How to stop dog smells in your house

Visitors who pick up on the dog or cat smell in your home might be too polite to mention it but over time you’ll notice the reaction that visitors have to the place if you’re desensitised to the smell. You won’t have to become an over the top neat freak to get your place in order with the following simple instructions.

Soft furnishings

Your soft furnishings will give off the dog’s scent pretty glaringly so you need to keep them clean. Use a cleaning product that absorbs smells from fabrics and fibres. Having a product like Fabreze handy will make all the difference to you in your battle to combat dog odours.

Washing machine

If your soft furnishings are machine washable, put them in the washing machine. This is the quickest and easiest way of getting rid of the odours your dog creates. Remove cushion covers, duvet covers, pillow cases and rugs and clean them on a hot wash. You’ll need a high quality detergent so use something like Persil Small and Mighty Bio.

Baking soda

You can use baking soda to remove dog smells on things that can’t go into the washing machine. When a product like Fabreze isn’t enough to get the smells out of your sofa, spread baking powder over the smelly area and leave it for a few hours. Perhaps this is a good time to take your dog on that long walk you’ve been promising him as you won’t want him to disturb your work. Vacuum up the baking soda after a few hours have passed and you’ll be left with a fresh, clean smell.

Removing dog smells from the floor

The carpet is a magnet for animal odours so you need to keep it clean to remove the pet smell around your house. A regular vacuum clean is in order but you should also consider using a product like Shake n’ Vac as this will put detergents onto the carpet strands that have caught the dog’s odours. If you have a hard floor surface, check out our guide to steam cleaners as using one of these is your best bet for removing dog odours.

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