Removing Pet Smells and Odors
While pets are terrific companions, it’s just a shame they can’t clean up after themselves. That being said it is ultimately our job to do so and most of the time it’s only a minor inconvenience in light of the friendship and unconditional love that they provide. Many people are hesitant to use harsh chemical cleaners around their kids and pets and fortunately you don’t have to. There are many natural remedies that work better, are safer around the home and cost a lot less.
Vinegar and baking soda are some of the best things to use for getting rid of odors and freshening fabrics, as long as they aren’t used together. When used simultaneously they react to each other causing them to become neutral. Use vinegar to clean up pet accidents on the carpet. This will help get rid of the stain and eliminate the smell.You can also mix vinegar and water in equal parts in a spray bottle and use it to mist upholstery to rid it of odors. Vinegar or baking soda is good to add to the washing machine to get rid of pet odors as well. A scoop of baking soda in with detergent or a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle will work wonders on odors.Never use ammonia to clean up cat urine. They smell too much alike and it may entice kitty to return to the scene of the crime for a repeat performance.
Natural Odor Killers
Sprinkle baking soda onto furniture or carpeting and let it sit for awhile. Vacuum it up and odors will be gone. You can also mix liquid fabric softener and water in equal parts in a spray bottle and make your own homemade version of Febreze.Fresh, unused coffee grounds are great for eliminating unwanted smells. Pour some into a sock and hide it in couch cushions. You can do the same with scented dryer sheets. Try to hide these things from your pets as they aren’t nearly as effective once consumed.
If you have dogs that have been outside in the rain, dry them off as soon as they come in before they have a chance to lie down on the sofa. Keep a designated towel handy and wash it often. Be sure to wipe off their paws too.The smell in your kitty box can be greatly reduced by using clumping kitty litters with baking soda in them. A small air freshener nearby can be helpful and scoop boxes out daily.
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