If you’ve got a pet you’re going to have smells. No question about it.
No matter how good Fido or Fifi are, there are times when they’re going to not make it to the door or the litter box.
And if your cat does make it to the kitty litter – well, kitty litter is stinky stuff!
Homemade Recipes to Neutralize Pet Odors
That solution you buy in the store that’s supposed to neutralize pet odor doesn’t always work, is expensive, and it’s full of chemicals that you don’t necessarily want Fido or Fifi around, let alone your kids.
And carpets are expensive too, so tossing the carpet every time your pet leaves you a little “gift” is not a good idea. So what’s a pet owner to do?
Well there’s the obvious stuff. Don’t leave the kitty litter until even the kitty is afraid to go near it! When you put clean kitty litter in the box, mix in either some coffee grounds or some baking soda.
Here are some good recipes that promise excellent results if you are patient and use a little elbow grease:
Vinegar and Baking Soda Recipe
This works on cat and dog urine odors.
- Baking soda
- Hand dishwashing detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
Mix up a solution that’s half water and half white vinegar. You can keep it in a spray bottle for repeat usage.
After you blot up all of the pet urine that you can with paper towels, really soak the spot with the water/vinegar solution.
How to Neutralize the Odor
- Let the cleaning solution soak in for a few minutes and then blot it up with more paper towels.
- Get some exercise and take out your pet owner frustration by really dancing on those paper towels!
- After the spot is dry, or near dry, dump a good amount of baking soda on the spot.
- Mix up half a cup of peroxide and a teaspoon of the dishwashing detergent and, wearing rubber gloves, pour some on the baking soda and rub some of that mixture right into the spot.
- After you think you’ve got it really mixed into the carpet, get a toothbrush or scrub brush and rub it in some more.
- Blot some more and voila! No more pet odor!
Dishwashing Liquid Recipe
Clean up after your pet or blot up the urine stain. This method works best on a fresh stain.
- 1 quart water
- 3 -4 drops hand dishwashing liquid
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
How to Neutralize the Odor
- Mix all ingredients. Using a clean cloth or towel blot the stained area.
- Repeat as necessary using a clean section of the cloth.
Air Freshener for Pet Odors
Are your pets really pretty good? They can find the kitty litter and the back door without a GPS?
But still – they’re a little stinky. Well how about homemade air freshener for pet odors!
- You can fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray it around. Don’t spray it on surfaces, just a little in the air.
- Or mix some water and a couple of tablespoons of fabric softener in a spray bottle.
- Or just put a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a spray bottle and fill the bottle with water. Shake it up and spray.
- So aren’t you pleased with yourself? Now you’re using ecologically friendly solutions for pet odors in your house.
You’re saving money, and none of the above should harm your pet or your kids. Pat yourself on the back and take a break! Good Job!