Violet cracked her first joke the other night. As one would do with a two-year-old in the spring, we spoke to her about odors. John then asked her, “What does Cooper smell like?” She then let out a hysterical chuckle.

Cooper does not smell like cat crap, however, I do enjoy her growing sense of humor. We make an effort to keep the scent of animals out of the whole home, including the litter boxes!

Putting baby jokes aside, nobody wants to live in a home that smells like a pet accident, a wet dog, a cat, or a litter box. Fortunately, maintaining an odor-free house is simple.

In this article, I’ll go over the fundamentals of how to prevent pet scents from spreading throughout your home as well as how to get rid of them when they appear. because they will occur. It contributes to our dogs’ appeal. Finally, I want to clarify that my attention is on canine scents. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions about cat scents or how we manage the litter boxes.



Fresh air:

I’ll start with this since I can’t emphasize how important it is. One benefit of living in a new or recently constructed home is that they are almost completely airtight. That works well for energy conservation but not so well for releasing odors and bringing in fresh air. Therefore, whenever you can, open a window! By the way, our home does not qualify as being airtight since it is very leaky. We still have a lot of work to do to address those issues, but whenever I’m cleaning or when I first notice a stench, I make it a point to crack or open a window. Open a window if you don’t do anything else on this list. It will significantly alter things.


Use HEPA filters to keep your air as pure as possible. High-efficiency particulate air is referred to as HEPA. To catch microscopic particles like dander, pollen, dust mites, and smoke, it essentially operates by pushing air through very thin mesh filters. Therefore, be careful to get HEPA filters for your furnace (we do this). Get a HEPA filter for your vacuum if at all feasible. Some vacuums enable you to replace the filters, but if yours doesn’t and you’re looking to get a new one, here’s my fast opinion: Cheap is ultimately more costly. We’ve had more voids than I can count. Everyone except our Dyson Animal has burned out. (It’s similar to this one, but they no longer produce the precise kind we had; it was before the roller ball thing.) We purchased it in 2005, and it has outlasted roughly sixteen others. Yes, it is expensive up front, but the cost each year is affordable. And it effectively removes pet dander.


Easy-to-clean pet products: 

There are so many pet products on the market now that include odor-resistance technology. For instance, the cat bed we recommended in our 2018 Christmas gift recommendations includes probiotic technology built in to stop smells. Any bedding should, at the absolute least, have a machine-washable, detachable cover, like the one on the bed Cooper uses. (BTW, we received this bed years ago as a press sample when I contributed to a pet magazine, and it still seems to be in pristine condition. to reiterate that being inexpensive ultimately costs more! Of course, you should also wash your soft toys, towels, and bed linens once a week. Along with Ripley’s mice, I wash Cooper’s bed linens, plush toys, and towels since they all just become soiled from everyday usage. Never rush out to acquire replacement things until you need them. I never advocate purchasing anything just to purchase it. But while you’re shopping, search for pet goods that at the very least include easy-to-clean features or anti-microbial odor-resistant technology!

Cover stuff:

It may seem apparent, but someone recently brought up the stench of their dog’s urine left on their sofa. “Does your coach have a quilt or anything else?” I queried. Nope. Okay, here’s the thing: Nobody wants unsightly sheets or drop cloths covering their furniture. Your sofa, on the other hand, is difficult to clean unless it is slipcovered. Get some blankets that go with your décor and that you genuinely enjoy, then use them as a lovely throw on your couch. Your dog should be encouraged to lie there rather than on the cushions. We have blankets spread over the sofa, armchair, and chaise in our bedroom since Coop like to sleep there at night, as do the cats. It is possible to gather all of those items on Saturday morning and wash them. For the same reason, I too have a cargo liner (like this one) for my vehicle.

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Baking soda and vinegar, your two new best friends:

I don’t even joke about it; I purchase these two items in large quantities. If you have baking soda and vinegar on hand, your home won’t ever smell like a pet again! With just two, I can thoroughly clean my whole home while saving a ton of money and being kinder to the environment. Additionally, they are both masters at removing dog smells. I use vinegar to clean my made wood flooring. After a few minutes (few if you have the windows open), the scent disappears, leaving behind a smell of… nothing. No odor. No pet smells, no scents from chemical cleaners, nothing. just air. Everyone is aware that baking soda absorbs scents from the air, but did you know you can also use it as a dry shampoo on your dog? Sprinkle some over your dog’s hair before brushing it (see tip 6 below) to absorb unpleasant odors. Now for two more fast ideas:

