Tips for reducing the odors created by pets in the home:
How To Reduce Pet Odor #1: Deodorizing/Air Freshening Room Spray:
To 300 mls of distilled water, add 5 drops of the following essential oils : Tea Tree, Cedarwood and Thyme. Pour into a spray bottle and spray liberally around the home. This is a great way to reduce pet odor without chemical smells produce by typical sprays. Tea tree oil is a naturally antibacterial agent, that helps to remove bad smelling bacteria.
How To Reduce Pet Odor #2: Neutralizing/Deodorizing and Cleaning Carpets:
The presence of domestic household pets can definitely cause carpets to become stale smelling and sometimes this odor can linger. Sprinkling baking soda onto your carpet once or twice per month and then vacuuming it up will keep the carpet free from odors and smelling fresh. Do use baking soda rather than baking powder. Both are used in cooking as raising agents, the difference being that baking powder already has cream of tartar and other agents added to it, so is not quite as good as neutralizing carpet smells as the baking soda.
A further use for the deodorizing and neutralizing effects of baking soda is in the event of a pet (cat or dog) urinating on a carpet. It’s always best to start by soaking up as much of the urine as possible with kitchen towels. Press as hard as possible and keep changing the kitchen towel – you’d be amazed at how much of the liquid you can absorb from the carpet. Then mix together water and white vinegar in a 50/50 ratio and carefully apply to the area with a sponge or cloth. Wait for it to dry, then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Mix together 100 mls of hydrogen peroxide with a small squeeze of washing up liquid and apply to the area with a washing up brush (throw it away afterwards of course!) until the baking soda has dissolved and the area has been adequately brushed and massaged so that the root of the carpet has been reached. When the area has dried out, vacuum thoroughly.
How To Reduce Pet Odor #3: Controling Litter Trays
Litter trays can sometimes produce unpleasant odors. Obviously regular washing is essential, it’s a little known trick but adding borax to the litter significantly reduces smells.