Weekly Wag: Pet Uses for Vinegar

Pet Stains and Odors

-Mix 1 part distilled white vinegar with 3 parts water. Pour onto carpet or other stained areas and blot with fabric or paper towels. Do not rub.

-Refresh and deodorize pet bedding by spraying it with vinegar or by adding vinegar to laundry when washing bedding.

-Clean and disinfect pet toys by spraying lightly, then brushing or wiping clean.

-Vinegar is often recommended as a pet deodorizer. Apply diluted or full-strength vinegar to any stinky coat and let the dog air-dry.

If your dog rolled on well-rotted mammal parts or got sprayed by a skunk, mix 1 freshly opened quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide in a plastic container with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Wearing protective gloves, cover the dog while avoiding the nose, eyes, and mouth, then rinse with plain water. If any fragrance lingers (as it did when my Labrador recently rolled on a decomposing carp), apply vinegar to complete the process.

Note: I use lavender essential oil diluted with water (5 drops of oil to 1 cup of water) in spray bottle as a fragrance and to calm dogs. Spray in air, not directly on dogs. Will not hurt dogs if falls on dog’s fur. I use this as a fresh scent with my vinegar mixture. Make a test area before spraying oil on carpets or other materials, can stain. I have not had a problem with any stains. Lavender essential oil can also be dabbed on dog’s throat to calm pets and reduce house soiling (diluted half & half with vegetable oil). You can apply the oil every day for up to a month after the problem is under control. DO NOT USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL ON CATS! I spray it in the air and on carpet, my cats are fine.

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