How to Get Rid of Common Pet Odors

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Have you ever walked into someone’s home and thought, “They definitely have pets”? Or have you worried about your home having an “animal” smell?

It’s a common concern amongst pet parents. No worries, there are ways to address it. Your home will never be animal-smell free, but there are things you can do to minimize the odor.

Cat odors usually have to do with the litter box, spraying and marking, cat vomit, and bathroom accidents. 

  • Litter Box: Here are a few tips to keeping the litter box at its best.
    • They use it daily, so you should clean it daily
    • Change the litter weekly
    • Vacuum or sweep around the litter box
    • Clean the floors and walls around the litter box – sometimes cats think they’re inside when they’re not
  • Spraying or Marking: Cats can spray for many reasons – marking their turf, when they’re upset, a big change, mating. And it smells bad – really bad.
  • Cat Vomit: Pets get sick. Sometimes, it stems from eating too quickly and then vomiting, leaving behind a partially digested food smell or a stain.
  • Cat Urine: This has a very unpleasant, strong ammonia-like smell. It can extend to all areas of your home, and on hot days, the smell can be overwhelming.
    • UV flashlights are your best friend and can help find old and new accidents – it’s much better than using your nose
    • Use an enzyme-based cleaning product that breaks down the proteins in urine
    • It’s important to clean the urine as soon as possible. If you wait too long, it may be necessary to pull up the carpet, floor pad, and even the subfloor.

Dog odors tend to center around the dog’s entire life. Good thing they’re cute, and we love them.

  • Vacuum: 
  • You will need to vacuum often. At least twice a week, maybe more depending on how much your dog sheds. Pay special attention to these places:
      • Carpet
      • Cushions on furniture
      • Drapes
      • Behind the furniture
      • Closets
      • Pet beds
      • Ceiling fans – you’d be surprised at how dirty these get
      • Cracks and crevices around the floorboards and stairs
      • Places your pup loves to hang out – like the closet or underneath your favorite chair
    • Hair and dander are left behind on every surface – so dust, too
    • Baking powder is also your best friend – sprinkle on your floor or furniture (test a small area first) then vacuum
  • Steam Clean: Every 6-12 weeks deep clean your carpet and furniture
  • Sweep and Mop the Linoleum, Hardwood and Laminate Floors, and Tile: Pet dander and hair ends up everywhere.
  • Wash Your Pet’s Belongings:
    • Bedding: Covers, blankets, pillowcases, your sheets and linens –  if you share a bed (Make sure to get as much dog hair off the items before putting them in the washing machine)
    • Toys, Bowls, Collars, and Leashes:  Dog toys can get pretty smelly, especially if they’re made of fabric or rope and have lots of slobber on them.
    • Travel Crate
  • Have a Regular Grooming RoutineHow about that “wet dog” smell? Are you positive you know what they rolled in?
    • Completely towel dry your pup – consider a canine blow-dryer
    • Clean its ears, paws, and teeth
  • Open the Windows and Curtains: Take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine.
  • Potpourri or Scented Candles: For a quick fix, they mask the pet smell.
  • Purchase a HEPA Air Purifier: Cleans the air of odors, hair, dander, and helps with pet allergies.

There’s no doubt we love our animals…not so much their odors. But when you know what you’re dealing with for pet odors and tackle the problems right away, you can keep your home smelling fresh!

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