We all love our furry, four-legged friends, but no one likes their strong pet odor! If you’re looking to put your home on the market and secure the most buck for your bang (so to speak) or just looking forward to breathing deeply again, follow these 5 steps to rid your home of your pets odor.

  1. Use a black light to identify urine spots.
  2. Remove and deodorize urine stains. There are many effective ways to do this.
    • Enzyme Cleaners work by breaking down the proteins in the stain and actually allowing them to evaporate into the air. Most come in a spray bottle, so all you have to do is spray a good amount on the stain and allow it to air dry. My favorite enzyme cleaner is Nature’s Miracle, but there are many different brands to choose from.
    • White Vinegar is nature’s stain fighting ninja! You can either pour right out of the bottle onto your pet spot, or dilute it with warm water. The warm water loosens up the stain while the vinegar digs down deep to remove every aspect of the stain. Let the vinegar sit for about two minutes and then soak up the remaining liquid with a towel.
      • Baking Soda can be added to both white vinegar to enhance their stain fighting power. Baking soda is nature’s odor wizard, and when you sprinkle some over the vinegar, you will hear it fizzle to life! You’ll want to leave the baking soda to absorb the stain for a day or two (until it is completely dry). It might help to place a plate or bowl over the stain so you don’t track baking soda all over your home. Then vacuum it up and viola! Your carpet should be good as new.
  3.  Wash food/water bowls, toys, bedding and all other pet affiliated items. For the best results, you should wash all of these items once a week, but who has time for that? Even washing your pets belongings once a month will produce a dramatic difference.
  4. Wash all curtains, bedding, and thoroughly vacuum crevices of chairs/couches and under all furniture.
  5. Use an odor eliminating spray on couches, furniture, walls and anything else your pet may rub against. Many people don’t know the number of scent glands your pet has throughout its body. If  you notice your pet rubbing on a particular place frequently, it is important to spray that area thoroughly.

If you keep up with these habits, you should notice the pet odor in your home clear up very nicely.

Do you have another remedy for pet odor? Leave your magic recipe in the comments below; we would love to hear from you!

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