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What Are Some Pet-Related Uses for Baking Soda?

Bakiong soda can be used to clean and deodorize a pet travel crate.
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Jar and a scoop with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
Baking soda can be used to deodorize a litter box.
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There are literally hundreds of household uses for baking soda. Not to be confused with baking powder, which has added acidifying and drying agents (typically cream of tartar and starch, respectively), it is pure bicarbonate of soda. Its beneficial qualities are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness in so many pet-related applications.

Baking soda is inexpensive, nontoxic, environmentally friendly, fragrance-free, and safe for use around pets. Unlike many commercial cleaners and deodorizers, it won’t leave behind harsh chemical residues that may irritate your pet’s sensitive skin or respiratory system.

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anon941194
Post 8

Is baking soda safe to use to control a dog's ph imbalance?

anon346871
Post 7

No, you cannot use baking powder or a baking powder substitute (whatever that is) instead of baking soda.

Baking powder turns into paste when it gets wet, like flour.

anon346869
Post 6

For my pet dog's soft washable and squeaker toys, I add two cups of regular, plain baking soda to the washing machines gentle cycle wash, and then set the machine to double rinse, and fast spin. Never, ever use "human" laundry detergent or kitchen soap or liquid fabric softener. Just use regular baking soda. It's cheap and it's non-toxic to your dog.

Use it in the washing machine wash and double rinse and machine spin to make sure all of the product is removed from the item.

After the wash is finished, if it is a squeaker toy I squeak it a few times to get any left over water out of the squeaker and then throw the soft toys into the dryer on the lowest heat setting for 30 - 40 minutes. If it's a hard or solid toy like a ball, I dry it off with a clean paper towel.

Do not ever use dryer sheets on pet toys, or pet bedding or pet towels! You can not safely wash tennis balls. Sorry.

Once the dryer is finished, I squeak the toy a couple more times to make sure all the water is out of the squeaker and I keep them from the dog for a few minutes to cool off.

I always inspect for damage to the toy. If it's damaged in any way, I throw it in the trash, and then remove any clumps of pet hair that might have stuck themselves to the toy during wash/dry.

She loves it when I give them all to her in a big bundle and she flips around and plays like crazy with them, all happy and they're all clean and fresh and ready for another week or two of play!

Note: You should inspect your dog's play and chew toys and bedding daily before you allow them to enjoy. Even the smallest piece of plastic or string or a tiny piece of toy stuffing may cause severe internal problems for your dog. If in doubt, toss the damaged toy into the trash and buy them a new one.

They may go through a lot of toys but it's cheaper to buy a new toy than to have to pay a vet hospital bill!

anon246444
Post 4

Can you use baking soda on rabbits?

CopperPipe
Post 3

When making a baking soda shampoo for a pet, can you combine the baking soda with lemon juice to make the pet smell better?

naturesgurl3
Post 2

Nice -- I had no idea that there were so many pet-related baking soda uses! I will definitely be using baking soda for cleaning my rabbit's cage from now on.

I'm assuming that you can't combine the baking soda and vinegar when you're cleaning though -- I can't imagine that going over too well!

TunaLine
Post 1

I have kind of an odd question -- can you use baking powder instead of soda when making a shampoo for dogs?

Or can you use a baking soda substitute?

For some reason I have both of those in my house, but no baking soda!

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