How to Get Rid of Dog Odor in the House

By Naomi Millburn

If you want to get rid of unpleasant dog odor in your home, vacuuming and deodorizing can go a long way. Baking soda is a must-have for eliminating persistent pet smells. It also makes an effective odor neutralizer that can help stop future potty accidents from occurring.

Meticulous Vacuuming

Temporarily deconstruct all of your furniture. Take all blankets and pillows off of chairs and couches, for example. Remove all cushion covers from furnishings. Vacuum everything diligently. Go deep down into every narrow opening to ensure you extract all fur and remnants of food. Focus on vacuuming your flooring, too. Vacuum all the nooks and crannies where dust and hair gather. Vacuum all of the spaces below furniture, as well, as pet hair tends to collect in those areas.

Comprehensive Deodorization

Deodorize your home. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda can do the trick. Throw your cushion covers, sofa covers, throw blankets, linens and pillows in the washer. Wash them using a 1/4 cup blend of apple cider vinegar and oxygen-powered detergent.

Splash your carpet, bedding and furnishings with baking soda. Encourage it to absorb with a cleaning brush. Then allow it to stay like that all night. This will give the baking soda the opportunity to soak up any undesirable smells. The next day, vacuum away all of the lingering baking soda. Bring back the cushion covers and throw blankets you took away from the furniture, too.

Stool and Urine Odors

If you want to do away with doggy odors that are from stool matter or urine in your carpet, act quickly. If your pet urinated recently, blot the liquid up using rags or paper towels. If he passed stools, pick up the solids. If the solid substance left behind any liquid, blot it. Then place the rags or paper towels over the floor. Stand directly on them to promote absorption. Put a tiny amount of club soda on the stain. Swiftly blot it up. Finally, coat the stain using baking soda -- highly effective for odor neutralization. If you fail to neutralize the smells, you risk the chance of your dog eliminating again in the same location. Allow the spot to dry thoroughly. Once it's completely dry, vacuum it.

Home Preparations

Owners have many options for safely and effectively getting rid of dog odors in their homes. If your bed's mattress smells like urine thanks to your pooch, blending dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide inside of a spray container can work like a charm. Three drops of dish soap, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 16 ounces of hydrogen peroxide should suffice. Spritz the homemade formula over any affected locations on your mattress. Do so until they're soaked. Allow the spots to dry naturally. Once eight hours have gone by, place a fan by your mattress. This will accelerate drying and stop mildew from developing.