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Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (Xolitzcuintla) by Amy Fernandez
Xoloitzcuintli - (Xolitzcuintla or Mexican Hairless)
A recipe for a natural "baby powder" that can be used as a dry shampoo for your dog.
procedure is simple. Start with eight ounces of corn starch and three ounces of
baking soda. Add four ounces of rice flour… if you’re not familiar with this
product, it is very fine and very, very silky… and mix everything together
thoroughly (I use a little whisk). If you can’t find rice flour, try using
arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.
recipe makes an unscented powder that is smooth and soothing. The powder can be
scented, but personally I prefer the unscented version or a natural, non-perfume
like scent. (Try putting the powder in a ziploc plastic bag for several days
with a few sprigs of a nice-smelling herb like dried lavender… the powder will
pick up the scent. Take out the herb sprigs before you put the powder into
I have mixed up a batch of this powder, I transfer it into empty shaker powder
containers that I saved from when I used to purchase commercial body powder.
Sometimes if the weather is especially humid, this powder may clump, but if you
add about a quarter teaspoon of uncooked rice to each container, the rice
won’t shake out but will keep the powder flowing smoothly. To make a larger or
smaller batch of powder, double or halve each of the ingredients listed above.