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8 DIY Pet Cleanup Solutions

Get rid of stains, smells and pesky pet hair with these home remedies for every pet cleanup situation.

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Kill Carpet Odour with Baking Soda

If a musty smell has infiltrated the carpet, as often happens with recently cleaned pet urine spots, use baking soda to neutralize the odour. Once the carpet has thoroughly dried, sweeten the area by working 1⁄8 to ¼ cup of baking soda into the carpet pile. Wait 15 minutes before vacuuming it up.

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Odour-Eating Vinegar

Eliminate that unpleasant urine smell from carpeting with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and warm water. Pour it onto the affected area so that it soaks through to the padding, then allow it sit for half an hour. Wash the affected area with cool water until the vinegar is rinsed out, then pat the carpet dry with towels. Cover with a ½-inch-thick layer of dry, clean white rags, towels, or paper towels, weight them down with heavy objects (bricks, paperweights, door stops, and the like) and let the absorbent material sit for several hours to soak up the moisture.

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Away with Pet Hair!

It’s embarrassing when guests don’t want to sit on your sofa because they don’t enjoy “wearing” your pet’s coat on their clothing. Here are some ways to remove dog and cat hair from your furniture and clothing – and preventing pet hair from getting there in the first place.

• Lightly mist your hair-covered garment with water, then put it in the dryer with a damp towel and a fabric softener sheet. Dry on the air cycle for a few minutes.

• Gently rub upholstered furniture and your clothing with a slightly damp kitchen sponge to remove pet hair.

• Wrap your hand with masking tape or duct tape, sticky side out. Run both your palm and the back of your hand over furniture or your clothing to collect pet hair.

• Slip a rubber glove onto your hand and rub your fingers back and forth over your upholstered furniture until pet hair balls up and you can lift it off.

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Recycle a Shower Curtain Liner

Covering your furniture with an old shower curtain is likely to keep pets at arm’s length. It isn’t comfortable to lie on, and the crunchy plastic makes an unpleasant noise when your pet climbs onto it.

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Clear the Air With Coffee Beans

Some pet owners have found they can remove pet odours from a room by heating a cupful of freshly ground coffee beans in a cast iron skillet over low heat. As soon as the scent is released, remove the pan to the smelly room and set it on a trivet. By the time the ground beans are cool, much of the pet odour should have dissipated.

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Foil as a Noisy Deterrent

Noise deters pets from jumping on furniture. To train cats to stay off upholstered couches and chairs, top the cushions with aluminum foil. If cats jump onto the furniture, the crunching sound of foil under their paws will send them scurrying in a hurry.

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Prevent Chewing with Oil of Cloves

Puppies do chew – even on the legs of tables and chairs. Discourage chewing by dabbing the most attractive spots (your shoes, a cardboard box, and anything wooden your pup can get his teeth around) with oil of cloves. The bitter odour and taste are a deterrent to nibbling.

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Frozen Teething Bagels

Not just for teething human babies, this traditional method for soothing painful gums is perfect for pups, too; freeze a few baby bagels until they’re rock solid and ice cold. Let the little one chew on those to ease his painful choppers. When the bagel gets mushy, take it away before he eats it, and replace with a dog toy.