5 Tips to Remove Pet Odors in Your Home (Without Getting Rid of the Dog)

You love your pets with all of your heart, and while they bring tons of joy to your home, they also bring some things that aren’t very desirable; namely, their odor.

Despite how much you groom your pet and clean your house, a poignant odor still fills your home. The good news is that you don’t have to get rid of your pet in order to make your abode smell fresh and clean. Here are five simple tips to help you keep that pet odor at bay and keep those people noses happy.

  1. Open the Windows! Perhaps the easiest way to eliminate pet odor is opening the windows. When the weather allows, pop open your windows and let the fresh air blow in and those foul pet odors blow out! This method really works if you can create cross ventilation. Open two windows across from one another, or set up a fan across from the open window to get good circulation.
  2. Get a Whole House Fan. Another way to create some air-purification is with a whole house fan. Typically located in an attic, these fans suck old, stagnant air out of the house and bring fresh, clean air into the house.
  3. Use Baking Soda. Baking soda naturally absorbs odors, which makes it a great tool for removing pet odors. Place bowls of baking soda in inconspicuous locations throughout your house and sprinkle some on your carpets and upholstery before vacuuming to eliminate those pet smells and give your house a fresh scent.
  4. Change Your Air Filters. The filters in your AC units, air purifiers and whole house fans pull air out of the house and prevent dust and debris from getting into the devices. However, the odors in the air that they pull out get trapped in the filters. Change your air filters to reduce the foul pet odors that are stuck inside of them.
  5. Do Some Cleaning. Properly cleaning the items that your pet uses the most will help to reduce the smells he leaves behind. Toss his bedding into the washing machine once a week; clean his food and water dishes once a day; soak his toys in a solution of warm water and bleach. Thoroughly cleaning these items will not only minimize odors, but will also ensure your pets items – and your home – remain free from bacteria.

By utilizing these five simple tips, you can keep your home smelling fresh without having to send your pet out to the dog house.