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Paws up for PL360 – Pet Lovers Everywhere

PL 360We’ve recently been testing PL360 and have been quite pleased with the results. PL360 creates natural cleaning products for pet owners. Their product line includes shampoos, grooming wipes, natural household cleaners and plant-based stain and odor removers. They sent us their “greatest hits” to test and we did a giveaway to enlist a few Dogsized fans to help us test out the products too.

PL360 Multi Surface Cleaner (we love it)

PL 360 multi_surface_cleanerThis cleaner (in citrus scent) uses a powerful plant-based formula that contains no ammonia, bleach, phosphates, phthalates or sulfates. It’s dermatologist tested, non allergenic and made in the U.S.

This was our favorite product. Why? It’s the best cleaner we’ve ever used on our glass cook-top and we’ve tried loads of cleaning products on it! We were pleasantly surprised by it’s performance. Who knew a plant-based formula could work so well on the glass cook-top! It also performed well cleaning various other surfaces (e.g. counter tops).

PL360 Grooming Wipes

PL 360 grooming_wipesThese mandarin scented grooming wipes are made with plant-based ingredients. They contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, toxins, lanolin, soap or alcohol.

As a dog owner, grooming wipes are super handy. We used these to clean off our dog’s paws, nose, ears and everywhere else. They worked great. Our dog has allergies and we were happy he didn’t have any issues with these wipes. The scent is gentle – not overwhelming.

PL360 Odor Neutralizing Carpet Powder

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Winner - Cody!

Dogsized fan, Mary Lynn and her dog Cody tested the PL360 Odor Neutralizing Carpet Powder. Here’s what she said:

“Yes, it works well. It doesn’t have that overwhelming chemical smell that most carpet powders seem to have and it did a great job of eliminating dog odors.”

 

PL360 Itch Relief Shampoo

Winner - Hattie!PL 360 itch_relief_shampoo

Dogsized fan, Donna and her dog Hattie tested the PL360 Itch Relief Shampoo. Here’s what she said:

“Yes, its great. Hattie is a combo of two high allergy dogs and she was so much less itchy after her bath. It’s an excellent dog shampoo.”

 

PL360 Multi Surface Cleaning Wipes

PL 360 multi_surface_cleaning_wipesThese cleaning wipes use a powerful plant-based formula that contains no ammonia, bleach, phosphates, phthalates or sulfates. Plus, they’re also fragrance free.

We love using cleaning wipes and typically use Lysol cleaning wipes. At first we were a bit skeptical of a planted based cleaning product, but PL360 passed the test. They worked just as well as the Lysol wipes, plus we didn’t mind using them without gloves (we usually use gloves when handling the Lysol cleaning wipes).

 

PL360 was created in May 2015 when PawGanics and Pet Labs 360 merged together to become a unified pet health and wellness brand. Before the merger, PawGanics made pet/people/earth-friendly cleaning and grooming products. PetLabs360 was founded by Kevin Schwartz as a result of his search for nutritional supplements to help prevent the ailments—arthritis, allergies and digestive disorders—that plague modern-day pets. When the best nutrients he could find for his dog were spinoffs of products for humans, he started his own business, PetLabs360.

Indoor Dog Potty – when it’s inconvenient to “go” outside

indoor dog potty

Snarf-“When it’s raining, I hide my poo in the house. Not sorry”

While most dogs prefer to do their “business” outside, when it’s really cold or wet out some dogs just don’t want to go out (like Snarf). An indoor dog potty can be super convenient if you don’t have a backyard, live in a high rise building or can relieve some stress when you can’t get back home in time to let your dog out. While some dog owners might use pee pads for such occasions, we consider the indoor dog potty to be much more environmentally friendly.

UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty

UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty

When looking for an indoor dog potty, you need to consider whether your dog prefers grass or not. Our dog used the UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty. We picked this because Kobi is an urban dog living in NYC and doesn’t normally pee on grass outside. Note: if you have a male dog, you might want to put a back splash on one side of the indoor potty. We put a very thin cutting board on one side (goes in the tray between the edge and the grid) as Kobi sometimes lifts his leg.

