Pee pads are a fantastic tool for potty training. However, it can be a bit wasteful to throw out a pad each time your dog dirties it. That’s why a lot of people turn to reusable puppy pads.
I loved using reusable potty pads when my pup was young because it would save me money. However, my pup’s potty training area would always be pretty stinky, no matter what I did.
To help out any new pet parents, we’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure that your washable potty pad won’t retain any strong smells.
How Can I Keep Potty Pads From Smelling?
So, how can you keep your reusable potty pads from retaining any odors? Here are a few helpful tips you can try implementing to keep your pup’s potty area smelling fresh.
Wash the pee pads often & with the right technique. Although the manufacturers may state that you only need to wash the pads every 48 hours, I recommend washing them every 24 hours.
This is because the longer the urine is allowed to soak into the fabric, the more stubborn the odors will be.
So, get a new pad every day & wash the old one out as soon as possible. Wash it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, but try using the hottest water possible & a pet-safe detergent.
Since I couldn’t run a load of laundry every day, I had a bucket of diluted vinegar & baking soda in the garage. After 24 hours of use, I would take the pad & soak it in the solution until I was able to wash it.
This eliminates any odors and stains without having to wash the whole thing.
Have a pad rotation
In order to change your reusable pads out frequently, you should definitely have enough clean pads on standby. I recommend that you should have at least 4 clean pads at any given time.
Although it may seem excessive, you really don’t have to keep rebuying them, & they will also last a lot longer if you keep cycling them.
Rotating them often means that smells won’t be stuck in the fibers of the pad, so they are easier to wash out.
Pick up solid waste immediately
If you see that your puppy has gone number 2 on the pad, pick it up immediately & spot-clean it with water or an odor eliminator.
The smell of feces can really stick to most materials, so it’s crucial to get it off as soon as possible. Plus, if your dog has already gone on the pad, it’s possible that they won’t want to go if they can see their poop on the mat.
Look for absorbent pads
The absorbency of the pads is the most important feature in reducing smell. You need a pad with maximum absorbency. High-quality reusable pads are able to hold large amounts of liquid without leaking.
If it leaks, it will cause a strong smell to latch onto your floors or carpets. So, check out these excellent reusable puppy pads to find one that won’t leak even if you leave it for 24 hours.
I recommend a pad that can hold at least 7 cups of liquid.
Choose the right size
If you get a puppy pad that is too small, there’s a high likelihood that your pooch will just miss every time he tries to go to the bathroom. The length of the pad should be at least as long as your pup from nose to tail.
This way, if your dog likes to circle the bed before peeing, he will be able to without going right off the mat!
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