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    25 Tips Pet Owners Swear By For Masking Odors

    The only thing I want to smell is nothing at all.

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    1. Make a habit of using your vacuum frequently to ensure dust, dander, and pet hair doesn't accumulate and stink up your home. Fortunately, Bissell's Cleanview Swivel Pet has a special brush that penetrates carpet to suck up pet hair as well as specialized attachments specifically designed to swallow fur in hard-to-reach areas, like the stairs and in corners. AND! Bissell donates a portion of its sales to its pet foundation, which aims to find homes for the millions of fur babies in shelters around the country. (I'm not crying, you are! 😭)

    Promising review: "LOVEEE this vacuum!! We have three kids and a lab mix who sheds like you've never seen before. This vacuum sucked up an unbelievable amount of fur, crumbs, and gunk after one use. It kind of disgusted me that our old vacuum was leaving this much behind, but made it that much more exciting that this new one cleaned so well. It's fairly lightweight, maneuvers nicely, and not very loud. I love that the edge brushes really get the edges of walls β€” it collected a ton of extra fur that collects in those spots. I still have to test the handheld tools but have no doubt those will be impressive too!" β€”M Wolf

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    2. Wipe away muddy paw prints and pee puddles on hardwood floors and tile with a Swiffer WetJet. Consistent cleaning is one of the biggest ways to prevent your house from stinking, and this'll make it so easy.


    Promising review: "I really love this thing. I have a dog and he gets messy and my house gets messy. Or he just leaves his sweet paw prints all over the floor after stepping in his water trail. The WetJet makes my life easier since I just grab it and go to work. No mop wringing, no buckets of water β€” just one lightweight handheld and it's off to the races. I'm pretty sure my apartment has never been cleaner. I almost like mopping now...." β€”Polly

    Get it from Amazon for $21.82.

    3. Toss your linens β€” this means bed sheets, pillowcases, couch cushions and covers, and blankets β€” in the washing machine to rinse away pet odors. Doing this on a consistent basis prevents the fabrics from developing any unwelcome smells. You can even throw in the dog bed if it's machine-washable!

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    4. Try a detergent booster to boost your cleanser's stain-lifting abilities. Reviewers swear by it for dissolving stubborn stains and odors that detergent couldn't handle on its own.


    Promising review: "I bought this as a last resort after my cat peed on some laundry. I washed the clothing multiple times and the smell was just not coming out. Finally I tried this product and it worked with one wash. Truly a miracle worker! I will purchase again!" β€”Jena

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    5. Attack stains with an odor-eliminating spray that's safe to use on furniture you can't just stick in the washing machine. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.


    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" β€”mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    6. Keep a carpet steamer handy for lifting smelly pet messes. The Hoover PowerDash has a powerful spinning brush that gets between carpet fibers to break down stains. It also comes with Hoover's HeatForce, which dries your carpet fast. When you're done cleaning, simply dump the tank of water and pat yourself on the back. No more getting down on your hands and knees to clean doggy vomit from the carpet! πŸ™Œ

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this carpet cleaner. It did a wonderful job on my carpet. I have three kids, a geriatric cat, and I used to have the carpet stains to match. This little guy fixed my carpet to the point that I don’t think I’ll lose my deposit when I move! It leaves the floor relatively dry if you allow the suction to work slowly, I went back over it with just the suction part on a couple times, we were able to walk in the carpet in only socks within an hour. We live in Seattle, so because of the dampness, things take forever to dry here; the efficiency of the suction is really important. I used the sample cleaning solution to clean my living room floor, it pulled up syrup that my daughter spilled weeks ago." β€”Billy &Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    7. Go the old-fashioned route and just open the dang windows. Now that temperatures are finally cooling down for some of us, it's worth testing whether letting in fresh air is a free solution to your pet odor woes. But before you open those shutters, please, please, please go buy a window screen if you don't have any to prevent your pets from taking a tumble out the window!!!

