10 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Dog Smells in Your House

Owning a dog and having a clean-smelling house: These two things seem to be mutually exclusive. Your canine companion often comes with a lingering aroma that isn’t perfectly pleasant. And all that dander and fur he leaves on your furniture doesn’t help. But having a furry friend doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the scent of your home.

1. Install HVAC Ionization & Air Purifiers

Ionization is a game-changer when it comes to combating indoor pet odors. This one step, although it’s not a silver bullet, you will still need to implement a cleaning schedule, it is the only remedy that will contiguously work around the clock keeping dander and other particles out of the air. When you have us install an ionization system, you will dramatically improve the smell in your home. Combined with pet-friendly air filters, you can knock out up to 70% of the indoor odor problems.

Climatrol Air can install a bipolar ionization, also known as NPBI®, in your home for as little as $699. Once installed ions will scrub and purify indoor air by reducing airborne particulates, odors and pathogens — all while saving you energy consumption and lowering your carbon footprint. NPBI delivers clean indoor air without producing ozone or other harmful byproducts. Learn More about ionization.

2. Keep Your Dog Clean

Well duh, but have you ever wondered why your dog stinks? Sometimes, dogs just smell bad. Most of the time, they smell because they’re dirty or sweaty. Keeping them clean can help reduce some of the odor they bring into your home and track onto couches, beds and carpets. Make sure your dog is bathed and groomed regularly. He doesn’t need a bath every night, but if it’s been a while, you might want to give him a dunk. Regular brushing and good doggy dental care can also help reduce unwanted pup odors.

3. Vacuum Regularly

Carpets tend to trap pet hair and dander, which can contribute to odors in your home. The same is true for upholstered furniture such as sofas. Vacuuming regularly helps keep these particles out of your home, which can lead to reduced pet smells.

Consider purchasing a vacuum with pet-specific attachments meant to pull up more of the fur and dander. Any vacuum will work, but those designed for homes with pets tend to make it easier to get the job done.

4. Sweep and Mop Floors Regularly

It’s not just carpet that can be an odor trap. Pet hair and dander often sit on wood, tile or linoleum. Residue from your dog’s fur may also sit on those areas. Plus, there’s no telling what your dog might be tracking around on her paws. Accidents need further cleaning beyond drying them up. Sweeping and mopping your floors regularly takes care of a lot of these issues.

5. Clean Up Accidents Immediately

If you’re looking for information on how to remove odor from carpets, it’s likely because your pup had an accident at some point. Whenever possible, clean up accidents immediately. Otherwise, the chemicals and their odors can embed themselves deep into the layers of your carpet, couch or other fabric surfaces.

Once urine has reached the interior padding of carpet or upholstery, for example, it’s so much harder to remove. If your whole house smells like dog urine, the epicenter may just be one or two spots where an accident was left to linger.

6. Wash Your Dog’s Bed

If the source of the smell is the place where your pup likes to rest, this might explain why your dog smells so bad. You wash your own bedding on a regular basis, so bring that habit to the cushion, pet bed or blanket your dog sleeps on. Toss them in the washer on a regular basis to help keep odors in check. You can also spot-clean them after an accident.

7. Use Natural Deodorizers

You might already use baking soda to neutralize odors in your fridge. You can put this household staple to work on your furniture and floors, too. First, use a rag or brush to clean up any areas that are soiled. Sprinkle the carpet or furniture liberally with baking soda. Then, let the area sit for several minutes with the baking soda in place. You may want to do this when no one — including your pets — will be using the space. Vacuum up the baking soda when you’re done.

You can also make your own deodorizing spray. Mix 2 cups of white vinegar with 5 tablespoons of baking soda. Add the fizzy mixture to a spray bottle, then top it off with water. Use your homemade mixture as a spot cleaner for stinkier areas. Spray it on and leave it for a few minutes before patting it dry.

8. Rent a Steam Cleaner

If you’ve got especially stubborn pet stains or odors, you might want to consider renting a steam cleaner. Typically, you can find them at hardware stores. Use it on your carpets and upholstered furniture as appropriate.

Compared to vacuuming or spot-cleaning, steam cleaners can penetrate the lower levels of carpet and other items for a deeper clean that removes dander, hair and odor-causing bacteria.

9. Wash Linens

Dog odors aren’t always in your carpet or couch, though. They could be lingering in linens and other fabrics, including pillow coverings, curtains and tablecloths. Periodically pull all these items down and put them through the wash to remove buildup and odors.

10. Shampoo Your Couch

You don’t need a steam cleaner to give your couch a good scrub. If you know that a piece of your furniture is the culprit when it comes to pet odor, consider shampooing it. Purchase an upholstery shampoo appropriate for your pieces. Look for one that says it helps eliminate pet odors.


A proven process to clean the air:

Pollutants, dust, dander, pollen, smoke and even pathogens such as mold, viruses and bacteria all can be suspended in the air we breathe, even when you don’t see them.

Our patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology safely creates and releases ions into the airstream using your existing HVAC system as the delivery method. When these ions disperse throughout a space, they seek out and form bonds with particles in the air through a process called agglomeration.

This creates a snowball effect in which particles begin to cluster together. The larger a cluster of particles becomes, the easier it is for your system to safely filter it out of the air. This process is proven by independent laboratory testing to be both safe and effective.

Proven technology to fight pathogens

GPS’ NPBI technology safely cleans indoor air. This patented technology produces a high concentration of positive and negative ions, delivering them to the space via the ventilation system.

Within the air stream, ions attach to particles, where they combine, become larger and are more easily filtered from the air. When ions come in contact with pathogens, they disrupt the pathogens’ surface proteins, rendering them inactive.

Naturally occurring ions are everywhere outdoors, and they are constantly working to clean the air. Ions are created with energy from rushing water, crashing waves and even sunlight. GPS’ NPBI technology generates ions without producing ozone or other harmful byproducts, so you can bring outdoor freshness indoors.

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