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10 Uses of White Vinegar with House Pets

Updated on April 22, 2013

We Love our Pets

We Love our Pets

Lets face it most of us absolutely love our house pets. As we get older these little guys become more and more like family, and we often treat them like kids. I know this from personal experience. However, pets can show some difficult behavior like have accidents, throw up, scratch furniture (especially cats) and of course they can get sick like humans and need medical care.

Animals also need a varying amount of attention from us, though cats need the least amount of attention due to their independent nature. Cats generally eat when hungry and use their litter box when necessary. Dogs need to be fed regularly and love going for walks. Most cats and dogs do shed leaving a trail of fur or hair everywhere.

Removing Hair and Fur from Furniture

Make a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water and put in a spray bottle. This mixture will be used for for most solutions of cleaning and deodorizing. Spray some of this mixture on a paper towel and go over all fabric surfaces. Not only will you pick up the fur and hair but will sanitize the fabric. Test a small amount of vinegar on the backside of anything where youapply vinegar to make sure it will not discolor the fabric.

Cat Litter

Cats Only: Deoderize the Litter Box

Wipe the empty litter box out with a damp paper towel. Put one cup of white vinegar in the box and allow to soak for thirty minutes. Dump out the vinegar and wipe with a paper towel and plain warm water. Allow the box to dry completely, and sprinkle a little baking soda on the bottom before adding the litter. Put in the cat box liner if you use one. Remember to add only two inches of fine litter to the box.

Clean the cage with Vinegar

Birds Only

Clean the bird cage by spraying with the mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Rinse with plain water. Dry the inside and outside with a microfiber rag. Add the newspaper back to the bottom of the birdcage.

Protect Your Plants

Protect Your Plants

You can spray your houseplants and outdoor plants with the vinegar and water blend to keep most animals away from destroying your plants. If you let your dog out in the yard and see he is busy dining on your plants, give the plants a spritz with the vinegar blend. Spray the plants about once a week and your plants will stay intact. This works well for both indoor and outdoor greenery. If you have some exotic plants, check to be sure there is no reaction to vinegar application by putting a few drops on a leaf.

A little vinegar will protect furniture from scratching animals

Keep Pets from scratching the furniture

Pets--especially cats--often have an affinity for scratching furniture. They love to sharpen their claws and mark their territory. Spray with the water and vinegar mixture all the pieces of furniture they seem to favor-- including upholstered and wooden pieces. Cats generally hate the smell of vinegar so they will stay away. Spray about once a week. Remember to trim their claws.

Keep Dogs from Scratching their ears

Wipe a small amount of straight vinegar on the inside and outside of your dog's ears and this will stop the constant scratching. Do this application about once a week.

A few drops of vinegar keeps pests away

Rid Fleas and Other Pests

This step is simple and just requires two or three drops of white vinegar added to the pet's water bowl. This is an easy solution to keep the fleas and other pests away all year long.

Wash Your Pets with Vinegar

Add Vinegar to Your Pets Bath

Add about two cups of white vinegar a gallon of water to clean your cat or dog. You can make half the amount of this mixture if you choose to clean with a spray bottle. Your cleaning method will depend on the size and breed of your pet. Rub the mixture gently with a soft rag on the dog or cat's coat. Rinse the pet off with plain warm water and dry thoroughly with a towel. Brush your cat or dog when dry, and you will be amazed at the shiny clean coat.

Vacuum after a pet accident

Pet Accidents

At some time or another your pet is most likely going to have a bathroom accident in the house. This is more of a challenge if it occurs on a carpet. With a paper towel and straight white vinegar blot the urine spot. Sprinkle the spot with baking soda and allow to sit overnight. The next day vacuum up the baking soda. Squirt the water and vinegar mixture liberally on the spot and wipe off with plain water. Allow to dry about one hour and give it the once over with the microfiber rag. You may need to repeat this process a second time.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great stuff! Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Absolutely an excelelnt and top notch hub post! I love your suggestions and how you give detailed instruction. Voted up and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great advice Carol. Never realized that vinegar had so many useful applications. Will have to put it to the test. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up, sharing, etc...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very useful, Carol! I had no idea, but I'm telling Bev about this right now. Great info...thanks my friend!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      After a hub like this, Carol, with so many great, new, useful uses for vinegar, my advice is - buy vinegar. It is going UP!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      I knew most uses of vinegar but never thought to use it for cats. I have two cats and some of your tips will really come in handy. Thank you so much for posting this great hub. I am especially excited about your recommendation for Vetericy Wound & Infection Care HyrdoGel Spray. Yesterday I noticed a small wound on one my cats probably caused from fighting with the other cat. I went to Petsmart today and couldn't find anything for the wound. I will order this online and save tons of money on vet visit and medication :).

