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Dry Shampoo Formula? Ask Annie

Dry Shampoo Formula? Ask Annie

Dear Annie,
I have a sick dog and he is a breed that is prone to greasy hair. Given that he is sick and he hates baths I don’t want to submit him to one. Do you have a dry shampoo formula that I can work? He is looking very unsightly now that he is too sick to groom himself –Carolyn, D.C.

Dear Carolyn,
I remember when I was in the hospital after my appendix were taken out when I was in fifth grade, and I had to “wash” my hair with a dry shampoo. It had a horrible smell if I remember. Here, however, is a basic dry shampoo formula from my book Better Basics for the Home that has no scent (unless you want to add 405 drops of an essential oil yourself, but I’d be careful with scents at all because dogs have very sensitive noses).

While I am giving this formula to you for a dog, it can be used on humans and cats!

Basic Dry Shampoo Formula
� cups each cornmeal (or other flour), almond meal, and orris root powder (available in health food stores or from herbalists).

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dust the powder into the hair, leave it on for an hour, then brush it out.

This only takes a few minutes, and if you keep it in a glass jar with a screw top it will last for months.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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7:47AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


6:30AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Hope your puppy is better.

1:39PM PST on Feb 26, 2013


3:50AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thanks Annie

1:20AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thanks - will try this.

2:50AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you, Annie :)

6:42PM PST on Jan 31, 2013


3:06AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you :)

6:52AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Cool,i gotta try it,thanks.

8:53AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

definitely will try this.

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