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Come back tomorrow, when we get back into household cleaner DIY’s with a Tire Cleaner and Leather Cleaner.

Until next time,
Greener’ista Ash

DIY Natural Tick Removal

Ticks are nasty little blood suckers (pictured below) that can wreak havoc on your furry friends and cause diseases (like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever)! 

You can try to make your pets seem less attractive to ticks, by adding a small amount of garlic to their food daily. But if it’s too late and your furever friend already has ticks, here’s the natural solution to rid your pet of them.

Ingredients:

Tabasco sauce or Tea Tree Oil

Tweezers

Cotton Swabs

Rubber Gloves

Directions

Strap on those rubber gloves and arm yourself with a pair of tweezers. Ready? Let’s get started:

Calm your pet as best you can and get them to lay in front of you or sit in your lap. Generously apply the Tabasco sauce or Tea Tree Oil to the back end of the tick. Never pull the tick out without Tabasco sauce or Tea Tree Oil or you could risk the tick’s head staying in your pet, causing further infection!

 When the tick backs out of the skin, grab it in the middle with the tweezers. Remove and destroy the tick by popping/squeezing it and throwing it in the toilet. 

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for another awesome DIY.

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash 

 

Flea & Tick Shampoo

Fleas and Ticks can invade even the cleanest of pets and subsequently, their homes. Stop the problem at its source by treating your pet to this easy to make shampoo.

Ingredients:

Prepared Castile Shampoo (equal parts Castile Soap and Water)

Essential Oil (of your choice for frangrance purposes)

Directions

The amount of shampoo you make will depend on the size of your animal:

For a smaller pet, for every tablespoon of shampoo (15 mL) add one to two drops of essential oil. 

For a larger pet, for every two-three tablespoons of shampoo (30-45 mL) add three to four drops of essential oils.

Store in a bottle and label with the name and date.

Shelf life: 6 months

Dont forget to come back tomorrow for a DIY on Natural Tick Removal.

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash 

 

Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo for Dogs

For itching and rashes, nothing is worse than seeing your pet in pain! For itching and rashes, like that caused by fleas and ticks (see flea and tick shampoo tomorrow), you can help soothe the irritated skin with this cooling DIY!

Ingredients:

1/8 Cup of prepared Castile Shampoo (equal parts Castile Soap and Water) (30 mL)

1/2 Cup of Colloidal Oatmeal (228 g)

Small amount of Bitter Apple (a small, lemon-sized fruit – bitter and nasty tasting)

Directions

Boil oatmeal with 1/2 Cup of Water or use pre-made Colloidal Oatmeal. Add oatmeal to Castile Shampoo and mix well. Add some bitter apple and mix again. 

Shelf life: None

To Use: Cleanse the affected area and use as a paste on your dog. Leave on for one minute. The bitter apple in the mix will stop the dog from wanting to lick or bite the area.

Come back tomorrow for DIY Flea & Tick Shampoo.

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash

  


DIY Pet Health Tonic

This wonderful tonic can be added to your cats or dogs food daily to see shiny coats, beautiful bright eyes and wet little noses!

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Cod Liver Oil (60 mL)

1/2 Cup of Water (120 mL)

1/2 Cooked Garlic Clove

1 Teaspoon of Fresh Parsley (1.3 g)

1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil (15 mL)

1/4 Teaspoon of Brewer’s Yeast (1g)

Directions

Chop the cooked garlic clove and fresh parsley until very fine. Place in a bowl and add the brewer’s yeast. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mix well and store in a brown (amber) bottle and as always, label with the name and date.

Shelf life: 2 months (keep it in your fridge)

To Use: Mix 1 Teaspoon (5 mL) of tonic into their food daily for added nutrients to their diet. The greens in the mixture help to stop the craving for grass-eating, plus add Vitamin A. The garlic helps detoxify their systems and the oils give shine to their coats while adding extra vitamins. Last but not least, the Brewers Yeast adds healthy B vitamins to your pets’ diet. 

While these are all wonderful ingredients for your pets’ health, plus do not exceed more than one Teaspoon per day!

Come back again tomorrow for a DIY on Colloidial Shampoo for Dogs.

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash

  

DIY Dry Oatmeal Shampoo & Dandruff Rinse

There will be no pranking on today’s post, contrary to the day. Instead let’s focus on making our furry friends smell nice with these natural recipes. 

The awesome dry oatmeal shampoo can be used on both cats and dogs. It’s great for those finniky pets who dispise getting wet, but still need bathing! It works by removing the excess body oil and dander out of your pets’ coat. What cat or dog doesn’t like to be brushed?

The Dandruff Rinse featured today is meant to be used as a follow up to the shampoo. As an added bonus, you can use the Dandruff Rinse on yourself if you happen to have issues with dandruff!

Dry Oatmeal Shampoo

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Baking Soda (110 g)

1/4 Cup of Corn Starch or Rice Flour (32 g)

1/2 Cup of Colloidal or Finely Ground Oatmeal (simply grind regular Oatmeal in a food processor)

3-4 Drops of Essential Oil (cedar wood and citronella oils work great to prevent fleas and ticks)

Directions

Using an old fashioned hand sifter, sift the dry ingredients together, blend in the essential oils while continuing to sift. Make sure the essential oils are well mixed into the dry ingredients. Store in a sealed container and as always, label with the name and date. 

