Pee-Yew! How to Get Rid of Pet Smells in Your Home

You love your pet, but chances are good that you don’t love the way your pet makes your home smell. Even if you regularly bathe your dog, he or she will still end up smelling like a dog. Chances are good that as a confirmed pet lover, that doesn’t really bother you all that much, but what if you have company coming over? There’s also the fact that you probably don’t want that smell to make its way into your clothes. So, how do you get rid of pet smells?

Regular Cleaning

One of the simplest tips is this – clean your home regularly. You will need to vacuum carpets and furniture at least twice as frequently as someone without pets would need to in order to cut down on the amount of hair and dander. However, regularly mopping, sweeping and vacuuming will help get rid of pet smells, but it will not completely eradicate them.

Regular Bathing

Bathing your beloved dog will definitely go a long way toward helping you get rid of pet smells. Invest in a dog shampoo that has a pleasing scent, but that is hypoallergenic and will not irritate your pet’s skin. However, understand that most dog breeds should not be bathed too often, or it could cause dry skin and lead to health problems. The best option is to work with a groomer to ensure that you’re following a good schedule for your dog’s breed without causing damage to their fur or skin.

Enzymatic Cleaner

If you’re struggling with pet urine odors, an enzymatic cleaner can help. These are specially designed to break down the molecules and kill the bacteria in the urine stain, and allow you to clean and remove it almost completely. You’ll need to saturate the area where the stain is with the cleaner, and allow it to sit for at least a few minutes. Then, you’ll need to blot it dry. Note that some enzymatic cleaners have specific usage instructions, so always read the packaging to make sure you are using it properly.


If you are dealing with deep-set pet odor, you can turn to an oxygenated cleaning product (Oxy Clean is one example), and apple cider vinegar. Take any soiled linens, including couch cushion covers, bedding and the like, and wash them in the washing machine using a mixture containing the right amount of oxygen cleaner for the load size, plus a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar.

Turn to the Pros

If all else fails, turn to a professional cleaning company that can offer you the ability to get rid of pet smells. In most cases, these companies use professional-strength enzymatic cleaners, and most companies will guarantee their work, so that if the smell returns, they will retreat your home to eliminate it once more.

Whether you choose to go the DIY route, or you opt to hire a professional cleaning company, you can get rid of pet smells. However, it pays to be proactive. If you’re a pet owner, clean your home more deeply and more frequently than you think necessary, and make sure to keep up with your pet’s grooming, as well.

Have you got any tricks you use at home?  Tell us in the comments below!


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