A natural remedy for removing dog stains and odour
Finding an effective dog stain and odour remover can be an uphill battle. There are some very effective products on the market, but in a pinch if you find yourself in need, and your favourite spray has run out, vinegar and baking soda will form an effective natural remedy. This is a seriously simple spray. It works on both blood and urine stains, and can be made with ingredients you have in the cupboard.
Whether the stain is fresh, or an ancient mark your dog has been lovingly building up behind the bookcase whenever your back is turned, white vinegar is a magical substance capable of getting rid of it. Baking soda, on the other hand, acts as a natural odour remover. Together, these two everyday items become a powerful spray that will combat even a sneaky pooch.
2 cups of white distilled vinegar
2 cups of water (lukewarm)
4 heaped tablespoons of baking soda
A spray bottle will make application a lot easier, but it's not essential. There are two ways of applying your mixture and both will work well: it's a case of which you prefer.
Blot up as much liquid and/or residue from the area as possible by using a very absorbent towel, and apply as much pressure as possible to really soak everything up. Next, take a large bowl and mix the vinegar into the water. Add the baking soda in small amounts - it will fizz a lot, so doing it in increments is very important! Pour your mixture into a bottle and spray the whole area thoroughly. If you don't have a spray bottle, just pour your mixture over the stain. Leave it for about five minutes, then take a clean towel and rub it in, before blotting it up. Hoover the area once the mixture has dried.
Blot up as directed above, but instead of mixing the vinegar and baking soda, sprinkle the baking soda directly over the stain and leave it to soak in for about five minutes. Vacuum up the baking soda, mix the vinegar with the water, and apply it as instructed previously. If you prefer you can leave the baking soda on the stain and pour the vinegar and water mixture directly over it, causing it to fizz up like a small volcano. This is quite effective, as it will steadily eat the stain away. Once it's stopped fizzing, rub it gently with a cloth, let it dry, and hoover.
The day you bring home your new canine, whether its a puppy or an older dog is an exciting time. However, in order to make your new family member feel welcome and ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible it's important to prepare your home beforehand.