How to Get Rid of Pet Odor in The House: 10 Easiest Ways
You want to invite all your friends to a home dinner this weekend, but your house smells awful. Your pet has probably been making some of its messes all around – and you can’t find where.
But this isn’t the first time this happened. It has been happening so often that you’re annoyed.
Well, no need to stress out about it. Here, we’re going to help you learn how to get rid of pet odor in the house.
Everything has a solution, right? Well, removing the awful pet smell from your home is not impossible, either.
Want to know how you can do this? Then head in and learn!
10 Easiest Ways to Get Rid of Pet Odor in The House
1. Locate your Pet Messes
First and foremost – locate where your pet’s messes (pee or poop) are. If you have a big house, you may find these in closets and/or bathrooms. Sometimes, even under the bed and other furniture.
Look around; use a flashlight and your nose. Try to find where those messes are. And you may end up getting rid of the smell once and for all.
There’s an effective method you can do for this:
(i) Blacklight Method
It is simple to do and doesn’t require much effort. Here’s how to proceed:
- First, you need to get a blacklight or UV light.
- Then safety gloves so you don’t get blinded by it. And then turn off all the lights.
- With all lights out, you can start looking for those messes with the UV light. It will highlight pee and poo in the obscurity thanks to the fluorescent light.
- Then you can mark the places where you find poop or pee with a marker or adhesive tape. Find all the spots with messes around – then start cleaning them out.
This process is especially useful in places with carpets and lots of furniture. If you can find the messes by just looking, then this process will make it a piece of cake.
2. Vacuum All-Around
In case the smells are not only the big frequent messes pets make, then you can vacuum all around for a deep clean later.
Vacuuming will help get rid of both the urine and the excrement you find. It will also get rid of the extra lint and/or residues that pets leave around.
You can start vacuuming standard hard floors. Then you can proceed with the carpets. Don’t forget about the furniture. Finish in the bathrooms and closets.
Use all the attachments of the vacuum possible. This will get rid of all the messes and/or residues with ease.
3. Clean the Floors
Vacuuming will get rid of most of the messes from your pet. But it won’t clean the floor deeply as you need.
That’s why you must also grab a broom and start sweeping around. Get rid of all the dust and other residues on the floor – hair, lint, etc. Make sure there’s nothing left.
Once you get all the dust and other pet residues off, you can start moping.
(i) Mop Around
Moping your house may feel like too much of a bother, especially after you’ve already vacuumed. But it is critical if you want to get rid of the odor.
That’s why we recommend getting a microfiber cloth, damp it in vinegar and water, and then start moping around. You may also use a robust hard floor cleaner that gets rid of the debris and other particles that are tricky to clean. Mix it with the vinegar and water in a bucket.
Damp the mop with the solution and then use it around softly, but do it well. Cover all the floors at home and make sure there’s nothing left behind. Start with the corners and small spaces. Then get the rest of the floor space mopped.
Once you’ve cleaned everything with the mop, then you can repeat it. Clean all the places you found your pet’s messes at.
(ii) Get an Enzyme Cleaner
Mopping should get rid of most of the odors. But it doesn’t dig deep into the floor like an enzyme cleaner will – especially if it is an absorbent floor material.
This is how you use an enzyme cleaner:
- To use an enzyme cleaner correctly, you just need to spray some of it wherever you found the pee or poop before.
- You will need to leave the cleaner for about 30 minutes to dry. This will get deep into the residues and get everything off.
An enzyme cleaner is an ideal option if you want to eliminate traces from pee or poop around. And it works even better than a mop. It just needs a little more time to work – so it is perfect after you’ve mopped.
(iii) Use Vinegar on Stains
In case a hard mopping and an enzyme cleaner don’t get rid of the traces and stains behind, then you can always use vinegar.
Don’t mix it with a single thing. Just pour vinegar wherever there’s a stain or trace, and then it should clean fast. A brush or sponge along with the vinegar will surely get rid of anything left on the floor by now.
4. Clean the Carpets
After cleaning the floors, you’re ready to proceed with the carpets (if any).
This is slightly more difficult, of course. Yet, it is even more critical than cleaning hard floors. Carpets absorb smells way better than any hard floor in your home – so you need to clean them without fault.
Here are a few methods to do this:
(i) Powdered Cleaner
A powdered cleaner gets deep into the strands of the carpets and absorbs all the smells and stains. It is not 100% effective, but after leaving it for about 30 minutes on any place with stains and/or smells, then it can clean most of it.
Just vacuum the place where you poured the powdered, and that should be enough. You should see no stain or smell anything anymore.