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    Get a window screen from Amazon for $4.34+ (available in 11 sizes).

    8. Replace your air filters on a regular schedule so there's always clean air circulating. Dirty, clogged filters can reduce the air flow in your home, which will make any funky smells all the more obvious. Seriously, go set an alert on your phone. Go on, get! Your nose will thank you.

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    9. Filter out odors and pet dander with an air purifier that's compact, quiet, and deceptively powerful. Its HEPA-grade filter means it captures 99.97% of dirt and particles that are at least 0.3 microns β€” aka dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold spores.


    Promising review: "We have two Maine Coon cats who spend a lot of time hanging out in the guest room. Their litter box is in there, and that's where they eat and nap. This air purifier is perfect for the size of the room (about 350 square feet). If the litter box is particularly smelly in the morning, I just turn the purifier to high, crack the window (clean the box, of course), and the room is back to clean smelling in less than 10 minutes. The rest of the time, the purifier is on low (what they call 'whisper') which is just fine for most everyday use. Friends remark when they visit that they can't even tell we have cats. I highly recommend it for small spaces, especially if you have pet odors to deal with." β€”HarveyB

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    10. Breathe easier with a plug-in odor eliminator that contains a carbon filter that traps and neutralizes odors for up to three months. There's a handy indicator at the top that'll alert you when it's time to change filters. And! It doubles as a night light because the dark is scary β€” even if you're an adult.

    Promising review: "I have two dogs, two cats, and two teenage boys who all carry their own...scent. I bought several of these gadgets and installed them quickly. I placed them in the bathrooms, kids bedrooms, main living area, kitchen, and in the basement where the cat's litter box sits. Within 24 hours I noticed a huge difference. It doesn't seem as though this product simply masks the odor (like other plugins) but that it actually cleans the air due to the carbon filter. The included cartridges smell fresh and are not overpowering." β€”Pippi

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    11. Find hidden stains with a blacklight flashlight instead of crawling on the floor and conducting a sniff test. Fun fact: You can also use it to shine a light on scorpions, which naturally glow under ultraviolet light.

    Promising review: "'Where is the smell coming from?' you wonder, as you furiously spray the pet store cleaner, and scrub down your carpet and furniture to no avail. Enter the UV Flashlight! In a very dark room, shine this magical flashlight on the floor/walls/furniture. Any dried urine (or other suspicious stains) will light up like a Christmas tree! Easy to locate, clean, and eliminate the stinky residue. (Bonus: This process helped us realize that our dog was lonely-peeing downstairs when we were out of the house. Now we block off the downstairs before we leave the house, problem solved.)" β€”SunnyKrissy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. Mask any offensive odors with 100% soy candles that are made specifically for homes with pets. Each candle offers up to 60 hours of burn time β€” plenty of cozy hours spent snuggling on the couch with your fur babies.

    Promising review: "I used to be a candle addict before my son was diagnosed with asthma. Since then I only buy candles made with 100% soy wax. We adopted our first family dog a few weeks ago, and even though we keep her clean, the smell in the house has changed. I LOVE this candle. I love that my son hasn’t had a flare with his asthma from the candle. I love that my house doesn’t smell like dog, even the day after I’ve used it. I’m planning to buy A LOT more scents from this brand." β€”Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 30 scents and three styles).

    Read our full review of the One Fur All Pet House candle.

    13. Conceal any funky fragrances with an essential oil diffuser/humidifier β€” just make sure you opt for pet-friendly oils, like cedarwood, lemongrass, and rosemary.,

    Promising review: "First time buying an essential oil diffuser because I needed something safe and pet-friendly. Have to say this was definitely a good buy! It lasts much longer than I thought it would (roughly six to seven hours on average) and doubles as a nice night light too. I was also worried about how easy it would be to use, but it was very easy to figure out (just push a button and it starts working). Like other reviews have said the more essential oil you use, the stronger the smell. I use lavender, and with just one or two drops you can definitely tell the difference in my otherwise stuffy room!" β€”Mandy E

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in three colors).

