The longer you have a pet however, the more apparent it becomes that an animal lives in your home. While you love your pet, you don’t necessarily want their smell to dominate your living space. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that your pet isn’t the first thing guests smell when they walk in.
- Do Your Pet Laundry
Things that your animal frequently uses, such as his or her bed, toys, and blankets are the most likely things to gather up a lot of their scent. Pick a day every week that you switch out their toys and blankets, so you can do a load of laundry and let them dry appropriately before storing them again for the next laundry day.
- Get a Good Bed
Washable pet beds are a must, and you can go even further by getting an odor resistant bed. This means that even if you don’t get the chance to wash it as frequently as you like, it won’t be stinking up your home in the meantime.
- Clean the Air
Investing in an air purifier is a great way to make sure that pet smell is not wafting through your house. If you can’t afford an air purifier, try instead using air fresheners in conjunction with leavening baking soda every now and again on your carpets for a night. The baking soda will soak up the odors, and all you have to do is vacuum it up the next day.
- Pick the Right Cleaner
For dog smells, especially that of urine for potty training puppies, you can’t just use any old household cleaner. Try using an enzymatic cleaner such as NonScents Pet Odor Remover Spray. You can use it on anything, and for puppies it gives the added bonus of helping with potty training, as it takes away any previous smells so they’re not inclined to go there again.
- Dog Baths
Good dog hygiene is important for a multitude of reasons, but especially for odors in your home. Ultimately, if your dog smells bad, your house will, too. Bathe your dog on a regular basis, but also invest in some waterless shampoo and bath wipes. This means that you don’t have to go through the entire bathing system all the time to ensure that your dog isn’t transferring their smell to the home.
- Cut the Air Dry
It’s very common after a bath to get the excess water off your dog and then let them air dry. This is problematic however, as while your dog is still wet, they will be bringing that pungent wet dog smell everywhere they walk and sit. Dry off your dog completely before letting them roam around the house.
- Odor Resistant Collar and Leash
If you’ve had your collar or leash for a long time, it is very likely that they stink. You can wash them to help with this problem, however after a long while that’s not going to help very much. Instead, invest in a non-odor absorbing collar and leash. This ensures that there’s no time cap for how long you can keep them, so it will save you money in the long run.
- Preventative Cleaning
There are small things that you can do for your dog before they enter the house to prevent them from stinking it up once they get in there. Always keep a towel and absorbent mat by the door so that you can wipe off your dog before they come in. Even just that trip to the bath for your stinky or wet dog will bring the odors into the house.
- Take Care of Your Cat’s Litter Box
Frequently emptying your cats litter box is an implied must-do, but if your little stinker is actually a big stinker – then make sure to prep your litter box with some odor eliminating litter box additives! A pro tip is to always make sure you purchase the natural additives so that there aren’t harsh chemicals or scents that would harm your feline friend.
Pets are a welcome addition to our homes, but their smell is not. Use these tips in order to keep your home smelling fresh, and your pets happy and healthy.