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Neutralize Pet Odors

Neutralize Pet Odors

Pets tend to return to the same place in the house when they make their
periodic pee and other mistakes. Pets have an excellent sense of smell; in fact, they can smell the
residue from their previous error, and this makes them feel as if that marks
the spot for the next error.

Neutralize the odor by alternating baking soda and vinegar. I always
follow cleaning up a pet mess by sprinkling the area with baking soda,
leaving that overnight, and then sweeping or vacuuming it up.

Pet urine often
has both acidic and alkaline components, so the next step is to neutralize the
alkaline baking soda and residual alkaline odor using a strong vinegar wash;
I use 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.

Wash the area
with the vinegar wash, and then rinse. The strong smell of the vinegar will
dissipate in a few hours.

Read more: Home, Everyday Pet Care, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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6:49PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Great

10:25AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Good to know

1:12PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

WORST advice ever. Vinegar has some of the same chemical compounds as cat urine. Because of this, if the cat smells the vinegar, it will pee there. Sorry, but the basking powder won't hide this from your cat. FAIL.

Use something like Genesis 950 and clean it right the first time.

1:12PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

WORST advice ever. Vinegar has some of the same chemical compounds as cat urine. Because of this, if the cat smells the vinegar, it will be there. Sorry, but the basking powder won't hide this from your cat. FAIL.

Use something like Genesis 950 and clean it right the first time.

6:44AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

This article will come in very handy. I am glad I found it.

11:04AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

spróbuję, dzieki

9:10AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Good advice. I usually clean now with vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
I also buy the pine pellets for the litter box.

1:19AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

The kitty looks like my cat, Buster.

Nice article.

12:07AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thanks for the article

6:27PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Vinegar and baking soda have many amazing uses and are much cheaper than chemically ridden sprays etc.

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