How to neutralize dog odor

Dogs often leave behind their odours, especially if they stay confined to one area. The odour that emits from a dog will often linger and can become overpowering, You will need to take the time to tend properly to the odours before they become a permanent part of your home or car. You can neutralise these odours with common household products before resorting to paying a lot of money for commercial cleaning products.

Spray air freshener in your home or car. The air freshener will mask the dog odour temporarily, but it simply masks the odour and does not eliminate it.

Absorb the dog odour with baking soda. Fill small bowls with baking soda and place it under furniture in your home. Allow it to set overnight, and repeat the treatment for three to four days if a strong dog odour lingers. You can also sprinkle the baking soda on carpet and furniture and vacuum it up.

Fill a squirt bottle with water. Spray the area to dampen it, and sprinkle baking soda over the area that contains odour. Allow the water to dry and then vacuum the baking soda up.

Fill a bucket with charcoal briquettes. Place these underneath furniture or in a specific room and close the doors and windows. The briquettes will absorb the odour in the same manner as the baking soda.

Shampoo the carpet and furniture in your home. Rent a carpet shampoo machine, or call in the professionals to aid you in this process. This will remove the smells that linger in your furniture and carpet.

Apply a commercial odour neutraliser to the area. If the home remedies do not help to remove the odours, spray an odour neutraliser on the area. Follow the instructions carefully on the product.

Give your dog frequent baths. Baths will help to eliminate the odour, and it will keep your home from smelling bad. You need to bathe your dog once a month or at least every four to six weeks to remove odours, according to Professor's House.

Things You'll Need

  • Air freshener
  • Baking soda
  • Squirt bottle
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Commercial odour neutraliser
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.