If I open up my pantry right now and glance down to the third shelf, I’ll see them. I use one box for whipping up baked goods for my two-legged family members, and the other for cleaning. So, what are they? Two boxes of baking soda, of course!
Along with making cakes and eating up unpleasant odors in your fridge, did you know baking soda is actually very beneficial for dog parents? Read on for six surprising ways it may help in your canine-filled home!
1. Quick Dry Bath
Chances are, you already know baking soda is an odor eater. Well, did you know you can use the versatile white powder to give your pooch a quick dry bath if he comes inside after playtime or a potty break smelling less than desirable? Sure, when your dog’s aroma makes your nose tickle, it’s best to pop them in the tub for a real bath. But a dry bath with baking soda is useful when you’re in a pinch for time.
Here’s what you do:
- First, make sure your dog’s fur or hair is completely dry.
- Then, lightly sprinkle baking soda over his coat.
- Gently rub it in and use a brush to work it through the hairs. The baking soda will start fighting off the unpleasant odor, helping to tide things over until you can get him in the tub.
2. De-Skunk Your Stinky Pooch
If your pooch has ever been skunked, you know what I’m talking about when I say it’s one of the most unpleasant experiences you and Fido can have. To get rid of the awful stench, you’ll need to neutralize the chemical compounds that cause it. Thanks to Chemist Paul Krebaum, who invented the recipe below, the stink from a skunk can be eliminated with a simple bath.
- 32-ounce bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (which you can get at any supermarket or your neighborhood pharmacy)
- 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
- 1 – 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (Original blue Dawn is best because Dawn easily cuts through oil and skunk spray is oil)
Warning: Never make this solution ahead of time and store it because it can explode in a sealed bottle. Also, never get this mixture into your pooch’s eyes.
- Use latex or rubber gloves when using this solution.
- Stir/Mix the ingredients together in an open container or bucket and use it right away – (do not cover it and do not store it).
- Shampoo and dry after treatment with the mixture.
3. Accidents Happen: Clean Up Dog Urine
Accidents happen. If you’re a dog mom, at some point you are going to have to deal with a little pee on the floor. The important thing is how you clean it up. If you aren’t properly cleaning up the urine, your dog will be able to smell it and may continue to have accidents in that same spot. Another issue — urine odor will begin to fill the room. No one wants to take a big whiff of urine! In this article, I outline an effective 4-step cleaning process. The 4th step? Baking soda! Check it out here.
4. Freshen Up Carpets, Couches, and Even Car Seats
Over time, dogs who lay on furniture may leave a little odor behind. It’s natural. If you want to freshen up an area, though, simply sprinkle a little baking soda, leave for about 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up!
5. Keep A Box Handy During Nail-Clipping Time
In this post, I talk about the anatomy of a dog nail. Inside is something called a quick, which provides blood supply to the nail. During nail trims, it’s essential to leave the quick intact. You do not want to cut the quick. If you do, blood will gush out of the nail and your dog will experience pain. But, here’s the thing: Accidents happen. If you do accidentally draw blood, you can either use styptic powder, cornstarch, or baking soda to help stop the bleeding. Simply dip the nail in the powder and apply pressure.
6. Relieve Bee Sting Pain
Dogs are curious creatures who love to explore the world with their face and paws. So if they stumble across a flying bee or wasp, they’re likely going to want to check it out. Since bees view our dogs as threats, they go into attack mode and sting. This actually happened to my little Chihuahua, Diego (I share our experience — and the 6 essential steps to treat bee stings — here). One step in that article is locating and properly removing the bee’s stinger. Once the stinger is out, some people swear by rubbing a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water onto the area. It’s said to help relieve the stinging sensation.
How do you use baking soda in your home? Tell us your tips in the comment section below!