Personally, I hate smelly stuff. Especially the flowery chemical bathroom sprays. I don’t really even wear perfume that often. There is something about spraying chemicals on my body that just doesn’t set right with me. I don’t know how the people in the perfume stores stand it all day. A 3.5-minute walk through leaves me with a brain crushing headache.
The same philosophy rings true for my home. I will occasionally go for the essential oils or natural soy candles, but anything other than that frankly just freaks me out a bit. In college a roommate accidentally put a fabric softener sheet in the dryer with my bed clothes (without my knowledge) and I ended up in the emergency room (I wish I could say I’m exaggerating).
Our pets can also be sensitive to chemical fragrances and strong perfumes. Think about the scented pet products you use. If that chemically, flowery smelling cat litter bothers you when you change the cat litter, imagine how it affects your cat every time they use the litter box. Is your doggie shampoo laden with synthetic perfumes? I recently read about “rainbow scented doggie bags on a roll.” What’s on those PLASTIC bags that make them smell like “rainbow?” If you do like scented soaps for your pet consider one with an essential oil, such as lavender. Lavender is very soothing and great for dogs that are anxious, and what dog isn’t when they’re being bathed.
To neutralize pet odors use nontoxic products that are specifically made for pet messes and pet odors. Natural products made for pets are most effective because they organically break down waste while neutralizing odors, and since they are all-natural, they are safer for homes with animals. Great homemade cleaning solutions such as baking soda, white vinegar and club soda work great. Never use ammonia, it smells like urine to animals and may make your indoor “accident” problem worse. OxiClean Free (OxiClean’s dye- and fragrance-free offering) is what I often use in my home.
BP’s 100% Natural Pet Odor Eliminator is a great example of a natural pet odor product. It claims to be a “safe and effective formula of 100% natural vegetable enzymes which quickly neutralize the strongest pet odors on contact. Non-staining and non-corrosive, so it’s safe for any surface in the home. Can be applied directly to pet. It even removes skunk odor.”
Whenever possible simply air out your home. Fresh air is the best from of Odor Control. It sounds simple, but when was the last time you turned off you’re A/C or heat and opened up your windows and turned on the fans? It’s natural and cheap! Studies show that indoor air pollution can be 3 to 5 times greater than outdoor air pollution. This can be caused by dust, chemicals, pet dander, skin dander (ewww), cleaning agents, artificial fragrances etc.
If you know of a great, natural odor eliminator please share!