How to ban­ish pet odors from a home

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Dogs, cats, birds, and lizards have evolved from wild an­i­mals and out­door com­pan­ions to be­come beloved, largely do­mes­ti­cated mem­bers of the fam­ily. The num­ber of pets in homes across the coun­try con­tin­ues to grow. Ac­cord­ing to Statista, as of March 2017, 94.2 mil­lion cats and 89.7 mil­lion dogs were es­ti­mated to live in the United States as pets. Canada’s Pet Well­ness re­port es­ti­mates that there are ap­prox­i­mately 7.9 mil­lion cats and 5.9 mil­lion dogs in Canada. Over time, pet own­ers grow ac­cus­tomed to their pets’ an­tics, messes and even their odors. Deal­ing with smells is par for the course for pet own­ers, and many be­come de­sen­si­tized to cer­tain com­mon smells. But when com­pany is on the way or peo­ple are think­ing about sell­ing their homes, pet odors must be ad­dressed. Even though it will take ef­fort, home­own­ers can freshen their homes and elim­i­nate un­pleas­ant pet-re­lated smells. • Find ways to ven­ti­late. Odors can build up in­side closed en­vi­ron­ments and prove over­pow­er­ing. Open­ing win­dows when ap­pli­ca­ble, us­ing ex­haust fans and en­cour­ag­ing cross-breezes can air cer­tain odors from the home.

• Clean fre­quently. Cats and dogs can leave be­hind fur, dan­der, food messes, and more. Elim­i­nat­ing the de­bris that pets cre­ate can re­duce odors. Sweep­ing, vac­u­um­ing and mop­ping floors can help as well. Don’t for­get to vac­uum draperies and fur­ni­ture, and con­sider pur­chas­ing clean­ing ap­pli­ances specif­i­cally de­signed for homes with pets. • Keep on top of ac­ci­dents and lit­ter boxes. Pup­pies and even adult dogs may have their share of ac­ci­dents. Cats may avoid lit­ter boxes if they are not cleaned fre­quently and then soil around the house. Be sure to clean up pet waste messes promptly. Bak­ing soda and vine­gar so­lu­tions are all-nat­u­ral ways to clean up and can help re­move urine odors more read­ily. Also, look for safe de­odor­iz­ing clean­ing prod­ucts that can be used on car­pet­ing, floor­ing and up­hol­stery.

• Pur­chase an air pu­ri­fier. Air pu­ri­fiers can help re­move odors and al­ler­gens from the air. They’re rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive and can be placed in rooms that pets fre­quent.

• Wash pet blan­kets and beds. Laun­der pet beds, cloth toys, blan­kets, and any other items that pets lounge on. Sweat, saliva and dan­der can cause these fab­rics to be­come stinky, and, in turn, make the house smell worse.

• Keep pets clean. Most pets are very good at self-groom­ing, but can ben­e­fit from a spa treat­ment once in awhile. Dogs that spend am­ple time out­doors or fre­quently get wet and dirty may need rou­tine baths. Ask a pro­fes­sional groomer what he or she rec­om­mends to ad­dress po­tent pet odors.

Neu­tral­iz­ing pet odors takes ef­fort, but it can make for a more pleas­ant-smelling home en­vi­ron­ment.

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