Have a nice smelling home- even with pets!
Even though we LOVE animals, it’s an obvious fact that pets can bring some interesting odors. Unfortunately, some of the odors aren’t always pleasant ones. Whether it be from a litter box or an accident on the carpet, pet smells can have a negative effect on the ambiance of a home. Here, we will take a look at a few quick tips for guaranteeing a better smelling home.
Cleaning up an accident…
Unfortunately, accidents happen. It is important to clean a mess correctly the first time to ensure that smells aren’t left to linger. The best way to clean a mess efficiently is to use an enzyme cleaner. Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down the proteins in vomit, feces and urine. This guarantees that no extra pieces are left behind. It can even be utilized on previously cleaned spots.
Simply spray the messed area and let it set for about 30 minutes. Proceed by blotting it dry with a clean cloth. You can check out some great enzyme cleaners here.
Deodorizing your carpet…
If you have a home like most animal lovers, your pets probably spend a lot of their time on your carpets or rugs. Cats and dogs cannot resist a warm spot on a comfy flooring. Unfortunately though, this can lead to a build up of fur or pet dander in these areas. Over time, pet odors can work their way deep into the fibers of the carpet or rug.
Using a deodorizer can ease the effect of dander build up by neutralizing the smells. Consider using baking soda by sprinkling it across the well used area. Let it sit for about an hour or two before vacuuming the area. The baking soda acts as a neutralizer to the acidic odor compounds. The smell gets trapped in the baking soda, then removed by the vacuum. That’s a natural win-win!
Freshen the air with an air purifier…
Air purifiers are an ideal and cost effective method for freshening the air in your home. They can help reduce the effect of pet odors while also removing the dander and hair in the air. Air purifiers work by utilizing filters that can trap and remove up to 99% of air contaminants. As a result, you will notice a considerable difference in lingering pet smells as well as the quality of the air. You can check out some great options for air purifiers here!
The litter box…
A litter box can be a major source of bad odors in your home, especially if it isn’t maintained properly. Depending on how many cats you have, you may have to clean the box daily to ensure there isn’t a build up of waste. The sooner you get rid of the waste, the quicker the smells will leave the area. You can also sprinkle the box with baking soda to help neutralize the odors in between cleanings.
The location of the litter box is also a major factor on the lingering of smells. Try keeping the litter box away from main gathering areas such as the kitchen or living rooms. If you live in a small place, you can always try the hidden litter boxes to keep the area more aesthetically pleasing. You can find some great examples here! Enclosed litter boxes are ideal for containing the stinky smells as well as the litter that felines tend to kick up.
Additional quick tips…
Wipe your furniture with dryer sheets. Doing so will create a fresh and inviting scent while cutting down any lingering pet odors.
Add vinegar to your laundry. Unfortunately, normal laundry detergent doesn’t quite have the odor stripping power that good ‘ol vinegar has. Try using a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in the loads of laundry that contain clothing or bedding that your pet has had the pleasure of laying on (or peeing on.) You will notice a major difference in the lingering odors that regular detergent couldn’t quite neutralize.
Wash their bedding… Believe it or not, pet bedding can hold some interesting smells. Most pet bedding is washer safe and should be washed frequently to reduce the possibility of lingering smells. This is another time where vinegar comes in handy. Add a small amount to the load that contains your pet’s bedding to ensure full neutralization of stinky odors. Double check the bedding tags to ensure proper washing and drying care.
Clean their toys…Pet toys can hold on to some stinky smells as well. If you are already washing their bedding, try throwing in their toys as well. You can also wash them in the sink if preferred.
Pet odors come with the territory of having animals. But with these few quick tips, you can reduce the negative smells and keep your home feeling fresh and clean! Furry friends, fresh smells and lots of love- best way to live!