Pet parents need to take extra care when we use cleaners and odor control products in our homes. Using homemade products is a great way to ensure our pets are not accidentally exposed to any harmful chemicals. Besides which, homemade is usually cheaper.
Undiluted white vinegar can work to neutralize odors caused by pets, like a litterbox or wet dog, according to EcoLife. Just fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spritz it in the air throughout your home. You may have to spray the solution more than once to completely eliminate all odors.
Many homemade odor-busting recipes include baking soda. So, it is no surprise that EcoLife also suggests using baking soda in a spray. To turn the powder into a spray, add about 1/4 cup of baking soda to a standard-sized spray bottle, usually between 28 and 32 ounces. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.
If the source of the pet odor in your home is your carpet, there are some easy, and cheap, homemade odor busters that can help you get rid of the stink right at the source. Start by sprinkling baking soda over your entire rug. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes, then vacuum. For strong areas of odor, like “accident” sites, soak the area with a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and water. Dab the liquid up and cover the area with baking soda. When the area is dry, vacuum up the baking soda.
If you prefer a spray with fragrance, you can add a couple of drops of essential oil to your baking soda or vinegar air mists. Be careful not to add too much. An overpowering scent can irritate pet and human sinuses. Start by adding one or two drops of oil and test the spray. If it is not strong enough, add one more drop at a time. Pet owners with small or sensitive animals, like birds, should skip the fragrance altogether.
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