Time and Money Using Ordinary Household Objects
the credit crunch taking it toll on every household at the moment here
are a few ideas on how you can get more value out of everyday items.
Travel Light With Your Pet Lightweight,
disposable margarine tubs make perfect pet food containers and double
as food and water bowls. and dog biscuits won't get crushed if you put
them in a plastic tub. If your pet is staying with friends whilst
you are on holiday make things a little easier for the pet sitter by
putting one serving into each container, to be used and discarded as
Animals Out of Your Garden Scatter old
mothballs around the garden and flowerbeds and in potted plants to
deter cats, rats, mice and squirrels. Most animals hate the
smell. Take care to keep mothballs well away from pets and small
children as they can be harmful if ingested.
Pet Destruction If your pet is
not respecting your property, whether it be by chewing, tearing or
soiling, you may be able to get the message across by leaving several
onion slices where the damage has been done. Neither cats nor
dogs are particularly fond of the smell of onion and they should avoid
returing to the scene of their crimes.
Leather Leads You do not need
fancy leather cream to take care of a favourite dog lead.
Petroleum jelly does the job just as well. Apply, rub it in, wipe
off the excess and the lead will stay supple and smooth
Sore Pet Paws Sometimes your
dogs paw pads can get dry and cracked. Give a little tender
loving care to your best friend by rubbing the paws with a little
Pet Hair 1. Slip a rubber flip flop
onto your hand and rub carpets and rugs in the direction of the
pile. The pet hair will form a ball that can be vacuumed
up. works well on car seats too.
2. Pet hair can get a
pretty tenacious grip on furniture and clothing. But a used
fabric softener sheet will suck that fur right off the fabric with a
couple of swipes. Just throw the dirty wipe in the bin.
3. Another idea is to put
on a rubber glove and dampen it. When you rub it against the
fabric the pet hair will stick to the glove. If you are worried
about getting the upholstery slightly damp, test the wet glove in an
inconspicuous area first.
Fleas in Pet Habitats If your dog
enjoys his kennel or bed, it is likely that fleas do too. Keep
fleas at bay by washing down the interior walls and floors of the
kennel with a solution of salt water every few weeks
Farewell to Fleas If you have a
flea infestation in the carpet. put a few drops of liquid soap and some
water on a plate. Place the plate on the floor next to a
lamp. Fleas love light - they will jump onto the plate and drown
in the soap
Dog Mess From Shoes Clean dog mess
from the bottom of a shoe with the help from a can of WD 40.
Spray some on the affected sole and use an old toothbrush to clean the
crevices. Rinse with cold water.
Canine Flatulence If your dog has
been producing a lot of noxious gas lately, the problem may be a lack
of the digestive bacteria that prevent gas and diarrhoea. the
active culture in plain yoghurt can help to restore the helpfull
bacteria in the gut. Add 2 teaspoons of yoghurt to the food for
small dogs weighing 7-15 kg. Add 2 tablespoons for large dogs
weighing 16-38kg. Add 3 tablespoons for dogs larger than this.
Rugs and Carpets Freshen up
carpets or rugs by lightly sprinkling them with bicarbonate of soda or
cornflour, let it settle in for 15 minutes then vacuum up.
Ticks and Other Insects If you are going
for a walk in the woods, smear some chest rub on your legs and trousers
before you leave the house. It will keep ticks from biting and
may stop you getting Lyme Disease which is spread by ticks.
Annoying biting insects like gnats and mosquitoes will look
elsewhere for victims if you apply chest rub to your skin before
venturing into the countryside as they hate the smell.
Rid of Mess in The Garden If you have a
dog or cat, keep an old dustpan by the back door and use it to clean up
any messes that are lying around on the lawn. Every so often
scrub it out using a strong disinfectant
Away with Dog Odour If your best
friend comes in from the rain bearing his own special wet-dog scent,
wipe him down with a used fabric softener sheet and he should smell as
fresh as a daisy.