Our Method to Cleaning Dog Ears with Essential Oils
Since I have been using essential oils for over two years, I have really learned to explore many uses for them in our home and with using them safely with our dogs. I will admit, I took my time learning about the safety precautions for using Young Living Essential Oils with animals. Each animal is very different so I recommend reading The Essential Oils Animal Reference Guide for a better understanding if you have essential oils and if you have animals in your home. Some basic guidelines for using oils with dogs include:
Once I had resources and education, I became very comfortable with using Young Living Essential Oils and actually felt better using a more natural product. Since a lot of the recipes I was making were homemade, I knew exactly what was going into them. This means that I was able to avoid the unwanted antibiotics and chemicals when caring for the dogs. Further, my decision to use Young Living products was supported by their Seed to Seal commitment which is widely considered an industry-leading standard!
Last week, when I was replenishing my supply homemade makeup remover wipes pads this new DIY idea for the dogs sprung to mind. Even if you are not the DIY type, this idea is super simple and very effective! What was the idea you ask? Cleaning pads for the dog's ears!
We had previously used to make our own ear spray with oils, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide diluted with distilled or gravity-fed water. However, we still needed to use cotton balls to finish the job. Being that one of our dogs is a Golden Retriever, ear hygiene is top priority and a constant battle. Good ear hygiene is preventative for canine ear infections! The convenience of having both the "ear spray" and the wipe all in one convenient package was a must-try for us. When you are on the go and notice that your dog's ear odor the last thing you want is to make a production out of a simple ear cleaning. Enter the convenience of the ear wipes! When I thought of this, I just knew these were going to be game changer for my husband and I because usually taming our Golden's skin and ear troubles had become quite the hassle.
To make the wipes, here are the supplies that I use:
These measurements do not need to be exact, I used this amount for a 4 ounce glass jar that fits about 21 cotton rounds.
Making the Wipes
In a glass mixing bowl, add the witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and Essential Oils. We sometimes add Hydrogen Peroxide, however this is optional. Once this is blended, put the cotton rounds into the 4 ounce glass jar and slowly pour the mixture over the cotton rounds. Take your time with this step because you may need to manipulate the cotton rounds to help absorb the mixture. You can also out a few cotton rounds in at a time and slowly pour the ear cleaning mixture over the rounds, adding more rounds as you go along. I like to add my essential oils directly to my glass jar with the cotton rounds but you could also choose to add it to the mixing bowl instead. I always use a glass jar for safety purposes (you never know these days with plastics).
I have a few go-to oils that I use for our doggy ear wipes. I typically only select three oils per batch. I have a tendency to change up the essential oils that I select each time (I also do this for my makeup remover wipes).
There you have it! Super simple ear wipes for dogs. I hope you enjoy these ear wipes for your furry friends as much as I do! I hope they save you time and energy, and keep your four legged friend free from harmful chemicals all while supporting their ear health! They too can live a natural lifestyle with essential oils, just like you!
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