Does anyone have safe tips for keeping a home smelling fresh?

asked 2016-03-01 09:47:45 -0500

Our home always smells great! However, we have utilized the plug-ins and some people have shared that this could be hazardous if a dog would chew on it. I purchased a diffuser, but I haven't found the right oils maybe? I don't want people to smell "dog" when they arrive at our home. Suggestions?

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I have found that good old-fashioned BAKING SODA works great on the carpet and pet bedding, which is where the majority of the smell comes from. Just sprinkle on about 30 minutes before vacuuming. Freshens the whole room. You can sprinkle some in the litter box as well!

Sheila S.'s profile imageSheila S. ( 2016-03-10 19:32:09 -0500 )edit

I've just become great friends with my vacuum. I use 3 drops lavender in my diffuser and it works great! I have also used peppermint.

Sharon P.'s profile imageSharon P. ( 2017-11-15 10:03:27 -0500 )edit

I mix Vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use a Steam Mop. Vinegar is great for removing odors and dirt. We brush our dog after he has been walked and I vacuum his pet beds. When he gets a bath, we wash all of his bedding, also.

Ki-Ki B.'s profile imageKi-Ki B. ( 2017-11-15 10:41:03 -0500 )edit

“Purification” essential oil by Young Living is the only thing that has permanently removed odors in my home. Not our favorite scent, but after several days of diffusing, SUCCESS! A clean house, clean dog, clean bedding are also essential.

Stacey G.'s profile imageStacey G. ( 2017-11-18 22:53:01 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-01 10:58:55 -0500

I love vinegar and hot water plus it destroys odors and is non toxic.

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Denise, vinegar on counters...floors? I bet you have great floors! Sadly, our floors are Brazilian cherry wood --I polish, polish, polish! But let me know for sure how to use the vinegar - I like it!

Lisa B.'s profile imageLisa B. ( 2016-03-01 14:56:05 -0500 )edit

I love vinegar and water too. Kills odors effectively. Lisa B., I use the white distilled vinegar in a dilution of about 1/4 to 1/3 water on carpets and floors. Can also be added to a load of laundry.

Cheryl W.'s profile imageCheryl W. ( 2016-03-10 10:03:58 -0500 )edit

I don't know about floors, but vinegar and water are great for cleaning glass, especially your car windows. I also use Nature's Miracle to clean up dog urine.

Jack D.'s profile imageJack D. ( 2017-09-13 15:04:05 -0500 )edit

Vacuum like crazy, dust and, if weather permits, leave some windows open for fresh air. Put drapes in the dryer on fluff to remove dog hair.

Theresa B.'s profile imageTheresa B. ( 2017-09-14 11:51:12 -0500 )edit

I have red oak bamboo floor, and it works really well. Gets the smell out and leaves them shinny

Sandra G.'s profile imageSandra G. ( 2017-09-14 17:18:04 -0500 )edit
answered 2016-03-01 14:34:49 -0500

We bought a carpet cleaner and use it pretty often after vacuuming. We also have candles in hard to reach places, diffusers, and wax warmers.

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Yes! We did as well - we have a central vac but I'm going to have to schedule a maintenance. The hair can be incredible! Do you have a favorite kind of candle you buy? Every now and then, I find nice soy candles. You?

Lisa B.'s profile imageLisa B. ( 2016-03-01 14:57:19 -0500 )edit
answered 2016-03-01 16:46:33 -0500

I've never had a dog so much as look at a wall plug, though I'm sure there's a dog somewhere who has chewed on one. I think they're still a viable option if you can keep them in a dog-safe area, or just put them up when you're unable to supervise. Ikea is my favorite candle place, and I try to keep windows open as much as possible, since air ventilation helps prevent the air getting stale (which just makes any dog odors worse). Regularly washing the dog's bedding and any other fabrics they come into contact with is always a good plan. I put a couch cover on for guests who like to be on the furniture. Rugs and carpeting are hard, but sprinkling some baking soda a few minutes before vacuuming can help keep things odor-free between deeper cleanings. Nature's Miracle makes some good odor-neutralizing dog body sprays which help keep the dogs themselves smelling nice, and it seems to help freshen up their beds as well (make sure to check with owners if you want to use any products on their dogs--I usually bring it up saying I'll sometimes use a body spray when we come in from walks, especially if it's wet, to help prevent odors, and show them whatever product I have on hand).

