Can You Really Make DIY Rat Shampoo?
DIY rat shampoo is easy to make – and will help keep your chubby bubby clean and smelling nice.
Rats are animals that naturally like to feel clean. They are constantly grooming themselves and one another. However, from time to time your pet rats might become dirty enough that they could greatly benefit from a real bath. That’s especially true when you’ve let cage cleaning slide a little too long. There are several different ways that you can go about giving your rat a bath. Yet, it’s important that you choose the right shampoo with which to clean your rats.
Baby Shampoo’s Not a Great Choice
Baby shampoo is a popular choice among rat owners, but any human shampoo won’t be perfect for the skin of a rat, as they have very different pH levels from us. As the skin of a rat is more similar in pH to a dog’s than to a human’s, dog shampoo may seem like the best alternative to using baby shampoo. However, these are not always safe for your rats, especially ones that contain ingredients used for flea and parasite control.
While baby shampoo isn’t going to do damage to your rats, it does not really offer any particular benefits other than just cleaning the fur. For this reason, a rat owner should consider making their own shampoo at home. The formula for this rat shampoo is reported to work much more efficiently than commercial shampoos and can even keep fleas away from your rats, along with making the coats look shiny and amazing. A rat can start looking sleek and shiny by using this shampoo recipe.
DIY Rat Shampoo
Add 1 cup of liquid natural dish soap, preferably with no dyes. Dawn is a good brand, as fleas dislike it and it has even been reported to remove fleas or sometimes mites that are already present. It’s also great for removing the buck grease that males get and they’ll look super clean. Or, you can go with liquid Castile soap, which is kind of a miracle soap – gentle and strong all at the same time.
Add 1 cup of distilled water.
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. You may be wondering if this is going to make your rat smell like some salad or a bag of chips. Keep in mind, the vinegar helps the pH of the coat to balance out and it also neutralizes odors that cling to the fur, like urine. The vinegar is also very useful for rinsing the shampoo and delivering a shine.
Add ⅓ cup of glycerin. This will help add a rich consistency to the shampoo so that the fur can be coated. It can be found with first-aid materials.
Add 1 tbsp of vitamin E in liquid form. This will help to soothe any itching resulting from fleas, mites, and dry skin.
You can store your mixture in a container such as Tupperware, a large bottle, an old shampoo container, a milk jug, etc.
To use, just mix up the ingredients, apply to the rat, lather it up, and rinse it out with the vinegar and then water.
Rinse and Sniff
There you have it, folks. Easy-peasy DIY rat shampoo for when your ratto could use a little help getting squeaky clean. See what I did there?