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 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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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 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 2017-11-15 12:50:25 -0500

Use plug ins in higher places if your dog is a chewer, but the Febreeze plug ins works wonders for my home along with lighting a Bath and Body Works candle every 2 days for a few hours. Pine Sol is great for floors and smells wonderful! There is also the waterless shampoo (spray) for fur babies for those who do not get washed often due to either allergies or simply because their oils would be stripped if you bathe them too much :)

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answered 2017-09-04 18:44:02 -0500

A carpet cleaner used weekly or bi-weekly, a wax melty thing with nice scents (they last a long time), and constant cleaning. I will use the occasional candle but make sure it is up and away from pets! Natures Miracle really helps with spot cleaning too.

Cleaning is a constant thing with dog sitting, just to keep your home from smelling "doggy" and then comes the other smells.

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answered 2017-08-26 08:39:29 -0500

I vacuum.... A LOT. I find that makes a huge difference. I make sure to do the couches too. You can sprinkle baking soda or other household powder deodorizers on the rug, let it sit and then vacuum it up.

I also have central air and every once in a while, I will run the fan (no air or heat) and the circulation makes a huge difference. Do that before company.

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