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Carol this is great. I know it all works because I know how well you research. Thanks for the hints.

      Voted up, useful, and. Interesting

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      Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this article especially since I have two small dogs. I always use white vinegar to wipe their ears. It keeps their ears also dry and prevent infection.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      willstarr..Thanks for stopping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you teaches12345...This stuff really works and it saves money.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Vinegar is amazing and I use it for so many things..I think I feel a new hub. Thanks for votes and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Vinegar is the most inexpensive cleaning solution and I use it a lot. ANd good for pets. I sprayed some of my furniture that one cat was scratching..and no more.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much..I am inspired to share more vinegar and other similar hubs. Thanks for votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping by and reading. I always appreciate your support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for all the great comments and votes... and always great support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for reading..White vinegar is amazing..

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for the tips with vinegar. I knew about vinegar to clean the windows but not for the litter box as well as for the furniture. I didn't know those ones! And it's way better than some chimicals in a spray for sure! I had cats all my life... so it's not too late to learn something new :-)

      Definitely voted up and useful!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carol, I usually use brewers yeast as a flea repentant. Never knew about adding vinegar to their drinking water. Will be trying this one out. Thanks!

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      Great advice, Carol! I'd never thought of adding vinegar to the dog's bathwater.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      kidscrafts: thanks for stopping for a visit..Yes vinegar has many uses. Thanks for vote up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for stopping in. The vinegar does work in the water bowl.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Vinegar is pretty amazing and it has so many uses.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Vinegar is acid based and therefore keeps bacteria from growing. There are literally thousands of uses for this hand household staple. Thanks for letting us know about pet uses.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What great ideas and well presented! And I thought vinegar was just for coffee makers and windows! Thank you for sharing. Up plus and sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Austinstar. Vinegar is great for many things...I love it and use both cider and white. Thanks for stopping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi oh writer friend. Nice to see you today..Hope the new writing venue is going well. I loved your hub. Thanks for stopping in and sharing and votes..

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Great suggestions and lots I didn't know. I always keep a half and half vinegar/water spray bottle to hand. One thing our pup was doing was picking tiny stones that fell off the spar rendering on the lower exterior house walls. Sprayed twice a week and he soon stopped.

      He also has his special area to use for relieving himself. We were rinsing it down daily with disinfectant but find that vinegar & water neutralize really well.

      Voted up and useful!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much and it is good to know from others that these things really do work...Thanks for the vote also.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Carol, these sounds great!!... I'll be keeping for later and sharing.

      Good job.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks Tobusiness....I appreciate your visit and of course comments.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Quite useful. I had no idea there were so many uses for this common household product. Gotta love those home remedies. Great info. Thank you for all the helpful applications. I will be putting many of them to use.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in to read about vinegar. It is quite a product with untold uses.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Hi, Carol! This was a very useful and amazing hub. I wish I had known about the vinegar. One of my dogs was urinating around the house badly (turned out the poor thing had diabetes and we finally had to put her down--just writing about this makes me cry when I think about her) and we cleaned it up with some spray--don't remember what it was--but it took two days to get the stain out and eliminate the odor. I miss my dog...

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Awesome hub, Carol! This will come in useful for sure for pet owners.. will be passing this along to a friend of mine who has trouble with his cats scratching at his furniture. He hasn't been able to make them stop so this should come in very useful for him! Great hub, useful and voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      we love our pets..they are real family to us. And losing them is a painful experience... I know what that feels like, thanks for dropping by and sharing..You are a supportive friend ..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks Jamie friend...I always enjoy having you drop in for a visit...And a wonderfully supportive friend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Carol, I use vinegar a lot for my daily cleaning. I don't have pets yet, but this was a useful hub.

