8 Ways to Naturally Tackle Pet Odors

Pet odors can be nearly impossible to get out of household surfaces. Even harsh, toxic cleaners can’t always stand up to animal smells. However, sometimes the solution is simpler than you would think. In Household Hints: Amazing Uses for Salt, Lemons, Vinegar and Baking Soda, author Heather Rodino tells you how to use everyday items to clean your house or improve your beauty routine.

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Here are a few of her tips for household pet clean up:

CAT BOX ODORS
Sprinkle your cat’s litter box regularly with baking soda to cut down on nasty odors. When you clean the box, add a thin layer of baking soda in the bottom before putting in the clean litter.

SPRAY AWAY
Un-neutered male cats, also known as tom cats, can hang around a home, leaving an awful-smelling urine spray that seems to linger forever. Help keep these cats at bay by spraying vinegar regularly around the home. If this doesn’t help, see if your town offers a free neutering program for stray cats; that’s the best “fix,” so to speak, for this situation.

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FLEA-FREE BATH
For an all-natural flea treatment, add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s bath water. The vinegar will also help deodorize the dog’s fur. As a topical treatment, you can put one tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle filled with water and spray the dog’s fur regularly. Ask your vet first whether this would work for your dog.

NIX THE DOG SMELL
Help eliminate that stinky dog smell by adding baking soda to the water the next time you give your dog a bath. Dissolve one quarter cup in the tub and wash the dog as usual.

CANINE DRY SHAMPOO
Just like humans, dogs can benefit from a dry shampoo. Baking soda will absorb odors and oils, making your dog smell better. Sprinkle it onto his coat, and comb it through to remove it. (You may also want to ruffle his fur a bit with a towel.) Since this tip can get a little messy, it’s best to do it outside.

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FOR CLEAN PET TOYS
Pet toys can get covered in saliva, dirt, hair, and whatever else might be lurking on your floor or in your yard. To clean the toys, soak them in a bath of baking soda and water. A quarter cup of baking soda dissolved in a sink full of hot water should do it. Rinse well and let the toys dry.

FOR CARPETS
After cleaning up a pet stain on the carpet, sprinkle the damp rug with baking soda to deodorize. When the rug dries, simply vacuum up the baking soda and the smell should be gone.

FOR HARD-FLOOR SURFACES
Your furry friend might leave you some unpleasant surprises on the floor from time to time. After you’ve wiped up the mess, cover the area with vinegar to disinfect and deodorize. Wait a few minutes, then mop up the vinegar with plain water.

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