Cleaning up Dog Messes

By Mara Bovsun

With some planning and know-how, we can learn to live with the less tidy aspects of our canine companions while keeping our human sense of propriety intact. Here’s how:

1. Slobber

For drool on glass, a traditional home recipe calls for white or apple-cider vinegar, water, and elbow grease. Other recipes add rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of scented essential oils, such as lavender. Some companies have developed products specifically for this problem. Bissell, for example, has the “Drool Cleaner,” which features a canister filled with cleaning solution, a squeegee, and a brush. For walls, wood, and countertops that have been surfed and slimed, many dog owners swear by the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

2. Runs in the City

Scooping poop isn’t so easy when your Tibetan Mastiff has frequent diarrhea. Try Dispoz-A-Scoop. These scoopers feature a bag held on a rigid wire frame, with a cardboard handle that closes like a guillotine once the mess is tucked inside. For serious cases, slip a newspaper under the dog as soon as he strikes the telltale pose. Then toss a few paper towels over the mess, fold the papers, and transfer the bundle to the plastic bag.

3. And in the Home

After cleaning up the solids, sprinkle baking soda over the spot, wait for it to dry, then vacuum it up the next day.

4. Puddles

There are several products that contain enzymes or combinations of enzymes and bacteria to combat urine stains. The more popular ones are Nature’s Miracle and Simple Solution. First blot, don’t rub, away any excess before applying the solution. Be patient—it may take several hours to days to work.

5. Skunk

For many years, tomato juice was the deodorizer of choice, but it doesn’t really work very well. Instead, try a combo of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid. The mixture must be used immediately, because it is unstable. If you cap it and attempt to store it, the container may explode.

6. Gum Balls and Tar Heels

Sticky substances, such as tar and chewing gum, can be effectively removed with vegetable oil or peanut butter. One fancier suggests baby oil works as well.

Mild dishwashing liquid is also recommended, but always be careful to keep the soap out of eyes and ears.

7. Floor Exercises

The Scooba is a small round robot that will wash the floor with just a touch of the button. It can be used with a cleaning solution designed for the Scooba, plain water, or a combination of vinegar and plain water.

8. Fresh Blood

With any luck, you won’t be dealing with blood stains too often or on an ongoing basis. But, should you have to, the best way to tackle fresh blood on fabric is to soak the item and the stain in cold water. Some people also recommend treating the stain with hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of dishwashing liquid and cold water.

9. Ancient Stains

As a rule, get it while it’s fresh. Dried urine stains can be particularly tricky, since you may be able to smell them but not see them. To find these hidden stink spots, try Stink-Finder, an ultra-violet light designed to make urine stains glow. Bio-Pro Research, LLC, offers its mini-urine finder, a small flashlight, along with its Urine Off enzymatic/bacterial product.

10. When Decorating, Think Dog

Keeping canines in mind when designing or decorating your home can make it easier to maintain a pleasant environment, no matter what your dog digs up, throws up, or tracks in.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 114,692 other followers

%d bloggers like this: