and hair of your dog is an excellent disinfectant, and it also kills off any strong smells. After applying it, you will have to thoroughly rinse your dog's fur. Remember that it is imperative to dry your dog thoroughly after its bath.

Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog - Apple cider vinegar


Kaolin or white clay is a material that comes from feldspar rocks. This natural product can be found in many pharmacies in its powder form.

This material is commonly used for cosmetic masks. Clay has many properties, but for the subject at hand we highlight the main ones:

  • Clay is highly hygroscopic, that is, it is able to absorb a lot of water.
  • It is neither toxic nor abrasive.
  • It is soft to the touch.
  • It is odorless
  • It disperses easily, which means it has a great covering and absorbing power.

Kaolin can be mixed with plenty of fluids. When mixed with lemon juice and water, it creates a cleansing and astringent mask. If mixed with olive or rose hip oil, you will get an emollient mask.

Therefore, it is very easy to apply disinfectant, regenerative and soothing masks halfway through our dog's bath. These masks are dried in a few minutes, and they nourish the fur, hair and the dermis of the dog. They dissolve very easily with a rinse, taking away impurities and dead cells.

Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog - Kaolin

Rose hip oil

Rose hip oil is very expensive, and is used for skin and hair care, as well as to treat lacerations,among many other beneficial uses.

This oil is ideal as a natural remedy to remove the coppery spots that form around the dog's eyes as a result of bacterial action. It can be applied directly or together with a kaolin mask. If applied directly, do no rinse it away with water. Take caution so that it goes not get inside the dog's eyes.

Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog - Rose hip oil

Argan oil

Argan oil is a regenerating, moisturizing and nutrient rich fluid. Basically, it's very powerful. It penetrates deep into the dermis and regenerates and nourishes the different dermal layers. Due to its power and price, it should be used only on occasion.

Thanks to its healing effects, argan oil is optimal to apply on bites, wounds and abrasions in the skin of your dog. Moreover, it will leave its coat bright and beautiful.

Natural Products to Bathe Your Dog - Argan oil
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Charlotte Roberts
I have a shitzu dog and I need to find out waht I can use on her as she has head lice. My grand daughter got them from school and didnt know it everyone has treated for the head lice but my shitzu still has them what can I bath her with to help rid the head lice she has hair not fur. Help Please
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