6 Ways Baking Soda Can Solve Your Dog Troubles

6 Ways Baking Soda Can Solve Your Dog Troubles

Having a dog at home is like having another family member. You need to raise them like you’d raise your own kids. Buying them toys, feeding them healthy food, and taking them to the veterinary hospital are just a few responsibilities to name. Raising a dog is not easy and it is definitely not inexpensive.

However, if you are looking for ways to cut down on the expenses, here’s an excellent way to do it – use baking soda. Let’s examine how baking soda can help with your dog troubles.

6 Ways Baking Soda Can Solve Your Dog Troubles

1. Dry Shampoo

You Can Use Baking Soda As A Dry Shampoo On Your Dog

If you are running out of time to give your dog a bath and cannot do without one because of his body odor, a dry bath is the easiest solution. You can make a dry shampoo with baking soda for your pet. There are a lot of options at the pet store for dry shampoo, but why spend

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on something that you can make at home?

You will need:

  • Baking soda (just enough to sprinkle on your dog’s coat)

How to use:

  • Make sure your dog is completely dry before applying this dry shampoo.
  • You can brush your dog’s coat to remove loose fur.
  • Sprinkle baking soda lightly over his coat.
  • Rub it in a little and brush his coat.
  • Make sure you don’t put excess baking soda; if you observe excess powder, use a towel in the drying motion to remove it.

2. Dog Toy Cleanser

Baking Soda Can Clean Your Dog's Toys

Your dog’s toys are probably a few of his dearest possessions. However, dogs being dogs will drag their toys around everywhere they go and place them in dirt or drool. If you are looking for a good product to clean their toys from time to time, use baking soda.

You will need:

  • Baking soda – 4 tbsp
  • Water – 1 quart
  • 1 old toothbrush

How to use:

  • Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart water.
  • Dip an old toothbrush in this mixture and
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    scrub the toys.
  • For stuffed toys that should not get wet, you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface, wait for 15 minutes, and then, brush it off.

3. Dog Rug/Carpet Cleaner

Baking Soda Can Remove Unpleasant Odor From Dog Mats

Usually, rugs or carpets that dogs lie on have an odor that may require some cleaning. You can use baking soda for getting rid of the unpleasant odor. Make sure your dog is not around when you clean the carpet with baking soda because they could roll in it and hinder your cleaning process.

You will need:

  • Baking soda (enough to sprinkle on the rug or carpet)
  • Vacuum cleaner/sweeper

How to use:

  • Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface of the smelling rug/carpet.
  • Leave this on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Then, use a vacuum cleaner/sweeper and vacuum the powder.
  • You can use the same process for cleaning your pet’s bed.

4. Pee Smell And Stain Remover

Baking Soda Can Remove Pee Stains And Smell

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There is always a possibility that your dog may urinate in places he is not supposed to. Sometimes, this can be on a surface that cannot be cleaned easily like your carpet. However, baking soda can help remove the smell and stain.

You will need:

  • Club soda (a small amount depending on the stain)
  • Baking soda (enough to sprinkle on the stain)
  • Vacuum cleaner/sweeper

How to use:

  • To control the smell and reduce the stain, apply a small amount of club soda to the stained area.
  • Leave it on till the soda dries.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda and allow it to sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Then, use the vacuum cleaner/sweeper to remove the baking soda powder.

5. Skunk Odor Reducer

Baking Soda Can Remove Skunk Stinks

If your dog comes home with a skunk stink, using baking soda with other products is a good way to get rid of it.

You will need:

  • Baking soda – ¼ cup
  • Hydrogen peroxide – 1 quart
  • Liquid soap –
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    1 tsp

How to use:

  • Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid soap. These quantities are for a medium-size dog (30 to 50 pounds). So, make sure you use less or more of the mentioned products depending on the size of your pet.
  • Apply this mixture to your dog’s dry coat, massaging it thoroughly into the coat and skin.
  • Leave it on for about five minutes, till the smell begins to disappear.
  • Make sure you don’t let this come in contact with the eyes. You can use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead, and ears.
  • Rinse thoroughly once the smell starts to decrease.
  • When you rinse the head area, tilt your dog’s chin upward so the solution does not run into the eyes.
  • You may need to repeat this process three times and make sure the solution is completely rinsed off.

6. Bee Sting Healer

Baking Soda Can Reduce Bee Stings

A bee sting on your pet’s paws, nose, or any other

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part of the body can be painful. However, baking soda mixed with water can help reduce the sting.

You will need:

  • Baking soda (enough to make a paste)
  • Water (enough to mix baking soda into a paste)
  • A pair of tweezers

How to use:

  • Mix the baking soda and water to make it a paste.
  • Locate the stinger on your pet’s body and, if possible, remove it with tweezers before applying the paste.
  • You may have to keep applying the paste on the affected area as often as required in the next few hours.

Now that you know how useful baking soda can be, you can avoid buying expensive products from the store. It is always a good practice to try using the mixture on a small area of your dog’s body first. If your dog shows discomfort or an allergic reaction after applying the mixture, you must take him to the veterinarian immediately.