If you have pets, particularly dogs or cats, you may have run into the problem of pet odours in your home. No matter if the odour is coming directly from your pet or due to accidents your pet has had in the house, the smell can be overpowering at times. There are several products on the market that claim to be able to clean and remove pet odours, however, with the use of baking soda, white distilled vinegar and water, you can create your own cleaners that are inexpensive and non-toxic.
Vinegar and baking soda are excellent choices for eliminating pet odours. An equal-parts combination of white distilled vinegar and water makes an easy-to-use household product that not only cleans up stains efficiently, it also helps neutralise pet odours. According to the Vinegar Institute, the acid in vinegar will kill germs and keep mould and bacteria at bay. Vinegar can make a home smell fresh and clean because it neutralises odours. When using vinegar to neutralise pet odours in the house, you may immediately notice a strong vinegar smell. The vinegar smell will dissipate in one to two hours leaving no smell at all. For strong odours, you may need to treat the area more than once to completely get rid of the smell.
To remove pet stains from a carpet, mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and water together in a clean spray bottle. Use a paper towel to blot up the stain first and then spray the area with the vinegar and water mixture. Let the mixture remain on the stain for two minutes and then blot up with a clean paper towel. If the odour persists, repeat the process a second time. For stubborn odours, place a bowl of vinegar only in a cool corner of the room and let it sit there overnight. You can also use a small bowl filled with baking soda to absorb the unpleasant smell. If it's your pet that has an unpleasant odour, wet him down as you would when giving him a bath. Using a combination of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 gallons water, saturate his coat with this solution. Do not rinse your pet, simply dry him off and the smell will be gone.
Often the combination of baking soda and vinegar works best when trying to neutralise pet odours. This is because baking soda absorbs odours while vinegar neutralises unpleasant odours and naturally kills germs, bacteria and moulds. According to The Vinegar Book, combining one tsp of vinegar and one tsp of baking soda with one cup of water in a spray bottle will keep the air in your home smelling fresh. Simply spray this mixture in the air to neutralise odours. You can do this on a daily basis if needed.