4 Easy Tips to Cure Stinky Pet Odors

We all love our pets, but we think we could probably do without the sticky smells of playtime or after a walk. Luckily, you can stop sticking naturally and keep your little smell fresh by using these four simple tips!

SOS for a smelly stuffed animal.

yuck! Even after throwing your pet’s favorite toy in the hot cycle washer, it still stinks. That’s because the smell is likely caused by bacteria trapped in the fibers that a washer can’t get into. The easy way to get the stink out of any fabric toy, from strings to stuffed animals? Wet the fabric, place it in a bowl, then microwave for a minute. A recent study found that microwaves eliminate odor-causing organisms.

Soothe Buster’s Constipation.

After an attack of diarrhoea, your poor dog is now struggling to go for his daily walk. You can help ease his digestive tract—and offer him some relief—with mineral oil. Simply drizzle the oil on his food during meals (veterinarians suggest giving one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your pet’s weight). The oil will act as a lubricant in the digestive tract, loosening the stool so that his constipation will go away in six to eight hours. However, if that doesn’t help, a trip to the vet might be in order.

DIY disposable litter box.

Going on a trip with your cat but don’t want to ruin yourself with disposable litter boxes? You can make your own using old cereal boxes. Do: Tape the open end of an empty cereal box with tape. Then, using a cutter or scissors, cut out the entire back side of the box. Next, place a plastic shopping bag inside the open box and pull the edges up the sides of the box. Secure the bag in place with tape. Make a few boxes and, if necessary, take one, pour some litter inside and let your cat do its business.

Make cleaning up after bathing easier.

Washing all that mud from Fido’s spring rain into the tub makes it look crisp and smell fresh, but what a mess it leaves in your tub! The easy way to clean it, no need to scrub? Once it’s out, fill the tub with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener. Swish the water around, soak overnight, then drain and rinse in the morning. The surfactants in fabric softener loosen dirt and grime so they rinse out easily. Plus, the fabric softener scent will rid the room of that wet dog smell!

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First for women.

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