No time for bath time?
If your fur baby is starting to get a bit funky smelling and you don’t have time to give him a bath, dry bathing with baking soda is a terrific alternative!
It's as easy as it sounds!
Simply sprinkle baking soda on your dog’s fur, give a thorough rub down (your dog will love this) and then brush out any remainder.
If your dog’s hair is on the long side, you’ll want to start by brushing your pup to remove any dirt or loose hair. Finny’s hair is so short I don’t bother with this step.
Next, sprinkle on the baking soda, making sure not to get any in your dog’s eyes. I only go up to the neck on Finny, I just use a warm facecloth with a drop of dish soap or doggie shampoo on it to do his head and works great.
Massage the soda in and let it sit there a few minutes. Getting your dog to stay put will probably be the hardest part of this whole process!
Remove the soda by brushing it out. I have this handy gummy type brush that I use on Finny. It builds up a titch of static, so picks up any hairs and the soda wonderfully.
Lastly, like anything, there is a chance your dog could be allergic to baking soda, so you may want to consult your vet first, or try a small test patch.
You’ll also want to make sure you get as much as possible as off so your pup doesn’t lick it and get an upset tummy.
Other great ways to use for baking soda for your dog’s wellness
If your pup is super stinky, make a paste of three tablespoons of soda to one quart of water. Rub into pup's wet fur, allow to sit there a few minutes. Rinse off and wash with your regular dog shampoo. The smell should be gone!
Get odors out of your dog's clothing and blankets (and even your bedding) by adding a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash.
Carpet or furniture mess cleaner
Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and baking soda to create a runny paste. Apply the paste to the soiled furniture or carpet. Let it sit there for a few minutes, then blot it up. There will still be a bit of residue so you'll want to vacuum the spot once it's completely dry. You'll also want to do a test spot, to ensure the soda doesn't discolor your carpet.
Nail trimming accidents
If you're trimming your pup's nails and cut too short, dip the injured nail into baking soda, and then apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Sprinkle baking soda on upholstery and carpets. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then vacuum up for an instantly fresher smell!