Combatting Pet Odors: Your Essential Guide For Harlem And Beyond

February 17, 2024

From hairy furniture to accident-stained carpets to everything else in between, your fluffy BFFs can leave your home smelling like a pet doggy dump, especially to houseguests.

A recent survey by Atomik Research, reports that 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 Leroy.)

Wash it

There’s no mystery here: Washing the fabrics from your pet’s favorite lounge spots helps tackle the stinky stuff.

Take all the slipcovers from your furniture and bedding (yep, pet beds, too), pet blankets, towels, etc., and give ’em a good wash every other week (sometimes more often).

Bathing the dog while the dryer runs doesn’t hurt either and good old-fashioned multi-tasking is par for the course.

Suck it up

Smells can come from pet hair and dander, so take a vacuum to all those surfaces pets love—we’re talkin’ corners of the room and deep in those couch crevices where critters love to go–then lightly spray fabrics and carpets with pet refresher to keep them fresh.

Do hardwoods or tile? Ditch the vacuum and Swiffer may or may not work, you may have to get on your hands and knees with a cleaning rag and quality non-chemical cleaner (And don’t forget about all the tumbleweeds of dog or cat hair piled up in the corners of your floors.)

Wipe them 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 – they’ll love it and you will too.

Squeegee Tip

Do you avoid wearing black unless on vacation? Does every guest leave your house looking like a yeti?

Related: The “HWM Green Book” helps you live your best life and style.

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 writes our source.

Let the freshness linger

It’s not a complete arsenal of pet odor but you’re ready to fight with these top pet-friendly picks.

Have other tips we have not listed – let us know below.

Photo credit: 1-2) HWM.

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