When it comes to pet products, it's hard to find anything more versatile than baking soda. From cleaning your dog to keeping his bedding and your house fresh, there are many uses for the product. Make sure your dog doesn't swallow baking soda, though. Too much baking soda makes his blood too alkaline, causing dehydration, weakness, irregular heartbeat and other symptoms that require a vet's attention.
That Doggy Smell
Rub baking soda into your dog's fur to absorb oil and doggy odors. You'll want to brush him outside or on top of a sheet to catch the baking soda that falls off. If giving a wet bath, put a cup of baking soda in his water to soothe skin allergies or insect bites. A paste of baking soda and water rubbed on a toothbrush can help get rid of bad breath. Get rid of dog smells in your carpet, upholstery and dog bedding with baking soda. Put some in a jar with a shaker lid -- a mason jar with holes drilled in the lid works fine -- and sprinkle it throughout your house. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming. You can also mix 6 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil into the baking soda to give your house a sweet smell.
Clean Up Behind Him
Keep your dog's bowls fresh and clean with a baking soda scrub. Combine equal parts of baking soda and salt and add water to create a thick paste. Apply to a mesh scrubber and wipe built-up mineral deposits and dirt away. To absorb urine, pour directly onto the puddle and let absorb for 15 minutes before vacuuming. Wash his blankets and bed covers in the machine with regular laundry detergent plus a cup of baking soda to release odors. Clean up the floor of his crate or other hard surfaces with a mixture of 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and lemon juice in 3 cups of hot water.
Keep Roaches Out of His Food
Even if you're storing your dog food in an airtight container, roaches can visit to pick up minuscule crumbs found around bowls and food canisters. Their saliva leaves behind allergens that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Eliminate the pest by lining the baseboards around food storage areas with baking soda. Use a blow-dryer on a low setting to blow it back underneath the baseboard where your pet won't try to taste it. When roaches crawl along the baseboards, the soda clings to their legs and is ingested when they groom themselves. The substance produces gas in their stomach, killing them.
Say Goodbye to Fleas
Fleas can be hard to get rid of once your dog brings them home. Eggs laid in carpet and bedding hatch out every three to four days, continuing the life cycle. Baking soda can eliminate the fleas without harsh chemicals. Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda together in a shaker jar and sprinkle liberally over the carpeting. Use a carpet rake or broom to spread the mixture evenly and get it down between carpet fibers. Leave on overnight and vacuum up in the morning. You'll need to repeat this process twice weekly until your fleas are gone. Do it every few months to keep fleas at bay.