Below are some ideas and home remedies for homemade pet odor removal, to get rid of that pet smell without toxic chemicals.
We love our pets, but not the odors that they can leave behind.
We want to get rid of those odors, and fast, but we don't want to use harsh chemicals that could harm us, our families or our pets in the process.
Therefore, below are some homemade pet odor remover ideas you can use in your own home which use only natural ingredients.
Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are first some tips to prevent pet odors from forming in your house, in the first place.
Now, here are some ways to keep odors from forming in your homes because of your pets:
Baking soda is a natural odor absorber, which is why baking soda companies always encourage you to place a box of baking soda in your fridge -- it keeps odors at bay.
You can use baking soda as a main ingredient in homemade pet odor removal methods for your home.
Baking soda can keep odors from forming in the first place, which is why I suggest sprinkling baking soda onto your cat's litter box, for example.
Hint: If you would like to make your own cat litter here are some homemade cat litter instructions, with a video, that can help you. One of the main ingredients of this recipe is baking soda.
In addition, if your pet it smelling a bit off, and you don't want to wash them right away you can sprinkle some baking soda on their fur, and then brush it out.
This small step can really help eliminate odors coming from your pet's fur, which then get spread to other areas of the house.
If your wood floors have a smell of urine from a pet accident or overflowed litter box you can wash them with a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar.
The vinegar will help neutralize the smell, but does not always completely eliminate it. (Here is a video about removing pet stains from hardwood floors that discusses this method.)
For pet odors in the air you can sit out bowls of vinegar for a couple hours, to overnight, which will help absorb some of the smell too.
Don't worry, the smell from the vinegar itself will dissipate quickly so your home won't smell vinegary for long.
If you notice your home or car is developing some pet odors and the weather is nice outside one of the best ways to help relieve the problem is just to air out your home.
Open doors and windows and let the fresh breeze come in and blow out all that stale air, along with the odors it carries with it.
Further, sunshine can also help remove odors, by killing the germs that cause the stinkiness. You can learn more about sunshine for stain removal and cleaning your home here.
Above I have given some homemade pet odor removal recipes for you to use, but I know there are even more methods for removing pet odors from your home than what I've discussed.
Please share your recipes and home remedies for pet odors here, so we can all learn even more effective methods to keep our homes smelling nice while also being able to enjoy our pets.
Photo by Lachlan, also known as Lox, from Flickr CC
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