The Video You Need To See Plus 5 Tips For Cleaning Other Pet Emergencies
By Jennifer Grant
Allies in the fight against pet hair and mystery bodily fluids are easily acquired on any budget: club soda, dish soap, baking soda, rubber gloves, cotton rags, empty spray bottle, salt, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Incidentally, these items would make an excellent “bringing home baby” gift for a friend who has recently adopted.
Photo: Facebook / Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Advises the “Fizz, Blot, Fluff” Technique to Get Rid of Poop
Even the direst of doggie emergencies (diarrhea!!) will disappear using Oprah’s expert technique. Start by disposing of any hard bits, and then proceed directly to “fizz, blot, fluff:”
- Pour club soda directly onto the stain. Watch it bubble and froth as it lifts the poop to the surface of the carpet.
- Blot (do NOT rub) the liquid with a cotton rag.
- Repeat with another dose of club soda’s magical poop cleaning bubbles. Blot. Then continue to repeat these steps until you feel satisfied that there is no poop (only stain) remaining.
- Now it’s time for soap: add just a dab of dish soap and RUB (do not BLOT). Rub until that stain is gone.
- Final step – one last round with the club soda: fizz, blot, fluff. Voila – no more stain!
Get Leashed is so inspired by the results of Oprah’s stain removal advice that we consulted our in-house pet stain experts on removing other pet nasties.
These are our Top Five:
1. Getting Hair off ALL THE THINGS
Forget about that roll of packing tape because it’s incredibly inefficient. The very best way to get pet hair off upholstery is a little stranger than tape. Take a pair of rubber kitchen gloves and run them under cold water. Shake off the excess water, because you want them moist, not wet. Finally, run the gloves over the hair-laden upholstery (or your black pants). It is definitely a good idea to water test a patch of the upholstery before trying this technique. But trust me, once you do the rubber glove thing, you’ll be ready to throw out that lint brush and packing tape.
2. Dealing With Muddy Paws
You definitely do not need pricey mud booties for your dog. I mean, you do, because they are totally adorbs, but you won’t need them for mud duty after you read this. You’ll need two things in your arsenal: an absorbent doormat and a stack of towel squares cut from a fluffy towel in the rag pile. The squares should be paw-sized and kept near the entry for quick access. While your cute little fluffer sits obediently on the doormat, you can wipe off the mud and toss the squares into the laundry to get cleaned up for next time.
If your furry buddy forgets his manners and makes it into the house and across the carpet, please refer to Oprah’s “fizz, blot, fluff” technique described at the top of the article.
3. That Vile Vomit
As a sympathetic vomiter, this is the pet mess for which I am least equipped to cope. Fortunately, step one of two involves “fizz, blot, fluff” and I am confident I have enough skills to catapult that club soda into range with nary a whiff. The club soda/blotting combo advised by Oprah will lift the vomit (Oh God) from the fibers of your upholstery.
The second step deals with the unique stain and stench that is bile. This is best tackled with a homemade brew I like to call No More Disgusting:
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp salt
½ cup white vinegar
2 tbsp rubbing alcohol
1 tbsp dish soap
Combine ingredients into an empty (and clean) spray bottle. Spray liberally over the stain and rub with a cotton rag. Toss that rag far, far away from you when you are done because that rag cannot be recovered. Straight to the garbage!!
Photo: Facebook / Oprah Winfrey
4. Pee-Pee Accidents Don’t Have to Ruin Your Life
The challenging thing about a pee accident is that it generally occurs when you are not home and you won’t find it until the fourth episode of your binge watch of This is Us after the seventh pee waft hits your face and you’re like, “That IS urine!!” You’ll sniff and sniff, circling ever closer to that dried patch of stink between the couch and the planter. How long has that been there? Well, as of today, you can answer to yourself, “It doesn’t matter!”
Make a paste from 4 tbsp of baking soda and water. Rub the paste over the stinky stain. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then comes the entertaining bit – pour a ¼ cup of vinegar onto the baking soda. It will fizz and fuss, doing it’s thing. You can watch or go back to This is Us. After about the length of one episode, blot the liquid/stain/stink combo with a good quality paper towel. Heed this advice unless you want a fistful of urine soaked paper towels disintegrating between your fingertips as you try (in vain) to make it to the garbage. That vinegar smell will stick around for a few days, but eventually, it will evaporate, taking the last vestiges of urine with it.
5. General Odor Control
The very best way to cut down on pet odor is to wash bedding at least once every two weeks. You can also freshen the air using a water to vinegar ratio of 1:1, plus a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray liberally from room to room to dissipate pet smells. Don’t be afraid to give your dog a bath, or take him to the groomer. Sparky doesn’t want to be stinky either. He wants sweet snuggles with his human, preferably on the bed at 4am.
Do you have any pet cleaning tips that work at your house? Share them in the comment section because we would LOVE to hear more!