After a long day, you're finally on your way home. You step up to the front door, pull it open, and take a deep breath. It's so good to be... hang on.
What's that smell? It doesn't always smell like that in here, does it?
If you notice a strange smell in the house, you may be dealing with pet odors. But don't worry, there are a ton of ways to get your house smelling fresh and clean again.
Keep reading below for some simple tips on eliminating the smell and making your home smell like itself again.
Clean up Hair and Dander
First, it's helpful to regularly clean up hair and pet dander around your house. Dog hair, in particular, accumulates on curtains, behind furniture, and in corners. This is often why your house develops a lingering pet odor.
Your hand vacuum is your friend here. Use it often. If your dog loves to lounge on that one chair in the living room, you'll want to vacuum that, too.
Groom Your Pet Often
Grooming your pet can help reduce the amount of hair and dander they leave behind in your home. If you have a dog, washing them regularly will help reduce that "dog smell" you're noticing. A little shampoo can work wonders as an odor remover.
This kind of pet care extends to cats, too. Cats tend to have less of a smell than dogs, brushing them will help keep your vacuuming and sweeping to a minimum.
Wash Their Bedding
Over time, bedding can retain a lot of stinky pet odors. Try to wash your pet's bed, blankets, or towels a couple of times a month.
This goes for toys, too. Toss the cloth ones in with their bedding and blankets. And wash the plastic or rubber ones with hot, soapy water at least once a week.
Try Pet Cleaners
You may find a great solution to pet odors in your own pantry. Baking soda is a great, natural odor destroyer. You can also try vinegar or a mixture of lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide.
But in some cases, you'll need a stronger pet odor eliminator to tackle tougher odors like cat urine. There are tons of great sprays out there that are made specifically to take pet odors (and stains!) out of carpet or furniture.
Keep Litter Boxes Clean
Litter boxes are the antithesis of a pet odor eliminator. The last thing you want to smell when you're walking down the hallway or coming home from work is dirty cat litter.
Clean your litter box at least once a day. For added odor elimination, sprinkle some powder deodorizer on top of the litter, too.
Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier can also be a good pet odor remover. It will help filter the air in your house, keeping it smelling fresh. Just be sure to check the filter every few months and replace it when necessary.
Get Rid of That Strange Smell in the House
Don't let that strange smell in the house become your new normal. There are ways to get rid of pet odors. With a little time and effort, your house will be back to smelling great.
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