1. Use Dryer Sheets to Pick up Loose Pet Hair
If you’re looking for an easy way to pick up some of that loose pet hair (and what pet owner isn’t?), try dryer sheets. Simply rub the sheet over your furniture or anywhere else hair builds up and it will cling right to the dryer sheet. Don’t have any dryer sheets? Rubber gloves or a window squeegee will work the same way.
2. Try Baking Soda for Cleaning up Urine
Sometimes accidents happen. If your pet pees on the carpet, try pouring a generous amount of baking soda on the spot. Let it soak up the urine for about an hour and then suck it up with your vacuum.
3. Make Your Own Pet Safe Carpet Deodorizer
Avoid the chemically laden carpet deodorizers at the store and make your own pet safe version. All you have to do is put some plain baking soda along with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil in a jar with a shaker top. Sprinkle it over your carpet and let it sit for an hour. Vacuum it up and you’re good to go.
4. Give Your Dog the White Towel Treatment
Concerned your dog has fleas? Sit him down on a white towel(or sheet) while you brush his fur. The white towel makes it easy to spot any flea dirt or fleas that are loosened by the brushing. It’s probably a good idea to do this one outside, just in case!
5. Protect Your Dog’s Paws in the Winter
You can purchase paw balm from the pet store to protect your dog’s paws in the winter, but plain old Vaseline works just as well.
6. Stop Toenails from Bleeding without Quick Stop
We’ve all done it! How hard could it be to cut your dog’s toenails, right? If you’ve tried to DIY and cut one of your dog’s nails too short, flour, baking soda, or cornstarch can be used to stop the bleeding if you don’t have any Quick Stop on hand. Simply pack it on to the end of the bleeding nail and hold pressure until the bleeding stops.
7. Stop Dog Hair from Clogging Your Drain
There’s nothing like globs of dog hair coming off your dog during a bath to clog up your drain. Next time, try putting a baby wipe over the drain to catch the hair and avoid the clog.
8. Get Rid of Drool Marks
Tired of scrubbing the drool marks off of everything? Drool marks come off easily with a magic eraser. You’ll find them in the cleaning section at your grocery store.
9. Make Your Own Pill Pockets
Instead of buying pill pockets, make your own. Mix together ½ cup of peanut butter, ½ cup of milk, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, and ¾ cup of whole wheat flour. Knead it with your hands until it’s nice and smooth. Form it into balls that are an appropriate size for your dog and then use a chopstick to make the holes. Store in a sealed container in your fridge.
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