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How to Remove Pet Odors in Your Home

By Suzanne Alicie

We all love our pets, we love the joy they bring us, the entertainment and companionship they provide, and just the fact that they are part of our lives. However, we don’t always love the smells they bring into our homes. Litter boxes, wet dog smells and pet “accidents” all contribute to the pet odors in our homes.

When it comes to removing pet odors we have hundreds of options. There are sprays and cleansers, candles, oils and many other options to cover up pet odors. The problem is that many of these products aren’t healthy for our pets. This leaves us, as responsible pet owners, searching for safe non toxic and natural pet odor removal methods.

The search is over. There are three basic items that you probably have in your home that will take care of all your pet odor problems. Not only will these three products remove the odors, they are all natural and completely safe for your pets and children.

These mystical, magical, all natural products that remove pet odors are baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. You thought I was going to give you a list of some products you’d never heard of, right? Nope. These three simple products can be used in many ways, alone and together, to remove pet smells from your home.


Vinegar neutralizes odors. Spray your pet’s bedding and your pet himself with basic household vinegar to remove the musky dog smell from your home. Vinegar is also a great rinse after you bathe your dog to keep him from smelling like wet fur. Place a small bowl of vinegar near the litter box to clear the air. While vinegar has a strong smell initially, it dissipates quickly leaving a fresh clean scent. You can use vinegar to clean up accidents on floors and carpeting. Vinegar will clean up pet stains and odors quickly and easily.

Baking Soda

Baking soda absorbs odors. You can sprinkle it on carpets, add it to the litter box and sprinkle it on pet bedding and into your pet’s fur. To remove pet odors overnight, simply sprinkle baking soda around pet areas and on your carpet before bed. When you get up in the morning vacuum up the baking soda and revel in the fresh smell of your home.

Lemon Juice

All natural lemon juice eliminates pet odors in the air and leaves behind a fresh citrusy scent. Place a small bowl of lemon juice near areas where your pet tends to leave smells. If you have a puppy that is being crate or paper trained, a bowl of lemon juice will help with the odor. Of course you don’t want to leave bowls of vinegar or lemon juice where your pet might drink it; place them in higher areas where the air will circulate and be freshened.

See? All natural and non toxic pet odor removal doesn’t require a trip to the pet supply store, or bottles of expensive sprays. You just need to know what the products you already have in your home can do to eliminate and prevent pet odors.

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My Dog Got Skunked, What Do I Do?

Living in rural Minnesota has been a wonderful experience, but sometimes it comes with unexpected challenges. There is a river and woods to the east of where I live and many animals travel across my property to reach it. We have deer, wild turkeys, hawks, eagles, turkey vultures, and many other wild birds; as well as raccoons, opossums and an occasional skunk. While I love watching all the wild traffic across the property, sometimes we come into closer contact with it than we would like.
Now with the days getting warmer, more wildlife is beginning to stir, and though skunks do not hibernate, during cold weather they do tend to den up and not eat as much, so we and our pets are less likely to run into them. My mother-in-law’s dog had a closer encounter recently with a skunk to her detriment, as she got sprayed. 
There are some easy ways to stay out of their way if you tend to have them in your neighborhood. Most skunks are crepuscular, which means they come out at dusk and dawn. If you see a skunk out in the middle of the day, there may be something wrong with it, as skunks do not go out in full daylight. So try walking after daybreak and before dusk, you will have less chance of running into one. If you do happen upon one while walking with your dog, you should know that they can spray up to 15 feet (5 meters) away with a high degree of accuracy. 
While it is a myth that skunks can only spray once before their body has to manufacture more musk, they can actually spray up to six times before their body has to make more. As this can take up to 10 days, skunks are reluctant to spray and usually warn whatever is threatening them. They do this by stamping their feet and raising their tail to display their stripes. Sometimes they will even wave their tail to get your attention. If you have to go out after dark, take a flashlight with you to light your way. To keep them out of your yard, make sure all garbage is in a can with a tight sealing lid, or in the garage or shed behind a closed door. As skunks are omnivores and scavengers, garbage is an easy mark for them and they will take advantage of it.
If your dog (or cat) is sprayed, tomato juice while an old standby is a myth and will not take away the odor. Try skunk odor removal products like Odormute™, which can be mixed in three strengths depending on the smell you are dealing with. A groomer’s favorite is Masengil powdered douche, and from what I understand works very well. There are many commercial products on the market today, specifically for skunk odor, but I haven’t tried any of them. I’ve always relied on Odormute™ and have for many years, because it works very well on many organic odors.
Here is a recipe for dealing with the odor. Mix together the following ingredients: 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide 3% solution and 1/4 cup baking soda. Add to a small amount of liquid detergent, and wash your dog. Make sure to rinse well to get all suds out of your dog’s coat.
By following commonsense practices when walking with your dog and safe garbage storage, you should have fewer issues with this smelly neighbor from the forest.
Ruthie Bently

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The personal opinions and/or use of trade, corporate or brand names, is for information and convenience only. Such use does not constitute an endorsement by CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods of any product or service. Opinions are those of the individual authors and not necessarily of CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods.