The Best Remedy to getting Rid of Pet Odor
Anyone who owns a pet knows what it takes to not only control your pet around the house but also control the odor they leave behind. So, what is the best remedy to get rid of pet odor? Some might say they use a combination of store-bought products and home remedies.
There is quite a bit of availability between both, so let us look at what might work best for your pet odor problem.
These remedies will include products and home remedies such as:
- Deodorizing sprays (for indoor and outdoor use)
- Carpet shampoos
- Air purifiers
- Pet odor eliminating candles.
- Baking Soda
- Citrus Fruits
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The Best Product For Getting rid of Pet Odor
Indoor Deodorizing Sprays
There are several indoor deodorizing sprays that are available for pet odors. Most are considered to be non-toxic and work well around all types of pets. Indoor sprays can be used on nearly all surfaces without any residue left behind or any damage to the surface.
The benefit of using an indoor deodorizing spray is that it starts to neutralize pet odors immediately on contact. This remedy is used to get rid of pet odors when the odor is that musty stale air odor.
This method is useful if you are in a rush to get certain smells out quickly, especially if you may be having guests over and do not have the time to clean every inch of your home. Removing any pet odors is probably your first concern in this case.
Outdoor Deodorizing Sprays
If your pet plays outside a lot or has certain areas with artificial grass for them to play on, a specific spray may be needed. Outdoor deodorizing sprays are made to deeply neutralize any odors that may be found on patios, concrete, and decks.
Most of these should be safe to use around pets but be sure to read the label before you start spraying. Some “outdoor” sprays use more potent chemicals that may be harmful if spread in large or heavily concentrated doses.
Carpet Shampoos or Powders
Pet odor carpet shampoos are great for a lot of reasons. It is always a good idea to keep your carpet clean and fresh when you have pets around. A pet odor carpet shampoo that contains pet odor eliminators is a great way to clean, disinfect, and treat “any” odors that may be lingering in your carpet.
Best of all, even though these products are usually labeled as pet odor “only” problems, they work wonders on cleaning stains and freshening carpets throughout your entire home.
If your goal is to get odors out of the air and keep them out, an air purifier may be necessary. Not only does an air purifier keep your air free of germs, but it is especially good at neutralizing smells like pet odor. Air purifiers can even help collect pet hairs (that also contain odor) that may be floating around in the air.
All of this combines into one system that can eliminate pet odors and leave you with cleaner air in your home. It makes your home smell fresh, but it is also a huge help to your breathing.
Pet Odor Eliminator Candles
Odor eliminator candles are a popular remedy with pet owners because they neutralize pet odors and provide a quick replacement scent. These are good to use when you are in the process of cleaning up pet odors and want something to cover the smell while aromas are in the process of being neutralized.
The Best Home Remedies for getting rid of Pet Odor
Using Bleach as a Remedy
Bleach is probably the first home remedy that many pet owners consider while trying to eliminate pet odors. While bleach is excellent at cleaning and disinfecting, you must be incredibly careful. Use this mainly on anything outside, like a deck, patio, or maybe even a garage floor, and you should keep your pets clear until the bleach fumes have cleared up.
Fill a spray bottle with full-strength bleach. Spray the area that is affected and let it sit for at least an hour. Rinse thoroughly. (The fumes produced by bleach are very harmful to pets.)
Baking Soda (Of course it's on here).
Baking soda has a thousand uses. One of the primary benefits happens to be the neutralization of odors. The great thing about using baking soda is that it is non-toxic to you and your pets. You will be able to use it just about anywhere.
- Option 1 – Baking Soda (Dry)
No matter where the odor is located, sprinkle directly on top of the scent. Grab a soft bristle brush and start scrubbing the area to work the baking soda into the fabric or surface. Let the baking soda sit on the surface for at least 24 hours—vacuum over the area good to pick up as much of the baking soda as possible. Wipe with a damp cloth if necessary.
The best remedy To remove pet odors in the air is to simply fill a large bowl with baking soda and leave it out in the area with the most pungent smell. The baking soda will soak up the pet odor the longer it sits.
- Option 2 – Baking Soda Mixture
Making a baking soda paste might be the best option for tough pet odors. Mix a little bit of water with baking soda to make a thick paste. Spread the mixture over the area with the aroma, just as you would with the dry baking soda. Let this mixture sit until it is completely dry. The baking soda should clump up. You can vacuum it up at this point. Be sure to get all stray pieces that may break apart during vacuuming.
Vinegar, no List is Complete Without it
Vinegar is the one home remedy to use if you have a powerful pet odor, such as urine. It also works great on minor odors. While it has its strong smell to it, it is incredibly good at neutralizing pet odors without a hint of a vinegar smell. It’s a perfect remedy if you have a pet that is eliminating in the house frequently. Keeping a bottle of any of the following mixes can be a room saver when dealing with separation anxiety, or a cat that refuses to use the litter box.
- Option 1 – Vinegar Deodorizing Spray
Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the area that contains the odor. You want to make sure that you completely saturate the room with the vinegar spray. Let it sit for about three to four hours. Either vacuum the area using the suction hose or use a steam cleaner. Do not worry if you still smell the vinegar. As the room starts to dry, the vinegar smell will fade along with the original pet odor.
- Option 2 – Vinegar and Baking Soda Deodorizing Spray
You will need:
- 2 Cups of water (warm)
- 2 Cups of white vinegar
- 4 Tbsp. baking soda
Carefully mix these ingredients into a spray bottle and shake gently. Once the mixture has settled, spray it on the area that has the odor. Rub it in using a dry cloth. Let it dry completely. As it dries, the smell will evaporate with it.
- Option 3 – Vinegar Air Deodorizer
Find a large bowl that you can easily place anywhere without it getting knocked over. Fill it with white vinegar and place close to an area that the pet odor is particularly strong. The vinegar will gradually remove any pet odors lingering in the air.
Citrus fruits already have enough acidity to be considered strong cleaning items, but they do more than just clean. Which makes a fresh scent that helps with neutralizing odors.
The cleaning and odor neutralizing power come from the enzymes that are found explicitly within citrus fruits.
You will need:
- ¾ Cups of grated lemon peel
- ¾ Cups of grated orange peel
- 7 Tbsp. of brown sugar
- 4 Cups of water
Add all these ingredients to a large jar and seal it tight. Gently shake it until everything is mixed evenly.
Let it sit for a few months.
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