8 Way To Keep Your Home From Smelling Like A Kennel

Fresh and clean isn’t always the first way people will describe a home with a dog. Let’s face it, that wiggly-bottomed, waggy-tailed, much-loved pooch can make a mess and leave a good trail of odors that can leave your home smelling a bit like a kennel. And, in the same way we become desensitized to our own perfume after a while, many often become “nose blind” to the smell of our own homes. Still, your houseguests may notice that you have a four-legged companion at their very first whiff, before they’ve been greeted by him! 

Removing the source of any odors completely is the key to keeping your home fresh and clean in the presence of a pooch. The following tips and cleaning schedule will keep those stinky smells at bay:

1. Bathe or groom your dog regularly.

Even if your dog isn’t visibly dirty, regularly bathing him with a gentle, safe dog shampoo will keep excess dirt, oils, dander, and any odors that may be clinging to his coat from being carried throughout the house. Be careful, however, not to overwash your dog as shampooing too frequently can strip his fur of natural oils, leaving his coat dull and drying out his skin. Bathe your dog only as often as he needs it. 

Brushing and grooming can be done more often than bathing and can be just as important in terms of keeping a clean home. Brush your dog often - many dogs absolutely love being brushed and will welcome it daily! Whenever possible, brush your pup outside to prevent loose hair from finding its way into furniture and carpeting. 

Keep a paw-washing station at the back door and clean his paws when he comes inside with muddy feet. A Brushless Paw Wash makes the job quick and easy and prevents unwanted dirt and odors from being tracked throughout the house. 

2. Lint rollers are your friends.

When sharing your home with a dog, unless she’s the hairless type, dog hair on the furniture is almost unavoidable. That is, after all, why it’s called FURniture, right? To keep your home from smelling like a kennel, remove any dog hair from your home furnishings. Use a vacuum cleaner with a pet attachment or a lint roller to do away with loose dog hair at least once a week.

3. Don’t forget the floor.

Many pet parents have simply accepted that cleaning floors is a regular chore, sometimes needing to be done every single day. If your floor is carpeted, vacuum with an empty vacuum canister or bag. If your vacuum canister or bag is already full or fur or dander, turning the machine on will inevitably blow the odor into the air. A pet-safe carpet deodorizer will help to remove any ground-in pet smells and leave your home smelling fresh. 

If you’re floors are tiled, wood, or laminate, make sure that you sweep well, apply some dog-safe floor cleaner, and then mop. For touch-ups and between moppings, a Swiffer WetJet is a pet parent’s lifesaver!

4. Check your air filters.

Change your air-conditioning or furnace filters at least once a month. If you have multiple pets or one that sheds a lot, consider changing your filters bi-weekly. Not only will your home smell cleaner, but dog hair can clog an air filter and break your A/C quicker than you might think.

5. Make use of disinfectants.

Many odors are caused by bacteria. Try to remove surface bacteria where odors linger using high-quality sanitizing cleaners that kill more than 99% of germs. Check your labels, though - make sure your cleaning products are safe for curious tongues and noses!

6. Don’t just mask odors, eliminate them!

Forget the standard spray air fresheners that just cover the smell up in favor of those that eliminate odors, like Febreze. Or, look for odor eliminating candles that are both beautiful and soothing to look at and destroy pet odors in the air.

7. Get rid of urine odors.

If your pup has an accident inside, clean the area thoroughly using an enzymatic cleanerdesigned especially for pet odors. Not only will these cleaners target the odor, they’ll destroy any pheromones or molecules left behind that might entice your pup to “go” in that same spot again.

8. Don’t forget their bedding.

When shopping for your pet’s beds, always opt for those with removable covers that can be thrown in the laundry. At least twice a month, remove all of your dog’s bedding, including any pillows, blankets, or fabric/washable toys, and run a load in the washer. A good rule of thumb is to wash the dog’s bedding every time you wash your own. 

Share your own tips for keeping your home smelling fresh and clean with a comment below! 

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