Do Air Purifiers Work for Pet Odor?

Top 4 Ways to Identify and Get Rid of Pet Odors

Pet owners, we know you adore your pets. But as pet owners, we also know that you don’t love that stinky pet stench. 

You know the one where your dog traipse in, smiles wide, and then shakes rain all over your kitchen. Or your lovely kitty who is precious – until she goes in her litter box and kicks cat litter so it goes flying over the edge of the box, onto your floor. 

Pets are pets. That’s why we love them. But we also know they can make the house smell a little … different! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways we can keep the stench – and embarrassment – low, and the pet fun high. Follow these tips and tricks for easy ways to clean your home of pet odor. 

  1. Sniff, sniff. Where is that coming from? 

We all know when we have a case of needing to rid of pet odor. Sometimes, however, you may not even notice your home has pet smells… But friends and family who visit definitely will. Here are some instances where your home might have the pet stench:

  • Pet urine: If your dog or cat has gone to the bathroom inside of your home, there is a very good chance the lingering smell may be coming from it. Cat urine is far more potent than dog urine as it is much more concentrated. It can last for years in your home. The easiest way to find where pet urine might be is by using a UV light
  • That famous “doggy smell”: This smell can appear in your dog’s – or yes, even your cat’s – favorite go-to spaces. Their pet stench can seep in over time and make that space have a smell if you don’t treat it.
  • Litter box: Not exactly the most surprising location, but keep in mind that what you might be smelling is just the lingering odors of your cat’s litter box. 
  • Pet beds: If your pet absolutely loved their snuggly bed, the stench might be coming from there. Think of it like your mattress. After sleeping there for a while, sweat, hair, and drool can seep into the beds and make them smelly over time. 
  • Other: Your pet’s smells might be from dental problems, yeast infections, or skin infections, so it might be helpful to bring your pet to the vet’s if you’ve addressed all other potential factors and the smell still has not disappeared.
  1. Some quick ways to get rid of pet odor

Now that you may have an idea of where that pet odor is coming from, you can focus on cleaning it up. Here are some ways to clean your home and keep it smelling fresh:

  • Pet urine: If you discovered your adorable kitty or puppy may have left their mark, you’ll want to clean that up ASAP as it can really linger. The best way to clean dog urine is by rinsing the stain with water or using a wet vacuum to clean the area up. After, use a pet neutralizer like Angry Orange – not vinegar – so it can soak up whatever is left. If you have a cat, you may have to deep clean the floor pad and even subfloor, so it might just be easier to hire a professional cleaner.
  • That famous “doggy smell”: The first step to get rid of general pet odor is to vacuum that space. It will take up the pet hair that’s left there. After, sprinkle the area with baking soda and leave it there for 20-30 minutes before removing. 
  • Litter box: Cleaning your cat’s litter box is rather quick. Simply scoop the poop out every day and change the cat litter out at least once a week. Add some baking soda to the bottom of the box before adding in the litter for extra protection and sweep the area around it. For extra cleanliness, wash the floors and walls near by it. 
  • Pet beds: The first step is to get as much pet hair off as possible before throwing it into the washing machine. You can also take it to the dry cleaners if it is too big for your machine. Be sure to use pet-safe detergent. After it is washed, vacuum it often to prevent future odors. 
Woman wearing a gray spaghetti strap cleaning the blue little box or cat toilet, feeling stinky
  1. How an Air Purifier Might Be the Best Choice for Your Family and Home

If you have lots of fun pets or have visiting friends or family members who might be allergic to your pets, you may want to consider an air purifier. 

Air purifiers can help take care of that pet smell that might be lingering in the air. Look for air purifiers that contain an Activated Carbon Filter to help get rid of pet stench in the air. If you want to address the pet dander in your home, look for HEPA filter air purifiers as it can help catch these particles in the air. 

Do note that even as you get the right air purifier in your home, it will not address pet hair or odors that are already on surfaces as air purifiers catch what is in the air. 

  1. Some Air Purifier Recommendations 

There are many air purifier options out there, but we recommend Veva for high quality, simple design, and coverage. 

Pet odors can really stink up your home – but it doesn’t have to linger! With the help of an air purifier and cleaning some specific pet items, your home will soon smell less like your pet and feel cleaner in no time.