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Reclaim Your Backyard (FKA The Dog Toilet), Thank to This Deodorizing Spray

Reclaim Your Backyard (FKA The Dog Toilet), Thank to This Deodorizing Spray

When I moved to Seattle, I had a backyard for the first time. I have technically had a backyard before, but you had to go out of the house and around a little corner to get to it, so in terms of having a yard where I can just open a door and be IN IT, this is the first one. When we arrived here and I let Hero out for this first time, he just stared at me like, “WTF, there is a PARK connected to the HOUSE?” and I think he’s maybe a little bitter that he had to go 10 years without such a luxury.

Having a yard when you have a dog is truly the absolute best thing, and it has made my life SO MUCH easier. But also, now my yard smells like a dog toilet. Until I got a bottle of this amazing stuff.

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NaturVet Yard Odor Eliminator is an attachment for your garden hose that neutralizes that obnoxious dog toilet smell. I was somewhat skeptical at first - I thought that it wouldn’t last, that one $20 bottle would be a one-time use and I’d have to add a line item to my budget just so I can bear sitting in my backyard. But I bought a bottle and tried it and I have to say, if anything, this stuff is under-hyped.

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You do need to have an outdoor water spigot and a hose to use this, but I’m assuming if you have a backyard, this is already a part of your life. (Sidenote: I love this hose because it’s super lightweight and easy to maneuver - important when your joints are frequently inflamed/sore/crippled by arthritis.) The other obstacle is that the bottle has a little plastic tab that keeps you from being able to turn it to the “on” position and I have NO CLUE how you’re supposed to turn this thing on without resorting to what I did - hacking it off with a utility knife. But once you get the impossible to bypass without resorting to KNIVES safety system out of your way, this could not be easier. You simply screw your hose onto the bottle, turn on the water, and turn that little lever on the sprayer, and VOILA! Spray it all over whatever reeks in your yard. You can use this stuff on all plants, artificial grass (what I have in my backyard, it’s fantastic), concrete, brick… basically anything. They do say not to spray it directly on your dog which, I mean, ok. It’s also safe for dogs and kids and anyone to be in contact with immediately after use.

Tried to capture the bubbles in action. Succeeded mildly.

Tried to capture the bubbles in action. Succeeded mildly.

The product has a scent, but it’s pleasant and kind of soapy. Which makes sense because the spray produces actual bubbles as you use it. The soapy scent fades pretty quickly (certainly within a day, but I’d say a few hours and it’s gone), but the anti-toilet-smell properties last a LONG time. I was worried that with one rain shower all my de-stinkification efforts would be washed away, but I’m thinking it’s about time to spray again and it’s been a MONTH. And it’s rained multiple times.

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The other thing I was worried about was that this bottle would be a single use kind of thing. I was desperately looking for something to deodorize my yard, but I wasn’t too thrilled at it costing $20 each time I needed it. This bottle, because it’s a concentrated formula that combines with the water from your hose, lasts a shockingly long time. Above is a photo of how much product was left after I used it the first time. And keep in mind, I was also taking photos, so I had it on even longer than I normally would. I can easily get two more applications just out of this bottle. AND, when I need more, I can buy a larger bottle of the concentrate to refill this spray bottle, so I don’t have to get the whole sprayer + solution package every time. That jug of concentrated solution is over twice the size of what I got in the spray bottle, and for just $28.

If you have a precious animal friend who has turned your backyard into a giant toilet, complete with smells, then you NEED this product in your life. It is truly a game changer.

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