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My Chiweenie, Henry loves loves loves his bed. But, it sure can get smelly. I will let it soak it a mixture of Dawn and white vinegar for about an hour or so. Then just wash and dry with towels (It is so fun to watch him head for a warm bed fresh out of the dryer!). The smell is gone and the bonus is that if there are fleas hanging around, they are gone!
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I am at my wits end. Some of our dog blankets smell really bad. I have washed them numerous times with both detergent and Clorox 2 and they still smell! How can I have washed them so much and they still don't smell clean? Please help.
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
Go to the laundry section of your grocery store & get a box of Boraxo. Follow the directions & use it when you wash the bedding. I usually use 1/2 to 1 Cup of it in my wash water for pet bedding. It works really well to get rid of odors & stains, much better than bleach or Clorox 2.
If that doesn't work, you can use Odo Ban or other cleaners made specifically for 'pet odors & stains' in your wash that should help also.
We have 4 big, hairy dogs whose bedding I wash weekly. First off, their bedding are old king size comforters that make it easy to wash as dog beds are too thick to get properly clean. Second, I shake the bedding outside to get what hair I can off. But the most important thing is not the detergent or bleach you use, but how you dry the bedding. I have found that the only thing that really gets rid of the smell is hanging the bedding out in the sun to dry- and this is especially effective on a sunny, windy day. If I am lucky, I will leave them on the line for a couple days as I have bedding that I alternate with. It is amazing what the sun and wind will do to break down the nasty smells! The bedding comes back in smelling fresh and ready to get stinky again!