Green Cleaning: Using Vinegar for Pets

Vinegar can come in very handy for lots of household tasks. It can be used to clean your coffee maker, can be used when washing your hair to add some shine, and can also be used to deodorize and clean your pet’s bedding and themselves. It’s safe and non-toxic and can cut down on the number of products we use and buy. If you want to go green in your house and how you take care of your pet, trying using vinegar as part of your household cleaner. The smell goes away quickly and it can help your wallet.

If you have a cat and need to clean the litter box, use ½ inch of vinegar in the pan and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse and dry the pan. To help prevent odors from becoming overwhelming you can sprinkle some baking soda in the pan with the litter.

If your cat has a horrible habit of walking on the counters or digging at the door to somewhere, spray some vinegar around the area. The smell of it will discourage her from repeating her negative behaviors.

Control general scratching by regularly wiping the ear area with a cloth dipped in vinegar but be aware your cat may head for the hills and hide if she gets a whiff of the cloth.

For your dog, if you have potty training issues, you can clean the urine stain with vinegar. It will break up the enzymes and control the smell. Sprinkle some baking soda over the area, scrub it in, vacuum it and then apply some undiluted vinegar. The odor will help keep your dog from urinating in the same area again.

When bathing your dog, rinse with vinegar and water. It will help get the shampoo off the fur and give it a nice shine.

Dogs with floppy ears can get infections because of the dampness that gets trapped. To help prevent ear infections and yeast infections, wipe the ears with vinegar and plug them with a cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar to prevent water from getting in them.

If your dog gets stung by a bee or a wasp and has a swollen spot, you can minimize the area with a bath and a little vinegar. It’ll help take the sting out of the bite and reduce the swelling.

You can also use vinegar to clean your rabbit’s litter box, your bird’s cage, and bathe your horse with some vinegar to add extra shine.

Vinegar may be your best friend when it comes to cleaning and caring for your pet!

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