Making your own homemade dog wipes is so easy and effective for getting your dog clean quickly! Plus, this recipe comes together with simple ingredients, without any harmful chemicals making it perfect and safe for your furry friend.
Why Make Homemade Wipes for Your Dog
Not only are making homemade dog wipes easy, but they also come in handy for so many reasons. They are an excellent way to clean your dog’s paws, dog’s ears, and around the eye area as well as your dog’s coat. Basically, anytime your dog needs a quick wipe down or you don’t have time to give them a full bath, you can pull out this spray and a paper towel roll to clean them up in no time. Plus it’s an easy way to avoid harsh chemicals in other pet wipes.
In our house, we use them for four things: dirty paws, bath substitutes, wiping down due to dog seasonal allergies (pollen), and regular ear cleaning.
I also LOVE using my Natural Dog Deodorizer Spray when my dog (or her stuff) is a little stinky but not dirty! It’s so simple and effective for our slightly smelly furry best friends.
Aloe vera gel is known to be perfect for soothing and moisturizing the skin, especially dry and itchy skin. It’s often used to soothe sunburns for pet owners, but it can also be used in many homemade soaps and skin care products (including your pets). Depending on the skin condition, aloe vera can have many benefits to using it more frequently. Just look for an aloe vera gel that contains simple ingredients and is free of dyes.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is naturally rich in vitamins A and vitamin E plus has antioxidant properties, while also soothing and nourishing your dog’s skin. Of course, you can also use fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil instead of sweet almond oil to make your DIY dog cleaning solution.
Castile soap is such a great emulsifier, which is why it’s in many recipes with essential oils and water. This means it’s the ingredient that helps bind everything together. Without it, the carrier oil wouldn’t mix with the essential oils and it just wouldn’t work. One of the best parts about using castile soap is that you only need a small amount because it’s very concentrated. Also, I like using unscented castile soap so that I get to pick the scent. Alternatively, you can also use an unscented, fragrance-free, and gentle dish soap.
Essential oils add a wonderful scent to your homemade dog wipes. They are a great option for adding a light scent to a recipe while avoiding artificial fragrances. In this recipe, we are using lavender and orange essential oils that give a pleasant scent and are safe for your dog.
The best option is to use distilled water since all impurities are removed through distillation. If you use distilled water, I suggest you buy this from the store. The next best option is to use boiled tap water that has been cooled, which I use most of the time. Boiling the water removes microorganisms, but it still has mineral salts.
Supplies for DIY Dog Spray & Wipes
Here are the supplies you will need to make your DIY dog spray. The following recipe is for a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, but you can easily halve the recipe for the spray bottle you have!
- 1 1/2 cups of distilled or boiled water
- 4 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
- 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons of castile soap
- 40 drops of lavender essential oil
- 40 drops of orange essential oil
- 16 oz. glass spray bottle
- Small funnel
- Wooden spoon or whisk
- Glass measuring cup
- Tablespoon & Teaspoon
- Paper Towels or Cotton Pad
Recipe for Homemade Dog Wipes
Let’s get to making this recipe in just four simple steps, so you can start using it on your own dog!
If you are using boiled water, then you will want to do that first so it can start to cool right away. You can boil your 1 1/2 cups of water on the stovetop or microwave the water in a glass measuring cup. I usually boil about twice as much (or more) water than I need, just in case something happens or I decide to make something else with it! In order for the boiled water cool faster, place it in the fridge or freezer while measuring out the other ingredients.
Step one: The first step is to measure out 4 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and add to the 1 1/2 cups of distilled water or boiled and cooled water and mix.
Step two: Then add 2 teaspoons of castile soap to the glass measuring cup and mix again. The mixture should go from water and oil separated to a white emulsified mixture. Next, pour 40 drops of lavender oil and 40 drops of orange oil into the mix. Stir again.
Step three: Then put the small funnel on the glass spray bottle. Pour the DIY dog spray into the funnel, pausing if the mixture needs a few seconds to go into the spray bottle. You may also need to slightly lift the funnel, depending on the neck of your glass bottle.
Step four: Last, add the spray top to your glass spray bottle and this homemade dog spray is ready to use on your furry pal. Go ahead and spray on a paper towel, cotton pad, or reusable towel to wipe down your dog’s fur.
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How to Use Your DIY Dog Wipes
Using your DIY dog wipes is pretty simple for us dog parents, as long as you keep a few things in mind. First, make sure to shake the bottle each time before use so all the ingredients are mixed well. Then gather either paper towels, cotton pads, or a reusable towel to use as your wipe. Spray your chosen item (I usually use paper towels, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand) until thoroughly moistened on one side.
Depending on what you are using the dog wipe for, you can go ahead and use the wipe on your dog. If using around your pet’s face, then make sure to wipe that area first before moving on to other parts of the body. Otherwise, I would recommend starting with the dirtiest (or smelliest) part of the dog.
With my dog, I typically start with wiping very carefully around her eyes, and the inside and outside of her ears and then move down her back, tail, underside, and finally down her legs to the paws. If the paper towel becomes dry, then I grab my spray bottle and reapply. Of course, if your pet is really dirty you may need more than one paper towel or wipe to get the job done!
If you are using the homemade dog wipes for ear cleaning, make sure to gently wipe inside the dog’s ear making sure to avoid getting too much liquid inside the ear canal. I know my dog’s ears get especially dirty after being outside for extended amounts of time, going for long walks, being at the lake, and during dry, dusty weather conditions. Doing this regularly is a good practice to keep ears clean and prevent an ear infection.
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