Shake Dog Potty Modko

Shake Dog Potty by Modko

For the ultra modern dog, you’ll want the Modko Shake Dog Potty. It was completely sold out for months, but supply is available again. The award-winning Shake Dog Potty is stylish, easy to clean, and portable. It’s handsome and sleek enough to leave out, so that your dog has the freedom to use it when the need is urgent. Its patent-pending design enables you to effortlessly seal the unit tight for mess-free cleanup, and it’s so simple to fold that you won’t think twice about taking it on the road or stowing it away when you don’t need it. Shake Dog Potty is treated with Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial protection, making it safe, hygienic, stain and odor resistant.

FRESH PATCH Disposable Dog Potty with REAL Grass

Fresh Patch with REAL Grass

Some dogs just can’t “go” without grass. For those dogs you have the two options of real or faux grass. For those discerning dogs that need fresh grass, check out Fresh Patch – a REAL grass, fully disposable dog potty. The box combines specially grown, dirt-free grass with a leak-resistant, throwaway container. Fresh Patch is clean, absorbent, and eco-friendly.

PetZoom Pet Park

PetZoom Pet Park

There are a number of faux grass indoor dog potties to choose from. For example, the PetZoom Pet Park is made of a synthetic grass material that looks and feels real. It’s also weather proof so you can keep it inside or outside. Easy to clean – just wash in warm soapy water. How it Works: When your dog “goes”, the urine passes through the faux grass mat and through the holes in the grid tray to the bottom of the removable waste tray. The pegs on the surface of the grid tray elevate the grass mat, keeping it away from the urine.

An indoor dog potty is definitely not error free either, but we figure it’s a trade off we’re willing to live with when needed. The two biggest downsides are that you need to clean it and sometimes our dog’s aim is not great and he misses the dog potty.

Shake Dog Potty by Modko

Shake Dog Potty by Modko

Cleaning a dog potty isn’t fun (which is why we would love to try out the Shake Dog Potty). You also need to be careful about what you use to clean it. If you use something like white vinegar or bleach to clean the dog potty, the smell will turn off your dog and he will not want to use it again…resulting in him doing his business right next to the potty rather than on it. To clean our indoor dog potty, we’ve used Efferdent Power Clean Crystals. It gets the tray really clean (no need to do a lot of scrubbing) and it doesn’t leave a smell that turns off our dog.

 

How to Clean Up Dog Urine from Carpet

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Ooops – I made a mistake. I’m sorry!

Ooops – your dog just made a mistake and now it’s time to clean up dog urine from the carpet. Before you get too frustrated, remember that accidents happen, even with the best trained dogs. Unfortunately, when your pet has an accident on your carpet, you can’t just shampoo the carpet, because soap and water can’t eliminate the odor causing urine crystals.

Step 1 – Extract the Urine

It’s a bit trickier to clean up dog urine from carpet is than hardwood (see our article about How to Clean Dog Urine from Hardwood Floors), primarily because it’s hard to see if you absorbed all the urine as it soaks into the carpet.

For a wet urine “accident”, take some paper towels (or regular) and press them into the carpet where you think the urine is. Apply pressure to the paper towels (easiest is to step on them with your feet and use your body weight). You want to repeat this until wetness is no longer absorbed by the paper towels. Alternatively, you can also try sucking out the wet urine with a carpet cleaner. Also make sure to check the surrounding areas because if your dog was marking, you might have missed some spots.

If the urine spots have already dried, you can still find these spots with a black light. The urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. You can have a little fun with this and pretend you’re filming your own CSI episode. Use a sweeping motion and gradually move farther away from the generally smelly location or accident spot you’ve already discovered. The pet urine that you’re looking for should show up as a yellow/greenish color. You may be surprised to find a stain farther away than you thought. Put some tape around the spots you find so that when you put the lights back on you know where to clean.

Step 2 – Getting the Smell/Urine Out

Before you try any of the below solutions, test an inconspicuous spot on your carpet first to ensure the cleaning solution you use will not damage your carpet.

One of the best home solutions is white vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar – only use white vinegar). Some people use it straight and others dilute it with water. Pour the white vinegar over the urine spot and let it sit long enough to reach the bottom carpet fibers for fifteen minutes on a fresh stain and at least an hour on old stains. As before, soak up the white vinegar with paper towels (or regular towels) or suck out the liquid with your carpet cleaner. Make sure wetness no longer comes through the paper towels. Then allow the area to air dry.