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answered 2016-03-01 21:28:18 -0500

I am a clean freak and I'm obsessed with my house smelling good. I love, love, love my candle warmers I bought at Yankee Candle. It's the ones you plug in and put a melting wax candle on top (Easy Melt Cups.) Everyone that comes in my house always tells me how clean my house smells and I have 2 little dogs and guest dogs. I am about to purchase another one to put in the upstairs area, that's how much I love them.

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I do love Yankee candles and will buy them for more than special occasions.

Lisa B.'s profile imageLisa B. ( 2016-03-01 21:45:12 -0500 )edit
answered 2016-03-02 12:09:05 -0500

We use a wax melts in a Scentsy warmer during the day and diffuse essential oils at night. For cleaning floors, I make up a mixture of half vinegar, half hydrogen peroxide, and add in essential oils. Lemon and sweet orange are great antibacterial / antiviral. Cinnamon helps prevent mold. I am constantly cleaning floors and keep my Swifter Wet Jet on stand by. I've cut a hole in the top of the bottle to refill it with my solution.

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answered 2016-03-03 14:35:07 -0500

To clean my floors and get rid of the dog smell I use Nature's miracle it gets rid of any urine stains or scents as well as dirt and they make it in different scents like lavender! :) then to make the house smell good I use my plug in wax melter as well as an essential oil diffuser with a flowery scent.

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I like to use the Bath and Body Works Wallflower plug ins. They help cover up the "kennel" smell a bit when you walk in the door.

Kelly R.'s profile imageKelly R. ( 2016-03-05 07:23:54 -0500 )edit

Thanks Kelly!

Lisa B.'s profile imageLisa B. ( 2016-03-05 10:00:59 -0500 )edit

Agree, Nature's Miracle is amazing stuff. All natural and works fast.

Cheryl W.'s profile imageCheryl W. ( 2016-03-10 10:01:06 -0500 )edit
answered 2016-03-10 07:33:30 -0500

Hello, I have two dogs and you would never know it. I think it is very important to bath you dogs regularly with a high quality shampoo. I wash the bedding the same day I give my pets a bath. I also like opening the windows to air out the house. If your dogs are clean your house will smell clean.. I know it is a pain to give a dog a bath especially if you have a big dog but your home will not smell like dog. Yankee candles are great also and will give your home a nice smell.

Wendy R

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Your home will not smell like dog if your dog doesn't smell like one. I clean my dogs paws and underbelly everytime he goes for a walk. He is allowed on furniture and most people are surprised when they rub him. My dog sheds so I have to sweep and mop often.

Tamilya W.'s profile imageTamilya W. ( 2017-09-14 09:28:15 -0500 )edit
answered 2016-03-10 13:34:05 -0500

I use odod ban to clean all hard surfaces including crates after each dog leaves. I also use the odo ban to freshen the air and area rugs. It is a disinfectant as well as odor remover.

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answered 2017-08-22 00:09:14 -0500

I learned this from my Mom: before a house party she would put a big pot of water simmering with some apples and a stick of cinnamon. Be sure to check and keep adding water !

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answered 2017-08-23 21:11:28 -0500

I use natural oils, I mix it with soap and water, or water and vinegar to create my own smells. I use lavender, eucalyptus and any other natural oil. Eucalyptus is a natural antibacterial so it disinfects areas on my counters and floors. For my carpets, rugs and dog bed I sprinkle baking soda leave for a while then vacuum. These tricks help keep my house clean and smelling fresh.

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