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How To Get Pet Smell Out of Your House


Your beloved four legged friend may be adorable, but the stinky smells they can leave behind are less cute. Here's how to keep your home fresh and pet odor free.

We love our furry friends. But the pervasive pet smells in your home? A bit less lovable. Getting rid of pet odors goes beyond vacuuming–the smell can live in your clothes, your carpets, and the fabric of your couch. Getting pet smells out of furniture and your home for good can be tricky, but not impossible! Here are five tips for how to get the pet smell out of your house.

Air Out The House

Throw open those windows whenever you can! Air circulation invites a bit of fresh air into your home and blows stagnant air (and scents) out of your home. This is especially great to do on deep cleaning days when you may be kicking up dust, or any day with beautiful weather!

Clean Your Carpets

Your furry friend spends a lot of time hanging out on your carpets. Frequent vacuuming is great to remove fur and visible dirt, but that wet dog (or worse, urine) smell can stick around longer than your pup’s shedding season. We advise giving your carpets a deep clean regularly, or any time that smell gets a bit too much to handle. If you have a machine washable carpet, wash it according to the care instructions with a laundry detergent pod that contains enzymes for the deepest clean. Carpet too large or intricate for the machine? Dissolve one Oxi Booster Pod in half a gallon of cold water and apply it to any stained or stinky areas, then rinse with cold water.

Wash Furniture Coverings, Drapes, and Upholstery

The bad news: getting rid of pet smells can take more than just cleaning the carpet. Stubborn pet odors can permeate into all kinds of fabrics, including curtains and furniture. Getting pet smells out of furniture may sound complicated, but it’s easier than you may expect! Wash furniture covers, drapes, and other machine washable fabrics with a detergent containing enzymes, like our Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent or Active Wash. The enzymes in the detergent are designed to eliminate stubborn sources of nasty smells. You can use this same detergent to spot clean upholstery, or use a steam cleaner.

Use an Odor Eliminator

Need to freshen up your house in a pinch? Spray an odor eliminator, like our Revitalizing Mist. Dropps’ Revitalizing Mist contains anti-odor technology that targets tough odors and helps freshen air and fabrics. Pro Tip: You can also spray it directly onto hard to clean fabrics like upholstery for a boost of freshness!

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Baking soda reacts with acidic smells, which makes it a great natural deodorizer, especially for fabrics that can’t be washed. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected surfaces overnight, then vacuum it up or wipe it away with a wet Swedish Dish Cloth in the morning. Farewell, stinky smells!