(ii) Carpet Shampooer
In case the powdered cleaner doesn’t seem like the right choice, or it just didn’t work as you expected – then a carpet shampooer maybe your best alternative.
Most of these carpet shampooers are just cleaning devices that attack stains and smells in the carpet without causing damage. You can pour some water inside along with a cleaning liquid. Then, turn the machine on, and it will vacuum around to clean.
This should get rid of any grime, dust, or pet’s residues behind. You should leave the carpet to dry for at least 24 hours afterward.
(iii) Steam Clean
In case you want to take the cleaning further, you can always use a steamer.
Of course, a steamer is not something everyone has at home. So if you don’t have one, don’t buy anything. Just skip this step. But if you have a steamer or still want to buy one – then don’t dismiss this excellent cleaning method.
The advantage of steam over all other carpet-cleaning processes is the capacity to get deep into the carpet strands. It doesn’t make a superficial cleaning, the warm temperature with moist cleaning solution get deep into the carpet as no other method does.
You can always use a cleaning solution along with the steamer. We usually recommend detergent. But if you want to take it a step further – then use vinegar.
Whatever was stuck in your carpet from fecal matter to lint, pet hair, and even dry urine – it will all get out with a steamer.
Just remember to start from the corners, then clean everything around. Remove furniture if needed. And make sure to clean every single space your pet could use as a bathroom.
This process should be enough to get even the thickest carpet to be smell and stain free. If you need to repeat it to remove difficult stains – then don’t hold back.
5. Clean the Furniture
Cleaning your floors and carpets is probably enough. But sometimes, the problem is not there – but in the furniture. So you’ll have to clean every piece of furniture as well. Especially if you found a huge mess, then it is even more important to do so.
Here are two methods to do this:
(i) Brush Method
If there’s a special mess left by the pet in your furniture, then a brush is probably your best idea.
- You just need to get a brush (soft preferably), and a cleaning solution. Detergent or dish soap is often enough. But you can also use vinegar and warm water if necessary.
- Damp the brush on the solution and then start brushing the pieces of furniture. This works wonders for those places where you found complicated messes that need some wiping off.
- To make sure your furniture doesn’t grow mildew or eventually wears off after cleaning, make sure to dry clean everything thoroughly. You can always use fans directly into the furniture pieces – or leave outdoors if there’s enough sun.
This will be enough to get rid of stains and other surface effects of the pet’s residues.
(ii) Cloth Method
In case you want to clean even more deeply after using a brush, then the damp cloth method is your best option.
The advantage of a cloth over a brush is that you can absorb any liquid and/or residues directly. But you need some detergent or a cleaning solution for this to work well.
Follow these steps:
- Soak the cloth with a solution, use vinegar and/or detergent. You can always use dish soap as well.
- Then wipe the surface of the piece of furniture as much as you can. Get rid of those stains and/or residues.
- Once you’ve wiped out the furniture, then you can proceed to clean the extra moisture with a dry cloth. It should be soft and lint-free, so it doesn’t cause damage or dirties up the furniture.
- For furniture with fragile fabrics like leather and silk, you may always dilute the cleaner with water. If it is vinegar, add two times more water. And if it is a cleaner dilute half and half.
- Then clean the furniture using the same method but super softly.
- Finish by drying up the surface with a dry cloth. You may also use fans and/or air dryer.
6. Bath your Pet
After cleaning the floors and furniture, then you’re ready to bath the pet.
Sometimes, the source of the smells is not necessarily a mess that the pet left around. Sometimes it is the pet itself that smells.
This process is easy, and you’ve probably done it already several times. But it is crucial to remember doing it again – especially if you haven’t done it in a long time.
To bath a pet properly, you can follow these steps:
- Find a shampoo that your pet can handle. Make sure it is useful for your pet’s skin as well as safe for its skin.
- If it is a big-eared animal, then plug its ears with cotton balls (if possible). Also, consider putting a cover around its mouth or face to keep it from biting. Some people even use pet socks to cover their paws (to prevent scratches.
- Once you have the shampoo ready, then you can proceed to start washing. We recommend soaking your pet in water before using any shampoo. The whole coat of the animal should be utterly wet – as if you were using shampoo on yourself.
- Then slowly pour some shampoo on its coat. Apply a little on its body going from its neck to its back and tail (if any). Then slowly and gently massage the pet’s fur, trying to create bubbles from the shampoo. It should cover the entire coat of the animal.
- After covering the fur of the animal in shampoo, then you need to leave it resting with the shampoo on for a few minutes. Usually, 2 minutes is enough to get rid of any odor.
- Proceed to rinse the animal’s coat with water. Get rid of all the shampoo and check that it looks better and smells well. If you feel like it needs further washing, then add a second layer of shampoo and repeat the same process.