If you can’t or prefer not to use white vinegar, then you should check out some of these store bought solutions:

Rocco & Roxie’s Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
This professional strength bio-enzymatic formula guarantees to virtually eliminate any stain and odor from urine, feces, vomit, and other organic stains. Discourages pets’ attraction to stained areas by making odors disappear while removing stains from carpeting, rugs or upholstery. It has earned the Seal of Approval from the trusted Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).

Nature’s Miracle
Nature’s Miracle is one of the top brands to clean up dog urine and has a large variety of pet stain and odor removal products. Check out their Nature’s Miracle Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo.

Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor Formula
You love your pet. But you don’t have to love the mess. Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor Formula is designed to loosen and remove the stains and soils that your pet leaves behind. Since it contains odor control technology, the formula will remove odors and help prevent your pet from going back and soiling the same area again. In addition, it will help neutralize general pet odors so that your home feels and smells fresh.

Important Tips:

  • Remember to always test an inconspicuous spot on your carpet first to ensure the cleaning solution you use will not damage your carpet.
  • Be patient – to completely remove dog urine odor, the process may need to be repeated several times over a few days or even weeks.
  • Never use Windex or ammonia to clean a urine spot. Dog urine is partially made of ammonia and thus if you clean with it, your dog will think it is ok to go back and mark the spot.
  • As with all household chemical projects, you should wear rubber gloves.

 

How to Clean Dog Urine from Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Dog Urine from Hardwood FloorsNo matter how well your dog is trained, dog accidents happen – perhaps your best friend is under the weather or you have a new puppy. As a pet parent, you need to forgive, move on and clean up the mess.

If the accident happens on a hardwood floor, you’ll need to clean up the mess as well as the smell. Sometimes the human nose might not pick up the smell, but dogs will as they have much more sensitive noses. It’s important to remove the smell for them so that they don’t return to the same area and have another “accident”.

There are a few ways to clean dog urine (and other mistakes) from hardwood floors.

 

Store Bought Solutions:

Shout Pets Enzymatic Hard Surface Stain & Odor Remover
This product contains a complex enzymatic formula to remove tough stains, odors and odor-causing bacteria from hard surface areas. Apparently, it also prevent dogs from repeat marking and works on old stains. It’s made to tackle pet vomit, urine, and feces.

Nature’s Miracle
Nature’s Miracle has a large variety of stain and odor remove products. You might want to try their Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Stain and Odor Remover or the Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover.

STINK FREE Instantly! Urine Odor Remover for Pet Urine
STINK FREE Instantly Urine Odor Remover for Pet Urine is an aggressive, multi-functional (non-enzyme) formula works instantly on contact. We were surprised it was a non-enzyme formula, but it has great reviews on Amazon, so we decided to include this as an option. Apparently, it eliminates both the odor and its source through the process of oxidation, which breaks down and changes chemical compounds into odorless and inert substances. It’s also powerful, fast acting, non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable.

Homemade Solutions:

White Vinegar and Water:
White vinegar is a common natural household cleanser. It’s acidic and dissolves mineral salt deposits, a basic component of dog urine. Because of it’s strength, dilute the white vinegar by at least half. Use a sponge or mop to clean the area thoroughly.

Baking Soda and Water:
If the white vinegar and water solution does not work, you can increase the odor removing strength by adding baking soda to the white vinegar and water solution. Pour baking soda onto the area first, then add the diluted vinegar-and-water mixture. Note that it will likely make a fizzing sound. Baking soda has odor-absorbency properties and can help with particularly tough odors.
Alternatively, stir baking soda into water until it forms a paste, and scrub the paste into the affected area. Let it sit for several hours, and rinse it with fresh water.

Lemon and Salt:
Pour some lemon juice into a bowl and add a handful of salt. Use the salt and lemon juice solution to scrub into the urine-affected spot.

Important Tips:

  • Remember to always test an inconspicuous spot on your hardwood floor first to ensure the cleaning solution you use will not damage your hardwood floors! Hardwood floors have many different types of finishes and may react differently depending on the solution.
  • Be patient – to completely remove dog urine odor, the process may need to be repeated several times over a few days or even weeks.
  • Never use Windex or ammonia to clean a urine spot. Dog urine partially made of ammonia and thus if you clean with it, your dog will think it is ok to go back and mark the spot.
  • No matter how frustrating in terms of time, always let wood dry thoroughly before repeating applications of a cleaner.
  • As with all household chemical projects, you should wear rubber gloves.

Check out our other post on How to Clean Up Dog Urine from Carpet.