Green Dog Grooming with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a fantastic dog-grooming helper.
By The Bark Editors, September 2011, Updated June 2021
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Maintaining our dogs’ grooming routines is important. It’s not all about looking good, though that’s certainly one motivator; it’s also about keeping a close eye on the condition of our dogs’ skin, ears and nails, solving small problems before they become big ones.

As pet owners, it’s natural to be concerned about the type of cleaning products used. Baking soda is a key ingredient when it comes to natural dog grooming. From cleaning teeth to dry washing, there are many ways to use baking soda for a greener, dog-safe home. 

Use Baking Soda for Dogs:


Dry Bath

• Give your dog a dry bath by sprinkling her with baking soda. Rub baking soda in your dog’s fur, then brush it out for a quick clean.

Wet Bath

• For a wet wash, combine 3 tablespoons baking soda with 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon baby oil in a spray bottle. Spritz your pets, then wipe them dry.


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Dental Hygiene

• For healthy teeth and gums, dip a damp, soft brush in baking soda and gently brush your dog’s pearly whites, brush the outside surfaces of the largest teeth. For best dog dental hygiene, brush two to three times a week to really decrease tartar buildup.

• Maintain your dog’s dental hygiene by rinsing her mouth regularly with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.

Nail Grooming

• If you trim your dog’s toenails and accidentally cut too close and draw blood, dip the affected nail in baking soda, then apply pressure to stop bleeding.

Household Cleaning with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an awesome odor-eliminator for more than those strange smells in the fridge. Tackle canine-created aromas in your carpet by sprinkling baking soda on the surface, waiting 15 minutes (or longer for strong smells), then vacuuming. You can do the same with your dog’s bedding. (By the way, running only full loads of dog towels and bedding can save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year.)

Pet accident on a rug or carpet? Soak up as much as you can, wash the area with club soda and let dry. Then, sprinkle with baking soda, wait a bit and vacuum. Test this technique on an out-of- the-way spot to be sure it won’t discolor your carpet.

Keep your dog brushes clean by soaking them in a small basin in a solution of warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Rinse and air dry.

Photo by Anthony Duran