About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Tip #52.....Update on Baking Soda Rinse

I use a Baking Soda rinse on almost all of the dogs that I groom.

If you are new to my blog, I wrote a post on using Baking Soda Rinse a few years ago.
You can check out the link and see what I am talking about.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I had a dog in the tub that was large and full of shampoo, I wanted to cut down the rinse time so I poured the Baking Soda mix all over the dog (while the shampoo was still on) to cut through the shampoo and make rinsing faster.
I do this every once in awhile when I have a dog with a very thick coat that will take forever to rinse.

This time I did something a little different.

I usually just pour the baking soda rinse all over the dog and then start to rinse off the shampoo, this time I was rubbing the baking soda rinse into the soapy coat as I was pouring it all over the dog.
I instantly felt a difference in the shampoo and in the dogs coat.

It is a little hard to describe.
The baking soda was thinning out the shampoo, but at the same time the combination of the baking soda and shampoo was making the coat feel even cleaner and softer.

I wish that I could describe it better.

The coat rinsed out quickly and felt squeaky clean.
The best part was how the coat felt after I finished drying it.
Very light, fluffy, and super clean.

I thought that maybe it was just that dogs coat, but after using the baking soda rinse the same way on other dogs, I was pleased to see the same results.

Try it.
See what you think. :)

Happy Grooming, MFF


  1. I actually use this tip all the time. :) but I know what youmean about the feel. It's not slimy but almost but in a good way?? OR SATINY!! But I love it for big hairy dogs to dry quick too! Thank you for this wonderful tip. And I use it for greasy dogs too! So versitable... :)

  2. I use it to wash my hair. A tablespoon to two cups of water. Rinse and then rinse with vinegar/water half/half. Ever try a vinegar rinse on the dogs? The theory is the baking soda is basic and it opens up the hair and washes away the dirt/grime and the vinegar is an acid, so closes the cuticle back down.

    1. Hi Miss Marie,

      I haven't tried it on my own hair. I'll have to try it.

      I used to use a vinegar rinse on the dogs all of the time, but I like the baking soda more myself. :)


  3. This is totally off subject but I randomly came across your blog from a creative grooming search on google. LOVE IT. I have literally been sitting here for 2 hours reading. I have been grooming for two almost three years and recently quit. I'm so glad I'm not the only one whose felt all these conflicting ways.

    1. Thank you Madame Ivory,
      I am glad that you like my blog.
      Take some time off away from grooming (I did after grooming about 2 years) You may decide to go back and try it again....I did! :) I have been grooming for almost 30 years now.
      Lisa, MFF

  4. How do u make a appointment with you.

    1. My shop is located in Maryland. The phone number is 410-661-9341. We book out one to two months.