Who hasn’t felt frustrated about the bad smells that often come with having a pet? So many people’s first thought is to reach for a product full of chemicals, but wouldn’t it be better if there was a more pet friendly way. Here are some tips that work a treat and don’t compromise anyone’s health or any pets.
How about using Baking Soda – for just about anything
This old fashioned, yet very effective and cheap remedy has done a great job for many years for a simple reason: It works! The uses are endless, here are some examples:
Cleaning dog toys: Dog toys need regular cleaning; they get dragged through dirt, chewed and drooled on and – eek! Solution: Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda per 1 quart of water and scrub the toys with an old toothbrush. For stuffed toys that shouldn’t get wet, sprinkle the surface with baking soda, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then brush it off.
Dry bath: How often does a dog come in from outside after rolling in stinky mud or even garbage? No time for a proper bath ….. a dry baking soda bath is a great back-up plan.
Solution: Always make sure that the dog’s fur is completely dry, sprinkle baking soda lightly over the coat, rub it in a little, then brush it through. It takes care of the worst of the problem until a proper bath is possible and it helps with relieving itching.
Freshening up dog beds, rugs and carpets: Where dogs lie down or hang out, a fragrance sometimes becomes evident that warrants action.
Solution: Sprinkle baking soda over the surface and allow it to sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum.
Cleaning up an accident: With pets, accidents happen. Often, the mess is on a difficult to clean surfaces and needs treatment as soon as possible.
Solution: To quell the smell and rein in the stain, apply a small amount of club soda to the scene of the accident and leave it long enough for it to dry. Then follow it up with a sprinkling of baking soda. Allow that to sit for about 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
Skunk sprays: Anyone whose dog has been the unhappy recipient of a skunk’s smelly calling card will likely never forget it!
Solution: Get the dog in a bath that contains one-quarter cup baking soda, 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap. Lather it in, rinse it off, and the odor will be greatly diminished.
And there’s always Vinegar – for carpets and rugs
It is remarkable what vinegar can do! Many pet parents will have used this simple yet effective liquid for many applications in the household. To get rid of those persistent pet smells in carpets and other surfaces, fill a pump spray bottle with vinegar and spray the affected areas; then let it evaporate for a few days. That should do the trick.
Best of all a Water Additive – for bad doggie breath
Smelly dog breath is a rather common occurrence, and not a pleasant one. One remedy is to regularly brush the canine’s teeth, but most 4 legged friends do not appreciate that procedure at all and it can prove to be an almost impossible task.
An easy and simple solution is to add a breath freshener to their drinking water. A good example of a natural breath freshener is Fresh Breath by VIP Pet Products. Fresh Breath makes use of the pet’s saliva to act as a delivery system, ensuring that it will reach even the farthermost places in the mouth. By adding a capful to the pet’s drinking water every time it is changed, Fresh Breath effectively and in a very short time eliminates bad breath brought about by odor causing composites. It also helps reduce tartar and plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.
Fresh Breath contains only plant based ingredients that support the wellbeing of pets. It is available on amazon.com Fresh Breath
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