My family is full of animal lovers, which is why we decided to take in Molly, our rescue pup. She’s sweet, cuddly and oh so spoiled. But she’s also a little smelly. Most of the time, I manage the doggie odor by regularly washing her bed, blankets and stuffed toys. Lately though, I’ve noticed a distinct doggie smell in my son Garrett’s bedding. Did I mention Molly is spoiled? Well, she’s so well-loved that I’ve managed to completely overlook the fact that she’s now sharing a bed with Garrett full-time. And as long as they’re both happy, so am I.
But the doggie odor has to go, and traditional washing just didn’t seem to be doing the trick. After some simple investigation, I found another use for a few of my favorite cleaners – baking soda and vinegar.
What you will need:
- Box of baking soda
- Apple cider vinegar
- Washing machine
- Detergent (preferably one with strong odor elimination)
- Cleaning brush
Let’s get to work:
- Take your furniture apart by removing couch cushions, pillow cases, slip covers and sheets.
- Vacuum your bed, couch and any other surface your pet likes to snuggle up on. Be sure to get in the crevices of your furniture to make sure all pet hair is removed.
- Take all of the fabrics you removed from your furniture and put them in your washing machine. Use a mix of detergent and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to ensure all odors are removed.
- For the things in your home that can’t go in the washing machine like carpets, beds and couch cushions, sprinkle some baking soda on top, and then rub it around with a cleaning brush. Be sure to let the baking soda sit on these surfaces for 4-6 hours to allow the baking soda to absorb the odors.
- Vacuum up the baking soda.
- Put the linens back on your odor-free furniture.
A little baking soda goes a long way in keeping our home clean and healthy – and the fresh scent doesn’t hurt either. Now, Garrett and Molly can happily bunk together without the CleanGeek in me raising a stink.