I admit, I was not prepared for my Rott puppy, Blaze, to smell quite as bad as he does at the tender age of 4.5 months. Our Bull-dog, Mugs, didn’t really start stinking until he was at least a year old. Then oh boy! He stank. Besides just being a dog, I partially attribute this early onset stinkage to 2 things- his not odor-free bully stick and his veracious appetite for dog poop. Yes, if we don’t watch him like a hawk, he eats poop. As much as he can. New, old, crunchy- he is indiscriminate in his choices. I know, gross. (At least he doesn’t eat his own, but still…)

Smelly dogs and neat freaks with sensitive noses do not live well together so it was time for some non-toxic odor solutions. Armed with two of my favorite toxin-free cleaning ingredients, baking soda and essential oils, I went to work. It took me approximately 20 seconds to make, another 20 to sprinkle on the rug and while it “sits”, I am writing this. SO easy! Smelly Dog, smelly carpet? No Problem.

Here is what you’ll need for a Non-Toxic Pet Carpet Freshener;

2 C. baking soda

40 drops essential oils

Measuring cup

Small whisk

Jar ( such as an old cheese shaker ) to store carpet freshener in

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I was concerned that the essential oils would clump in the baking soda, but that was not a problem at all. I used the wisk to blend it and they blended nicely with no clumping. I chose a combination of lavender and lemon. It smells so fresh and clean right now, I almost don’t want to vacuum it up.

If you want to try other essential oils you can be as creative as you want. Lemon is disinfecting and lavender is deodorizing as well as having anti-biotic properties so I felt they were a good choice. You could also use peppermint, rosemary, melaleuca, eucalyptus or lemongrass, just to name a few. Remember, even though you are vacuuming the powder up, dogs have highly sensitive noses so be aware of that when using essential oils. Many times less is more.

The “because he is a dog” smell is little more challenging. I feel like we bathe him and he pretty much still stinks when we’re done. Sigh…Most dog shampoo’s, especially for odor control, are full of chemicals I don’t want on my pup. Here is what we are using now for our Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo;

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12 oz. water

1 oz. fractionated coconut oil ( it can be a little oily until it works into the skin, but it’s so moisturizing!)

3 oz. pure castile soap

4-6 drops lavender, lemongrass , eucalyptus, peppermint or rosemary essential oils (or a combo there-of)

Shake well and shampoo away!

For really tough cases, you can try a rinse with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.

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