Your pooch may not have a problem curling up on his bed when it is stinky, but when the smell takes over the room, it's definitely time for a good cleaning. Whether the bed's extra-smelly because your dog loves to romp in trash, has soiled his bed, or is suffering from a yeast infection, you can deodorize it using apple cider vinegar plus a couple other ingredients you've already got in the house.
Items You Will Need:
• Mild laundry detergent
• Apple cider vinegar
• Baking soda
Step 1 - Read the cleaning directions on your dog bed. How you clean your dog's bed will depend on the type of bed you have. If your dog bed has a removable cover, remove the cover and set the inside section aside.
Step 2 - Follow the directions on the dog bed label for washing the cover. If the cover is machine-washable, place it in the washer with a mild detergent and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. To hand wash, place the cover in a bathtub with warm water, mild detergent and the apple cider vinegar. Rinse thoroughly. Dry the cover following the label directions. If the cover must air-dry, set the cover in a warm, sunny location to dry. Move on to cleaning the inner bed.
Step 3 - Clean the inner part of the bed according to its material. For foam and washable pillow beds, fill the bathtub with water. Add a small amount of laundry soap and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Place the foam pad into the water, making sure it is covered. With your hands, work the soap into the foam, concentrating on any soiled areas. Let the foam soak in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain out the soapy water while squeezing out the foam. Fill the tub with clean water, submerge the foam and rinse out all the soap. Drain the water again, squeezing out as much water from the foam as you can. Place the foam outside in a sunny location to dry.
WARNINGS: Always follow label directions to avoid damage to the bed and shrinkage of fabric. Do not use a brush on foam pads to remove stains. This can damage the foam.
Tips for Keeping The Bed Fresh
Tip 1 - Cover your dog's bed with a blanket. The blanket protects the dog bed surface and allows for easier cleaning. Simply remove the blanket for washing regularly, replacing it with a fresh blanket.
Tip 2 - Every few days, fill a small bowl with 4 cups of water. Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Dunk a soft towel into the mixture and wipe down the surface of the dog bed.
Tip 3 - Sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the dog bed. With your hands, work the baking soda into the fabric. Let it sit for an hour or so before taking the bed outside for a good shaking.
By Deborah Lundin
About the Author
Deborah Lundin is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and as a small business owner. She studied medical science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Her passions and interests include fitness, health, healthy eating, children and pets.