Fresh Fur Cider Vinegar Rinse Concentrate
Fresh Fur Cider Vinegar Rinse Concentrate

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Concentrate: Fresh Fur

A concentrated organic apple cider vinegar rinse for dogs, infused with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that can help ease chronic skin problems, soothe dry, itchy skin, lessen dandruff, detangle and soften fur, deter pests, remove odors, and add shine and gloss to your dog's coat.

Product Overview

Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing and versatile topical tonic for your canine companions. It can help ease chronic skin problems, dry itchy skin and dandruff, deter pests, remove odors, and enhance the shine and feel of their coat.

Our herbal ACV fur rinse for dogs is also packed with beneficial herbs and essential oils that are great for a dog’s skin and coat. Herbal infusions have been used for centuries in humans to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body, and bounce. So, why not harness the power of plants for our dogs?

  • The silica in Horsetail helps strengthen hair and adds shine and luster.
  • Basil has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe irritation and add sheen to a dull coat.
  • Rosemary also adds shine and luster and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritated skin and ease flaking
  • Nettle stimulates the skin and helps improve circulation for soft and shiny fur. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which makes it helpful in tackling inflamed skin conditions. 
  • Burdock is rich in mucilage which are large carbohydrate (sugar) molecules. When this mucilage comes in contact with water, it swells and forms a smooth, slippery gel to help detangle fur and soothe and moisturize dry or irritated skin.
  • Lavender is a calming essential oil that also has natural insect repellent properties to help deter pests. It is also a great deodorizer when applied topically to fur. 
  • Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates healthy hair growth, conditions fur, adds shine, repels bugs, and helps increase circulation which is important for healthy skin and coat.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence indicating that using Apple Cider Vinegar topically can provide some helpful benefits to dogs.
(See our "How To Use" section below)

  • soothes irritated skin
  • conditions the fur
  • promotes a shiny coat
  • helps alleviate itchy skin
  • eases trouble spots
  • eliminate odors naturally
  • decreases tangles 
  • helps repel fleas
  • helps with paw yeast infections
  • cleanses floppy ears

Do not worry, your dog will not smell like vinegar. The smell dissipates as soon as the coat dries.
It is important not to apply an ACV rinse to open wounds or cuts. It will sting!

Products with essential oils should not be used on cats

How To Use

When introducing a new product on your dog's skin, always start in small quantities to be their is no reaction. 

Our Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Fur Rinse is a concentrate, there is no water added. Therefore it must be diluted before using. 

A note about dilution: If you read about using ACV for dogs, the ratio of water to vinegar varies greatly. You will see some that suggest a 1:1 ratio (example 1 cup ACV to 1 cup water) while others suggest a cup of vinegar in a gallon of water. Your pooch is unique. We will provide a suggested range of dilution for a variety of applications. Please begin with a weak vinegar solution, you can always increase the vinegar. 

For a Simple After Bath Rinse
  • Place 8 ounces of warm water into a container (measuring cup with a spout, spray bottle, or squirt bottle)
  • Add 1/2 - 2 tablespoons of herbal vinegar and mix
  • Shampoo and rinse your pup
  • Pour, spray or squirt the rinse on the dog's wet coat
  • Take care to avoid face and eyes
  • Gently massage to distribute vinegar throughout the coat and skin
  • You do not need to rinse 
  • Towel dry
  • Vinegar scent will disappear as fur dries
  • For large dogs recipe can be doubled

As said above, you will need to experiment to find a dilution that works best for your dog.

A vinegar rinse can be used after each shampoo and rinse. If you don't like to soap up your dog often, you can use the ACV rinse without shampooing. Simply wet the dog's coat thoroughly and follow the directions above. 

Avoid the topical use of ACV if your dog’s skin has open wounds or sores, as it could sting the skin and cause further irritation. 

For Very Itchy, Flaky Skin or Dandruff
  • Prepare a spray or squirt bottle with 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water.
  • Shampoo and rinse OR just rinse to saturate the coat
  • Pour, spray or squirt the rinse of the dog's wet coat
  • Take care to avoid face and eyes
  • Take extra time to gently massage the herbal vinegar throughout the coat and skin
  • You do not need to rinse thoroughly, but you should rinse a bit
  • Towel dry

Pet dandruff is easy to detect. It appears as small, white flakes that cling to your dog's fur especially on their back. There are many possible causes of doggie dandruff such as dry skin, food allergies, seasonal allergies, cold weather, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. In many cases, dandruff in dogs will usually subside by itself. However, if the problem is chronic or you have any concerns please check with your vet to determine the best course of treatment. 

To Help Repel Fleas

Since fleas and ticks don’t seem to like the smell of the vinegar, an ACV rinse alone can help deter pests. But if your pup is a pest magnet, or you are going hiking or camping a spritz of diluted apple cider vinegar may help prevent flea and tick bites. 

  • Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle
  • Lightly spray your dog's coat before heading outdoors
  • Be sure to avoid the eyes, nose, and mouth
  • You can also give their bedding a gentle spritz as well

For Odor Control

Especially in the summer heat, doggie odor can reach its peak. Hot and humid conditions can be the perfect breeding grounds for unwanted bacteria and fungus, which can cause skin and odor problems. An ACV rinse will not simply mask odor like other sprays, it actually helps eliminate the bacteria and fungus that cause the smell. 

