Regular cleaning of our loved dog’s kennel removes only the extra hair, waste, and other mess. The harmful bacteria in their kennels yet remain. These bacteria can make their house stink and can even make them smelly.
There are many commercial kennel cleaners and disinfectants available in the market for kennels, but those are full of chemicals. After cleaning the kennel with such chemical-filled disinfectants, you cannot let your dog in soon after; either you have to wait for the chemical to dry off completely or you have to rinse it twice. On top of that, chemicals may ruin the ecosystem and plants you have near the areas cleaned.
Keeping our beloved friend’s kennel free from bacteria and the smell is actually a cakewalk with these natural homemade Do I Yourself disinfectant recipes.
Hard Surface Kennel Soft Scrub
The hard surface kennel soft scrub is a great disinfectant and helps the kennel and your pet to be fragrant.
- 2 cups baking soda
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- 5 drops peppermint oil
Baking soda can be your best friend when it comes to kennel cleaning. It can be used for all household cleaning purposes, be it cleaning the damp smelling sponges, removing tough stains from crockery or removing the tarnishing from your jewelry. Baking soda is hence very useful in cleaning your dog’s house.
Castile soap is a vegetable-based ingredients using soap. It is produced organically and is sourced using fair trade principles. The soap was traditionally made with olive oil but now it comes in many other variations as well. Some of those variations use the blend of coconut oil, olive oil, hemp and jojoba oils with water and a few essential oils to make it fragrant. This soap is a friendly alternative for the skin and health of your dog.
The amazing Peppermint essential oil helps in giving your dog house a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on its body. It is as aromatherapy to relieve the sore muscles. It also has antimicrobial properties, i.e. it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues. Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and watermint.
To make a cleaner using these ingredients, mix all the ingredients well. Now using a spray, spray the mixture onto the surface of the kennel and scrub away all the dirt. This will leave the kennel deodorized and free from bacteria.
DIY Lemon Rinse
Lemon rinse is a natural disinfectant very useful in killing fleas on the body of your furry pal. It is a very simple yet efficient recipe that one can use every weekend if required.
- 1 cup lemon juice
- ½ cup baking soda
Lemon juice is often used as a cleaner at our houses. It kills the bacteria and also removes tough stains in the kennel. It is also very useful in killing the fleas on the skin of your dog.
Dilute lemon juice and baking soda with equal parts of water. When the mixture is diluted enough, put it in a spray bottle. Now spray this liquid all over the kennel. This mixture need not be rinsed. It would not harm your dog in any way possible. This liquid can also be used in many other cleaning purposes.
Bleach and Water
Bleach is a common disinfectant used in day to day cleaning. It is a strong and effective disinfectant with sodium hypochlorite as its main active ingredient. Sodium hypochlorite kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including the influenza virus (dog flu).
According to the Humane Society and the ASPCA, bleach is a safe alternative for dog kennels as long as it is a properly diluted solution, that is then rinsed thoroughly and allowed to air dry.
For the bleach and water disinfectant, dilute one part of bleach in thirty-two parts of water. Mix it well enough to make sure that there are no lumps. Now, apply this bleach solution to the entire area of the kennel and let it dry for 10 minutes. After the solution is completely dried off, rinse well.
- Bleach is harsh on metal and can corrode it.
- It can also ruin clothing items.
- If the bleach solution is not properly rinsed off, it can irritate your dog’s sinuses and airways.
I hope these recipes help you and your lovely dog to have a clean and fragrant kennel. These natural Do It Yourself recipes will work miracles. All these ingredients are easily available in the market, low at cost and are super easy to use. This can help you to make the tedious task of cleaning look like an easy chore. Do try these recipes.
You can thank us later!
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