Thursday, March 12, 2015

No-Bath Natural Spray

Isn't Spring lovely?!  Okay, it's not officially Spring, but the mess has arrived and 
mostly we couldn't be happier....*but* who has time to wash that messy dog?  If your 
dog/s have been enjoying the outdoors alongside their humans, there's bound to be 
some grime involved this time of year.  We did some searching online and decided to
give our own no-bath natural spray cleaner a try.  

Here is the one we tried:
*Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil, with about 2 teaspoons of dried mint leaves 
and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary leaves and a splash (maybe a teaspoon or less) of 
apple cider vinegar.  

*Let it come to a rolling boil for about 2-3 minutes.  Then remove it from the heat 
and let it continue to steep for maybe 5 minutes more.  

*Strain the herb infused water into another 2 cups or so of water and add another 
good splash of ACV at this point.  

*Let it cool and then pour it into a spray bottle (this was a big batch, so a large spray 
bottle would be needed or the extra could be stored in another jar or bottle for 
refilling your spray bottle as it empties).  

It's subtle and safe for your dogs; just shake the bottle and spray them down, then 
wipe with a towel.  It even was able to combat one of our gals rolling in chicken 
poo...yup, our messes are pretty epic! The rosemary and mint are not only great for 
cutting the scent left from some of the more messy adventures, but also have 
properties that lend to fighting off insects, germs, and itching as well.  The ACV 
complements the herbs to help ward off fleas and is generally regarded as being 
good for the skin.  

Conversely, one could use essential oils, though mixing with some witch hazel might 
help the oil disperse better than just water.  Honestly, this isn’t a route we would 
recommend without doing some good research on safety of the oils you plan to use 
around pets, especially if you have multiple types of pet in your household, as 
certain oils can be particularly dangerous to cats.  While they still carry many 
benefits, the herbs are more subtle and have less chance of adverse reactions in this 
application (though still watch for any reactions or changes in your pets).  This 
article is a good starting point if you’d rather work with oils for this type of spray: 

For those pet owners with children in the home, this is a great site for looking at safe use around kids, particularly young children: 

This recipe might get more experimentation in the future (I think I’d honestly go a 
bit heavier on the herbs and do a longer infusion), but it's a good starting point.  Do 
you make anything similar?  What tips do you have for keeping your furry friends 
clean this time of year?
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