Pets are family, but nobody loves the odors that accompany them. Wet fur, litter boxes and whatever the cat dragged in (literally) can all leave your home smelling less than fresh. Here’s a roundup of pet odor control tips to try.
The most effective way to keep odors at bay is to treat the source of the odor: your pet. Wipe your dog’s paws every time he comes in from outside, brush his coat weekly and take him for a professional grooming at least once a month. Even cats benefit from the occasional bathing.
Some of the strongest tools against odors may already live in your kitchen pantry. Baking soda is a natural odor-absorber. Sprinkle the powder over carpets, rugs and furniture, let it sit overnight and vacuum it up the next day. Likewise, apple cider vinegar can be used with laundry detergent in your washing machine to remove smells from blankets, cushion covers, curtains and other linens.
Your pet is bound to have an accident inside the house (or outside the litter box) at some point in her life. But if the area is not properly treated, it can leave behind a terrible smell—and actually attract return visits. Rather than clean the mess with a regular household disinfectant, use a product with an enzymatic formula that will break down the proteins in cat and dog urine, permanently eradicating the odor.
For an ongoing solution, use a Filtrete™ Room Air Purifier outfitted with a Filtrete™ Allergen Reduction + Odor Defense Filter. When properly changed at least every six months, its active carbon layer helps trap odor-causing particles from pets.
Everyone has their own opinion about allowing pets—dogs in particular—on furniture. It can be hard to resist those puppy-dog eyes, but if you’re trying to rid your home of foul smells, it’s best to have a strict “no pets” policy on beds and couches to prevent odors from seeping into the materials.