Do you find that your dog is smelling a little less than fresh lately? Dogs always have that “doggy” smell about them, especially when wet, but sometimes the scent can be begin to signal that there is a health problem. If you feel that your dog’s smell is not quite right, then make sure you take him to the vet ASAP. If he has the all-clear, why not try one of these natural dog odor eliminator methods?
It is so easy to make your own homemade pet odor eliminators. There is no need to spend lots of money on washes, creams and lotions from the pet store. Check out these simple methods that will show you how to get rid of dog smell in houses.
Before you get cracking on these recipes, the first thing is to make sure you have all your grooming tools in order. The first item to ensuring your natural pet odor eliminator tricks are going to work is to get a good quality pet hair brush that will remove loose hair and fur from the coat, as well as distribute natural oils.
3 Natural Pet Odor Eliminator Ideas
One of the best things about using natural solutions to combat pet odor is that you usually have most of the ingredients in your cupboard or if you do need to buy some, they are not going to break the bank!
1. The Vinegar Solution
Vinegar is an excellent way to counter bad smells. Not only does it neutralize odors, it disinfects at the same time.
You can use a vinegar solution to wipe down surfaces in your home and you can actually use it directly on your dog.
- Baking Soda
- Mix equal amounts of the ingredients together. The baking soda will fizz so take care that is doesn’t spill over.
- Spray it on areas that smell or need a good clean. You can is even use it on urine stains and it will remove the smell. Spray it liberally onto the urine to dilute it and then use clean paper towels to dab the area dry.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is safe to use in small amounts, so you can be comfortable using it around the home with your pets. It is perfect as a natural odor neutralizer.
Like vinegar, it disinfects while taking care of odors. It can even lift stains, however, always do a small patch test before using it on larger areas.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dish washing liquid
- Mix the two ingredients together.
- Apply it to smelly areas or stains. You can leave it on for a few minutes before scrubbing to lift the dirt.
- Leave it to dry and vacuum afterward to pick up dirt particles.
3. Sweet Citrus Cleaner
This one takes a little longer to be ready to use, but it is such a great way to make your own natural cleaner that smells amazing.
- Brown sugar
- Lemon and orange peels
- Put the ingredients into a container with a lid.
- The sugar will start reacting with the peels when you leave the mixture for a few weeks. The reaction can cause pressure to build up so leave the cover slightly loose otherwise your bottle or container may explode. Leave the mixture to “brew” for about three months.
- To clean, apply a little solution, scrub with a brush and blot with a paper towel. You’ll be left with a lovely fresh fragrance too!
BONUS: Go Straight To The Source!
Remember every smell has a source. If you can find it, you can eliminate it. And yes, your pet—as the most powerful odor source—can also smell better:
- Wash and sun-dry your dog’s bedding regularly.
- Brush your dog’s fur to remove the dead hair, skin and dirt that carries smells.
- Keep your dog’s ears clean and free from yeast infections or mites.
And there are many natural home remedies that are safe to use on dogs as well:
- Lift smells out of fur by rubbing it with some baking soda.
- Add some vinegar or lemon juice to your dog’s bath water. Its coat will smell fresh and get disinfected.
So there you have it. Three natural pet odor eliminator tips that you can quickly whip up anytime.
Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have any tricks of your own? Please leave a comment on our page and help others find solutions too!
No, you don’t have to use harmful chemicals to deal with unwanted pet odors. Your home has many natural products that can help you counter bad smells. Read here to learn more.