Shelf life: 4-5 months (Store in a dry, cool place)

To Use: Sprinkle a little of the mixture onto your cat or dog and brush it through their coat. 

Dandruff Rinse

Ingredients:

1 Aspirin

4 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (found in Health Food Stores, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.)

1/2 Cup of Water (120 mL)

Directions

Crush the Aspirin and add it to the oil and water. Mix thoroughly and use immediately. 

Shelf life: None

To Use:  After shampooing, pour this rinse over your or your pets skin. Let this sit for one to two minutes and rinse with clear water.

Join us tomorrow when we have another DIY for Pet Health Tonic to keep your furry loved ones in good health.

Until next time, 

Greener’ista Ash 

 

DIY High-Protein Bird Treats

Life’s not always for the birds – but this post definitely is! With the addition of bacon grease, I almost wish I was a bird to enjoy this awesome recipe. If you have any feathered friends, they will sing your praises for this DIY!

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Solid Bacon Grease (or solid vegetable shortening) (232 g)

1 1/2 Cups of Bread Crumbs (162 g)

1 1/2 Cups of Millet (300 g)

1/4 Cup of Sunflower Seeds (36 g)

1/4 Cup of Rolled Oats (20 g)

1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter (129 g)

Directions

Heat the bacon grease (or shortening) in a saucepan until softened. Do not cook! Once soft, remove from the heat. In a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix together. 

Let the bacon grease partially set. Add the bowl ingredients to the pan of grease. Mix thoroughly. Shape into balls and hang or place them in your bird cage or feeders.

Don’t forget to join is for tomorrow’s post on DIY Dry Oatmeal Shampoo & DIY Dandruff Rinse!

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash

  

DIY Healthy Kitty Treats

Today’s DIY has a much longer shelf life than yesterday’s Kitty Tuna Treats, but it is equally as yummy (if you like liver). My kitty, Shadow, would tell you as much if he could talk! 

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour (30 g)

1/2 Cup of Dry Non-Fat Powdered Milk (114 g)

1 Tablespoon of Cornmeal (9 g)

1 Raw Egg, Whipped 

1/4 Cup of Water (120 mL)

1/4 Cup of Powdered Chicken Stock (57 g)

1 Tablespoon of Catnip (15 mL)

1/4 Cup of Cooked Liver, finely chopped (57 g)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a plastic container. Seal and place in the fridge for a few hours. 

Butter your hands before shaping mixture- knead it and shape it into balls. Store in a sealed container in your fridge. Don’t forget to label with the name and date.

Shelf life: 2 months 

Come back tomorrow for a special DIY for High-Protien Bird Treats!

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash

  

Shadow and myself cuddled on the couch (2014)

DIY Kitty Tuna Treats

I want to start this post by apologizing to my faithful readers, for missing a few days this week. With a big costume birthday party coming up, I’ve been focusing a lot of my time to creating and sewing Viking costumes for myself and my man. Now that I’m done the major parts of the costumes, I can return my focus to DIY’s for you lovely readers.

Today we look at cute furever pets, kitties, and tuna treats made just for them! I love my cat, Shadow, who runs across the house at the crack of a tuna can. He gobbles these treats right up and asks for more! Why not make your kitty yummy tuna treats too?

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth (120 mL)

2 Ounces of Plain Yogurt (60 g)

7 Ounce Can of Tuna Fish (1.2 kg)

1-2 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread, crumbled

Directions

Put the broth into a small bowl. Add the bread crumbs and yogurt – stir until all the liquid is absorbed. You can control the firmness or softness of the treats by removing or adding bread crumbs. Drain the water from the tuna and add only the tuna fish to the mixture. Stir until smooth.

Seal in a plastic container in the fridge for a couple hours, until the mixture is firm. Coat your hands with butter before shaping the mixture, to stop it from sticking to your hands. You can either cut these into squares or roll them into balls.

Shelf life: 1 week (keep in a sealed container in the fridge)

Come back tomorrow for another pet DIY for Healthy Kitty Treats.

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash

  

DIY Scooby Snacks (Liver-Flavored Dog Cookies)

Rut ro! Don’t forget to whip up a batch of these liver-flavored Scooby Snacks for your crime-fighting, mystery-solving, well deserving pooch to say thanks for all their hard work! 

Dogs and cats love this recipe equally – just remember to make smaller pieces if giving them to a special little kitty.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour (180 g)

1/4 Cup of Dry Powdered Milk (57 g)

1/4 Cup of Water (60 mL)

1 Egg

1/8 Cup of Vegetable Oil (30 mL)

2 Tablespoons of Unflavored Yogurt (30 g)

1/2 Cup of Chopped Liver (113 g)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and roll onto a floured board (add more water or flour as needed). Make the biscuits about 1/2 inch thick (13 mm). Bake in oven at 300*F (149*C) for 40-45 minutes. Slice into cookies when cool. Store in a sealed container and label with the name and date, as always.

Shelf life: 2 months

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for DIY Pet Health Tonic!

Until next time,

Greener’ista Ash