Tips And Solutions For Pet Odors In The Home

Is your smelly pet stinking up your house? Are you looking to keep a pet without the lingering odors? Keep reading to find out what you can do to prevent pet odors.

Stinky Man: Image by Dippin Doodle, FlickrStinky Man: Image by Dippin Doodle, Flickr


What To Do About Pet Odors

Have a stinky house? Are your pets to blame?

Unfortunately, there are no simple and easy ways that will keep your house smelling fresh and clean when you have pets. Basically, it's a constant battle of maintaining a diligent schedule of keeping your house and your pets clean and making sure that your pets behave in your home.

But there are some tips and tricks that can make it a bit easier to battle against the stinky pets and stinky home syndrome. So here are some methods you can try to help get rid of pet odors in your home... without having to get rid of your pets:


1. Keep The Windows Open

Yes, this first tip is stunning in its obviousness. By opening the windows daily and keeping them open as much as possible, you'll be letting fresh air into the house. This will help your home smell fresh, and combined with a nice fan  or two to help circulate air, pet smells will be less noticeable.

2. Use Air Fresheners

Air fresheners can work wonders as a temporary solution. By spraying an air freshener around your furniture and on your floors, you'll be able to cover the smell of pet odors for 3 hours or so. Plug-in air fresheners can help mask pet odors as well, and in tandem with open windows and fresh airs, will help quite a bit.

3. Work Harder At Keeping Your House Clean

The best solution for pet odors is simple: keep your house clean. Uphold a regular cleaning routine to keep pet odors out of your home. A good cleaning routine will include:

  • Vacuum the carpet daily.
  • Sweep and mop hard floors daily.
  • Wash pet bedding weekly.
  • Shampoo or steam clean your carpet monthly.
  • Clean any signs of urine and pet waste immediately.

4. Get An Air Purifier

A really good air purifier can help reduce the pet odors in a home. Our favorite air purifier is the GermGuardian. You can read a great product review about the GermGuardian here. Activated carbon filters to remove odors as well as air filters to reduce pet dander can make a noticeable improvement in the quality of the air you breathe as well as reduce the overall stink level of the air in your home. If you put the air purifier in the stinkiest room in your home, it should help improve the overall air quality in all the rooms in your house. 


5. Use Baking Soda To Sprinkle Around The House

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop: Image by Rubbermaid Products, FlickrRubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop: Image by Rubbermaid Products, FlickrBaking soda is not only the primary ingredient in most vacuum powders, but it naturally absorbs bad smells and pet odors. To effectively use baking soda to rid your home of pet odor, sprinkle it over the floors and over any smelly furniture. Let the baking soda sit overnight, and then vacuum it up the next morning. Just like that, there will be no more bad smell! 

6. Keep Your Pets Off The Furniture

If you have a dog, it might be tempting to let him on the furniture. As nice as it is to cuddle up on the couch with your dog, it usually causes pet odors to permeate throughout the house. To prevent this from happening, start saying "no" to your dog at a young age. When he tries to jump up on the couch, say "no" in an affirmative tone and clap your hands. Be sure that you don't yell or hit him. Before he's much older, he'll understand, and stop jumping on the furniture.

If you're looking for a way to prevent pet odors without stopping your dog from climbing on the furniture, consider laying down a blanket for him to lay on. This way, the blanket will absorb the odor. Just be sure to wash the blanket once a week to prevent the odor from spreading.

6. Address Your Pet Urine Problems

Unrine odors from your dogs and cats are likely to be one of the biggest potential sources of bad odors in your home. Here's some detailed tips on how to address any pet urine smells and problems in your house. 

7. Groom And Wash Your Pets More Frequently

While your dogs and cats may look clean, a closer look may show that they may need more frequent bathing or grooming.  Less pet hair and dander and a freshly washed pet will really help in keeping your home smelling fresh. 

With these solutions, your house will start smelling better in no time! Are there any remedies that you rely on to reduce pet odors in your home? If so, feel free to share!

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Aug 7, 2012
by Anonymous
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There is an inexpensive eco

There is an inexpensive eco friendly solution that continually improves indoor air quality and removes offensive odors. Air-ReNu is a blend of natural minerals made of a variety of elements, aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium and lithium. These minerals are finely ground then mixed with paint, when applied to a wall of a home. Air-ReNu, works 24/7/365 cleansing the air of impurities and removing pet odors.

Aug 7, 2012
by Savanna Y Lujan
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That sounds like a handy,

That sounds like a handy, effective way to remove pet odors! Thanks for commenting.

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