I have owned a puppy for 4-5 months now, which isn’t very long, but I have learned a lot. For a while, when close friends came over, they mentioned that they could smell we had a dog. I was not very pleased to hear that, so I tried very hard to fix it. I tried candles, baking soda, and all sorts of other things, but I finally found a process that works. One day my friends came over and told me that my house smelled wonderful, and they couldn’t tell that I had a dog. I was very excited to hear that!!! Here are several of the different ways I found that work.
1.Wash the blankets. If you are anything like my family, you have a lot of blankets. I keep two blankets on my couch and one blanket in the dog’s kennel. The kennel is inside our house and stays in the dining room (we don’t yet have a table so that room is empty). Having the dog stay inside all the time really smells. The first step in getting the smell out of the house is washing all of the blankets. This needs to be done every 1-2 weeks. One way to do it is to sniff them occasionally, if you think you smell something faint, wash it. We tend to go nose blind, so if you can smell it, your guests definitely can! You can’t just Febreze the blankets, they need to be washed to get the pet dander out. Even if you don’t let your pet on the blankets, they can absorb dander from the air over time.
2.Baking soda. This is super effective!!! We had a trash can that was ruined with dog urine. The smell would not leave! It was one of the biggest reasons our house smelled so bad! I put a lot of baking soda in it and let it sit. It did not seem to be working. I forgot about it, and about a month later, I noticed that the smell had disappeared! Yes, it took forever, but it was well worth it! Don’t be stingy with your baking soda, you can find some at Aldies for about $0.50. Baking soda absorbs the smell from practically anything. I sprinkled my rug with it, put it in my worst trash cans, and even put it in the corners of my bath room!
3. Wash the dog(s). This is definitely my least favorite and the hardest to do, but we all know it to be true that doggies need baths too. It helps with fleas, shedding, and smell. I have to wash my dog around every 2 weeks in order to keep him fresh and clean. I always try to wait till 3-4 weeks, but that just doesn’t seem to cut it.
4. Sweep and mop. This may sound weird, but dog fur is everywhere! Sweeping the dog(s) most frequent spots a little more often than normal can help a lot. I sweep my dining room every other day. You can not imagine how much fur and dander I sweep up in just 1 minute. It is well worth it to keep these areas swept. If not, their dander and fur can get stirred up into the air, and you will breath it in. Also, here is a way to save money by refilling your Swiffer WetJet. I have a blog post about it here-
5. Coffee. This one may sound crazy, but it works like baking soda. It absorbs foul odors, but, unlike baking soda, it (for a while) releases its own pleasant aroma. You could leave it in bags like you might baking soda, but I found that my favorite way to use it is to put used coffee grounds in my indoor plants. It absorbs odors and is also a recommended fertilizer for your plants. It is really convenient to empty our Keurig pouches into my plants every once in a while. I don’t quite have enough dirt in my pots because I couldn’t really justify the price of buying dirt, so it is really helpful to my plants to use these coffee grounds as dirt. It helps with the smell and my dirt problems!
6. Move the dog food. We moved our dog food a few feet over from where it originally was. It is now in a further corner of the room. This helped much more than I thought it would. Dog food itself smells bad. It is important not to leave it in front of a vent or fan that would move its fumes throughout the house. Keeping the dog food closed or sealed can help keep the area around it from smelling too much.
7. Wash the couch. This is more of a drastic measure that may only have been necessary for us. This was my first step in removing the odor. To me, the couch didn’t smell bad, but I did know it needed a bath. I sprayed resolve foam all over it and dabbed it off per the instructions. It was much easier than I thought, and I believe that it was a big help. I did not notice a difference, but my friends did. When we first got Marcus (our dog) he was 8 weeks old. My friend had found him under a bridge. He had 2 types of worms and pneumonia. He became very very ill. We almost lost him many times. He threw up and peed every where. He was very weak and could not move much, and had never been house trained. We couldn’t really get on to him for all of the messes he made on the couch. It was an old couch, and I thought I would be able to replace it by now. Needless to say, cleaning the couch was a very big part of us getting our house fresh, but it may not be necessary for you.
*Note: I know my dog looks really upset in every photo, I promise it is just the way he is colored. He is a very happy and well-treated dog.