We may love having dogs in our house, but that doesn’t mean we want our house to smell like a dog! We know that it can feel like an uphill battle to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, so we’ve put together a list of five things you can do to keep your house pet smell free.
One of the easiest ways to keep your house from smelling like a dog is to keep all surfaces clean. As your pet interacts with these surfaces daily, you’ll want to choose pet-friendly cleaning products that are free from ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, phthalates, glycol ethers, and perchloroethylene. If you have carpets, try sprinkling baking soda on them before vacuuming – the baking soda will absorb any pet odors lingering in the carpet and is completely natural, unlike other carpet deodorizers. If you have wood or tile floors, simply give it a good vacuum and mop using a strong – but natural – cleaning solution. While floors are the obvious ones, wiping down cupboards, doors, and any other surface that is at pet level is also key.
This may seem like an odd one, but another good way of keeping your house from smelling like a dog is choosing a food that supports their digestive health. Why, you ask? Because when your pup’s gut is happy, they’re less likely to experience upset stomachs and gas. This means that by making the switch to a gut-friendly food, you can say goodbye to one particular type of stinky dog smell.
Freshpet makes a great choice because each recipe is made with 100% farm-raised chicken, beef, or fish, and all-natural fruits and veggies that are grown right here in the USA. If your dog has a digestive system that is generally more sensitive, Freshpet® Select Sensitive Stomach and Skin is a perfect choice. This recipe is made with steam-cooked chicken, pumpkin, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, and chicory root extract, which all work to ensure that dogs with sensitive stomachs receive the nutrients that they require to stay happy and healthy. Chicory root extract, in particular, is a natural prebiotic that contains inulin, which can assist beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
Accidents happen – especially if you have a puppy or senior dog – so it’s good to have a heavy-duty pet odor eliminator on hand. Similar to the cleaning products you use, you’ll want to choose an odor eliminator that is pet-safe, such as Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator. Made right here in the USA, the secret behind this product is the oil derived from orange peels that are used in the recipe. It safely tackles even the toughest pet odors and leaves your house smelling orange-fresh. What’s more, it currently has over 35,000 five-star ratings on Amazon!
If your pet itself is the source of the smell your house will never smell fresh, no matter how much you clean. Whether or not they look dirty, it’s good to get into the habit of giving your pet regular baths. You don’t want to bathe your dog so often that their skin is stripped of its natural oils, but you don’t want to get to the point that they start to develop a strong “dog” smell – a good frequency is every month or two. When looking for a dog-friendly bathing product, you want to take the same approach as you do with your cleaning products. Look for products like Earthbath that are made with natural, organic ingredients and contain no artificial colors, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or phosphates. Skipping the chemical-filled products will leave their coat and skin clean, healthy, and smelling its best.
Not only can air purifiers help with allergies associated with pet dander, but they can also remove pet smells from the air. Air purifiers with Activated Carbon filters absorb and trap pet odors before the air is purified and circulated back into the room, leaving it smelling fresh. For air purifiers to work their best, you’ll want to choose one that is the right size for the rooms it’s in. Most will indicate the recommended room size, with some being able to handle 1,000 square feet or more.
We hope that the tips on this list make it easy for you to keep your house smelling fresh so you can spend more time with your fur baby and less time cleaning!