    14. Treat dandruff and oily skin β€” which can lead to one smelly pup β€” with a soothing shampoo made with oatmeal and lavender essential oils. And even if your pet doesn't have a skin condition, a bath may be a good idea if your pooch is smelling rank. That said, you should consult with your vet as to how often you should bathe your dog as overwashing will strip their skin of the oils that keep their coat shiny and moisturized.

    Promising review: "We have a large breed dog who gets quite smelly so we needed a good shampoo. Can't say enough about how this smells so clean and causes no bad reactions. Most shampoos we have tried actually smell bad within 24 hours. Not this one! We bathe her once a week, which is very important because I run a business in my home and do not want clients to smell a 'smelly dog' and she sleeps with our son. It's a great shampoo!" β€”Shawne M.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    15. Have a TubShroom handy to keep your shower drains free of Fluffy's hair. Pet hair, especially if you have long-haired breeds, can clog up drains and get moldy.,

    Promising review: "I shower my dogs in the tub and this makes it really easy to clean out the dog hair. It doesn't just stop the dog hair from going down the drain but it also lets the water continue to drain while collecting loads of dog hair. When my dog is shedding, I do have to pull it out to clean twice but that beats having to grab clumps of fur from the top of the drain every few seconds" β€”EV

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    16. Dry your dogs post-bath with super absorbent microfiber towels so their fur doesn't smell musty. You know when you leave wet laundry sitting in the washer and it smells awful? The same thing can happen to your dog's fur, especially if it's long and dense.


    Promising review: "The towel is just awesome. When I first held it, I didn't have very good expectations. To my surprise, it was the best one I purchased. I was able to dry my lab off completely, with only one towel. No more running around the house damp and smelly. No more washing a dozen towels." β€”TNReb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 12 colors).

    17. Or, swaddle your doggo in a microfiber bathrobe so you don't have to spend 30 minutes towel drying them. It's made of a microfiber terrycloth that soaks up moisture from your dog's fur, plus it comes with a belt and velcro straps to prevent your dog from shaking it off.,

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this. It was really absorbent and the belt helps keep it on even when your dog shakes. I put it on my pup before I took him out of the tub and usually he gets out and shakes water and dog hair all over, but having the robe on stopped the hair from covering my bathroom. Not to mention it's adorable." β€”Mary Wysocki

    Get it from Amazon for $21.59+ (available in four sizes).

    18. Refresh your dog's coat between baths with a deodorizing spray that smells like eucalyptus and spearmint. Its alcohol- and paraben-free formula won't dry out their coats; in fact, it may actually make them glossier.

    Promising review: "This is the best dog spray I have tried. Others I have tried don't really last long. Not this! This smell stays on my dog's coat all day long. It even helps with my husky/corgi mix's fur, making it feel nice and soft. I will say that the scent is very strong and took some time to get use to it but now I love it. Just make sure you like eucalyptus. Everyone who comes over always say how good the dogs smell." β€”Ini Panini

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. Rinse your pup's ears with an ear cleaner to prevent full-blown yeast infections that can get quite smelly. This way you don't have to give up cuddles because the scent of their ears makes you want to vom.

    Promising review: "I think this has to be one of the best ear cleaners on the market. It is recommend by my vet. I have a German Shepherd with floppy ears who tends to get yeasty, smelly infections quite often and if we clean his ears with this cleaner every couple of weeks, his ears stay very healthy and happy! Whenever either of my German Shepherds start scratching at their ears, all it takes is one good cleaning with this product and they are good as new for at least a couple of weeks." β€”AmazonLurker

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in packs of one, two, three, and four).

    20. Tackle a case of bad breath with a vanilla mint–scented pet-friendly toothpaste that also helps protect against plaque buildup. This gets five paws up from us!