- Finish by drying the animal’s fur with a cloth towel. Then use an air dryer if possible. This will leave the animal spongy and smelling nice.
Remember, washing your pet doesn’t have to be a difficult job. You can always have fun and, at the same time, ensure that you’re treating your pet right. Some animals actually enjoy the bath – so make sure yours is one of them.
7. Clean the Pet’s Place
When we refer to the pet’s place, we refer to wherever the pet goes to sleep and/or live its life.
If you have a dog, this is probably its bed or dog house. And if you have a cat, this is perhaps a plushy cushion. For rats, hamsters, rabbits, mice, and similar animals, you probably have a crate or cage.
Whatever you chose for your pet, make sure it is clean. You can do this step even before cleaning your pet if you feel like it – so you can prevent it from getting dirty after washing it. Yet, you can proceed; however, you prefer.
Here are three ways to do so according to the type of place you have for the pet:
(i) Wash Its Bed
If you have a dog or cat or even any other animal with a bed – then this is the method for you. You may also have a bed along with crates, cages, etc. so you may need to do this one as well as the other methods.
The importance of cleaning the bed is that sometimes pets leave food and some of its residues on it. From hair to grass, water, excrement, urine, and more – and these residues eventually leave stains that can cause awful odors. So it is crucial to clean deeply.
To clean a bed properly, we recommend following these steps:
- If it is a simple piece of cushion with a cover, you can get the cover in the washer machine, and that’s it.
- But if the bed is somewhat trickier, then you need to come up with a cleaning solution. Use baking soda and a super-mild detergent or something diluted in water.
- The baking soda is for the stuffing and/or the inner part of the bed. You can clean the cover or rest of the bed with the detergent.
- In case there’s something stuck and/or stubborn to get rid of, you can always use the brush method. Using the same cleaning solution, just wipe the surface of the bed until the stain, dirt, or whatever it has, gets off.
- For those who want to get deep into the bed’s dirt and smell, it is always possible to soak the cover and stuffing in water for a few hours. Use the same cleaning solution. This should clean even more deeply.
- Finish by leaving it to dry in a sunny place. If you soaked the stuffing or inner part of the bed, then this may take at least 5 hours.
It is super important that you use mild detergents and baking soda only. While vinegar can be pretty effective at getting rid of odors and/or stains – it may eventually become annoying for your pet’s nose. Vinegar has a strong smell that not all animals can handle – so dismiss this step.
(ii) Cleaning Crates
Cleaning a crate is not an easy process either. In fact, you may find crate-cleaning the hardest thing on the list.
But that’s why it is absolutely essential. Crates often have hairs all around. You may also find dirt and debris. Sometimes, depending on the animal, you may discover fecal matter and worse.
But don’t worry – it is not that hard. You just need to free up about 1 or 2 hours from your time to do this. Then, you can proceed with these steps:
- Start by taking the crate outdoors. Find a brush and a mop. Then make sure you have a hose around so you can soak up the crate before cleaning.
- Open the hose and spray the crate with maximum pressure. Make sure the water goes out strongly, so it removes the superficial residues.
- Then mix vinegar with water. You may also use dish soap or general detergent. Spray the solution all around the crate – then leave it to rest for about 30 minutes.
- You can start cleaning all the residues now. They should come right off with the brush. From fur to fecal matter and whatever your pet leaves behind – this should get rid of everything. Finish by spraying the crate with the hose at maximum pressure once again.
- Now leave the crate outside to dry for a few hours. Meanwhile, you can grab the mop and start cleaning the place where it was. Use the same solution for cleaning the crate on the floor – this should clean it properly.
You may always use buckets instead of a garden hose if necessary. However, for the best result, use a high-pressure hose or machine – that should clean up the crate even better.
(iii) Clean Cage
For those who have a cage that they can’t be moved, the cleaning process is slightly more complicated – especially if the cage is indoors.
But don’t worry – it is still possible. It doesn’t matter whether the cage is for a cat, dog, mice, rat, ferret, rabbit, or whatever. Even if the cage has bedding – you won’t have to worry.
This is how you should proceed:
- Start by removing the pet from the cage. Make sure it is nowhere near, especially if it is a fragile animal like a rabbit or guinea pig.
- Remove everything else as well. From the bedding to the toys, water reservoir, food basin, etc. get everything out.
- Now, with the cage empty, you can proceed to prepare the cleaning solution. Here, we recommend an ammonia-free soap or detergent. Don’t use bleach or vinegar. And for the best results, go for something safe on animals – a pet shop may have an ideal pet-safe solution you can use.
