If you’ve ever walked into a house and noticed the smell of cat litter, dog hair, or whatever other animal you might have at home, it can be quite off-putting. The smells are especially noticeable if you don’t own an animal yourself and haven’t yet gotten used to them. That said, most pet owners know that there is no getting rid of these odors entirely because they come from animals themselves who will continue to produce smells until they die (or get taken outside).
Nonetheless, there are many ways in which you can reduce the impact of such odors on your home life by taking some easy steps.
Remove the source of the smell
Removing the source of the smell is often the first step to reducing odors in your home. To do this, you should try to eliminate as much of the smell from your pet’s living space as possible. This will include washing their pet bedding almost every day to keep any smells down and brushing their fur regularly (daily if they are very hairy) for the same reason. You might also consider talking to your vet about getting your pet on a special diet that reduces the amount of odors they produce. The food might be a little bit more expensive, but it will save you money on air fresheners and other items in the long run.
Vacuum and wash
Vacuum and wash all surfaces that are in contact with animal hair or waste. These include floors, carpeting, and upholstery. It is also a good idea to wash any pet bedding that you might not have already done.
You can vacuum in more than one direction, such as starting from the top-left corner of each room and sweeping downwards at an angle so that you are always pushing the fur down into the vacuum. Washing large surfaces is a bit easier because you can simply repeat this in different places on the surface and you will spread out any odor.
Using baking soda on carpets also helps to eliminate pet odors. Baking soda does wonders for eliminating odors because it helps to remove smells from the area they are in. The baking soda can then be vacuumed up after a few minutes.
Wash any hard surfaces that have an odor on them with soap and water. Make sure that you get into all the cracks or crevices of each surface to get rid of as much smell as possible. Disinfect these surfaces afterward with a solution made of one part vinegar to three parts water.
Clean your pet’s bedding
Clean your pet’s bedding, furniture, and anything else they come into contact with on a regular basis. This is the one step that will not just reduce odors but also remove them from your home. Whenever you clean these things, wash them in hot water and throw them in a dryer when you’re done to get rid of any smells that might have been left behind on them.
Spray an odor eliminator
Spray an odor eliminator throughout the house to remove smells from carpets, upholstery, etc. Odor eliminators will not completely get rid of the smells, but they will remove them to an extent. Afterward, you can then use baking soda or another odor-reducing agent to get the rest out.
Using a dehumidifier is also a good idea for smaller homes and apartments where it might be harder to properly air out a house.
Buy air fresheners that will help to reduce odors in different areas of your home and put them there for people who visit you. If you have children or pets, you might not want to fill your entire house with different kinds of air fresheners. Instead, you should focus on areas like the bathroom and your pet’s living space that are particularly bad for odors.
Air fresheners come in many different scents and are relatively cheap to buy so they will not put a serious dent into your wallet at any one time.
Pet odors can be a problem in your home, but there are many ways to get rid of them. To start off with, you’ll want to eliminate the source of the smell and stop it from coming back. Next, vacuum and wash all surfaces that have contact with animal hair or waste on them (including floors, carpeting, upholstery).
You might also consider talking to your vet about getting your pet on a special diet that reduces odor production; this is one way to save money on air fresheners long-term! Finally, clean their bedding when needed and spray an odor eliminator throughout the house whenever possible. With these steps taken care of – combined with other tips like using baking soda for carpets or buying air fresheners – you’ll be able to get rid of pet odors in your home easily and cheaply.