  • Vinegar tip: This advice won’t apply to everyone, but I had to offer it since I swear by it: Instead, start pouring vinegar into the fabric softener part of your washing machine (they’re a fire danger, terrible for the environment, or loaded with chemicals, choose your justification). Pet smells will go. The same goes for front-loading washer scents, infant odors, and gym odors.
  • Baking soda tip: Prepare to take your dog for a very long walk followed by a complete outside grooming if you have carpet or area rugs! BUT! Before you leave, cover your carpet with a thick layer of baking soda. Brush it on to blend it in. After that, leave for the stroll and groom. Vacuum it all up when you get back and take in the clean, fresh air. Bonus if you can continue to keep your windows open while this procedure.

Groom your dog: 

Confession: Because Cooper despises it and I feel horrible making him so unhappy, I’m not as consistent with this as I should be. However, thoroughly grooming your dog outside—breed-depending, of course—can get rid of a lot of interior stinks. The remaining odor is then removed by taking a bath, which breeds dependent. ACV rinse after bathing will result in a dog that is fresh, clean, and content. Bonus points!

Clean accidents immediately: 

Even though it may not always be feasible, for example, if your dog throws up while you’re at work, the sooner you notice an accident, the better your chances are of keeping the scent under control. (Aside from avoiding stains.) Naturally, use enzymatic cleansers to stop marks, and take your time figuring out the source of the issue. Is your dog really, genuinely housebroken? Is there an abdominal issue or underlying infection? You’ll never be completely odor-free until you find a solution to the issue that makes your dog defecate or pee inside the home. (Having said that, I can understand the odd freak accident, vomit, etc., but still. Discover the reason your dog enters the house and address it.)


You don’t want a smelly home, even if you’re a Crazy Dog Lady through and through as I am. Nobody wants that. Furthermore, it doesn’t need much work. The secret is to be vigilant and constant.


Final words on using essential oils for pet care: I’m sure a lot of you have questions about this article. Diffusing oils are highly recommended by many people to get rid of smells. Many essential oils are non-toxic to animals. Most aren’t. I have no authority to talk about this. Despite this, I do not use our oil diffuser to get rid of pet scents. Period. Furthermore, all of the oils we have—perhaps six in total—have been properly studied and shown to be safe to disperse in homes with both dogs and cats. I wanted to address it right away and simply provide the following warning: You do you, but do it carefully and with great care.


In conclusion, having a furry buddy doesn’t have to make it difficult to keep your house fresh and fragrant. You may avoid having a dog-like fragrance in your home and make it a welcoming place for you and your canine friend by taking a few easy measures and using some clever tactics.

First and foremost, thorough cleaning should be done often. Odors may be reduced by vacuuming your carpets and furniture, sweeping and wiping your hard surfaces, and regularly washing your dog’s bedding. Use odor-neutralizing cleaning solutions that are safe for pets to use in your house to efficiently eliminate odors.


Q: Can I use air fresheners or scented candles to mask dog odors?

You may use scented candles or air fresheners to give your house a nice aroma. However, it’s crucial to choose pet-safe solutions and steer clear of overpowering or artificial scents that can upset your dog’s delicate nose.

Q: How often should I bathe my dog to keep the house smelling fresh?

The number of baths your dog needs depends on his breed, coat type, and way of life. Some dogs may need to be bathed every few weeks, while others might only need it occasionally. To decide on the ideal bathing routine for your pet, speak with your veterinarian or a licensed groomer.

Q: Are there any specific cleaning products that are safe for both my dog and my home?

Yes, there are cleaning solutions for use around pets that are intended to properly eliminate smells without endangering your dog or your house. To find pet-safe goods, look for the label, or ask your veterinarian for suggestions.

Q: How can I prevent dog odors from sticking to my carpets and upholstery?

To stop canine scents from being ingrained in carpets and furniture, regular vacuuming is necessary. To properly remove pet hair and dander, think about using a vacuum cleaner made for pets or one with a HEPA filter. Professional deep cleaning or steam cleaning may also aid in getting rid of tenacious smells and stains.

Q: Are there any natural remedies for eliminating dog odors in the home?

You might try several natural treatments to get rid of dog scents. Aromas may be absorbed and neutralized with the use of baking soda, activated charcoal, or vinegar. Effective natural cures include employing vinegar-water cleaning solutions or placing bowls of baking soda in smelly places.

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