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10 Steps To Removing Dog Odor From Your Home

10 Steps To Removing Dog Odor From Your Home
    Having a dog is like having an extra family member—one that is cute and fluffy, will love you unconditionally, and depend on you entirely. However, it is also one that sheds hair, eats what it wants, and emits all kinds of unpleasant odors almost constantly. So how do you get that familiar “dog smell” out of your house? How do you prevent people entering from knowing that a dog resides there before even seeing it? Here are some easy steps for removing dog odor from your home.

    1. Quick Cover-Ups

    The first and most obvious method for covering up dog odor is to use one of the many stop gaps that you can find in just about any store these days. For example, Febreze might not work as a permanent solution but it can temporarily cover up a smell.

    2. Baking Soda

    When it comes to targeting specific, isolated odors, there is sometimes nothing more effective than baking soda. A natural absorber of odor, you can sprinkle a little baking soda onto dog urine, and wipe or vacuum it up. It will soak up the liquid and neutralize the smell. Be sure to test a small, unseen part of the fabric or carpet first to make sure it will not discolor upon application.

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    3. Make a Spray

    If none of the above work, you can make your own odor-neutralizing fabric spray using baking soda, white vinegar, and water in a spray bottle.

    4. Change your Filters

    You will need to take other measures to combat broader smells that you cannot target with a topical application or spray. For example, general dog odors can cling to air filters, so you might want to purchase a HEPA air filtration system to prevent this. I change my filters often and have had great success in doing so.

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    5. Regular Cleaning

    A lot of odor elimination starts with simple prevention. For this reason, it is important to regularly wash and clean everything that the dog uses. This not only includes bowls and bedding, but also all toys and so on. Anything that cannot be machine-washed should be washed by hand, and anything that is too far gone should be replaced. Your dog will appreciate the shiny new toys anyway!

    6. Regular Vacuuming

    Another means of odor prevention is to vacuum regularly. Dog hair and smells can build up in your carpet, and so the best way to prevent that is to make sure that you clean it on a regular basis. As well as vacuuming, it is recommended that you get your carpets deep cleaned at least every two years.

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    7. Cleaning Hardwood Floors

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that pet odor only clings to carpet and other fabrics. If you have hardwood floors, you will also want to clean them regularly—both by sweeping and mopping with a good floor cleaner.

    8. Grooming

    As well as cleaning your dog’s belongings, you should also wash your dog regularly. If you can afford to do so, professional grooming is a great way to go. For other occasions such as more regular cleaning or if you don’t want to spend money on a professional groomer, you can wash your dog yourself using dog shampoo. I use shampoo from Nature’s Remedies because it is organic and natural. My dog seems to enjoy it more as well. There are cheaper options if you can’t afford to go completely natural and organic.

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    9. Regular Vet Visits

    You should also prioritize regular visits to the veterinarian. Sometimes excessive odor can be a sign of something wrong and that doesn’t just go for gas, but for things like ear infections as well. I went to the vet once for something totally unrelated only to be told that we were feeding our dogs the wrong food and that was causing a lot of the odor issues. We changed foods and had amazing results.

    10. Embrace New Scents

    Sometimes as a dog owner, a mild dog smell is simply unavoidable. You might have to go shopping and search for some new scents that you like, whether in the form of candles or plugins. These might seem like pointless endeavors, but you will soon find that this smell will be the first that people notice upon entering your house- a much better option than a dog smell.

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    Last Updated on November 17, 2019

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

    1. Make a gift bag.

    A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

    2. Give a toast.

    Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

    3. Write a poem.

    “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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    4. Create your own labels.

    There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

    5. Give a gift card.

    Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

    6. Send a letter.

    Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

    7. Use social media to send a special message.

    If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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    8. Make your own digital greeting card.

    While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

    9. Make a YouTube video.

    Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

    10. Deliver cookies or candies.

    Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

    11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

    There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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    12. Put together a flower basket.

    Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

    13. Take a picture.

    Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

    14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

    The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

    15. Do something special for them.

    Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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    16. Reciprocate their help.

    Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

    17. Be there for them.

    Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

    18. Listen to them.

    Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

    19. Say it in another language…or two…

    A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

    20. Show them some love.

    A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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