While my sense of odor isn’t really anything like a dog’s, it is perhaps more eager than many other people’s– which’s both excellent and bad. On the bad side, I cannot abide strong, offending smells (including those that originate from sharing my life with pets). On the good side, my nose helps me with my work, considering that determining smells is one of a veterinarian’s best diagnostic tools.
How To Eliminate Pet Odor
I do not own my own veterinary practice any longer, however I still like to work as a veterinarian when I’m not being one in the media. The two practices where I work when I can (North Idaho Animal Hospital and Lakewood Animal Hospital) are as dedicated as I am to what I call a “odor neutral” environment: fresh, tidy health centers that smell neither like animal odors nor like cleaning items.
Make Your Home “Smell Neutral”
It probably will not surprise you that my other half and I work hard to make sure our home is likewise “smell neutral.” Throughout the years, I’ve picked up a lot of techniques and cleaned up a lot of messes, and given that I know pet mess in basic is the top grievance of family pet fans, I want to share the secrets of a smell-conscious veterinarian. While items may vary– I am always on the lookout for better, more efficient and quicker methods to “keep it clean”– the actions to an odor-free home when you live with pets remain the very same.
How many times have you took a look at an open house or uninhabited house and understood that animal fans lived there prior to you dropped in? Although the location might be empty, the carpets thoroughly vacuumed and without family pet hair, the smell remains– and absolutely nothing you can spray in the air will bypass it for long. But I’ve also been in homes where you cannot inform family pets remained in the family. The difference in many cases is time. When an animal makes a mess, time is not on your side. Do not overlook the everyday tasks: When your feline uses the box or your dog goes in the lawn, scoop and toss right now.
Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Pet Odor-Free
Assemble your supplies. You’ll constantly want to have an enzymatic cleaner on hand. Purchase a big bottle if you have an extremely young pet– or an old one– since accidents happen. The enzymes in these cleaners attack the elements of animal waste, neutralizing odors along the way (but make certain to follow the directions to avoid any damage to rugs or carpets). You’ll also desire bleach (water down one half cup of bleach to a gallon of water; it’s a great disinfectant) to tidy up wet messes, and baby wipes to clean down your family pet. Considering that pet smells begin with family pets themselves, make sure you have pet shampoo, both routine and no-water ranges (your veterinarian can advise a good one). Save battered towels for family pet task, and have other routine cleansing tools on hand. I like those created with animal mess in mind, such as Swiffer-type floor cleaners, and vacuums and spot-scrubbers, such as those made by Bissell.
Get into a clean regimen. Regular cleansing, especially of areas where your family pet prefers to spend most of his time, will keep smells from developing and digging in. Wash family pet bed linen often (weekly is ideal), and sweep, Swiffer or vacuum a few times a week or more. Bathing your dog weekly– yes, I said weekly– with a hair shampoo formulated for family pets will not just keep him cleaner and better smelling however it may also assist with some skin problems. Keeping long-haired family pets cut short will decrease the volume of shed fur and offer less haven for smells. For in-between clean, swipe your family pet with a baby wipe. (Bonus: This might help your very own allergic reactions too.) And don’t forget to make time for a regular deep cleansing. Work with someone or rent power equipment, but act deep and get it really tidy.
Do not wait on mess to dig in. The longer a family pet mess sits, the harder it will be to entirely eliminate the odor. Get on it right away: Pick up what you can, blot off the liquid components, then get the enzymatic cleaner working. If you cannot clean immediately, spray water to keep the issue area moist. Considering that you want the enzymatic cleaner to have its best possibility, use as directed (always, always check out directions!), and then keep the area moist longer by covering carpet with plastic wrap and putting a heavy book over the spot. Make a schedule for routine, preventive cleaning to help prevent the buildup of mess and odors.
Getting Past the Smell of Cleaners
With the right tools and the right cleaning items, the family pet smells you’re waging war on will quickly be waving the white flag of surrender (up until next time, that is). Now, how to eliminate the smell of cleaners? Rinse, rinse and wash some more. Water takes whatever away, both the remains of the mess and the products that beat it. Run your rags through the washer and toss one-use products, such as electrostatic wipes, in the trash. What’s that smell? Absolutely nothing!
In our household, we would not trade our animals for a clean home no matter how much you gave us. But thankfully, using the techniques of the veterinary trade, we do not need to. And you don’t either.