- Then, you can start cleaning the cage from the inside. Use a soft-brittle brush soaked in the cleaning mix. This should help get rid of the residues and other things stuck in the cage fast.
- Once you’ve brushed off everything the first time, then you need to soak the cage. Here, you can use a hose if it is outdoors. Otherwise, you need to rinse with a damp cloth. Get a bucket with the cleaning solution and start rinsing the cage off residues with the soaked towel.
- Now you need to clean the bedding (if it is fabric-made). Here, we recommend using the same detergent/soap for the cage but without mixing it with water. Then clean it with the brush until stains and other residues get off. If the bedding can be replaced, then do so.
- Clean everything else as well. Use the brush and towel. Don’t use chemically-made products on the water reservoir or feeding tray to prevent causing any damage to the animal.
- Finish by letting everything dry. After 1 or 2 hours, you can then proceed to get everything right back inside the cage.
Remember that cages are often indoors. If this is the case for you – then be extra careful when rinsing and using chemicals.
For fragile animals, you need to take even more care as not to cause them damage by mistake. Use the mildest products you can.
8. Wash Your Pet’s Toys
One of the last things you can do to get rid of pet odor at home is to wash its toys.
You may don’t think it’s possible, but pet toys usually have all kinds of saliva with food residues, dirt, grime, and a wide array of other smelly things. And sure enough, that could cause an entire room at home to smell bad.
Luckily, most pet’s toys are a piece of cake to clean. If you have a cat, we’re probably talking about a small cotton ball. You can clean it easily by just soaking in water with mild detergent and leave it for a few minutes.
For plastic toys, the process is even easier. Just mix some soap with water and use a brush to get saliva and other residues off.
Some toys can even be put in the washing machine. Don’t let that option go out of your mind either.
You can do whatever you want as long as the toy can handle it. Most of the time, the toy will be strong enough to withstand the cleaning with no problems.
9. Remodel the House (Walls and Furniture)
Last but not least – consider remodeling your house. If everything still smells awful even after going over all the previous methods, then you may need some remodeling.
Yes, you heard it right – we’re not joking. Remodeling will be the perfect way to get rid of the stuff that you can’t clean or save from the smell.
But it is not necessary to re-do your house. It’s only about removing the things that are too difficult to recover, such as furniture and wall covers. We refer to those things that after cleaning deeply, still hold some of the smell.
Here, you can consider the following tips:
- Prime and paint your walls. Use odor-sealant paint and a reliable primer. This should seal the wall completely. In case your dog pees on it, the pee won’t get inside and cause the strange smell you hate.
- If your house has drywall, tend you need to strip it down. Then install new drywall accordingly. Re-paint it if required. Use odor-sealant paint as well.
- Then you need to consider painting trims, baseboards, ceilings, and probably even wooden floors — any part that could have dried up with the fecal matter. If you can get rid of it and install a new one – then that’s even better. Consider using odor-sealant paint as well, including some primer, if possible.
This should leave your house smelling like paint. So you shouldn’t have any problems with bad odor anymore.
10. Prevent Smells in the First Place
After learning about the many different methods you can use to get rid of the pet’s smell at home – you’re probably exhausted. Well, you’re going to be even more exhausted when doing it.
So, why not prevent these smells in the first place? Well, here are a few things you can consider for that:
(i) Open All Windows
One of the reasons your house may smell awful inside is that you don’t have any ventilation. If your walls, floors, and objects can’t breathe and the smell can’t get out – then it will all stink.
That’s why you need to open windows (as long as the weather makes it possible). Even the littlest of breeze can ventilate the smell out of the house and keep it from impregnating your stuff. So don’t overlook this if you want to prevent awful smells – even in winter.
(ii) Use a Deodorizer
Deodorizers are fantastic when it comes to preventing smells. In fact, they are made precisely for that – keeping odors away.
If you get a pet deodorizer, then you’ll be set to keep your house smelling amazing for long. You can buy one with any smell you prefer. Or you could eventually make your own using vinegar, baking soda, water and any essence you like (vanilla, lemon, lavender, roses, etc.)
For those who want to make their own deodorizer, follow these steps:
- Grab a bottle you want to use to make the solution. Pour about 1/3 of vinegar, 1/3 of water, 1/4 of baking soda, and then the rest with the essence you chose.
- Close the bottle and then mix the solution inside. Shake until you see some bubbles from the baking soda.
- Now you’re ready to use the solution to keep smells away. The strength of the vinegar, along with the baking soda and the delicious aroma of the essence, will get rid of any odor. And it is super affordable.
