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10 Steps To Removing Dog Odor From Your Home

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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 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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