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Hi all,
I’m a new Maltese mum - my first baby girl is now 5.5 months old. She’s happy and healthy and a ball of energy - I absolutely adore her!
I’ve just joined the forum (so I could post this) but I’ve been reading posts from before we brought her home.
My question is around using vinegar and/ or baking soda to keep her clean, white and smelling nice. I give her a bath around every 3-4 weeks and wash her face daily with plain water. I try to keep her eye area as trimmed and dry as I can and use a flea comb to ensure it’s not matted/ tangled.
I don’t have any particular concerns as such but would like to find a natural cleaning solution to use between baths and on the face/ under the eyes and wondered about using a vinegar and/ or baking soda diluted in lots of water - has anyone tried this? Thanks heaps 😀
 

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Forgot to add that my parents live in the country and have a rain water only supply purified via a silver UV filtration system. The water is super soft and makes my own hair very smooth and silky so I try to only bath Brie there. At home, I just use tap water to wash her face.
 

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I think the two might actually cancel each other and not be effective. I see lots of posts with people using vinegar so maybe will try that instead ...
What are some nice things I could add to the vinegar/ water mix to make it smell nice?
Or could I use lemon juice instead ?
 

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I would not suggest that you use Vinegar on your little one and would do a search on that before you do. I do use that combination mixed with very hot water, a squirt of Dawn Liquid detergent. and Baking Soda to clean my Bird Feeders. Vinegar and Baking Soda mixed together cause quite a stir in the water and I have to be careful when doing that. Your little one is adorable and hope to see more of both of you.
 

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You could use just a tiny drop of Johnson's baby shampoo but do rinse well. It will not hurt their eyes. In fact a dog eye specialist suggested we use it to clean Lisi's eye lids when our cat scratched her there. There is also a product called SPA Lavish by Tropiclean "tear stain remover" facial cleanser (tearless Oatmeal & Blueberry) that I have & use on the face. Just a gentle shampoo is best on the coat---please do not use vinegar & soda. White dogs can have delicate skin.
 

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You could use just a tiny drop of Johnson's baby shampoo but do rinse well. It will not hurt their eyes. In fact a dog eye specialist suggested we use it to clean Lisi's eye lids when our cat scratched her there. There is also a product called SPA Lavish by Tropiclean "tear stain remover" facial cleanser (tearless Oatmeal & Blueberry) that I have & use on the face. Just a gentle shampoo is best on the coat---please do not use vinegar & soda. White dogs can have delicate skin.
That we do also!
 
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