Every fur parents know that raising a good and cute pup into a fully grown dog isn’t easy. You have to feed them their food and make sure they’re healthy. Another thing is that various breeds have different needs to make sure they’ll grow perfectly fine. One thing that makes owning a dog expensive is the way to groom them. Fortunately, there are different inexpensive materials that you can use to groom your lovely pups.
Today, we’ll talk about how you can use cornstarch to groom your canine friend. It’s an inexpensive material that you can use in three ways. You can use it as a dry shampoo for matted fur and whiter hair for your dogs.
Why Should We Use Cornstarch?
There are various kinds of grooming products out there, especially shampoos for dogs. The problem is that those products can be expensive. There are also harmful chemicals present on some of those products that may affect your canine friend. The good news is that cornstarch can be used to groom your dogs without spending a lot of money!
There are many benefits of cornstarch as a grooming material for your fur baby. It’s inexpensive, but it offers a lot of benefits to your furry friend. It absorbs dirt and oil from your dog’s fur and leaves it shiny, fluffy, and clean! Cornstarch is good because it’s not toxic and will not harm your fluffy dog.
Now that you know why cornstarch is right for your dog, we’ll now go on the different ways to use it.
Dry Shampoo For Your Dog
Before we go to details, are you familiar with dry shampoos? Dry shampoos can be applied even if your hair is dry, and you don’t have to rinse it with water. What it does is that it reduces the grease, oil, and dirt in your hair. All of those are also applicable to your furry friend once you applied it to them.
Now that you know dry shampoos, we’ll now teach you how to make your cornstarch dry shampoo!
Part one: Materials
• Baking Soda
• Table salt
• Essential Oils
• Plastic container
• Measuring cup
Now, those materials serve different purposes for your dog’s dry shampoo. The cornstarch helps with the absorption of oily residues. The baking soda neutralizes terrible odors, and table salt helps in dislodging tiny bits of dust and dirt. Lastly, the essential oils are optional, but it can help in repelling fleas from your furry friend.
Part Two: Mixing
Get your measuring cup and measure 2 cups of cornstarch, and mix it in your plastic container. Then, add one-half of table salt and baking soda, and close the lid of your plastic container. Shake your plastic container until all materials are thoroughly mixed.
You can add ten drops of citronella oil and mix it with the dry ingredients for the essential oils. It will help in repelling fleas from your lovely dog. You can find those essential oils at different health food stores or the mall.
Part three: Application
Get your furry friend and try to calm him down. Sprinkle your homemade dry shampoo on your dog’s coat while avoiding their eyes and nose. Gently massage them using your fingers to rub the table salt grains on their fur to get that dirt. You can leave it for about ten minutes for the cornstarch to absorb those excess oils in your furry baby. Afterward, brush your dog’s coat thoroughly to take out all the dry shampoo mixture.
If your dog has sensitive skin, you don’t need to add the table salt to the mixture. Also, do not use your dry shampoo if you notice that your dog has an open wound.
Cornstarch For Your Dog’s Matted Fur
As we all know, there are different kinds of dog breeds out there. Some of which has thick and curly fur, which is also prone to matting or tangled hair. Although it’s just tangled dog hair, it can still harm your furry friend if ignored. Fortunately, you can use your cornstarch at home to solve your dog’s matted fur!
Part one: Materials
• Stainless steel dog comb
• Dog treats!
Part two: Application
First, find a place where your dog will be comfortable during the entire session. Next, sprinkle the cornstarch at the matted part of your canine friend. Make sure that your dog is still calm and avoid putting cornstarch on their eyes and nose. Then, use your stainless steel brush to brush and detangle the matted fur gently. Afterward, give your fur baby a treat for being a good and behaved dog!
Now, this method is only applicable when your dog’s matted fur is only small. It’s best to consult and go to your groomer if there is much tangled and larger pact of hair. Another thing is that you shouldn’t wet your dog’s fur after applying the cornstarch. Instead, use a dog brush to remove the remaining cornstarch on your canine friend’s coat.
Cornstarch For A Whiter Dog Fur
Dogs are like a ball of energy, and they’ll play around your garden all day long. You really can’t deny that it’s fun when playing with a dog full of energy! However, it can become troublesome when you find your furry friend covered with dirt and dust. Good thing that you can use cornstarch to remove that dirt and make your dog’s coat white again!
You’ll only need a newspaper, some treats, a dog brush, and of course, your cute dog! Now, lay down the newspaper on the floor for easy cleaning up after cleaning your furry friend.
Next, get your dog and keep him calm and comfortable. Apply the cornstarch on the dirty parts of your canine friend and massage it thoroughly on his coat. Afterward, use your dog brush to remove the cornstarch from your dog’s fur and give him a treat after cleaning.
Those are the different ways that you can use cornstarch for grooming your dog. It’s inexpensive and, most importantly, non-toxic. But always remember to avoid your dog’s eyes, nose, ears, and open wounds. You can also remove any material if their skin is allergic to some of the ingredients.