Although we love our pets dearly, most of us do not love the smells associated with owning and cohabiting with them. Nevertheless, pet odors are not only pungent, but they are also stubborn. Therefore, it takes intentional energy and effort to rid your home of these odors. That said, the following is a short list of ways to eliminate pet odors in your home.
Sweep, Mop, and Vacuum Regularly
Although this may seem obvious, if you have a pet living in your home, you should be sweeping and mopping regularly. Given that our pets tend to spend lots of their time crawling around on our carpets and floors, this can be one of the main reasons for lingering pet odors in your home. Moreover, for those who have pets that are not housebroken, it is also possible that your pet may have relieved themselves on your floor or carpet without your knowledge, which will certainly result in lingering odors within the home. Therefore, by taking the time to clean your floors as often as possible, you will eliminate the potential for your floors to hold lingering pet odors.
Another great way to keep pet odors at bay is by washing all linens as much as possible. This includes pillowcases, couch cushion covers, throw rugs, and more. Since your pets likely lie around in all areas of your home, many of your linens, rugs, etc. are bound to pick up some unwanted smells. However, by taking time to wash these things regularly, you will greatly reduce unwanted pet smells within your home.
Air it Out
No matter what time of year it is, taking the time to open the doors and/or windows to allow some fresh air to circulate can work wonders with regard to the pet-related odors within your home. If it is during the warmer months or if you live in a warmer climate, you can easily leave your windows open for a few hours to allow the fresh air to get in. However, if you live in a colder climate or are looking to air your home out during the cold winter months, you can crack a window for as long as it takes to allow fresh air to refresh your home. Using a window fan or an exhaust fan such as a range hood or commercial exhaust fan can also be helpful when airing out your home.
Exhaust fans are some of the most effective types of fans because they help ventilate your home. However, it’s important to remember that exhaust fans won’t do anything if they aren’t in the same room as the odors. Bathroom exhaust fans and attic fans are essential for ventilation, but they won’t do much when it comes to Spot’s smelly bed. Exhaust fan placement is key for getting the most out of them.
Lastly, if all else fails, stock up on your favorite air neutralizer/freshener. On the one hand, neutralizer sprays are often great for pet odors because they actually neutralize the smells in your home, rather than masking them with another fragrance. On the other hand, by using more concentrated air fresheners (many of which include essential oils and other strong yet delightful scents), these can also be a great method of eliminating pet odors from your home. Either way, in this age, we have more options for air fresheners than ever before. Some of your best options are as follows:
- perfumes/body sprays
- concentrated room sprays
- pillow sprays
- automatic spray dispensers
- neutralizer sprays
- oil diffusers
- fabric refresher sprays
- wax warmers/melts
Overall, there are plenty of ways to eliminate pet odors from your home. However, keep in mind that this may be an ongoing battle. The best way to keep your home smelling fresh and clean is by keeping your pets clean, cleaning up after them, using different types of fans, and using the methods on this list as often as you can.