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I found a recipe for rat shampoo from ratwhisperer, but I had trouble finding some of the ingredients. Her recipe is as follows:

1 cup distilled water
1 cup dawn pure essentials
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup glycerin
1 Tablespoon liquid vitamin E

I couldn't find dawn pure essentials, so I got the original scent. Will it be ok?
For glycerin all I could find was 99.5%. I'm not sure if that's ok?
And for vitamin E, all I could find was Vitamin E oil with safflower seed oil in it. Is saffflower seed oil safe for rats?

I would like to give them a bath soon, but wanted to make sure my recipe and all my ingredients were safe first.

Thanks,
Kellee
 

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There is no such thing ( as I can find) as unscented dawn. It's the one they use for oil spill victims though, so I figured it would be okay? Does anyone have any experience using it?
 

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I would imagine that you could substitute Seventh Generation Free & Clear. It's actually gentler than Dawn and doesn't have any scent aside from soap!
 

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Yeah the less chemicals and dyes the better. You don't even need to regularly bathe rats, most of the time you can just use a baby wipe
 

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As a side note on the soap thing-- "fragrance free" and "unscented" mean different things on labeling. Fragrance free means nothing has been added-- unscented means that they added chemicals to cover the smell. So go for fragrance free for your ratties if you can!
 

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Do you have a health shop in your area? One that specializes in natural foods? I'm sure you can find that stuff there
 

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Well I found the glycerin and vitamin E, it's just that the vitamin E only comes in an oil with safflower seed oil in it and I'm not sure if that's okay for rats. I read online that is is an edible oil, so I would assume it is but I just want to be sure.
 

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I am sure the oil would be fine but as another user said rats really dont need baths. They clean themselves more than cats do. I have had a few rats that needed baths but its rare. If your rat was say covered in tooth paste it might be a good idea to bathe them. :)
 

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Making one might be expensive. The best one would be Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap (liquid for the ratties) preferably the Sensitive, unscented one. Very nice and gentle on ratties.
 

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Making this one wasn't all that expensive (And it made a lot!) I don't bathe my rats often, but they haven't been bathed in a few months and are starting to get a bit smelly. Also I recently moved them and they are itchy, so I'm hoping a bath will help out (dawn is supposed to get rid of lice and some claim even mites, and the vitamin E oil is suppose to help eczema and itchy skin) And I have males, so that are getting very waxy. Like I said, this isn't going to be something I do often, only when needed.
 
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