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Most national brand liquid cleaners that you find in your local grocery store are at least 95% water! Why pay for water? Get what you're paying for... BUY CONCENTRATES!

What is a dilution ratio?
A dilution ratio means that the produt contains a precentage of solids of raw materials which is high enough to allow the user to dilute the product with water, according to label directions, without compromising the performance of the product. Some of our customers have found that a higher dilution works best for them, while others prefer a lower dilution ratio. We suggest that you find the dilution ratio which best suits your needs. One element we cannot control is your water, which is also a factor in the performance of any cleaning product.

Use this table to determine how much concentrated product is needed to make the following amounts of diluted solution.

Dilution Ratio 24 oz. Sprayer Quart Gallon 5 Gallons
4:1 4 3/4 oz. 6 1/2 oz. 25 1/2 oz. 128 oz.
10:1 2 1/4 oz. 2 1/2 oz. 11 1/2 oz. 59 ozs.
12:1 1 3/4 oz. 3 oz. 10 oz. 50 oz.
15:1 1 1/2 oz. 2 oz. 8 oz. 40 oz.
20:1 1 oz. 1 1/2 oz. 6 oz. 31 oz.
32:1 3/4 oz. 1 oz. 4 oz. 20 oz.
40:1 3/5 oz. 4/5 oz. 3 oz. 16 oz.

Use this chart as a guideline for diluting products. (15:1 ratio means 15 parts water to 1 part concentrate.) For example, to make 1 quart of solution @ 15:1 dilution, mix 30 oz water with 2 oz. of concentrate.

1 Gallon = 128 ounces. 1 Ounce = 1/8 Cup
1 Quart = 32 ounces 2 Cups 1 Pint
1 Pint = 16 ounces 2 Pints = 1 Quart
1 Cup = 8 ounces 4 Quarts = 1 Gallon

Tips of the trade

•Want to freshen up your shop and get rid of any spiders, mites, and other creepy crawlers? Use a couple ounces of Safely in your mop water! It smells great too!

•Wash the "work" out of your work clothes & shop towels by adding a couple ounces to your wash water.

•Pour a bit of Safely into a cup or bowl when you load the dishwasher, or right into the water for washing by hand, to eliminate those yucky food odors!

•If you love to eat garlic and onions, but you don't like to smell like them,
try a drop or two when you wash your hands. You'll be surprised!

1. Mix equal parts white vinegar & water. Rinse skunky dog with vinegar water.
    2. Squeeze out excess water from coat. Apply SAFELY, diluted 5:1; work into a lather, gently near face & eyes. Leave suds on pet for about 10 minutes.
    3. Rinse thoroughly & dry. If odor persists, repeat steps 2 & 3.

•"1-2-FLEA Method"
    1. Before bathing pet, mix d'Luxe Organic Pet Plunge @ 2-4 ozs. per gallon of warm water. Using a heavy duty sprayer, apply thoroughly to pet's dry coat. Avoid spraying in eyes & nose. Let stand 15-20 mninutes. DO NOT RINSE before bathing pet.
    2.Mix EC PRO into your flea shampoo @ 1/2 oz. or 1 tbsp. per gallon. Apply to the pet's dry coat. Work into a lather & massage in. Rinse thoroughly and semi-dry.
    3. Repeat Step 1 and allow D.O.P.P. to dry into coat. Do not dry with hot air. Cage dryer is recommended.
Many of our groomers have had great success with this method, however no residual claims should be made, as neither you or I can control the pet owner's home environment. - John Nelson

•Harvested from free range cacti to ensure optimum vitamin & mineral content, Opuntia englamanii (Prickly Pear Cactus) is a natually occurring insect repellent & healing agent whose medicinal uses were first discovered by Native Americans centuries ago. The slippery-oily juice is ideal for use as an emollient and demulcent to provide soothing relief from dry, itchy, irritated skin. For centuries, prickly-pear has been used to heal cuts, wounds, burns, contusions, warts & various other skin conditions.

•The benefits of the external use of oatmeal range from soothing, healing relief, skin conditioning & elimination of free radicals. While other oatmeal products use "colloidal oatmeal", which loses many of its beneficial properties during the refining process, SPECTRUM Laboratories products contain oatmeal refined by a process which uses a method of cold fractionation. The superior process, developed by Dr. Richard Potter, ensures that "the good stuff" remains.

Causes and Solutions To Unsightly Eye Staining
by Shannon Lynnes, CMG, NCMG

As a professional groomer, I am often asked how to remove those awful eye
stains that some light-colored dogs are prone to. These dogs are easy to spot, with their
raccoon-like masks around their eyes. There are dozens of products on the market that claim
to take these stains away with regular usage. Be forewarned; they do not work. Unfortunately,
there is no magic potion that will remove the dark stains from around a pet's eyes.
Many different breeds suffer from excessive eye drainage. It is more noticeable with
lighter-colored dogs because of the hair color change that takes place. The telltale
reddish-brown stain is easy to spot, but hard to cure. As in many things, prevention is
the name of the game.

