Ever wondered which household products you can use for your dog?
There are quite a few and many of them have multiple uses!
9 Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog
Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog: Baking Soda
- Use baking soda to soothe an insect sting! Make a thick paste out of baking soda and water and cover the affected area with a thick layer of the paste. Let the mixture sit for fifteen minutes before gently wiping clean.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a dried urine stain on the carpet! Let the baking soda sit to soak up the urine odor for a few hours before vacuuming it up.
- Baking soda can be used to stop bleeding when nails get cut too short! Just dab it on the bleeding nail and the bleeding stops!
- Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet and let it sit to soak up any doggy odor. Let it sit as long as you can and then vacuum it up!
- Neutralize stinky pups with baking soda! Combine three tablespoons of baking soda with one-quart warm water and mix well. Massage the mixture into your dog’s wet fur and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Once rinsed clear, shampoo your dog as normal!
Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog: White Vinegar
- Use white vinegar to neutralize the odor of fresh urine stains! Blot the stain, mix one cup white vinegar with one cup warm water. Pour the mixture on the stain, blot it again, and let it dry before vacuuming the spot.
- White vinegar can clean ears! For dirty or itchy ears, soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and wipe out the ear. If the ear is irritated use diluted vinegar. If the ear is obviously infected or has open cuts or is bleeding, DON’T use this solution but DO go to your vet!
- Use water and white vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. Skip chemical-laden cleaners and combine one gallon of water with half a cup of white vinegar. Mix well and fill a spray bottle. Spray down glass or countertops and wipe clean!
- Get rid of heavy pet stains on your carpet with vinegar, salt, and borax! Combine half a cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of borax and two tablespoons of salt. Mix well until the salt and borax dissolve in the vinegar. Soak a clean cotton cloth in the solution thoroughly and scrub the set in stain. Once scrubbed clean, let the spot dry completely before vacuuming!
- Clean up REALLY heavy stains with white vinegar and cornstarch! Combine one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of white vinegar to make a paste. Use a clean cotton cloth to cover the stain with your paste. Leave the paste for two days before vacuuming up the paste.
Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog: Dawn Dish Soap
- Use Dawn dish soap to get rid of fleas! Wet your dog’s coat thoroughly in a bath of warm water. Work Dawn dish soap into your dog’s coat as you would with shampoo and really work up a lather. Use a bristle brush to get down to the root of the hairs. When you see dead fleas emerging, rinse your dog clean and repeat soaping. Do this until you no longer see any fleas. Be careful not to get soap into your dog’s eyes!
- Use Dawn dish soap to remove skunk odor! Combine one quart of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of Dawn dish soap and a quarter cup of baking soda. Lather this mixture through your dog’s coat thoroughly and rinse clean. Repeat this lather and rinse process to get rid of the skunk smell! Don’t get this mixture into your dog’s eyes and make sure not to let it sit on your dog’s coat or else the hydrogen peroxide will take the color out of your dog’s fur!
- Make a homemade ice pack with Dawn dish soap to soothe injuries! Just partially fill a Ziploc bag with Dawn, close the bag, and freeze. This ice pack can be refrozen often and dish soap is much safer than chemical packs.
- Stop the spread of poison ivy with Dawn dish soap! If your pup gets into poison ivy, wash the area thoroughly with Dawn dish soap and gently dab dry. This dries the oil from the poison ivy blisters and stops it from spreading.
- Use Dawn to remove oil stains. If your pup gets into the garage and ends up with motor oil on their coat, use a bath of warm water and Dawn dish soap to get the oil out!
*Please DO NOT use Dawn dish soap as a regular shampoo for your dog, it can be harsh on their skin!
Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog: Herbs
- Use fresh parsley to keep bad breath away! In addition to dental hygiene, adding between a pinch to a teaspoon of fresh chopped parsley to your dog’s food can keep doggy breath at bay.
- Use fresh basil to combat the symptoms of arthritis! Add a small amount of fresh chopped basil to your dog’s food gives them the anti-inflammatory benefits of this fresh herb.
- Fresh ginger can soothe an upset stomach. Add a quarter to three-quarters of a teaspoon (depending on your dog’s size) of fresh thinly chopped ginger to your dog’s food to soothe an upset stomach.
- Add turmeric to your dog’s diet to reduce the inflammation related to arthritis! Add one-sixteenth to 2 teaspoons (depending on your dog’s size) of turmeric powder to your dog’s food to treat inflammation.
- Use cilantro to address gas and stimulate your dog’s appetite. A small amount of freshly chopped cilantro added to your dog’s meal will do the trick!
*NEVER use spring parsley, it is toxic to pets.
5 More Household Products You Can Use for Your Dog!
- Use an empty tissue box to hold grocery bags for poop pickup!
- Use shower rings to organize your dog’s collars and accessories in the closet!
- Clip a carabiner to your dog’s leash handle so that you can secure your dog to a tree or bench if an emergency arises and you need to secure your dog momentarily.
- Use soap traveling case to make your own first aid kit for your dog for on the go wound care!
- Use a child’s clothes hanger to keep open bags of dog food fresh. Simply roll down the top of the bag and use the two clips on the hanger to secure either side of the bag!