From hairy furniture to accident-stained carpets to everything else in between, your fluffy BFFs can leave your home smelling like a pet store, especially to houseguests. In fact, 49% of Americans say that they dread visiting homes with pets because of the stench.* Try these tips, and never blame it on the dog or cat again. (We’re looking at you, Uncle Charlie.)
There’s no mystery here: Washing the fabrics from your pet’s favorite lounge spots helps tackle the stinky culprit. Take all the slipcovers from your furniture and bedding (pet beds, too), pet blankets, towels, etc. and give ’em a good wash every other week. Giving the dog a bath while the dryer runs doesn’t hurt either.
suck it up
Smells can come from pet hair and dander, so spray fabrics and carpets with Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (it helps weigh down those “pet particles” so they’re easier to clean up) and vacuum everything—we’re talkin’ deep in those couch crevices. Got hardwoods or tile? Ditch the vacuum and go for a Swiffer Sweeper. (And don’t forget about all the tumbleweeds of dog or cat hair piled up in the corners of your floors.)
wipe their paws
Before you take your dog for a walk, leave a shallow bucket of water and a towel next to the door. When you get back, dip his paws into the water and towel-dry for a paw-print-free home.
use a squeegee
Do you avoid wearing black unless on vacation? Does every guest leave your house looking like a yeti? Grab that squeegee from the shower—it’s an easy way to scrape off all the extra fur from the couch so guests can sit pretty.
let the freshness linger
Complete your arsenal of pet odor elimination with these top pet-friendly picks.
FOR AN INSTANT BURST OF FRESHNESS, TRY:
Fabric Refresher Pet Odor Eliminator, specifically made for your dogged odor needs
FOR CONTINUOUS ODOR ELIMINATION, TRY:
A Febreze PLUG, a pluggable nose-saver with alternating scents you and your houseguests will love
SMALL SPACES, one tiny miracle-working device that provides those tight spaces (aka the kitty bathroom) with odor elimination for an entire month
And don’t forget to take it on the road: A CAR Vent Clip neutralizes any after-the-dog-park or vet-visit-anxiety-inducing-accident odors
* In a recent survey by Atomik Research