First, it is important to rule out any health problems that may be causing the eye irritation.
The purpose of tears in a dog's eye is to cleanse and lubricate the eye. If there is excessive
tearing, this may be caused by a medical condition that would need care from a veterinarian.
The first step in solving this dilemma is to rule out any health reasons for the tearing.
The reddish-brown stains are caused by iron in the dog's system. It actually dyes the hair
that color, just like a rust stain you might find on a recently laundered piece of clothing.
These stains can show up not only around the eyes, but around the dog's mouth, too, or also
in any area that he might be licking excessively. The saliva acts like the tears, staining
the rust color permanently onto the dog's coat.

One of the easiest ways to reduce staining is to give the dog only distilled water to drink.
This is an old trick used by many white poodle breeders to reduce the staining problem, and
it is usually very effective. Filtered water will not work; it must be distilled water, and
it must be given to the dog consistently. Other things can contribute to staining also.
Some of the inexpensive commercial dog foods contain high levels of food coloring, which can
also add to the staining problem as well. Feeding a premium quality food with fewer dyes and
preservatives can sometimes dramatically reduce the staining.

In addition to the unattractive appearance of the staining, often the eye matter collects and
dries around the dog's eyes, leaving a hard lump in the corner of the eye. Not only is this
unsightly, but, if left untreated over time, it can become quite odorous and the area around
the eyes can become infected. This can be horribly painful for the animal, and usually means
a trip to the veterinarian for oral and topical antibiotic treatments.

Finally, there are other common sense issues that can indeed help with the staining problem.
Keeping the dogs face clipped short is an obvious solution. If the hair around the eyes is short,
the tears then don't have anything to cling to. Also, wiping the dog's face two or three times
per day with a warm washcloth will do wonders in reducing the amount and severity of the staining.

Giving Your Pooch a Pedicure
By Shannon Lynnes CMG, NCMG

Trimming toenails at home can be a simple endeavor with some proper instruction.
Before tackling this task, it is important to have a veterinarian or a groomer give
you a pedicure demonstration on your own dog's toenails. Doggie toenails vary
extensively in shape and hardness, and each requires some skill in knowing where
and how to make the cut.

After that, the biggest challenge is restraining the pet. Most dogs do not like to
have their feet touched. The common mistake people make is trying to accomplish this
feat sitting on the floor. But this makes it too easy for the pet to get away, and
usually when we play with our pets we sit on the floor with them. Therefore they do
not recognize this to be a serious task because they are not restrained properly.
It is important to put the dog up onto something, a counter, a table, a workbench,
etc., so that movement is limited. Do not leave a pet unattended while he is up on
a structure. If possible, it is best to have a helper to hold onto the dog while you
clip the nails.

It is vital that the nail clippers be very sharp. Good quality nail trimmers can be
purchased at stores for under ten dollars. The most common varieties are scissor and
guillotine. Scissor types have blades that come together in a scissor-type mechanism.
Guillotine clippers have an opening in which to place the nail, then the blade comes
up from underneath. Smaller dogs' toenails respond well to both types, but large
breeds have harder nails, making the scissor-type more effective.
Every toenail has a blood supply, much like our "quick," which must not be cut. The
nail will bleed extensively if cut too short. If your dog's nails are white, the blood
supply can be easily seen under the surface. The most effective method to trim toenails
is to take off a small portion of the nail at a time, until you almost reach the quick.
The nail should be clipped approximately 1/4 of an inch from this blood supply. It is
very important to recognize the shape of the toenail in order to properly cut it,
which is where the demonstration mentioned earlier comes in handy. This is especially
important if the dog's toenails are black, as the blood supply will be impossible to see.
If any of your dog's nails have grown around to form a circle, please seek the assistance
of a professional groomer or veterinarian to properly trim these nails.

If you happen to knick the blood supply during the pedicure and nail begins to bleed,
do not panic. This type of bleeding can usually be controlled with products you have
around the house. The best bet is a styptic pencil or powder work great to control
the bleeding, and can usually be found in the medicine cabinet. If that isn't an option,
flour and cornstarch are great substitutes. Dab a dime-sized amount into your palm,
then drag the dog's toenail down and through the powder. This will form a little plug
inside of the nail cavity by forcing some of the powder up into the nail where the
blood is coming from. Apply some pressure onto the bottom of the nail holding the
powder inside for a few minutes. Limit the dog's activity for a while afterward.
If disturbed too soon, the nail will resume bleeding. If you've cut the quick severely
and these methods do not work, you may need to make a quick trip to your vet to have
the nail cauterized. But if you are careful this can be an easy task with some practice.


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