How to Get Dog Smell Out Of Blankets
Dogs are great pets to have, but sometimes they do have a smell to them, and they will come into your bed and wrap up on your blanket, or their blanket smells a little too much. Getting a dog smell out of a blanket might seem hard, but you can get it out, similar to getting a smoke smell out of clothes.
Not everyone will want to wash their dog blanket in the washing machine or just a blanket that your dog played on. So I will show you three methods you can use to get dog smell out of blankets in no time.
Method 1: Placing The Blankets In The Sun
This method is a very old school method that I have seen my grandparents use to get the smell of anything out of any fabric. They usually use this method to get the urine smell out of bed sheets and even the mattress itself.
Steps To Take:
1. The first thing you need to do is separate the dog smelling blankets from your regular blankets. This will prevent your other clothes and blankets from smelling the same way and give you more work.
2. Search on the blanket or blankets to see if there is any dog hair on them and remove it with a brush or a vacuum so that the cleaning process to remove the smell from the blanket will be easier on you.
3. When the sun is at its hottest during the 12 o’clock time frame. Place the blanket over something where it can be opened up fully. This can be on your deck railings or even on your porch.
4. Once you have found an area that the sung can penetrate them. Leave them in the sun for 3-5 hours for the sun’s heat to remove the dog smell from the blankets.
5. Once the 3-5 hours are up. Take the blankets up and smell them. They should not smell like dogs anymore, but if they do, you will give them a regular wash in the washing machine either way and dry them in the dryer.
Method 2: Soaking The Blankets In Baking Soda
This method is a common method for me to use to remove any odors from most fabric that I have. But soaking your close isn’t that easy because you can end up making them smell worse. But this method below will not make that happen. It will remove the odors totally.
- Baking Soda
- Cleaning Container / Optional
Steps To Take:
1. Before you start to clean and remove the dog odors from the blankets. You will need to make sure they are separated from any other clothes so that the smell of it doesn’t transfer to them.
2. Now that you have done that, you need to check each and every blanket and remove any dog hair that might be on them. You can use a hair brush or a vacuum with a small nozzle attached to it to suck up the dog’s hair.
3. Once you have removed all the dog hair. You can now fill the cleaning container with warm water or fill your bathtub halfway and add 1 cup of baking soda to it. I recommend using a cleaning container because you will use less water.
4. Mix the baking soda around in the warm water and place the blankets into it and leave them in it for 1 – 2 hours. The reason for that sort of time is to prevent the water from getting stale and leaving a bad smell on the clothes.
5. Once the time is up, dump the water and catch cold fresh water in the container and rinse the blankets out. You can now give them a regular way in the washing machine or just place them in the dryer, and they should be good.
6. I do not recommend using hair fresheners or essential oils on the blanket if it is the dog’s blanket you are washing. Dogs sense of smell is 10x stronger than ours, so the smell of the essential oils might be too strong for them.
Method 3: Washing The Blankets In The Washing Machine With Vinegar
This method should come to your mind first, but with regular laundry detergent. Regular laundry detergent doesn’t take out a strong smell like a dogs smell, so the vinegar will neutralize the dog smell.
Steps To Take:
1. As mentioned above, you need to check if the blankets have dog hair and remove them. You should also separate the blankets from other clothes.
2. Place the blankets in the washing machine and pour vinegar into the detergent dispenser, and put the washing machine on the hottest setting if the blanket isn’t cotton. Let it wash for 30 minutes or more in the washing machine.
3. Once the wash is finished, add laundry detergent to the detergent dispenser on the machine and give the blankets another wash, then let it dry.