Homemade Pet Odor Sprays

It's rare that a pet owner doesn't have to contend with some sort of odor from their pet. Sometimes a dog will get that funky "wet dog" smell or a cat will spray urine on the wall. There are several homemade sprays you can use to win the battle against pet odors.

Taking on Urine

Accidents are part of pet ownership. Whether your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection, you're housebreaking a puppy or your older pet is a bit incontinent, there are ample opportunities for pet urine to end up where you least want it. Fortunately it's easy to tackle urine smells with ordinary household products.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Spray

As a cleaning agent, baking soda effectively makes dirt and grease dissolve in water for easier cleaning; as well it neutralizes odors, bringing acidic and basic odor molecules into a neutral state. Teaming it with vinegar results in an effective odor neutralizer.

Step 1

Mix the water and vinegar in a large bowl.

Step 2

Add the baking soda in small amounts.

Step 3

Mix thoroughly and pour into spray bottle.

Citrus Cleaner Spray

Enzymatic cleaners are sold at pet stores, used to neutralize odor from pet urine. You can make your own version of a citrus enzyme solution. You'll have to plan ahead to make this cleaner to keep on hand for future use.

Step 1

Combine ingredients in the jar.

Step 2

Tighten the cap and shake the jar vigorously to mix everything well.

Step 3

Unscrew the cap halfway off the jar, leaving it loose to allow the gases to release.

Step 4

Steep the ingredients to remain in the jar for three months to create an enzymatic cleaner.

Doggy Deodorant

Sometimes it's not convenient to give your dog a bath and you may want to freshen him up with a spritz of fragrance. A little spray of essential oil mix will do the trick until you have a chance to give him a proper bath.

Step 1

Mix all ingredients together and pour into spray bottle.

Step 2

Shake the bottle vigorously before using.

Step 3

Spray mixture on your dog, taking care to avoid his head.