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6 Ways to Eliminate Dog Odor in Your Home

As much as we love those sweet beasts that we share our home with, there is one fact to face: dogs can be a bit smelly. It seems like every time I come home from an extended vacation, I walk in and catch a whiff of dog. I’m always mortified—does my house always smell like this?

Whether you have guests coming over, or you just want to freshen up some of that doggy odor, here are some ideas on how to eliminate dog stink in your house.  

Idea 1: Deep Clean Carpets, Rugs, and Furniture

Let’s face it: your dog’s saliva, paws, and fur come into contact with much of your home, from the carpets and rugs they walk on to furniture they rub against or lay on. The first step to freshening your home is to deeply clean any surface where doggy odors may become trapped.

Start by clearing off carpets and rugs, then vacuum them all over to remove as much surface debris that you can. This may take multiple rounds of vacuuming. Remove slip covers, linens, and cushion covers and vacuum them as thoroughly as possible with a handheld attachment.

After vacuuming, steam clean your carpets with shampoo and deodorizers. You can rent a steam cleaner in many home improvement or even grocery stores, or you can hire a professional. Either way, be sure to maintain regular cleaning of your carpets and furniture.

Idea 2: Use an Air Purifier

One of the best ways to make your home smell fresher is to use an air purifier. An air purifier with a true HEPA filter will capture 99.97% of pollutant particles, including pet hair and dander. Capturing these pollutants will reduce dog odor in your home by removing them from the air.

Additionally, an air purifier with an activated carbon filter captures odor-causing particles in the air. A purifier with a combination of a HEPA filter and activated carbon filter will do a good job of reducing the dog odor in your home.

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Idea 3: Air Out Your Home

This is an old-fashioned solution, but airing out your home can really reduce the dog odor in your home. On nice days, open up your windows that do not face the street for at least 15 minutes and let the fresh air circulate throughout your home. This can really help clear out the stale air and reduce that doggy smell.

Idea 4: Wash Dog Beds Regularly

Your pet probably spends a lot of time resting in their bed. When your dog is sleeping, they can leave behind dander, saliva, hair, urine, and dirt from their paws. Consequently, this is one of the areas of the home where odor can really build up.

It’s a good idea to get on a schedule of washing your pet’s bed regularly to reduce the odor in your home. Most dog beds have a removable cover or the bed itself is machine washable and dryable. When you purchase a new bed for your dog, check that it is machine washable to make regular cleaning easy. You can machine dry the bed or hang it on a line to dry in the sun.

If your dog likes in lay on blankets in a crate, you should wash the blankets and wipe out the crate pans regularly as well.

Idea 5: Vacuum and Sweep Regularly

6 Ways to Eliminate Dog Odor in Your Home

Dog fur, dander, and dirt from their paws accumulate on the floor of your home. Sweeping your floors and vacuuming your carpets regularly is the most important part of ensuring that dog odors do not build up in your home. Depending on the number of dogs you have and how much they shed, you may need to vacuum and sweep daily or multiple times a week.

To make the task easier on yourself, many people like to invest in a robotic vacuum that can regularly sweep the floor when you are out of the house.

Dog hair can wrap around the brush roll of your vacuum, so be sure to cut or remove the hair from your vacuum regularly so it operates at its best.

Idea 6: Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Regularly

6 Ways to Eliminate Dog Odor in Your Home

Dog owners are pretty familiar with the smell of bad breath. The odors from dog breath can spread around your house if your dog drools or licks something in the house.

You should be brushing your dog’s teeth regularly to eliminate bad breath. Make sure you use a toothpaste and toothbrush that is specially designed for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be toxic to dogs.

There are also a variety of dental dog treats available that will help eliminate bad breath and clean your dog’s teeth.


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