I was going to go on the hunt for some special (a.k.a. expensive) shampoo for super smelly dogs, but decided to research online some homemade recipes for dog shampoo first.
We tried using the following:
- Human dandruff shampoo.
- Human cheap shampoo like White Rain.
- Bar soap.
- Dog shampoo that cost $11.
After trying all these, she was still smelly! No change! In fact, in some cases she was worse smelling than before, especially with the dandruff shampoo. I decided to research some homemade recipes next. It should have been my first reaction for a Thrifty Gal like me, but I felt desperate to get rid of the smell!
The recipes we tried:
- Baking soda and water.
- White vinegar rinse after shampooing.
- Dial antibacterial soap mixed with white vinegar.
The winner is: Dial antibacterial soap mixed with white vinegar!
- Mix equal parts Dial antibacterial soap and white vinegar in a small bottle with a lid.
- Shake it together until it is well mixed.
- Squirt down your wet dog's back like you would any dog shampoo.
- Massage for several minutes into your dog's coat. Be very careful not to get the soap into your dog's eyes, it will burn!
My dog does alright with shampooing, she doesn't like it, but she will stand in the tub without jumping out. I was able to get her ears too with the mixture. Don't risk the head at all if you dog is skittish about being bathed.
For a few pennies we are now able to have a decent smelling dog for about a week. She is still old after all and will have a tendency to smell.