Remember that you should use deodorizers at least once per day to keep your house smelling nice. Even if there aren’t any smells to get rid of – deodorizers stay in furniture and floors for long. So spray them up!
(iii) Use a Freshener
Similar to a deodorizer, a freshener keeps odors away. Fresheners, in contrast with deodorizers, will stay in the room for a few hours up to an entire day. Their sole purpose is to impregnate the house with its smell – keeping the house smelling fresh.
There are various versions to choose from – each one with its own smell. You may find citrus, vanilla, lavender, and more.
In case you want to make your own freshener, do this:
- Grab a pan or pot at home. Fill about half with water. Then pour some essences like vanilla, lavender, roses, or whatever. You may also get some citrus peels on it – like orange, lemon, pineapple, and others.
- Once you have the bowl with the essences ready, then you can start boiling it. As soon as the water starts boiling, you need to grab the pan or pot and then travel around the house with it. This will infuse your home with the smells.
In case you want to leave the homemade freshener leaving the smells for long, then you can always set up liquid candles with the same solution. This will make your house smell amazing for several hours or even days.
(iv) Use an Air Purifier
Few methods are as effective as an air purifier. There are various versions to go for, though. But you can do this with a simple HEPA purifier.
This is an electric machine that suctions the air at home, traps all unwanted particles like dander, pet, hair, and others. Then it pushes the air out as well without these particles, purifying your home.
The process is so effective that it ends up getting rid of most of the smells. But of course, you’ll have to pick something large enough for the rooms you’re using them at.
Make sure you get a model with enough capacity and size to fill your house with purified air.
(v) Clean Your Home Regularly
Want the best solutions for preventing smell? Simple – clean your home at least twice a month.
That will be enough to get rid of most smells. But we don’t mean sweeping the floor or mopping. We mean actually cleaning deeply – like furniture, floors, rugs, kitchen, pet’s bed, cage, crates, beds, covers, etc.
Make sure there’s no chance for the fecal matter (if any) to dry up. And at the same time, preventing any smell from impregnating into your house walls, floors, or objects.
Cleaning your house consistently will keep it smelling fresh and free of unwanted odors.
(vi) Wash the Pet’s Accessories Consistently
Your pet is maybe not as dirty as you think, but its accessories may be. That’s why you should clean everything the pet uses to play, sleep, or even eat consistently. Make sure there’s no chance for the pet to get smelly.
Clean dishes, clean trays, water bowls, beds, litters, toys, collars, leashes, clean everything. This will help ensure that your pet stays clean for long – and free of any smell.
(vii) Groom and Wash Your Pet
Something else you need to do regularly? Easy – grooming and washing.
Your pet doesn’t have the same self-awareness as you do. So it doesn’t know when it smells awful or when it doesn’t. In fact, we can safely say that it prefers smelling terrible than smelling nice.
That’s why you should keep it groomed, brushing its fur every day if possible. Or else, do it at least twice a week.
Wash your pet once a week as well. If it is a cat or an animal that washes itself, then you can bath twice per month. Focus on their paws, chest, belly, and mouth. These are the parts that get smellier in pets.
At the same time, don’t let infections, skin issues, wounds, or any other physical thing to escalate. Cure and protect as much as possible – they could also produce awful odors over time. If necessary, get your pet to the veterinary.
As long as you keep your pet clean and sanitized, you shouldn’t experience any awkward smell at home.
(viii) Cover Furniture
From beds to sofas, chairs, lounges, and couches – everything should be covered in a protective fabric. If your pet tends to get into your furniture, then it’s likely that its smell will impregnate the stuff it gets over.
That’s why covering the furniture with something protective like a polyester or nylon fabric can be your best idea. In case these materials feel a little too rough on your skin, then you may use microfiber and cotton-made covers.
This will prevent your furniture from staining, retaining hair, pores, lint, and overall smells. Once the cover doesn’t smell well, then you can wash it and put it on once again later.
(ix) Clean Dog Accidents Right Away
Last but not least, you need to clean all your dog’s messes as soon as they happen. Whether it is feces, urine, vomit, or whatever – make sure you clean it within the first 30 minutes.
This will prevent the mess from drying up and impregnating the room. For cleaning, you can use detergent, enzyme cleaners, soap, and vinegar. Follow our aforementioned cleaning methods for a better experience.
Get Rid of Pet Odor in House Now!
So, does your house smell awful? Then don’t hesitate and put these cleaning methods into work.
You won’t believe how effective they at getting rid of those annoying odors. Especially if you consider the ones that best match your needs – then you can clean even more effectively without wasting any time or effort.
Did you learn how to get rid of pet odor in the house? Try these methods now then. You won’t regret it!