Pet Smell Removal

The pet smell may be one of the most persistent odors in a home. Both dogs and cats may leave behind their own smell, plus they can bring other foreign materials in from outdoors, which can also have a powerful odor. If the pet is not properly house trained, there may be accidents with urine and feces in the home causing unpleasant odors. The smell removal is necessary and should be done regularly, so that you have a comfortable home. There are some traditional means of removing these smells, but there are also some popular remedies that can work.

Regular Vacuuming

The pet smells may be predominantly found on couches, armchairs, carpets, cushions or bed throws. You can vacuum your home thoroughly, as this will ensure that you remove all the pet dander and also a number of proteins that are shed by your pet and cause the unpleasant odor.

You may also invest in a wet vacuum, which will effectively get rid of all the pet odors. This type of vacuum should be used if the pet urinates or defecates. Use the device immediately after the incident, to make sure that the smells won’t persist. The urine or the feces contain numerous enzymes that can get lodged in carpets and various surfaces and will resist removal in many cases.

Odor Removal Powders and Sprays

You can purchase sprays and powders created to eliminate pet odors. These will destroy the enzymes, proteins and bacteria that are present in the urine of the pet and cause the odors.

Dry-Cleaning for Pet Odor Removal

Taking your carpets to a drycleaner’s may help eliminate the pet odors; this procedure may be costly if performed on a monthly basis.

However, the dry cleaning will ensure that the persistent smells are gone.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda used alone or in combination with vinegar will act as a powerful agent that will remove the pet odors. Both these ingredients can be safely used on the carpets, floors and most furniture items without causing any stains.

You should use diluted vinegar, as this is an acidic solution and may cause a slight discoloration of the surfaces it is applied on.


Bleach can be used to eliminate strong pet odors, but there is a disadvantage to bleach: it will cause discoloration and may destroy the furniture. However, this may be used on floors, but make sure to dilute the bleach and keep the pet away from the floors until they dry, as bleach can be toxic.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide may also remove pet smells, especially when applied on areas soiled with pet urine or feces.

You can use 50 ml in the water you use to clean up the floors.

Don’t apply hydrogen peroxide directly on furniture, as the solution is like bleach and may leave discolored stains behind.

Mouthwash with Alcohol

Use mouthwash that contains alcohol, as this can also get rid of pet smells, especially cat or dog urine.

Use only diluted mouthwash (i.e. 30 ml in 10 liters of water).