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8 Helpful Uses for Vinegar in Your Pet Household

8 Helpful Uses for Vinegar in Your Pet Household

While you might find white vinegar in the food section of grocery stores, there are also many great uses for vinegar beyond the kitchen. The ASPCA says vinegar is an environmentally friendly odor destroyer. If you have dogs, cats, fish or birds, you’ll find these tips very helpful. Several are from

  • Want a clean birdbath? Scrub it with undiluted white distilled vinegar followed by a good rinse.
  • Does your cat scratch your favorite chair? Simply spray white distilled vinegar on the chair. Just make sure you test a hidden area first for discoloration.

  • Flies bothering your horse? Spray a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar around the horse area.
  • Did your puppy have an accident? Pair vinegar with baking soda. It goes a great job of getting rid of the stain and the odor.
  • Worried about your cat eating toxic plants? Just spray the leaves with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water.

  • Want to get rid of deposits and water lines in your aquarium? Simply wipe it down with white distilled vinegar followed by a rinse. If you have stubborn deposits, you may need to soak overnight.
  • Did your dog get sprayed by a skunk? Wipe him with a half and half solution of white distilled vinegar and water, followed by a bath. Another alternative that works is the mixture of 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap.
  • Got cat litter odor?  Pour 1/2 inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box and swish it around. Let it stand for 15 minutes. If the smell is too strong for your kitty, try mixing the vinegar with some seltzer water.

Have you used vinegar in your pet household? Thanks for sharing any tips in a comment below.

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2:16AM PDT on May 11, 2015

I add some to the final rinse when washing pet bedding. Helps make them smell fresher.

12:54PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

Great article, thanks!

3:02PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

1 Tablespoon per gallon of water used to feed dogs and cats will eliminate fleas, biting flies and ticks. leave overnight with cap off so odor dissipates and then pour in water dish. Beneficial for horses and cattle when used full strength over feed. Not sure what quantities. Deters flies, decreased amount feed used, promotes higher yield of milk from cows.

1:23PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Good ideas.

1:12PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Great ideas. Thanks for the tips. I would love to use vinegar instead of clorox.

8:29AM PDT on May 29, 2014

thanks for the article, good information

11:26PM PDT on May 28, 2014

I wonder if the one for doggy poo will apply to kitty poo too.

3:41PM PDT on May 28, 2014


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