Dogs may be man’s best friend but they sure aren’t friends with your house’s hygiene scene. Let’s face it, our beloved pups are a handful. As puppies, they urinate everywhere, as dogs they bring in the mess from outdoors.
House cleaning is always an adventure with dogs or any large pets. You will find stains and odors that never seem to come off.
If left unattended, the marks and smells never leave. It is important to address the problem while it is still fresh.
The biggest problem here is the budget. There is only so much you can spend on cleaning products.
Here are 6 natural homemade remedies for dog stains and odors will go easy on your wallets.
1. Perfumed Homemade Vinegar Cleaner
Most people hate the smell of vinegar but it is the magic ingredient for removing stains. Especially with any sticky, tar-like substance, it works wonders.
Add half a cup of water with the same amount of vinegar. Adding orange oil to this mixture will remove the vinegary stench.
You can even make your own orange essence. Keeping dry orange zest in clean spirit like vodka can help extract its perfume.
We suggest orange because it is the best at countering the smell of pet urine. You can also use any other strong smelling essential oil.
This all-purpose cleaner is great for keeping your house clean and smelling fresh.
2. Strong Disinfectant & Odor Remover
Disinfectants are necessary for a house of pets. Make this easy homemade disinfectant by mixing ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol with water.
Adding essential oil like tea tree or camphor oil will remove odor and fight germs
Spraying the mixture on pet beds or fabrics that come in contact with your pet. Spray it anywhere to disinfect but not near flame or food.
You can also use this mixture to clean and disinfect surfaces. Just spray it on the surface and wipe it with a clean dry cloth. The alcohol evaporates fairly quickly.
Ensure safety by keeping the area well ventilated since alcohol is flammable. Avoid wood surfaces since the burnish might come off.
3. Power Buddies: Baking Soda & Vinegar
Both baking soda and vinegar are individually well known for removing stains. They pack a powerful punch when used together in the right way.
This hack will help remove any powerful stains from fabrics. Cover the stain with a fair dusting of baking soda. The rub it off using vinegar using a sponge. The stain will clear right off!
Many think that soaking fabric into a mixture of baking soda and vinegar removes stains. This mixture froths over and becomes useless. Follow the method mentioned above for good results.
4. Soak in Club Soda
Club soda is popular as a stain remover. The key is to act quickly. A fresh stain comes off easily. The older it gets, the harder it is to get rid of.
First, put some salt on the stain. Pour some soda on the salt and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat the motion a few times until the stain fades. In case of odor, continue the process and use liberal splashes of soda.
You can also try soaking the fabric in soda overnight. Scrub off the stain next morning. This everyday remedy comes in handy when the stain is fresh. So don’t laze off and work on that stain immediately!
5. Using Borax Powder to Wash Pet Stained Fabrics
Borax powder is another common household remedy. For ages, it has been used with detergent to wash clothes. Why is it the right homemade remedy for dog stains and odors? Here are three reasons why you should be using it too:
It Weakens the Hold of Stain on Fabrics
Soak the stained fabric, particularly urine stain, in a mixture of borax powder and warm water. Use ¼ cup of borax powder for every liter of water and soak the fabric for half an hour. Wash it off with regular detergent and the stain will be gone in no time.
It is a Strong Disinfectant
Borax powder kills molds and bacteria. It is an excellent hack for pet-related stains are packed with germs.
It Removes Smells
Smell is usually caused by molding and bacterias. Removing the bacteria automatically removes the odor.
6. Keeping the Carpet Stain & Odor Free
Taking care of carpets are a pain. This is why it is often advised to not use carpets in a house of large pets like dogs and cats. Good carpet cleaners must be used to remove the marks and smells.
If you want to use homemade remedies, here are some methods you can follow:
Yet Again, Baking Soda & Vinegar
Dust baking soda on the stain and pour some vinegar on it. Keep the stain covered for an hour and blot it off. Repeat if the stain doesn’t come off on the first attempt. You can also vacuum the residue.
Some More Vinegar
Use liquid detergent on the affected area and then spray some vinegar on it. Dab the area and repeat until the stain is gone. You can add orange, lemon or mint oil with the vinegar to get rid of the odor.
Club Soda & regular detergent
Start with blotting the area. Wash with club soda and the use soapy water to scrub the stain. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. Perfumed detergent will also remove the smell.
Houses with dogs get the notorious reputation of the constant dog smell. Don’t let the smell of your pet be the thing your guests remember your home by.
Now with these easy remedies, keeping your house hygienic is not only easy but cheap. So don’t get lazy!
Remember that problems worsen when you ignore them for too long. Act on it immediately and see that keeping your home clean isn’t THAT hard.
Keep your dog clean and your houses cleaner. Get rid of those stains and odor, and make your house a refreshing vista.