Given the fact that the eye is so sensitive, I would not advise using any laundry materials near the eye, for the fur works like a sponge and may cause damage to the cornea. I would suggest a product called miracle white you can find it in most pet stores. Laundry products can be corrosive!!!!
Well I was posting with someone while back about the Mrs. Stewarts blueing to whiten my westies. But I think she had sujected to add it to the bath water when washing them. She used it on her horses. I do scare using anything to close to the eyes. I haven't gotton to the hardware store to by a new bottle. I only have the old antique bottle sitting on my shelf for decor LOL Jubilee
I have a bichon frise. They have white fur and tear alot! What I do is buy the tear stain remover that they sell at Petsmart and use a Q-tip to apply it. It proably won't work in one sitting, but it's something that you have to use every couple of days. Read the label for the exact directions, though.
I also know of someone that used the whitening shampoo on her giant st. poodle She over did it let it stay on for awhile and her poo truned blue. She had a picture of it as proof. I don't really notice any difference using it.
1 Tbs Hydrogen peroxide mixed with cornstarch makes a paste you can apply to the stains, let it dry and then brush off the dried paste. I also read somewhere about adding milk of magnesia in with the Hydrogen Peroxide and then the cornstarch, havn't tried that though. Use it daily untill the tearstains are gone then use a couple times a month to keep them gone.
i would be very careful what i used around the eyes. read the label and see if it says to keep away from the eyes. you don't want to use something near the eyes that doesn't say it is safe for eyes. you can wind up permanently damaging your dogs eye. if you still want to try it then i would suggest you go out and buy artificial tears eye ointment ( not drops ) and lubricate the eye heavily before applying anything near it.
Blueing shampoo is a god send for white animals! lol You really should not have to worry to much about water to shampoo ratios as long as you get some made for pets. Most of it rinses of very easily and will not stain them blue like you think it might! I have used blueing shampoo on my white livestock animals for years and it is simply the only thing that will really remove any stain no matter how bad. When I wash an animal with it, I usually put a bit in the water just enough to get it a little soapy and wash them good with that, then I go back and apply shampoo directly to the worst of the stains and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing. If you do a good job of rinsing you should not have to ever worry about any blue stains. I think if you tryed it you would be amazed with it, I will no wash a whiat animal without it!