      Voted as useful and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much..Vinegar is a wonderful solution for many things.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have vinegar in a spray bottle and i use it in the kitchen and bath. I don't have animals, but my sis. Mary has the most adorable cat and i will tell her about the many uses for pets. Thank you..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in for a visit. Vinegar is great and it is so cheap.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very useful; and interesting carol. I think this gem is going to be so useful and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Great tips Carol. Thank-you. I bet it would work to keep your pet from chewing or constantly licking hot spots too! Voted you interesting and up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you dragonfly. Vinegar is so useful for many things.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Interesting hub Carol. I have a friend who dusts with a water/vinegar mixture. I have always wondered about the smell, but she wears by it. I have heard of bathing pets in a mixture. Not only does it clean them, but I understand (cannot swear by it and don't know if it works or not) that it can help dogs with itchy skin. Up, pinned and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It does help pets plus shine up their coats. I use white vinegar for all kinds of cleaning also..Just found that it works on grout. Thanks for coming by and pinning and voting..So appreciated.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Carol. These are awesome tips for me to apply immediately after my HP time. Voted up and shared. Have a great weekend;-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you thelma: Appreciate your stopping by and votes and shares...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub! At the vet's office we used to recommend diluted vinegar for those itchy, irritated dog ears when we had no same-day appointments and for some it worked so well, they no longer came in for their later appointments! voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      That is pretty good..Glad to hear that. Thanks for stopping in and voting.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Vinegar is useful for many purposes thanks for sharing these tips

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are welcome and thanks for dropping in.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      We gotta' love the vinegar. Yesterday I opend my fridge and smelled sour milk. A baby bottle had leaked, o my. So I got my bottle of vinegar and water which I keep handy all the time squirted and wiped...freshness. Now this has nothing to do with animals.

      Back to the animals...question...can I spray it on the outside plants to keep unwanted kitties away without sending a message to my kitty that she is not welcome?

      thanks, Carol I check back here often to see what you will teach me....

      happy 16th day of our new year ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You can spray vinegar and water combo in a bottle and it will keep varmints and other animals away...Thanks for lovely compliments.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Carol, these are fabulous tips for us pet owners! Who knew something as simple as white vinegar could have so many uses! Bookmarking and sharing this one! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much. Vinegar is so cheap and I always have a huge bottle in the house for so many uses. Thanks for sharing and bookmarking.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, these are awesome tips. I was unaware of using vinegar to ward off fleas and deter cats from scratching furniture. I will try both of these!

      I use Revolution on my cats. It costs me $90 every two months. I have 3 cats so a 6 pack lasts two months. It is purported to also prevent heartworms, of which there is no cure for cats. But the heartworms are caused by fleas. Plus Revolution requires a prescription. I look forward to trying these home remedies. I'm all about organic and cheap!

      Thanks again!

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      english-zone 4 years ago

      I do not realize that I can use it for my pets until I read this hub. Thanks for sharing this important tips..

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I had just no idea white vinegar could be used for pets and wow so many applications. Very useful info which I'm sharing.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      These are some awesome tips for pet care. I love vinegar as a natural product.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hope it works and do let me know. why spend all that money?????

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It works on pets..non toxic and safe and that is always good.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you rajan jolly: It is non toxic, safe and cheap. Thanks for votes and shares.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Natural is always good especially when it is cheap.

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      Bonny OBrien 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Wow some really good tips! I will have to try a few of them.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for dropping by and commenting.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is great! I love using vinegar to clean with and now I can use it on my dogs too! I never thought of these ideas. I love the tip on adding a drop or two their water to keep away the fleas. Living in the country, fleas do tend to be problem. Voting up and useful! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you SGBrown...Always nice to see you here. Vinegar has become a staple in our household for its many good uses.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this Carol . Love that vinegar...I use it every day...what a magical elixir it is. My sister now has two pups to watch over so I will share this with her. I now have a baby kitty who lives inside so will be keeping things fresh with these tips as well.

      Hope all is well with you Angels are on the way ps

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