Our dogs are perfect, non-smelly, non-messy angels.
We love our dogs, and they can do no wrong in our eyes, but they can be a bit stinky, dirty, and even gross sometimes. From accidents inside to wet-dog smell to that “a-dog-lives-here” odor, dogs can leave evidence of their imperfection in our homes.
But, of course, we don’t want to spread the news that our beloved best friends aren’t perfect which is why we need odor eliminators.
Whether you’re a die-hard DIYer or you’re just looking for the fastest, most effective method to de-stink your home, here are our top choices when it comes to eliminating dog odor.
The Best Day-to-Day Odor Eliminator
Biokleen’s Bac-Out Enzyme Stain Remover
Bac-Out is one of the best-kept secrets for removing a wide range of dog odors. No, we’re not exaggerating. This product is everything you want in an odor eliminator: it’s plant-based, safe to use around your dog, eco-friendly, and most importantly effective. I was skeptical that a product made from veggies could knock out my dogs’ odor, but I humbly admit I was wrong.
This product contains natural live cultures that produce enzymes that gobble up bacteria-causing odors. It doesn’t have a strong fragrance, so you’re left with a fresh lime scent rather than a masking-perfume.
This product works well on fabrics, rugs, furniture, and hard surfaces.
For pet accidents, clean up as much as you can, then spray on Bac-Out, leave for five minutes and blot. It can also be used as a laundry pre-treatment for your dog’s bed and added to a mopping solution to cancel out odors.
The Best DIY Dog Odor Eliminator for Fabrics
For dog parents that like to do-it-themselves and know exactly what they’re spraying nearby their dogs, there are some great DIY solutions on the internet. This recipe creates an impressive formula that efficiently rids your home of doggie smells.
All you need is:
- Mixing bowl and whisk
- A funnel
- a spray bottle
- 1 ¼ cups hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ tablespoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon dish soap
- 10 drops of essential oils if you choose
Starting with the peroxide in your bowl and slowly sprinkle in the baking soda. Yes, it’s normal for it to bubble. Then mix in your dish soap and essential oils. After the solution is fully mixed, use your funnel to transfer it to your spray bottle.
To freshen up fabrics and around the house, give the mixture a gentle shake if it’s separated then lightly spray the solution. Allow to dry on its own.
The baking soda, which is naturally alkaline, neutralizes acids. When baking soda and peroxide come together, they create a solution that breaks crystalline structures, like those found in urine. Often these crystals are the smelliest residues left behind by our pets.
The Best DIY Dog Odor Eliminator for Carpets
Carpets and rugs are notorious for holding onto odors. And unfortunately for many dog parents, rugs look a whole lot like pee pads to some dogs. Luckily, there are ways to safely remove the odor with inexpensive ingredients you have around the home.
You will need:
- A mixing bowl and whisk
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of distilled vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons of Baking soda
Mix together the vinegar and water. Then add the baking soda and stir well. Pour into the spray bottle. Spray generously on areas where there are stains and lightly where you simply want to refresh the carpet. Then let the carpet or rug dry and vacuum over the area.
How this mixture works is the baking soda neutralizes acids while the vinegar bonds with the molecules that cause odor. And together, the two breakdown crystals that are commonly found in urine and can be quite stinky.
The Best for Intense Cases
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator for Severe Dog Messes
When housebreaking a puppy or dealing with the more than occasional accidents of an aging dog, you may need something with a bit more muscle to remove pungent dog odors. Nature’s Miracle for Severe Dog Messes does the trick. It’s used by pet care professionals on a wide range of surface types to neutralize odor. The best part about this product is it can help puppies break the cycle by removing the smell of urine, so they’re not triggered to re-offend.
Like Bac-Out, this odor eliminator uses enzymes that break down the odor-causing molecules. This product is for spot-treating areas and requires that it penetrate the spot for fifteen minutes before being blotted away.
Best Passive Odor Elimination
Marsheepy’s Activated Bamboo Charcoal Purifying Bags
We all hope our homes smell fresh and pleasant when guests come over. Some of us also don’t want it to smell like we had a potpourri party just before the guests’ arrival. These charcoal bags are the perfect way to keep your home fresh without having to float around the house like a spray fairy.
These work similarly to putting a box of baking soda in the fridge. The charcoal has one million micro-sized pores that pull air in and through the bag. The odors attach to the carbon and become trapped. Charcoal also absorbs moisture, eliminating the opportunity for odors to develop.
They do have to be ‘cleaned’ once per month by laying them in direct sunlight for a few hours.
Remember that opening the windows on cooler days from time to time can also refresh and rejuvenate your space. Let the breeze carry odors away.
Just because our dogs don’t always smell fresh, doesn’t mean our homes can’t. Using one or a combination of these products can banish those unpleasant odors that can plague our houses.