This post was sponsored by Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar but all opinions are my own.
I use Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar because it is an all-purpose cleaner that’s environmentally friendly and safe for my family. I recently discovered that they now sell it in super convenient spray bottles, and just in time too, because they have been a life saver ever since we brought our new puppy home!
I have always liked cleaning with vinegar but it has been so nice using it to clean up after Scarlett because I know that it’s non-toxic and won’t harm her in any way. Today I’m going to share 5 ways to use Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar, in the new spray bottles, to clean up after a new puppy (or any pet for that matter). 🙂
#1 Cleaning up potty accidents
This is probably the most common problem with new pets, as well as the most frustrating. I realized very quickly that potty training a puppy is not fun and even when you’re keeping a constant eye on them, they still somehow manage to have accidents in the house! I’m thankful that the majority of our house is wood flooring but she has managed to have a couple accidents on my new rug. 🙁
Using vinegar to clean up the accidents though has been a huge help because, not only does it clean up the mess, but it eliminates the odors so she doesn’t go back to the same spot to have another accident!
The spray bottles of vinegar just sit on the counter now, right next to my potty training schedule, and they are always ready if an accident does occur.
#2 Cleaning windows and mirrors
When we were thinking about getting a dog I didn’t even think about the fact that we have lots of doors with windows in them and mirrors in our house. I realize now that I’m officially a pet owner because the bottom half of all our glass doors and mirrors have smudges all over them. 🙂
Luckily vinegar is also great for cleaning glass! One quick spray and a wipe with a paper towel and it’s clean! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing this a lot from now on. 🙂
#3 Cleaning messy floors
I’m so thankful to have wood floors, especially with all the little puppy accidents, but one thing I hadn’t thought about was the smudges and general messiness that comes with a new puppy. I’ve always used vinegar to mop my wood floors but having the Four Monks spray bottles has made it really easy to spot-clean messes when I notice them.
#4 Cleaning out the kennel
This has probably been one of my least favorite things about training Scarlett. So far I’ve had to clean poop, urine, peanut butter and cottage cheese out of the kennel. For someone like me, that doesn’t really like to get my hands dirty, I realized very quickly that cleaning the kennel was going to be right up there with cleaning the toilets!
Luckily using vinegar to clean it out has made it a quick and relatively easy task. I remove the food or “potty accident”, then douse the entire kennel with vinegar, let it set for a few minutes, then wipe it down with a damp cloth. The vinegar works wonders with eliminating all sorts of kennel odors and it gives the kennel a “clean slate” so Scarlett isn’t tempted to go to the bathroom in there again, and she’s not licking or biting the kennel because she can still smell her food.
#5 Cleaning soiled laundry
As I mentioned earlier we’ve had quite a few “accidents” in the house and unfortunately a couple of those have been on blankets and even on her bed! Immediately after the accident I made sure to throw them in the washing machine, but not without spraying the soiled spot with vinegar first.
Just like with the floors, spraying the soiled area with vinegar will make sure to get rid of the odor, so the puppy doesn’t go back to potty on those things again.
We’ve only had our puppy for a week but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed one of my Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar spray bottles! I always knew vinegar was good for cleaning laundry, windows, floors, etc. but I had no idea how much I would depend on it with a new puppy! It nice to know that my house is still very clean but that I’m not having to use any harmful chemicals, that could potentially make our little Scarlett sick.
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