We have three of them, luckily only the Jack Russell feels entitled to lounging on the furniture. And you don’t want to know about the elderly cats in the family….
All this results in rather a lot of extra laundry, and somehow those smells are hard to get rid of just with detergent.
The answer is vinegar, plain old distilled white vinegar. I don’t why it took me so long to try it, when I’ve been using bicarb and vinegar as cleaning agents for ages. I’ve used bicarb (baking soda) to neutralise odours in the wash and that helps, especially with towels that have become slightly musty, but it’s not quite enough for the serious smells.
Today I washed the stinkiest dog blanket to ever pollute our house, which had already been washed twice to no avail. I added one cup of vinegar to the wash along with the regular detergent. That blanket came out smelling sweet enough to put my nose up close to!
Why it works? As far as I can gather from my non-scientific perspective, the acids in the vinegar break down the proteins that hold most smells connected with our beloved pets. Once broken down they are easily washed away. Thank goodness for vinegar – the dog blanket gets a new lease of life.
And the best news from a green perspective: vinegar is a renewable resource, it’s bio-degradable, non-toxic and it’s cheap. Now I just need to find out where I can buy it in bulk!