Minimise Shedding By Adding Fabric Softener To Your Dog’s Bath

Minimise Shedding By Adding Fabric Softener To Your Dog’s Bath
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When a dog starts shedding hair, it can be a nightmare to clean up. Redditor dietcokecrack discovered that a little fabric softener goes a long way towards solving the problem.

Picture: Bruce Fingerhood/Flickr.

I used to have a sheltie and she was the sweetiest, prettiest dog! The problem was she was a major shedder. Shelties have a double coat, so the soft undercoat would shed twice a year. I took her to a local groomer a friend of mine knew. She asked if I wanted the de-shedding bath, I said, Yes I do. She would take a five gallon bucket of water and add about a cup of liquid fabric softener to it and then pour it over the dog and rinse it out. I have to say, that Daisy didn’t shed all over my house for once, her coat was clean, fluffy, smelled great. I also tried this myself on my smaller dog and it was amazing. You will not believe the amount of shedding fur that is released.

I thought I would share this little tip, it really works. I would advise you do it outside if you don’t have huge clumps of wet fur all over your bathtub.

Some redditors voiced concerns about washing your dog with the various chemicals in fabric softener. How risky it is to do this is up for debate. What are your thoughts?

Do you have a dog that sheds like an SOB? Tip from a groomer has done miracles: Fabric Softener! [Reddit]


  • Your kidding me right? That’s the stupidest think I’ve heard along with fly spraying your dog that has flees. Your dogs skin is no different to ours it gets irritated it’s got chemicals in it that’s why there is a rinse cycle in washing machines. A cup to 5 gallons in also ten times more concentrated then you’d put in a washing machine. Your dog might stop shedding i don’t know but it’ll probably get skin rash instead. There are dog shampoos out there design to reduce shedding and de shedding combs. Furminator has a great range of products for example.. Source; wife is a dog groomer

    • Agreed. It is one thing for some random on the internet to say it. It is complete different (negligent even) for a professional journalist to publish this. Fabric softener is rinsed out of clothes in the wash, and has not been tested and approved safe for this use. You wouldn’t shampoo your own hair with laundry detergent, it would be cruel to do the same thing to an animal.

  • Just get a dog that doesn’t shed if it’s too much trouble for lazy people. Simple.

    There’s a reason why certain breeds of dogs shed – by preventing it to do so is cruel.

  • Wtf? What kind of disgusting advice is this? Like what was said above, there is skin under that coat! For the love of god don’t pour fabric softener on your dog. Go out and buy some good quality shampoo or something. If I took my dog to a groomer and found out they used fabric softener I’d punch their lights out.

    Edit: Oh and while we’re at it get some good quality dog food instead of that Pedigree crap from Woolworths. Get something good like Nutrience or Eukanuba. Something that actually has nutritional value.

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