“My Home Sweet Home”

Tweenie’s Greenies: Monday Edition

Some of you my have read about the loss of one of our dogs a while back.  She has been greatly missed and after much discussion we want to announce a new family member:  Harry the Dirty Dog!

We adopted Harry from a local no kill rescue.  He is a little terrier mix and looks so silly.  He is making us all laugh, although Tomas is doing more angry grunting than laughing right now since Harry is not house trained yet.  Which leads me to today’s post.  How do you clean up these wonderful  pee-pees and poo-poos (and other accidents) left by these inexperienced family pets?  I don’t want my house smelling like highly scented cleaners and I don’t want to risk cleaning with an inadequate product.  Especially when Gret is crawling around the floor inhaling the fumes and picking up anything that looks remotely interesting.  What to do?  What to do?  Well, I am pleased as punch to announce that there are some really easy and effective green ways to clean these little messes (or huge messes if you happen to own a Great Dane).

For pet emesis (a fancy science type word for vomit).  You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the pet stain or odor persists, repeat the process. Another option is baking soda, which can be used to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

For pee-pee cleaning:  The first tip to make it easier is to try to clean it while it is still new (still wet and right after it happens). Soak up as much of it as you possibly can with paper towels and newspapers. If you wait too long, not only is the stain going to be more difficult to remove, but if your pet notices the smell at that spot, they are going to use the same spot again and that’s the last thing you want to happen. Blot the wetness with the newspaper or a white cloth, do not “scrub” it. If possible, put newspapers underneath the wetness, too, so it can soak some up from the bottom.  After you have soaked up as much of the pet urine as you can, rinse the spot completely with cool water and then once again blot the wetness out of the carpet.  Be sure to remove the smell of the pee-pee by either purchasing a natural enzymatic cleaner or use baking soda on it if it did not penetrate the surface of the carpet very far.  The second tip is to never EVER use warm water or a steam cleaner on a pet stain.  Warm and hot will set the spot (and then you just might be out of luck).

For poo-poo cleaning:  You’ll need to tend to it immediately. First clean up any solid material. Next you’ll want to remove pet stain as well as odors. A natural enzymatic cleaner is great for this as well.  Or try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, this also works for pet urine stain removal. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor or stain persists, repeat the process.  If there is still odor but no stain after this.  Try sprinkling baking soda on it.  Leave the baking soda on it over night if you have to and then vacuum it up in the morning.

For pet smells:  Let’s face it, puppies are cute but they don’t always smell the cutest.  Our puppy has the worst puppy breath ever!  Thanks to some lavendar shampoo his fur smells great though!  If any of your pets “smells” happen to make their way onto your furniture (because I know that most people let their doggie friends sit on the couch with them), sprinkle baking soda on the furniture and leave it over night.  It will remove that pet smell and leave your home naturally fresh! 

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