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old cat has diabetes and had horrible cat breath and really bad tartar buildup so I start using this toothpaste and just tried brushing his teeth and he allowed me to! This has helped my lil' guy's teeth and breath tremendously. I recommend this to any pet owner the earlier you start the better your fur baby will get use to it!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    21. Clean your pup's skin folds with a wrinkle cream that can also treat tear stains and disinfect tail pockets. Bacteria that causes stinky yeast infections can accumulate in these pockets, so it's important to clean them frequently.

    Promising review: "Wow! This stuff actually works! My poor bulldog's wrinkles were red, stinky, and irritated, and he was constantly trying to scratch them to relieve the itch. His face smelled like an abandoned bread factory! He wasn’t a fan at first but quickly forgot about the cream stuck between his face wrinkles after I gave him a treat reward for his troubles. I first applied it two days ago and then again yesterday and the skin between the wrinkles is almost healed up! Will definitely buy again." β€”Meagan Winzenburg

    Get it from Amazon for $20.72.

    22. Buy baking soda in bulk, because it's a natural cleaner that can actually solve many of your pet-odor problems. It's great for neutralizing odors and you can sprinkle it on pee stains, dog beds, and litter boxes. Or, mix it with water until it's a paste to create homemade pet-friendly shampoo.


    Promising review: "I use this product for so many things around the house, not just for baking purposes. I clean with it, deodorize carpets, cat litter boxes, health and beauty, oral care...what can't you use baking soda for is the real question!" β€”Christine W

    Get it from Amazon for $3.24+ (available as a one-, two-, or four-pack).

    23. Prevent kitty litter smells from traveling with a stainless steel Ubbi diaper pail that does πŸ‘ not πŸ‘ play πŸ‘ games. Basically any crevice through which gag-inducing odors could escape are blocked off so you can forget how truly awful cat poop smells. Simply slide open the lid and, in the words of Kanye, "Poopy-di scoop. Scoop-diddy-whoop. Whoop-di-scoop-di-poop."

    Promising review: "This can, is not only pretty, (I got the chrome) it is perfect for what I needed it for: my kitty's balls of tinkle. It holds so much, and I can just empty once a week into my big trash. It is biodegradable, clumping grass litter, so it fits perfect into this hole on top, and does not leave a bad scent when opened. The top disposal is genius, and very convenient! Thank you for one-day shipping. Most excellent for my kitty needs." β€”Donna Everett

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in 11 colors).

    24. Swap your old litter for a clumping litter that smells like Febreze and enjoy 10 blissful days of an odor-free litter box. Thanks to its low-dust formula, you won't have to hold your breath each time you scoop, waiting for the ammonia-scented cloud to settle.


    Promising review: "I recently adopted a cat from the shelter. She is quite smelly with the litter box. My mom recommended this so I tried it. It works so much better and a lot less cat odor. There's a lot less dust, which helps as I have asthma and the dusty litter is awful. This box also lasts longer than a bigger box of the other stuff I tried, just scoop and clean regularly and it works great." β€”Jamie Shaw

    Get it from Amazon for $12.34+ (available in 14-, 20-, and 75-pound boxes).

    25. Hang charcoal air-purifying bags anywhere your pets frequent, like near the litter box or by the dogs' beds. The charcoal is supposed to purify the air, drawing in moisture, bacteria, and unwanted odors.


    Promising review: "Absolute black magic. I have a few examples (smelly diaper bins, stinky fridge) but by far the best example is my dogs' bedroom. I have five dogs. Five gassy, panting, dog-breath, I-like-to-roll-in-everything dogs. They all nap in the same room because the floor is cold and it's Texas. I hooked one of these up on the wall behind one of their crates and high enough up no one could get it, and left it for about 4 hours. When I came back four hours later, I expected to be hit full face with hot sweaty dog smell, slightly lessened. There was nothing. Nada. Zilch. There was no smell at all. I'm rather flabbergasted. I'm so pleased with them I'm going to be ordering more for a smoky garage and probably toss one in my car too. These are fantastic!" β€”Chris Guntz

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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