As an animal lover I know that a pet is like a family member, and like a family member you want to make sure they are as safe as possible. Getting vaccinations, buying certain foods for a healthy diet, or even just taking them for walks so they get exercise, are all ways we try to protect our “other family members”. Another way you can help protect them is by using natural or “green” cleaning items in your house and on your pets.
In previous blogs I’ve mentioned that things like vinegar, baking soda, and lemons can be used to do anything from cleaning an oven, grill, or toilet, to putting the shine back on chrome. These items can also be used to safely clean up after your pet.
The next time your pet has an accident on your rug, instead of using traditional cleaners, try cleaning up the mess by scrubbing the area with club soda as soon as possible and let it dry. Then sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the area and let it sit to help control the odor. After about an hour vacuum the area thoroughly. If the stain is still there you can spread lemon juice over the area and let it soak in for about 20 min. After the stain is removed, use a mixture of vinegar and water to remove the odor.
If your pet is anything like the dogs I’ve had in my life, then they probably don’t like taking a bath. There is a natural solution that won’t get water all over the bathroom. If your pet is starting to smell a little funky, you can dry bathe it using baking soda. Sprinkle your pet’s coat with baking soda and rub it in with your hands. Then, use a brush and gently spread the baking soda through the fur until the baking soda is gone. The best part is, even if they lick their coat, they won’t get sick because there are no harsh chemicals involved.