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Healthy, happy dogs will often get into all sorts of mischief…

…dust, dirt, mud. You know what we’re talking about.

Play is a good thing for his health, but not so much your nose. Fortunately there are some tricks for keeping your dog fresh in between bathing that your dog will probably mind less than the hose. For dogs who aren’t the easiest to bathe but get into their share of dirt and grime, here are some easy solutions for a clean, fresh-smelling dog.

Vinegar and Water

It can be as simple as a 50/50 solution of organic apple cider vinegar and water. If your dog doesn’t mind a spray bottle, spray him with the mixture and wipe the excess with a cotton wash cloth. If he isn’t fond of getting sprayed, use a natural sponge to apply the solution. This will help get some of the dirt out, neutralize odor, and give his coat a nice shine. If your dog has any open sores or irritated skin, avoid using this solution because it may sting.

Lemon Water Spritz

Lemon water can help deodorize and add a nice shine to your dog’s coat. Cut up a lemon into thin slices and place them into water that is almost boiling. Let the concoction sit overnight and spray or sponge it on your dog the next day. Place it in a container for refrigeration and later use. When the spritz has dried, your dog’s hair may have a little crunch to it. Gently brush his hair out and his coat will look freshly bathed. This mixture is also a flea-killer and skin soother. Note that if your dog has a dark coat, the lemon spritz may lighten it.

Coconut Oil

For dogs who need a light deodorizing, moisturizing, and added shine, grab a small amount of food-grade organic coconut oil and massage it down onto the skin. Use a cotton wash cloth to gently wipe off any excess.

Read more at The Honest Kitchen blog.
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