Pets provide unconditional love and enrich lives in multiple ways. However, having pets can also introduce odors into the home. It’s not just puppy accidents that can produce unpleasant smells into the environment. The good news is that there are easy ways to prevent odors from taking over the environment.
Pet-related odors are the result of bacteria and yeast growth. Unpleasant human-based odors are the result of the same bacteria and yeast process. Dogs and cats sweat through their paws and help cool themselves by panting. It’s easy to see how odors can be transmitted throughout a home with very little effort.
Keep pet beds washed and fresh. Some are washer and dryer friendly, while others need to be hand washed or air dried. Make sure that beds and toys are thoroughly dry.
Toys and Dishes
Soft toys may be able to withstand a washer and dryer. Read the instructions. Hard toys and pet dishes can be hand washed using a solution of water and baking soda. Rinse thoroughly. Some toys and dishes can also be placed in the dishwasher, but be sure to check if they’re dishwasher safe. That same solution of water and baking soda can be sprayed on machine-washable items prior to placing them in the washer.
There are a myriad of cleaners and odor neutralizers that contain specialized enzymes. They’re effective for addressing urine odors, along with stains that don’t seem to respond to other methods. Some are more effective than others and individuals may need to try several to find the one that works best for them.
An air purifier removes dust, dirt and debris from the air and they can aid in mitigating pet odors. There are air purifiers that are specifically designed to address pet odors. Ventilation is also important and simply opening a window can help dispel odors.
Regular vacuuming is essential to remove pet hair and dander that can build up and contribute to odors. Be sure to change bags and clean filters regularly. Sweep and mop hardwood floors. Consider steam cleaning carpets using an enzyme-based cleaning product.
It can be helpful to regular bathe canines or take them to a groomer for the service. It’s best to take felines to a groomer familiar with the ways in which cats can be bathed without traumatizing them. Bathing every 4 to 6 weeks is sufficient, with consideration for any health or age factors. Too frequent bathing removes essential oils from hair and is detrimental.
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