Does your house smell like a kennel? Would it even be possible to tell if that was the case? It’s likely that you’re used to the smell of a dog. This unpleasant odor can permeate your upholstered furniture, carpet and floor, causing problems that can last for a long time.
If you have become accustomed to pet odors in your home, it may be difficult for you to recognize them when they occur. But those who visit your home will know for sure. Is dog odor difficult to remove?
If you’re tired of wondering, “Why does my house smell like my dog” and you’re ready to get rid of that familiar odor and get your home smelling clean (and even better) again, read on.
Give your dog a bath
To remove that nasty dog odor from your home, wash your dog regularly with a mild dog shampoo. Monthly bathing is ideal for most dog breeds. However, make sure you use a shampoo that is free of artificial fragrances and will not cause skin irritation. If you have a long-haired breed, you might also consider getting them clipped around the ears about every six weeks.
After bathing your dog, it is extremely important to get him completely dry, as excess moisture can lead to mold growth or a fungal infection, which is the cause of the typical ‘dog odor’. Additionally, diet plays a role in how your dog smells. Consider talking to your vet about changing your dog’s diet.
You will need:
- Dog shampoo (make sure it is free from artificial fragrances)
- A sponge or soft brush to clean under the eyes and around the mouth (to remove excess pet hair that has built up there)
Vacuuming, vacuuming and more vacuuming
Carpet can trap a significant amount of dirt, dog hair and dander, contributing to an unpleasant odor in your home. It is essential that you thoroughly vacuum every square inch of carpet in your home. If you own a dog breed known for shedding, you may want to invest in a vacuum cleaner designed for dog hair. This includes vacuuming your area rugs and any other surface or area in your home where your dog likes to rest (upholstered furniture, rugs, favorite spot, etc.).
After you’re done vacuuming your carpet and area rugs, move on to the rest of your smelly furniture, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies. This will help remove hidden dust, dander and dog hair that contribute to the odor. Additionally, consider removing the cushion covers and washing them if they are machine washable.
Steam the carpet to remove the dog odor
How do I get rid of dog smell on my carpet?
After you’ve thoroughly vacuumed every square inch of your carpet, it’s time for a steam cleaning to remove pet odors that are deeply ingrained in the carpet fibers.
If you want to save yourself some time, consider hiring a professional service to steam-clean your carpet to remove the carpet odor. However, if you have a steam cleaner, you can use it to remove bad odors from your carpets and save yourself some money. You can also use a commercial cleaner for pet stains, but be sure not to use bleach or ammonia products, as these can damage your floor over time.
Don’t scrub hard! Just let the steam do its work by passing it through every part of the carpet until all the odors under your feet are gone!
Use an ozone machine to eliminate pet odors
Ozone is a chemical found in the air. It produces oxygen, making it a good tool for cleaning the air in your home or car. Ozone machines can be used to clean up that nasty dog odor.
Ozone machines are effective at eliminating odors because they work by passing ultraviolet light through ordinary water vapor that has been exposed to ozone gas (a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen). The ultraviolet light breaks down the organic compounds in these liquids into simpler compounds that aren’t as strong or pungent as the original scent, and you’re left with fresh-smelling air!
Although ozone machines are effective at removing bad odors from homes and cars, they are also very expensive compared to other cleaning solutions on our list today! But don’t worry: you don’t have to spend yet! We have many more options available if you are looking for something cheaper yet effective.
Wash your dog’s bedding
If you want to try an at-home treatment that might work better than regular laundry detergent, apple cider vinegar is a great option. When washing your dog’s bed or blanket, add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to the wash along with regular laundry detergent.
Wash your dog’s toys to remove pet odor
Washing your dog’s toys can be a good way to get rid of his odor. You can wash them in the washing machine, dishwasher or by hand if you prefer. If some of your dog’s toys have an inside part like a chew ring, make sure you clean the inside of the toy as well.
An additional trick to ensure that your dog toys come out odor-free is to throw a cup of vinegar into the laundry or a similar enzymatic deodorizing product.
Vinegar can combat dog odor on surfaces
How do I get rid of dog odor naturally?
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, meaning it can remove urine odors from surfaces. It is also an effective deodorant and urine stain remover. Making a white vinegar solution to use on your hard floors can help eliminate dog odor.
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle or bucket
- Spray or pour the solution lightly onto your floors
- Mop up excess solution and let it dry
Use baking soda to absorb strong odors
Baking soda is a natural odor remover and can be used to remove dog odor from your carpet or other areas your dog frequents. Baking soda reacts with dog urine, making it an excellent way to neutralize odor.
You can sprinkle baking soda on fabrics that are difficult to wash or that cannot be washed. Then, let the baking soda sit overnight and wipe off the excess baking soda in the morning with a wet cloth or paper towel. Baking soda also works great for neutralizing odors that have been absorbed into the carpet. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet, let it sit for 12 to 24 hours, and then vacuum it away.
Clean the air with essential oils
Essential oils are natural compounds found in many plants and flowers, including citrus fruits such as lemon and orange peels, mint leaves (which contain menthol), sandalwood oil, cinnamon bark powder and peppermint leaf. They are also found in herbs such as lavender oil or sage leaves – and even in some fruits, such as apples! All of these natural ingredients have antibacterial properties that help remove dog odor and leave a nice scent.
You can use essential oils in your home by mixing them with warm water in a spray bottle full of distilled water. Then spray the solution on furniture that can emit unpleasant odors. Be careful not to get the furniture wet as this can cause mold growth.
Essential oils that are safe for dogs
- Lavender oil
Let some fresh air in
The first thing you should do is open as many windows as possible. This will help with ventilation and also remove any odors that may linger in your home. If you can’t open your windows because of the outside temperature, open your doors if possible. This will also help with the circulation of fresh air.
Use an air purifier
Do air purifiers help against dog odor?
Air purifiers are a great way to remove dog odor in your home, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Air purifiers can remove dust particles and pollen from the air and kill many bacteria and viruses found in dog saliva. There are many different types of air purifiers on the market today, but they all work in the same way: by capturing particles in the air and releasing them into another part of your home (or beyond).
The most common type of air filter is called an activated carbon filter. This type filters out odors while still allowing clean oxygen to pass through, so you don’t have to worry about breathing problems when used around pets!
Ultimately, the best way to keep your home smelling fresh is through a combination of the different cleaning methods and cleaning products we mentioned above.