We love our pets, but we don’t always love their odors. Unfortunately, dealing with pet odors is just part of the job if you’re a pet owner.
So what do you do if your home has an overwhelming dog smell? It can be difficult to eliminate pet odors, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips on how to eliminate the lingering pet odor in your home.
Carpet can get pretty gross because it holds more hair, dust, and dander than you could ever imagine. Vacuum every square inch of carpet, including any rugs, in your home. Vacuum any other floors, too, like hardwoods or linoleum. Vacuuming instead of just sweeping will prevent all the hair and dander from getting kicked back up into the air. Break out the attachments to get down into all the cracks and crevices, and vacuum the furniture while you’re at it!
Once you’ve removed all the dry material, a steam cleaner is a great way to get out any odors that are trapped in carpet fibers. You’ll also want to make sure you mop all your other floors to remove any odor-causing residue or dust and debris that the vacuum may have missed.
Fabrics trap all kinds of odors. If it’s made of fabric and it can go in a washing machine, do it! Throw pillows, couch cushion covers, bed linens, curtains, and anything else. Make sure you wash your pet’s bed, too. Aside from household products, also think about washing clothing items that don’t get washed every time you wear them, like dry-clean only pieces or coats.
This probably won’t work in the middle of winter or summer, but if the weather is mild, try letting in a bunch of fresh air to help reduce pet-related odors. Make sure your windows all have secure screens so your dog doesn’t wind up falling outside, of course. Turn on any ceiling fans, box fans, or an attic fan (if you have one) to help the air circulate through the home.
Speaking of air, you need to check your air filters! Dirty air filters can make your heating and cooling systems less efficient. Pet hair and dander gets trapped in the filter, which is a good thing–unless you don’t replace it regularly. Swapping out old air filters will help boost the amount of air flowing through your home.
If you have a particularly smelly area, like where your pet likes to pee, or the area where you keep their bed and toys, you might want to treat it with an odor neutralizer. You can purchase a commercially made one, or you can make your own out of white vinegar, water, and baking soda.