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DIY Dry shampoo for dogs

Kelly Dixon is the blogger at and author of Crafts for Kids- Year Round Activities for Holidays, Parties, & More. Smart School House is a place for DIY crafts, activities for kids and families, easy recipe ideas, tra...

With the warmer weather upon us, we're bound to spend more time outside. Not just us, our whole family, including our dogs!

I'm Kelly Dixon from Smart School House and I have a fun, easy and yummy-smelling DIY tutorial for you today. I even made a free doggy printable for those of you who love to label jars as much as I do!

Have you ever used (or made) a dry shampoo for yourself? They're known as a way to "freshen" up your hair in between washes. Dry shampoos are a wonderful quick fix for those days where you are rushed or where you want to make your hair smell pretty without going through the entire wash and dry process. If your dog doesn't have any skin issues and is relatively good health, you can make a dry shampoo for them too! This is perfect for our furry friends who adore jumping around under the warmth of the sun.

DIY Dry shampoo for dogs

Dry doggy shampoo


  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Skin safe vanilla fragrance oil (click here to see the kind I use)
  • Salt and pepper shaker (found at the dollar store)
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Free doggy printable (found here)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 6 drops of vanilla fragrance oil.
  2. Place the doggy label on the salt and pepper shaker.

DIY Dry shampoo for dogs

I like to print off small labels like this on sticky shipping label paper.

DIY Dry shampoo for dogs

This dry shampoo for dogs smells kind of like homemade cookies. Who doesn't love that smell? Simply sprinkle a tiny bit on your dog's hair and rub it around with your hands. Your dog will smell better instantly and the baking soda and cornstarch will absorb the bad smells and the icky oils. It is a perfect DIY way to freshen up your dog in between dog baths!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by K9 Advantix® II, a registered trademark of Bayer. Do not use on cats.

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