This little gem came in VERY handy for me the other day. We picked up our dog from the kennel the other day, along with his pet bed, a giant pillow. Before we decided to take the pillow, we knew full well that it may not survive a week and a half in a dog kennel, so we were fully prepared to toss it when we brought it home.
Sure enough, the thing REEKED. Wet dog, and urine…and God knows what else. I was ready to toss it, but Mr. Hoagie suggested we try to salvage it, even if only to be used as his kennel-only dog bed. So he pulled off the cover, gave it to me to wash, and took the pillow insert to the garage to air out (probably permanently!).
So I dropped this thing (by two fingers) into my washing machine, added soap and fabric softener (ha! like THAT would help!), and literally GAGGED as I closed the washer. At the last minute, I dashed over to my computer to Google “smelly laundry.”
I found this site. So I added half a box of baking soda (left over from deodorizing the fridge and a Brownie science experiment involving balloons and vinegar) to the washer, and hoped for the best.
When the washer finished, Mr. Hoagie offered to transfer it to the dryer.
“Wait!” I said. “Let me smell it first.” Because if the stink’s not gone, the dryer will only bake it in…and maybe stink up the whole house.
He sniffed it. “I don’t smell anything,” he said.
“Gimme that,” I said, snatching it from him. Men!
He was right! Smelled fresh and clean…like soap and fabric softener.
We threw it in the dryer, and now it awaits his next trip to the kennel. Too bad the pillow is too big for our washer!
So…does anyone know where I can find a good bed for a golden retriever?
UPDATE: While I still use baking soda to de-stankify serious odors, my everyday go-to odor beater is white vinegar. I always keep a gallon or two on hand for laundry or floor cleaning. Powerful stuff.