First, always have a well-groomed and cleaned dog to help reduce odors. But even still, they manage to bring stink home! Here are several handy cleaning tips to keep the freshness in your pet’s bed:
Give It a Shake!
Take the bed outside and give it a good shake to help remove loose fur and dirt. Be sure to also do a flea check!
On a nice day, leave the bed, lie outside for a good ol’ fresh airing out!
Suck It Up!
Vacuum the bed surface and all the little nooks, crannies, and creases to catch a good portion of dirt and hair. Sometimes, depending on the dog, type of coat, and the season, a second round of vacuuming may be in order.
While there are many products out there that offer sweet-smelling scents, it’s important to keep in mind that some can be toxic to dogs. There are other safer, natural cleaning and deodorizing choices, such as white vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar (ACV), baking soda, and even lemon juice! (NOTE: If you’ve never used or exposed your dog to these or any new product, please check with your vet and do a small exposure test first to be sure your dog has no adverse reactions).
According to Whole Dog Journal, “Since ACV is a great deodorizer and safe for your dog, you can use it to disinfect dog toys and bedding. Spray it anywhere you need odor control and/or a gentle disinfectant.” They also say, “Refresh and deodorize pet bedding by spraying it with vinegar or by adding vinegar to laundry when washing bedding.”
Give It a Good Soak!
Some dogs love to romp and roll in some pretty stinky stuff! When this happens, not only will your dog need a good soak, but also his bedding. Always use a chemical-free, dog-friendly detergent and let material soak for a while in a tub or washbasin. Be sure to check the fabric tag for any laundering warnings or specifications and drying instructions.
If your dog loves to trek through rain, snow, puddles, mud, or dusty trails, you may also protect your pet’s bed by having a 4Knines Seat Cover or Cargo Liner for your vehicle. These “Life-Proof” covers (including their very new limited camouflage design) were designed by 4Knines to “protect cars from muddy paw prints, claw marks, dog fur, drooling, and the dreaded ‘accident.’” Go here to check out all the styles and colors. One is sure to fit both your needs!