The Wonders of Baking Soda for Pet Owners
Owning pets is one of the greatest joys a person can have, but it can be a messy business. Despite our best efforts, pets have accidents, they make messes, and they get dirty.
Has your pet ever had an accident in the house and although you’ve tried and tried again the smell of urine still lingers. Did you know that pet urine is acidic and baking soda is a base? Now let’s take a moment to recall chemistry class! When something that is acidic reacts with something that is a base, they neutralize each other. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot of the accident, pour white vinegar on top of it, and finally, once it is dry vacuum it up!
After a long day one of the best things to help us unwind is curling up on the couch and snuggle with our furry friends. But after a while our couch tends to smell a little funky. Did you know that you can sprinkle baking soda on your furniture or carpet, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up? It can help unfunk your couch, favorite chair, or carpet. This same trick can be used in your car as well! Before starting, a good suggestion is testing a small section of your carpet or furniture to make sure it won’t affect the color.
Does your pet sleep with you in bed or does your pet have a favorite blanket? Baking soda can be used when washing blankets to get out animal odors. In addition to your laundry detergent sprinkle some baking soda in the washer for fresh smelling blankets.
Is your kitties litter box a little stinky? Try sprinkling a little backing soda in your cat’s litter box on top of their regular litter.
Cutting our pet’s nails can be a daunting task and accidently cutting your pets nails too short can fill us with guilt. Did you know you can use baking soda as a quick blood stop? If your pet’s nail is bleeding simply add a little water to a spoon of baking soda to make a paste, then apply that to your pet’s nail.
Has your pet gotten a little too close to comfort to a stinky skunk? Unfortunately bathing in tomato juice doesn’t always work to get rid of the smell. Fortunately baking soda is to the rescue again! Mix ¼ cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide. Pour this on your pet and then thoroughly rinse them off. Make sure to be very careful not to get this mixture in your pet’s eyes!
Is your dog giving off a weird doggo smell? You can use baking soda when bathing your pet or as a freshener between baths! When giving your pupper a bath mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 4 cups of water. Wash your dog with this mixture and then follow with your pet’s regular shampoo. Baking soda also works to freshen up your pet between baths. After giving your them a good brushing, rub baking soda into your pet’s coat, let it sit for a few minuets and then brush it out of their fur. To remove any lingering baking soda rub them down with a towel.
When using baking soda take care not to get it in your pet’s eyes or allow them to consume it. Small amounts of baking soda are okay to pets, but too much is not good for them. Also, do not use baking soda if your pet is allergic to it.
Elizabeth Felton, Intern 2018
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