Reduce pet odors naturally and without using harsh chemicals. This homemade cleanser is safe, non-toxic, and made from a few household ingredients: fractioned coconut oil, glycerin, and a few drops of essential oil.
Photography: Chloe Mackintosh
Source: Martha Stewart
This idea comes from our friend Chloe Mackintosh of Boxwood Avenue. "Dogs have a tendency to get themselves into stinky situations leaving us less than excited about their aroma," she says. "This quick pet deodorizing solution makes it easy to naturally deodorize your pet between baths."
Skip the artificial scents that are often found in store-bought deodorizing sprays, and use this all-natural purifying spray instead. The scent of lavender and orange is calming and refreshing for your pet, and you will love being able to deodorize him with just a few sprays of this solution.
This deodorizing spray is made with just a few natural ingredients: glycerin, fractioned coconut oil, and essential oil. Glycerin is used in lotions and conditioners to help soothe irritated skin. For your pet, glycerin adds moisture to the dog's fur and acts as a leave-in conditioner. Fractioned coconut oil adds shine and even more conditioning to your pet's coat leaving it feeling silky smooth between baths. It is also an ideal carrier oil for essential oils, the third ingredient. As an all-natural emollient, it increases distribution so the essential oils are diluted yet retain their effectiveness. Adding essential oils to this blend deodorizes your pet naturally. "There are many different essential oils to choose from, but I have selected lavender for its calming properties and sweet orange for its cleansing and purifying properties," she says. "The blend of these essential oils helps cleanse, purify, and calm your pup!" Essential oils should always be diluted. Consult your vet before adding essential oils to your dog's coat. Do not use on cats.
To use this deodorizer, spritz onto your dog's coat, comb through, and allow to dry. Do not spray on the face. Note: This deodorizer will keep for up to nine months if stored in a cool, dry place. Over time, the solution will separate naturally; simply give the bottle a gentle shake before using.
Spray bottle (Pictured: Glass Spray Bottle with Silicone Sleeve, 16 oz., $13, grovecollaborative.com.)
Glycerin (Pictured: HUMCO Glycerin USP Ointment, 6 oz., $4, walmart.com.)
Fractioned coconut oil (Pictured: Molivera Organics Fractionated Coconut Oil, $14.47, amazon.com.)
Lavender essential oil (Pictured: Bulk Apothecary Organic Lavender Essential Oil, $11 for 0.5 oz., bulkapothecary.com.)
Sweet orange essential oil (Pictured: Bulk Apothecary Organic Orange Essential Oil, $7.61 for 2 oz., bulkapothecary.com.)
Fill an empty spray bottle with 2 cups distilled water.
Add 2 tablespoons glycerin, 1 tablespoon fractioned coconut oil, 15 drops lavender, and 15 drops orange essential oil to the spray bottle.
Shake well to combine the ingredients.