What better way to start off the blog than with a post about a crunchy dog option! Two of my favorite topics: crunchy products and my dog Mia! As I mentioned in my welcome post, I am super passionate about living a crunchy lifestyle. Someone recently asked what a “crunchy” lifestyle means. It’s basically a label to describe someone who is very conscientious about living clean and natural. I typically do tons of my own research and tend to stay away from mainstream trends in the health, wellness & food industries. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am all about my natural “remedies”! When I got my fur baby, Mia, I started researching natural options for dogs. I joined a couple of really good facebook groups that have been very helpful in my quest to provide Mia with great products.

One product that I struggled to find clean options for was dog shampoo. When I first got Mia I had some fancy dancy shampoo and it ended up making her itchy and she had bad dandruff. Then I tried the Burt’s Bees dog line with the same issues. Why does everything have to be so toxic and gross with nasty ingredients and fragrances?! So I set off on a mission to make my own! This is a homemade recipe that I have been using for the last year with Mia and it’s worked great. We always get compliments from strangers and even the vet about how healthy her hair/coat looks.

So here’s what you’ll need … 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp natural soap 
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil

Mix it all together and you’ve got yourself a nice smelling natural dog shampoo! It’s not quite as foamy as regular shampoo but it does lather decently and I usually only need a couple pumps to wash Mia. I dumped the natural soap into a storage container so that I could use this pump dispenser (in the picture below) for the actual shampoo. Let me know if you try it out with your fur baby!