5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Pet-Odor Free
Source: Maja Dumat
The holidays are here, which means our homes will soon be filled with the intoxicating scents of the season. If your house is anything like mine, a combination of balsam fir, peppermint, cinnamon, and gingerbread will be on steady rotation until the end of the year. In addition to the pleasant smells we associate with the holiday season, dog owners often find that their beloved pooches leave a trail of offensive odors. Unfortunately, this leaves their homes smelling more like a kennel than a winter wonderland.
To keep your home smelling fresh and clean and ready for holiday guests, it’s important to be proactive and stop odors at the source. Here are some tips and that will help you stay on top of those stinky smells once and for all.
Be consistent with bathing. You may not think to give your dog a bath when she isn’t spending time outdoors, but it’s important to bathe your pup even if she isn’t visibly dirty. Regularly bathing Fido with a gentle, safe dog shampoo will keep excess dirt and oils from being carried throughout the house.
Clean up loose dog hair. Unless your dog is a breed that doesn’t shed (lucky you!), dog hair on your floor and furniture is pretty much inevitable. To keep loose dog hair from stinking up your home, use a vacuum cleaner and lint roller to get rid of it at least once a week.
Wash your dog’s bedding. If you’re shopping for a new pet bed this holiday season, look for one with removable covers that can be thrown in the laundry. A good rule of thumb is to wash your pup’s bedding twice per month, or every time you wash your own.
Swap out your air filters. A dirty air filter on your air conditioner or furnace could be precisely why you can’t get that kennel smell out of your house. Set a reminder to change your air filter once a month, or bi-weekly if you have a dog that sheds a lot.
Don’t just cover up odors – eliminate them. Regardless of how good your favorite air freshener smells it won’t do you any good unless it’s designed to eliminate odors. If you’re not into sprays, look for odor eliminating candles that destroy pet odors floating around in the air.
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