How to Deodorize Your Dog with Cornstarch

Dogs might be loyal, playful, and make great companions, but sometimes they tend to develop an unpleasant “doggy odour” which can make it difficult to keep them close by or in the house. This is most noticeable when they are wet, and usually lingers on even after they manage to air dry their damp coats.

Doggy deodorants are often an unnecessary expense, and might irritate your dog, while frequent baths will dry out your dog’s skin and lead to itching and infections. In this case, cornstarch can serve as a quick and efficient remedy to deodorize your dog in between baths, without using a commercial deodorant.

Things Required:

– 3/4 cup of baking soda
– 1/4 cup cornstarch
– 2 tbsp. ground lavender
– 20 drops of tea tree oil
– A sprinkle container
– A dog brush


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    Take the lid off your sprinkle container, and put in the baking soda, cornstarch, ground lavender, and tea tree oil. Cornstarch is a great natural ingredient which serves as a perfect dry bath for your dog – it is non-toxic, inexpensive, and effectively absorbs any excess oil on your dog’s skin.

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    Combine all these ingredients and allow this mixture to sit for around 30 to 40 minutes, in order to let the cornstarch and baking soda absorb all the tea tree oil.

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    Now grab the sprinkle container with the homemade dog deodorizer, a dog brush, and take your dog outside. Start by running your fingers through the dog’s fur gently and soothingly, against the grain. Then pick up the brush, and brush through the dog’s fur, once again against the grain – this will loosen up any debris and dead hair that might be lodged in the coat.

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    The hair will now be fluffy, ruffled, combed through, and free of any dirt. Once this is done, use the sprinkle container to dust some of the cornstarch mixture lightly onto your dog’s coat. Use your fingers to spread it throughout the coat, and make sure it gets down onto the dog’s skin, instead of remaining suspended on the fur.

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    Allow it to stay on for around 10 to 15 minutes, and then brush the fur back down in the direction it grows in. This will smooth the dog’s coat, and get rid of any excess cornstarch. The doggy odour will now have disappeared, and you will notice a marked improvement in your dog’s coat.

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