We all love our furry, four-legged family members and we do whatever it takes to make them happy and comfortable. One of the things they need is a clean & cozy spot to rest and relax. Here’s a quick, easy way to clean pet beds naturally that the whole family will love.
If you have any adorable, fluffy little friends running around your house, then chances are you probably have a pet bed or two as well and might be looking for a way to deodorize and clean pet beds naturally. We have two cats and a dog, who are all definitely spoiled and sleep pretty much anywhere they like during the day, but at night we usually put them in the kitchen and close the door so they don’t disturb us with all of their shenanigans, so we have a couple of pet beds for them in there.
The pet beds that I have are from Martha Stewart and the covers are completely removable, so I do like to just take them off and toss them in the wash every once in awhile. Here’s an almost identical pet bed if you’re looking for one like this. It’s honestly kind of a lot of work though to get everything back into the covers properly and looking nice and straight, so I don’t always have the time to do that full cleaning as often as I’d like. It’s nice to have this quicker freshening-up option that I can do easily and a little more often too. Truthfully, this is probably all you really need to do to keep your pet beds clean, especially if your pet bed covers don’t come off easily.
How to Clean Pet Beds Naturally
So here’s what you do!
Start off by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda over the entire bed. If you want a little extra freshness, which you probably do, you can add something with a nice fresh scent to the bed as well. I like to use some peppermint essential oil (maybe 10 drops-ish) diluted in spray bottle with about 1/2 a cup of water and just spritz the whole bed lightly, but not enough to make a paste out of the baking soda.
Always do your research if you’re going to be using essential oils around pets and make sure that the oils you’re using are safe for your pets. Also, like people, different pets can be sensitive to different aromas so test it out with your furry friends first to make sure that they don’t mind it as well. I use peppermint oil around the house all the time so I know my pets don’t mind it. A good safe alternative would be something like a doggy perfume from the pet store, or we have a spray-on “Waterless Bath” product for our pets that we use that smells really nice too. Lots of options! 🙂
Time to Vacuum
Leave the pet bed to sit like that for a few hours, or overnight if your pets won’t need it during the nighttime and then get out your vacuum, along with the crevice tool and the mini motorized tool.
Use the crevice tool first to get the baking soda, dust, and fur out of the nooks, crannies, and folds of your pet bed, then go over everything with the mini motorized tool to pick up all the rest of the debris and to give it a nice, fresh, fluffed-up look.
And that’s it, you can now quickly clean pet beds naturally!
It seems really simple (and it is), but you’ll be amazed at how well the baking soda really draws the stink out of the fabric!
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Do you have a pet bed that’s been looking (and smelling) a little less-than-welcoming for your furry friends lately?
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More tips that you might find helpful!
- How to keep your home from being taken over by pet fur
- The Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean When You Have Pets
- How to Groom Your Pets With Your Vacuum Cleaner
- DIY natural carpet cleaner and deodorizer
- How to get rid of stubborn carpet stains
- DIY mason jar air freshener
- The Creek Line House Homekeeping Tips and Tricks archives
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.