You can use ACV as an odor eliminator two ways.

  • Follow the recipe for the Simple After Bath Rinse shown above, but use a bit higher concentration of vinegar, about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water.  OR
  • Combine the same ratio in a spray bottle and lightly spray onto dry fur and massage into the skin. 

How often to use the spray depends on your pup. You will need to experiment to discover what works best with your dog. 

Some people swear by a vinegar rinse bath as a quick and easy way to remove skunk odor. When our pup was sprayed by a skunk it took several days and several washings to remove the odor.

  • We applied the vinegar rinse before shampooing and allowed it to dry.
  • Then came a shampoo and rinse after which we reapplied the vinegar rinse and allowed her to dry.

Note when making a spray as an insect repellent or for odor control -- make extra. You can safely store your diluted vinegar spray for about month. If you make a very diluted spray you may need to refrigerate

As a Paw Soak

If your dog has itchy, discolored, or smelly paws, it may be due to seasonal allergies or yeast. Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, that can help soothe the irritation on paws from yeast or excessive licking and scratching.

You want a dilution of about 1/2 cup of ACV in 2 cups of water, but the actual numbers will depend on the process that you use. For example if you use a basin, your numbers may be 4 cups ACV to 1 gallon of water.

Now the goal is to soak your pup’s paws in the solution for about three minutes then rinse and pat dry. As a pet parent I know my sweet pup will not stand in a puddle for 3 minutes. You can also use a saturated cotton ball or simply spray the rinse on the paws. It may not be as effective as a thorough 3 minutes soaking, but it will help. You can use this treatment daily if needed until symptoms subside.

To Clean Ear Flaps

Dogs with floppy ears are prone to constant ear infections because their low-hanging ear flaps trap moisture and create a favorable environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. If you have a floppy-eared friend, apple cider vinegar will make an effective rinse to use during bath time as well as in between bath days to keep the ear flaps clean. If you suspect that your dog has an ear infection, please visit your veterinarian.

  • Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 cup of water.
  • Moisten a cotton or gauze pad with the solution and gently wipe away the dirt and debris from the inside flap of the ears.
  • Never insert anything inside the ear canal. The ear canals are very delicate and can be easily damaged. Do NOT pour solutions into your dog’s ears and do NOT use cotton swabs like Q-tips. Cleaning the surrounding area will help keep your dog's ears healthy.

For Trouble Spots

Sometimes you canine companion has an itchy spot or two that causes her distress. Apple cider vinegar has a cooling sensation, making it a good choice for small topical problems. A compress or light spritz of diluted herbal ACV applied to the affected area a few times a day can help soothe the irritation.

Again, avoid the topical use of ACV if your dog’s skin has open wounds or sores, as it could sting the skin and cause further irritation. 

A word of caution: If your dog has a white or very light coat be sure to check a small area before using the rinse all over. Apple cider vinegar may the cider stain the dog's coat.

Products with essential oils should not be used on cats

*Click here to see our Squeeze Bottle that makes it easy to measure, mix and apply the Vinegar rinse.

This product does not claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease in your pet. If you have any concerns please always contact your veterinarian. 

Effective, Feel Good Ingredients

The goal is simple: to Harness the Power & Simplicity of Nature® to cleanse, soothe, heal, and protect your skin and hair!

Our unique formulas rely on moisturizing oils and butters, healing botanicals, and pure essential oils. We choose every ingredient with one end-result in mind….the BEST possible natural skin care for YOU!

Featured Ingredients

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Burdock Root
Organic Burdock Root
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
All Ingredients:
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Horsetail
Organic Rosemary
Organic Nettle
Organic Burdock Root
Organic Basil
Organic Lavender
Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil

Organic Unrefined Vinegar infused with Organic Botanicals Horsetail, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock Root, Basil & Lavender

Unlike some vinegar rinses in which the first ingredient is water, our vinegar rinse is a pure concentrated vinegar. So you can add water to create the perfect rinse for your dog and you are not paying for a product that is mostly water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Why Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for the Hair Rinses?

Although plain white vinegar may work, Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be the favorite hair care vinegar. Some say that wine vinegars may be less drying for those with dry scalp conditions.

The process for making apple cider vinegar begins with the juice of fresh apples. Bacteria and yeast added to the juice begin the fermentation process which breaks down fructose, the naturally occurring fruit sugar, into alcohol.

The alcohol is converted to vinegar (which means “sour wine” in French) by acetic acid-forming bacteria.

The natural raw non-pasteurized vinegar is packed with nutrients. It appears cloudy with stringy stuff and sediment on the bottom due to the "mother" which contains the natural bacteria and enzymes that make this product so wonderful.

We only use organic raw apple cider vinegar with "mother." The difference between raw apple cider vinegar and a commercial clear vinegar brand is that the commercial vinegar is heated, distilled, and clarified. This processing removes much of the naturally occurring bacteria, nutrients, and living enzymes, thus stripping away the natural benefits.

