Keeping pets at home is nice, but it comes with some prices. One of these is the serious stench that fills the home, especially if the pets are not properly taken care of. While most pet owners have found ways of keeping things in check, the consistency is not always there. Most of these preventive measures are only in place on a few occasions. But the truth is that avoiding a stinky house due to pets require basic but constant efforts. In this article, we will be discussing the basic measures a dog or cat owner can put in place to keep pet scents in check, including urine and wet dog smells. How you can easily clean pets odor in your home?
1. Proper kitty litter management
You should change your kitty litter regularly. However, you may have to do more if your apartment is small, thus making it easier for the smell to fill up everywhere. In such cases, a covered litter box is a way to go. Considering their structure and sizes, covered litter has ample space for the cat to move around so that the litter doesn’t spread across the floors.
Note that even the simplest covered litter will get the job done. So, no need to break the bank. Likewise, ensure that your cat gets a little entryway where it can wipe off its paws. You will need to clean and wipe the box regularly while adding new litter to maintain the freshness. The ideal lifespan of a covered litter box is a year.
2. Keep the carpet clean at all times
There is no guarantee that a mess would not happen. However, when it does, the best is to fix up as soon as possible. Start by picking the mess with paper towels. After that, cover up the scent so that it does not lead to future accidents. You can combine baking soda, water, and distilled vinegar to blot up stains and get rid of smells fast. If the stain is a set-in stain or capable of causing serious odor issues, steam-clean the carpet. Only the very severe (and rare) cases warrant the spraying of the sub flooring with vinegar. Vinegar is known to neutralize odors fast.
3. Take a closer look at the couch
Pet odor can hide away in the sofa. To fix this, use a damp rubber glove or squeegee to remove the pet fur. If this does not solve the odor problem, remove the removable parts of the couch – cushion, pillow covers, and others. Wash the detached parts with a combination of a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar and laundry detergent. In cases of upholstery – which are non-removable – spread some baking soda on it and leave for several hours. Then vacuum the baking soda away. This will restore a fresh and pleasant smell.
4. Keep the pets clean
Note that there can be strange pet smells in some cases. These differ from the usual pet smell and are usually caused by the poor health of the pet. To avoid this, always bath your dog or cat regularly. Take a close look at the teeth for any oral hygiene problems, the skin for hot spots, and the ears for any infections. Yes, you can make these checks on your own, but it is much better to schedule an occasional visit to the vet.
In some cases, the pet’s diet can be the culprit. There have been reports of an improvement in pet smelliness with a change in diet. This is because certain essential oils, including eucalyptus and rosemary, keep ticks and fleas away from your pet. With this, the pet, as well as the home, stays free of unpleasant smell.
5. Wash your pet’s toys and items regularly
Another probable culprit is your pet’s toys, including the bed, chew toys, and others. Often times, these items that we tend to overlook are the source of the stink. Take a closer look at their food trays, towels, blankets, and even the pet’s collar. Wash or rinse these items regularly to keep them clean and smell-free. Also, ensure that your pet’s foods are adequately stored, preferably in an airtight container. Note that not all of these foods have a pleasant aroma. So, keeping them in a loose bag can allow the aroma to escape into the atmosphere and make everywhere smelly.