Our family loves our pets!
All four dogs, the thirteen year old cat, Dezi, the white dwarf rabbit, Mask, and even the Beta fish. The flip side of that, having pets can really make your house smell like a dog and be very unwelcoming to visitors.
The commercials are true, we get nose-blind to the true smell of our home because of our pets.
That is until you are gone for a few days, and it hits you straight in the sinuses when you walk in the door! I’m fully aware of this and worry that no matter how comfortable and welcoming I try to make my home appear, the dog smell will detract from how the house actually looks.
There are several things we do in our home on a regular basis to try to combat the overwhelming bad smell of our pets.
Seven things we do to eliminate the dog smell in our home.
- We treat our carpets often for odor and stains. We vacuum our carpets and furniture every week. I try to add carpet powder every other week to help eliminate any odors. I also rent a carpet cleaner at least once a year. This year we hope to remove all of the carpet in our home so this will help the most in eliminating pet stains and odors in the future.
- The kennel bedding gets washed every other week. We don’t buy expensive dog beds (they usually end up shredded to pieces anyway) but instead use several layers of old towels or old blankets for the dogs to sleep on in their kennels. It is so much easier just to put those in the wash to refresh them. As an added boost I usually add Oxyclean to the wash cycle to help remove the odors and stains. While the bedding is in the wash the kennels get cleaned and wiped down. Afterwards I also use a product to clean the washing machine.
- We bath the dogs regularly. They either get a full bath once a month (at the least) or a towel bath in between if the weather outside is too cold or damp. This also helps to keep the flea population down.
- I wash the human throws and blankets every week as well. I keep blankets and throws year round in our living room. They are great to have not only for decor but for those quick naps when you find the time. And no matter how many times I may say “These are not dog blankets”, somehow a dog will find their way on them while snuggling with someone on the sofa. I wash these at least once a week. It just makes them so much more welcoming for a nap too when they are fresh smelling. I may also throw the small decorative pillows in the dryer with a fabric sheet to refresh them. Every surface that a dog rests on needs to be treated.
- Febreeze! Febreeze and other fabric refresher sprays are always in our house. I use it on the furniture, carpet, and pillows in nearly every room.
- For the same reason, I keep cans of air freshener spray or small room air fresheners in the house such as the Glade Plugins or Febreeze brands of products.
- Candles. I burn candles nearly every day. I even buy a brand from my vet that is a pet odor eliminator brand and purchase another from a local fundraiser company that has a similar formula. Love love love these candles. I think the secret to using candles is to find a brand that does not have an overwhelming or overpowering scent but just adds a subtle, more inviting scent to a home.
I love my pets, but I don’t love the smells that come with them. So I work hard to fight the build up of odors in my home because of them.
If anyone has any suggestions that I haven’t tried or mentioned I would love to hear them.
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” Colossians 1:11