How To Really Get Rid of Pet Smells - Not Just Hide Them

The trick to ridding a home of any bad odor is to remove (not cover) the source of them. As far as pets are concerned, I’m not suggesting you give them away! Decomposing matter is the main cause of bad odors (aside from pet bathroom accidents). “Doggy odor” is also caused by their body oils, dander and salvia.


Rather than using chemical products that are harmful to both pets and humans to mask odors (such as scented sprays and candles or products containing beta-cyclodextrin that temporally neutralize them) it is far better to properly clean the odor’s source with pet friendly cleaning products.

Equipment Needed

  • Brush

  • Towel

  • Vacuum

  • Mop

  • Static floor duster

  • Chair cover or blanket

  • Washable blanket or towel

  • Pet bed with cover

  • Enzymatic cleaner or enzymatic laundry additive

  • Bed with decorative cushions

  • Pet bowls (elevated bowl holder)

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Litter Box (with charcoal activated filter and swing door)

  • Bag of litter

  • Litter Scoop

  • Gloves

  • Dust mask

  • HAVC Systems, ductwork filter, more advanced air filtering. Ultraviolet light air purifying lamp.

  • Pet Toys

  • Collar

  • Leash

  • Coats

Steps Involved

1. Start with your pet.

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2. Medical considerations.

3. Housework

4. Feeding Areas & Bowls

5.  Litter Box

6.  HVAC Systems

7.  Toys, Collars, Leashes & Coats

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