Whether it’s a subtle scent or a sickening stench, pet odors
are one of the biggest frustrations owners deal with. Constantly plugging your
nose or apologizing for the smell is no way to live. Thankfully, most pet odors
can be reduced or eliminated with the right supplies.

We want your home to smell the way you want it to smell, so we rounded up a few clever tricks our experts
and editors use to make their living spaces pet-odor free. If you have a secret
for tackling pet odors, please share it in the comments below.

  • Dog pee accident
  • Litterbox and scoop
  • Pouring white vinegar on sponge
  • Cleaning Cat Accident
  • Terrier getting a bath
  • Cat in pet bed

Clever Hacks for Eliminating Pet Odors

Dog pee accident


1. If your pet is having accidents, find out why.

Litterbox and scoop


2. Clean up pet waste ASAP.

Pouring white vinegar on sponge


3. Grab some vinegar.

One of the most effective pet odor-reducing products out
there is probably already in your home. If you discover an accident that’s
still wet, soak up as much as you can by blotting (not rubbing) it, then pour a mixture of white vinegar and cold water over it. Blot the area well, and then let it dry. Due to its high acidity, vinegar
helps neutralize odors — even if the smell has been there for some time. You can clean
up other dry pet stains and smells by mixing equal parts vinegar and water, and
filling a spray bottle with the solution. Saturate the area, then blot it up and let it dry. And don’t worry if the vinegar scent is strong at first. It’ll go away! But be careful — if pets lick up undiluted vinegar, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so always make sure you’re mixing the vinegar with at least an equal part of water.

Cleaning Cat Accident


4. Enzyme cleaners are your friends.

If you’d rather use a commercial cleaner, look for pet-friendly
enzymatic cleaners
. Oftentimes, if pets can still smell the odor (even if you can’t see or smell it yourself), they think it’s
OK to spray or go to the bathroom in the spot again. That’s why it’s so
important to spray pet odors with the cleaner ASAP and keep using it until the pet is no longer interested in the area.

Terrier getting a bath


5. Bathe your pet regularly.

Cat in pet bed


6. Wash your pet’s bedding.

When was the last time you washed your dog’s or cat’s bedding?
If you can’t remember, you’re not alone, and that funky scent wafting through your
home could be coming from Fido’s favorite resting spot. Pet beds are often covered
in fur, dirt, dandruff, slobber from toys and other potentially smelly things. Do your
nose a favor and launder his bedding regularly. You might even want to
invest in several slipcovers for his bed that you can have in rotation. 

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