How to Eliminate Pet Odors in Your Home?

I share my home with two adorable dogs and a precious cat, and while there are many great things about having a multi-pet household – endless cuddling, never feeling lonely, constant entertainment – one of the drawbacks is that pet odor can take over quickly. Between wet dog odor and cat litter, I have to stay on top of cleaning to keep my house from smelling like animals all the time.

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of pet odor, there are a few simple steps — and several groundbreaking products — that you should include in your regular cleaning routine. Here’s how to keep your home fresh and clean, no matter how many animals you share it with.

Wash the pet bedding regularly

When was the last time you washed your dog or cat’s bed? These areas are usually hot spots for unpleasant odors as they collect dirt, grime, hair and drool. Experts recommend washing the pet bedding once a week – this not only helps remove odors, but it also protects your pet from bacteria and viruses, such as salmonella, leptospira and streptococci, which they may have caught.

The good news is that most pet bedding is machine washable, making it easy to maintain. Choose a hot water or sanitizing cycle to kill odor-causing bacteria. You can also add half a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle to neutralize odors.

If your pets are allowed on the furniture, you should also think about how to keep these surfaces clean – if your dog sleeps on the couch every day after playing outside, the cushions will eventually start to smell like a wet smell. , dirty Dog.

One of the easiest solutions is to simply invest in a couch cover. (There are similar products available for armchairs and even your bed.) These covers are generally waterproof and machine washable, and they prevent odors from getting into the pillows, as well as stains from dirty paws or drool. And if you have an unexpected visitor, you can easily remove the cover and don’t worry about whether the sofa stinks.

Stay informed about the maintenance of the litter box

Cats don’t usually smell like their canine counterparts, especially if they stay indoors, but a poorly maintained litter box can quickly make your house smell. To minimize the odor of kitty litter — and keep your cat happy — scoop up litter every day and replace the clay box at least once a week. If you have more than one cat, you may need to scoop and/or change the litter more often.

When changing the litter, make sure to wash and dry the litter box to remove any odors. There are also odor-eliminating powders that you can mix into litter to prevent odors from seeping into your home.

Deep clean carpets and furniture

Regular vacuuming can help remove pet hair and allergens from your rugs and furniture, but they will likely require periodic thorough cleaning as well. Most people only need to give their carpet a deep clean once a year, but if you have a multi-pet household, you’ll want to do it every six months — and possibly more often in crowded areas of your home. After all, pets detect a lot of dirt, dust and allergens, and unpleasant odors can get stuck in carpeting, making the whole room smelly.

On average, a professional carpet cleaning will cost between $100 and $250, depending on how much carpet you have. Most services will also clean furniture, if you want to do everything in one appointment. However, if you’re looking to save some money in the long run, there are plenty of home carpet cleaners that cost about the same amount, and you can use your machine as often as needed.

Use UV light to find hidden accidents

It’s impossible to keep an eye on your pet at all hours of the day, meaning there’s always a chance they’ve had an accident without you knowing. If there is a lingering odor after cleaning your house, you may want to break out a UV lamp to locate the source of the odor.

UV flashlights are an inexpensive tool to keep in your arsenal, and their ultraviolet rays make cat and dog urine glow in the dark. All you have to do is shine the light in the room and you will be able to see dried spots that you may not have noticed. If you find old mishaps, the Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator is an enzymatic cleaner that is great for removing these types of old stains as it contains natural enzymes that feed on ammonia odors and organic matter.

After you’ve cleaned the spot, you can use the UV light again to make sure you’ve removed all traces of the accident – if some spots are still glowing, go over the area again.

Break out the odor neutralizers

After you have cleaned your pet’s bedding, furniture and rugs, your home should be odor free and you can keep your home fresh with the help of odor eliminators. They come in a variety of forms, including aerosol cans, gel beads, and scented candles, and you can place them anywhere in your home—focusing on locations where your pets hang out—to prevent odors from lingering.

Odor neutralizers are generally inexpensive, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, an air purifier can also help prevent pet odors from taking over your home. Be sure to choose an air purifier with carbon filters, which are more effective at removing odors.

How do you prevent pet odors in your home? Let us know in the comments!

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