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What Do Herbs Infused In Vinegar Do?

Why Do We Infuse Herbs Into Our ACV Rinses

Nature's herbs and botanicals have a life force of their own.
The vinegar extracts the healing and soothing phytochemicals from medicinal herbs and botanicals.

Natural Organic Herbal Skin Care Basil, Ocimum basilicum, stimulates hair follicles, increases scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. Basil helps protect hair from breakage, its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the roots and it adds luster to dull hair.

Burdock, Arctium lappa, nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth and improve the condition of hair. It helps soothe irritated scalp conditions, decrease breakage and adds sheen, body & luster. The mucilage in burdock root adds “slip” to hair to make detangling easier.

Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is nourishing and hydrating, stimulates the scalp and has been used for centuries as a hair growth herb. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair.

Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that may help with irritated scalp conditions and hair loss. It helps balance oil production as is a great herb for all hair types.

Nettle, Urtica dioica, stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, helps decrease breakage and promotes body, bounce, and shine. Nettle hair rinses are an old remedy to help reduce hair loss and encourage hair growth. Nettles balance oil production and help with dandruff.

Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, encourages the growth of strong healthy hair by improving blood flow to the scalp. The stimulating and revitalizing properties of rosemary help increase manageability, add shine, and condition the hair and scalp.

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Are Chagrin Valley Ingredients & Products USDA Certified Organic?

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic Company

Certified Organic Skin Care

The most important consideration in any business is its customers. Today's world of misleading claims, false advertising, and simple deception, often leaves consumers trying to discover the truth about personal products and their ingredients.

  • We want our customers to know that we are committed to transparency in everything we do.
  • We want our customers to know that when we say "organic," we mean it.
  • We believe that in becoming a USDA Certified Organic company, our customers do not have to wonder if we really use certified organic ingredients or if our organic products are truly organic.
  • So we choose to be a certified organic company and abide by the strict standards required for organic certification.

Some of my favorite products are made with ingredients that just do not exist as certified organic. Why? At this time there are no standards created for ingredients specifically used in the personal care product industry. Organic certification of personal care products is based on the organic food standards set by the National Organic Program of the USDA.

But since we are a certified organic company, we are required to submit documentation that even our "non-organic ingredients" were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, or irradiation.

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Are Your Products and Ingredients Cruelty Free?

All of Chagrin Valley's natural soap, shampoo bars, and personal care products are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

 Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve has been Leaping Bunny Certified since 2013. 

Natural Organic Skin Care Cruelty-Free Leaping Bunny LogoThe Leaping Bunny Program was developed in 1996, by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), to identify and support companies that are doing their part to help eliminate the unnecessary use and mistreatment of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients. The CCIC is made up of eight animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the U.S., as well as groups from Canada and Europe.

At Chagrin Valley we do not test our finished products on animals (other than human volunteers). But what about the raw materials, the ingredients we use?

Many products display labels claiming that their finished product is ‘not tested on animals’ but this does not guarantee that the product ingredients are actually free from animal testing. 

The CCIC Standard is a pledge that a company makes to remove animal testing from all stages of product development. Our pledge to buy ingredients that are cruelty-free is integrated into the purchase agreement for all of our suppliers.

Personal care products displaying the “real” Leaping Bunny logo are certified ‘cruelty-free' using the internationally recognized Humane Cosmetics Standards. These rigorous standards require that no animal testing is performed or authorized for finished products or any of the ingredients in any stage of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. All Leaping Bunny companies are subject to independent audits and pledge commitments that are renewed on an annual basis.

This annual renewal is a key requirement that sets the Leaping Bunny Program apart from other cruelty-free certification programs. Companies that manufacture products, as well as their ingredient suppliers, must annually recommit to upholding their promise to not conduct animal testing on any finished products, ingredients, or formulations.

Why is this annual commitment renewal important? "Because product formulations change, suppliers come and go, and manufacturers develop innovative lines to meet consumer needs. But we know that compassionate consumers need to be confident that no animal testing is involved in the products they use."

At Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve . . .

  • we do NOT test our products on animals
  • we do NOT use ingredients tested on animals
  • we do NOT sell into markets that require animal testing

The Leaping Bunny Program provides
the best assurance to consumers
that they are making compassionate shopping choices
by purchasing Cruelty-Free skin care!

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What are essential oils?

What Are Pure Essential Oils?

Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a fragrant flower or herb? The fragrance comes from potent, aromatic compounds called essential oils found in the flowers, stems, seeds, bark, roots, fruits, and other parts of plants. It often requires several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil.

Essential oils not only give plants their unique scents but also help lure plant pollinators and protect plants from insects and other predators.

The chemical composition of essential oils may provide valuable psychological and physical aromatherapeutic benefits for some people.

It is important to note that to be a true essential oil, the oil must be isolated from the plant material by physical means only. Essential oils are NEVER extracted using solvents.

Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available at a much lower cost, only natural plant essential oils will provide any aromatherapeutic benefits.

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If you are pregnant or under a doctor's care for any medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils.

Pregnancy & Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.

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