Pet Hack: DIY Pet Toiletries

Pet Hack: DIY Pet Toiletries

Your petโ€™s hygiene is incredibly important which means they'll need the proper pet toiletries! If you donโ€™t brush your petโ€™s teeth, they will be at risk for developing

dental disease. If your dog or cat has long, narrow, or hairy ears, you should clean them to prevent ear infections

. And of course, every pet needs the occasional bath to keep their coat clean, healthy, and primed for cuddling. But whatโ€™s the cost of all of these primping products?It can be minimal if you make your petโ€™s toiletries at home. Not only will you save money, youโ€™ll also know exactly what ingredients are going into your petโ€™s products. In addition, kids love getting their hands dirty and learning new things, so get the family together and try out some of these DIY recipes.

DIY Pet Toothpaste

This recipe is incredibly easy. Your pet will love the delicious taste, and youโ€™ll love their fresh breath that comes from added parsley. Always consult your veterinarian to be sure that this recipe is appropriate for your pet; pets with gum disease, dental decay, or other health issues may require special treatment.


- 2 tablespoons baking soda

- 1 tablespoon low-sodium beef or chicken broth*

- 1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley

*You can also use 1 tablespoon of water and 1 low-sodium bouillon cube


1. Mix together the baking soda, broth, and parsley until it forms a thick paste2. Use the paste immediately to brush

your dog or catโ€™s

teeth, or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week

DIY Ear Wash

This is another super easy and cheap recipe. It only requires two ingredients: vinegar and water. The vinegar reduces bacteria and the water dilutes the vinegar. Some pet parents choose to include alcohol in the mixture for its drying effect, but others omit it fearing that it will be too harsh or sting their petโ€™s ears. This recipe omits alcohol, but if you would like to use it, you can add a splash.


- ? cup apple cider vinegar

- ? cup water


1. Pour the ingredients into a small plastic bottle with a nozzle -- the kind used to apply hair color. You should be able to find one at a beauty supply or craft store. Shake to mix.2. Before cleaning your petโ€™s ears, check them for swelling, redness, a foul smell, pain, or discharge. If you see any of these symptoms, it may mean that your pet has an ear infection, and you should contact your veterinarian before proceeding with a wash.3. If your petโ€™s ears look healthy, squeeze the solution onto a cotton ball or soft cloth, then wipe down the inside of your petโ€™s ears. Be sure to do this gently, as an abrasive touch can irritate the skin and cause infection.

DIY Pet Shampoo

Inexpensive + easy + natural = yes, please! Homemade pet shampoo is the perfect solution for pet parents who want to keep their pal smelling and looking fresh without emptying their wallets. Just be sure to follow the instructions closely; choosing the wrong ingredients or having the wrong balance of ingredients can irritate or harm your petโ€™s skin.


- 2 cups apple cider vinegar

- 2 cups natural, organic dish soap with a 7-8 pH (avoid soaps with strong scents or artificial additives)

- 4 cups water

- 4 oz vegetable glycerin


1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a large bowl2. Mix in the water3. Add the vegetable glycerin4. Pour the mixture into a clean, empty bottle. You can use an old shampoo or dish soap bottle from around the house, or purchase one from a beauty supply or craft store.5. Shake well to mix (and shake before every use)____

Ready to give the DIY thing a shot? Leave us a comment and let us know which recipes you try!

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