4 Ways to Eliminate Pet Odors

Eliminate pet odors, from urine stains to bad breath, by employing the following tips.

1. Clean Accidents Quickly and Effectively

Even the best trained pet will have the occasional accident on your carpet or couch. Here are some ways to keep odor from building up due to pet accidents on flooring and furniture:

  • Clean up any accidents quickly. Urine left on carpet or upholstered furniture (like car seats) can leave a lasting odor long after your pet has been there.
  • When urine dries on your carpet or furniture it will smell worse. Clean fresh urine quickly to prevent it from drying.
  • Use paper to absorb the urine: Rely on a combination of newspaper and paper towels to soak up the puddle. Lastly, rinse the spot with cold water.
  • Clean up animal stains with a wet-vac: A wet-vac, or extracting machine, is a way to funnel clean water into your carpet and then extract the dirty water without relying on any chemical treatments.
  • Pet odor neutralizer: After cleaning thoroughly, apply a pet odor neutralizer to your flooring.
  • If the stain has soaked through to the padding under your carpet or area rug, replace it.
  • Purchase some eco-friendly cleaning items. Select products made with all natural minerals as they are non-toxic and will keep your pets safe.

2. Keep up with Grooming to Prevent Odors

  • Pet grooming includes brushing, washing, ear maintenance and dental hygiene.
  • Brush and bathe your pet on a regular basis to prevent his coat from smelling.
  • Make sure you dry your dog or cat enough so that there is no wet or mildew smells that may linger.
  • Use a blow dryer on a low setting to help dry your pet and any avoid further smells.
  • Brush your pet's teeth to encourage good oral hygiene. You can rely on a combination of baking soda and water for cleaning his teeth.
  • Correct ear problems that cause odors: Clean a dog that has floppy ears regularly to remove dirt and yeast.
  • Clean pet ears with a mixture of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water. Make sure you remove all the dirt and waxy build-up with a soft pad or cotton ball.

3. Keep Pet Accessories Sanitary

  • Keep all eating bowels and accessories clean and fresh. They can hold odors as well as bacteria harmful to the home and those living in it.
  • Wash your pet's bedding, pillows and mats with a strong laundry detergent and then dry them well.
  • Cleanse all dog toys or buy new ones if they are old and smelly.
  • Clean food and water bowls once a day.
  • Keep the cat's litter box fresh and clean. Use a cat litter that works to eliminate odors.

4. Foster Fresh Scents in the Home

When company is on the way, add some fresh scents to your home by using one or two of these simple techniques:

  • Quickly light a few scented candles.
  • Use plug-in air fresheners to have a constant stream of floral or other scents.
  • Encourage the flow of fresh air throughout your home. This will get rid of that musty pet odor that tends to linger.
  • Simmer a small pot of water filled with cinnamon sticks, orange peels and cloves.