4 ways to tackle pet odour at home

As much as you love them, you may not love the scent they give your home. Try out these four ways to keep your space smelling fresh, whatever your pets get up to.

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If only our furry friends always smelled as sweet as they look. Unfortunately, their favourite fragrances (like eau de filthy puddle) aren’t usually to our taste. But there are ways to keep those bad odours on a tight leash.

Our four simple tips make it easy to get your home as nose-friendly as it is pet-friendly.

1. Prevention is better than cure

A well-cared for pet is much less likely to smell than a neglected one, so regular grooming is a good idea, including baths. Don’t forget to pay attention to your pooch’s oral hygiene too. Dog breath can be all too real!

2. Think about your pet’s paraphernalia

Your furry friend’s bedding, toys and food bowls could all be contributing to bad smells in your home. To help stop this, ensure you keep everything they come into contact with clean. Clean their food bowls as you would your family’s dishes, and wash bedding and toys thoroughly and regularly.

3. Clean often to pre-empt smells

Vacuuming and cleaning surfaces often stops unwanted smells being allowed to develop. Remember to throw open the windows regularly too. If your pet has an accident – and very young or very old pets can be prone to this – it’s important to deal with it as quickly as possible. Just clear the affected area, sprinkle on some baking soda and then vacuum once dry.

4. Rely on the right kit

Despite all your best intentions and your pet being on their best behaviour, odours sometimes linger like, well, a bad smell. If your pet spends any time on your sofa or other soft furnishings, then a good spray of Febreze Fabric Refresher on any affected areas will do wonders. Or for a continuous solution, try using Ambi Pur Air Freshener Plug-Ins throughout your home.

Have you got any tricks for animal aromas? We’d love to hear how you banish pet smells.