Did you know that good old-fashioned baking soda can help you fight dog odors?
This common and affordable household product can be used for cleaning many things in your home, but we’ll discuss how you can use it to eliminate pet odors.
It is a natural cleaner and deodorizer that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.
Dry shampoo your dog with baking soda
When you don’t have the time or energy to give your dog a bath, you can give them a quick “dry shampoo” with baking soda.
- Make sure your dog is completely dry.
- Brush your dog to remove loose hair.
- Lightly sprinkle baking soda across your dog’s coat, avoiding the face.
- Lightly rub the baking soda in and leave it in for 5-10 minutes.
- Use a brush and a towel to remove excess baking soda.
Wet shampoo your dog with baking soda
Many dog shampoos contain baking soda already. You can make your own DIY dog shampoo with odor neutralizer by mixing mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1.5 cups of warm water. Wash your dog with the mixture and gently massage it into their coat.
You can also make a baking soda and water rinse to use after you have used your normal dog shampoo. This gives your dog a very thoroughly clean and will remove excess shampoo from your dog, which may cause itchiness.
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Use baking soda on a dog bed, furniture or carpeting
Sometimes that spot where your dog loves to lie down can smell a little bit too much like a dog after a while. Sprinkle baking soda on carpeting, furniture, or the dog bed, then leave it in for about 20 mins and then vacuum it up.
Baking soda to deodorize your car
You can also use baking soda to eliminate dog odors in your car. Sprinkle it on the seats and floor mats and give it a few minutes to absorb odors and then vacuum it up.
Clean up “dog accidents” on carpeting
You can use baking soda to clean up a spot on the carpeting when a dog has an accident.
First, try and blot up as much of the liquid as you can with a rag or cloth first. Then mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda to create a runny paste-like substance. Apply the mixture to the soiled carpet or furniture, let it sit for a few minutes to absorb odor and then wipe or sponge it up.
Get rid of skunk smell
The old cure of using tomato sauce to get rid of the smell when your dog gets sprayed by a skunk just isn’t very effective.
Instead, get out your reliable box of baking soda, and mix a ¼ cup baking soda with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture onto your dog, leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
You may need to clean them with this once or twice to finally get that smell out.
Related post: Dog sprayed by skunk – What to do, what not to do
Is baking soda poisonous to dogs?
An important note: Baking soda is not safe for dogs to eat
Baking soda is considered non-toxic to humans but that doesn’t mean it is safe for dogs to eat.
You can brush your dog’s teeth using baking soda but larger amounts can be dangerous. Baking soda is a leavening agent. If combined with the heat found in your dog’s stomach, it will release gasses that can cause low potassium, low calcium, high sodium, muscle spasms, and even heart failure.
It takes a large amount of baking soda to be life-threatening to your dog. A dog must eat at least one teaspoon per pound of body weight for the substance to become dangerous.
If your dog eats baking soda, call your veterinarian immediately.
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