6 DIY Dog Grooming Hacks

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Professional dog grooming can get expensive fast, with prices often ranging from $40-100 per visit.

But with a few simple DIY hacks using household items, you can keep your pup looking and feeling their best between trips to the groomer!

We’ve rounded up 6 genius dog grooming hacks that will save you serious money and turn your furry friend into a flawless supermodel.

Get ready for some serious “Who’s that dog?!” reactions from your neighbors and friends!

Hack #1: Dry Shampoo

Is your dog in desperate need of a bath but you’re short on time or they hate being submerged in water?

Dry shampoo to the rescue!

Simply sprinkle some dry shampoo powder made specifically for dogs onto their dry coat. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to absorb oils and odors, then brush it out thoroughly with a slicker brush.

The powder will soak up dirt, dander, and musty smells – giving your pup a quick freshen up and added body without getting them soaking wet.

Works like an absolute charm between baths! Look for an affordable dry shampoo made with natural ingredients like baking soda, corn starch, and essential oils.

Hack #2: Doggy Facial Cleanser

Just like humans, dogs can get gunk, dried mucus, and tear stains built up in the corners of their eyes and muzzle area over time if it’s not cleaned regularly.

Make a simple, gentle cleanser by mixing together:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp salt

Dip a soft washcloth or cotton pad in the solution and use it to gently wipe away any crustiness around your dog’s eyes and muzzle. The baking soda helps break up dried particles.

Be very careful not to get any of the solution in their eyes! You’ll have a bright-eyed, fresh-faced pooch in no time.

Hack #3: Conditioner Rinse

Does your pup have a dry, brittle coat that’s prone to tangles, mats, and stubborn shed fur? A cheap, quick deep conditioning rinse using basic items can work wonders.

After shampooing, mix together:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp any basic conditioner or leave-in cream rinse

Work the mixture through their fur with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb, let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

The vinegar helps remove any remaining product buildup while the conditioner adds glossy shine and detangles knots. Your dog’s coat will be soft, sleek, and smelling fresh!

Hack #4: Toothbrush Deshedding Tool

Are you constantly finding clumps of shed fur all over your house, stuck to your clothes and furniture? You need this ingenious hack!

Grab an old toothbrush (softer is better) and prepare to be amazed at its fur-removing capabilities!

Gently brush your dog’s coat in the direction of hair growth using the dry toothbrush. The little bristles act like a mini rake, grabbing and removing loose fur before it has a chance to become airborne and get everywhere.

This cheap, effective tool works way better than an expensive de-shedding brush, especially for short-haired dogs. Just be sure to brush frequently to stay ahead of shedding.

Hack #5: Hair Trimming Scissors

Between expensive grooming appointments, you can keep your dog looking neat, tidy and prevent matting by doing some basic trimming with plain old scissors.

Carefully trim any scraggly hair around their:

  • Paws/paw pads
  • Ears/ear fringe
  • Bum area/sanitary trim
  • Feathery fur on legs (if they have it)

Just be very careful not to cut too close or nick the delicate skin! Use sharp, high-quality scissors for a clean cut.

A few simple snips here and there make a big difference in giving your pup a polished, well-groomed look. Avoid cutting the hair on their face/head unless you’re an experienced groomer.

Hack #6: Paw Balm

Is your dog’s nose and paw pads dry, cracked, and in need of some serious hydration and healing? Don’t spend a fortune on commercial paw waxes!

Make a super simple, soothing paw balm by melting together:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw shea butter

Stir until fully melted and combined, then let the mixture cool slightly until it’s warm but not scorching hot.

Gently massage the paw balm into your dog’s dry, cracked pads and nose using your fingers. The natural oils and butters will instantly condition, heal, and lock in moisture to that thirsty skin.

Your dog’s paws and nose will be soft and supple again in no time! Store any leftovers in the fridge.


With these brilliant, affordable DIY dog grooming hacks using basic household items, you’ll keep your furry friend looking like the cover model for Dog Fancy magazine – no matter what your budget is!

Save big money on professional grooming, stay on top of grooming tasks at home, and develop an even stronger bond with your beloved pup in the process.

It’s a win-win-win situation that any dog owner can get behind!

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Chad Fox