6 Baking Soda Tips for Dog Parents
Check out these baking soda uses for people who have dogs.
Cari Jorgensen |
Posted: December 30, 2014, 11 a.m. PST
Today is National Baking Soda Day. In honor of this occasion, we’ve compiled a list of six dog-related uses for baking soda, which can be used any day of the year, courtesy of Arm & Hammer and HowStuffWorks.
1. Dry Bath
Freshen your dog’s favorite carpet area with baking soda.
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Your dog just came in after playing outside and you notice he stinks to high heavens. You have to leave for work soon and don’t have time to give him a proper bath. Give him a dry bath with baking soda. Make sure his coat is fully dry before starting. Lightly sprinkle baking soda on his fur and brush it through and remove it.
2. Cleaning Dog Toys
Let’s face it: Dog toys get dirty, sometimes really quickly (my dog promptly buries each toy outside, digs them up and then chews on them endlessly). They can be cleaned easily with baking soda. Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water to wash your dog’s toys. For toys that shouldn’t get that wet (such as furry toys), sprinkle baking soda on them and let them sit for 15 minutes. Thoroughly remove the baking soda by brushing it off.
3. Freshen Carpet & Rugs
Sprinkle baking soda on dry carpet and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. Just make sure your dog is outside or in another room when you do this or he might just roll around in it. Yes, mine did that. See the tutorial below. Note: this same technique can be used on your dog’s bed.
4. Cleaning Up "Accidents”
Sometimes our dogs just can’t hold it in and have an accident somewhere in the house. No one wants that odor to linger. Dab the area with club soda to prevent stains and let it dry. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and let it set. Vacuum it up. Note: I’ve also found this to work when my dog has gotten sick in the house.
5. Oh, No! Your Dog Has Been "Skunked”!
Depending on where you live, your dog may cross paths with a skunk. Chances are your dog will get the stinky end of the stick on that meeting. Give him a bath that consists of ¼ cup baking soda, 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Luckily none of my dogs have ever been sprayed by a skunk (knock on wood), but this technique worked when it happened to my cousin’s dog.
6. Relieving Bee Sting Pain
Lots of dogs are curious – especially puppies – and will want to investigate various things. If that investigation happens to be a bee, there’s a good possibility he’s going to get stung. If you’ve ever been stung by a bee, you know how painful it is and you wouldn't want your dog to suffer that pain for too long. Make sure the bee’s stinger is gone and then place baking soda paste (baking soda and water) and apply it to the affected area.
Do you have other dog-related uses for baking soda? Share your tips in the comments below.
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