Homemade Pet Odor Remover
How to Naturally Treat Pet Odors
Wet dog smell will get to almost anyone, but a stinky litter box area or less-than-fresh dog bed can also be a turn-off to guests. Many of us turn to quick fixes like perfumed room sprays or toxic cleaning products to remove pet odors, but these are generally not great for your indoor air or for the environment and can contribute to allergies, asthma, and other human and pet health problems. Solution, learn to make your own homemade pet odor removers with natural ingredients, many of which you’ll find in your kitchen pantry. These homemade pet odor remover recipes are simple to make and will not pose any health hazards to the members of your family - furry or otherwise. Here are a few options:
- Dry treatments: There are several natural ingredients - borax, baking soda, cornflour - that can be mixed and applied to a variety of soft surfaces, including carpets, upholstery, and mattresses. In general, you sprinkle these generously over the area (rub in a little in the case of mattresses or upholstered furniture) and let dry completely. Then vacuum up any remaining residue.
- Laundry: If you’re dealing with clothing or other machine-washable items, simply add a full box of baking soda to the washing machine and run the load as normal. Air dry the laundry and then sniff to see if the odor has been removed.
- Air freshening: To rid your indoor air of the dog or cat smell, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar (undiluted) or ¼ cup baking soda with water and spritz the area. Repeat until odors are removed. You can also try adding an essential oil of your choice to personalize this odor removal technique. Read on with our DIY Carpet Freshener article.
- Skunk odor removal: The old method of using tomato juice for this odor challenge holds true today. Get the biggest container you can find and pour as much of the tomato juice into it that you can. Put your pet into the soup and keep them in there for up to 5 minutes if possible (longer if feasible). Rinse their fur and dry and brush as normal.
If these homemade pet odor remover options do not work, try using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle that contains bacteria that will eat away at the odor-causing problem. See our article on homemade pet stain removal for tips on how to get the most out of your enzyme cleaner.