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Stuck In The Dog House? Keep Pet Smells Under Control

Stuck In The Dog House? Keep Pet Smells Under Control

More than half of all Americans have a dog or cat in their home, that’s over 144 million[1] furry friends in the U.S. alone. There are numerous health benefits to owning a pet, including physical, mental and emotional. If you have pets, you’ll know that they come with love, responsibility and unfortunately sometimes some pretty bad smells.

Over time you can get used to your home’s smell, be it good or bad. This process is called ‘sensory adaptation’, reduced sensitivity to things you repeatedly see, hear and smell (2). In order to reduce the amount of sensory stimuli, the odor receptors in your nasal passage stop sending messages to the brain about lingering scents. This way your brain can focus on unique smells that are ‘out of the ordinary’ which could present a potential threat, i.e. smoke from a fire

This is why guests in your home might be able to pick up the bad scent of pet odors more so than you. You may feel like a time consuming deep clean is the only solution to bad pet smells, but often there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Try some of our odor controlling tips below, so you can stay on top of bad pet smells, replacing them with that clean feeling, bursting with fresh fragrances:

Regular dog baths can damage their skin and coat, instead try to wash and rub their paws directly after walks. Dogs can be quite active and if they are off the leash running around, you may not know what they have stepped in. Not only does washing their paws on their way in help to stop muddy paw prints, it also means you can be sure that whatever they have stepped in does not get tracked through your home, leaving any bad smells.

Buying a black light might sound like a strange tip to keep on top of bad pet smells, but taking a forensic approach to hunting down the source is one way to help control lingering odors. Black lights can be bought for around $20 at home improvement stores and use UV light to show up any accidents your pet might have had[3][4].


Especially useful when toilet training your pet, black lights show up dried urine on virtually any surface - furniture fabrics, rugs, tiles, wallpaper & bedding. For the best results reduce the light in the room and wave the light over any surface your pet might have been, or where there are lingering bad smells. Phosphorus in the dried urine will glow under the black light and be much easier to spot. We recommend marking all the glowing spots with tape so you can come back to them and wipe them up once the lights are back on.

If you decided to invest in a black light you might be horrified to see pet bedding glowing bright under the UV light. Just like humans, some pets are can be creatures of habit, so if your pet has a bed, or even loves to lay on yours, there is a chance that this could be where some of the bad smells are emanating from. As best practice, this bedding should be washed on a regular basis to remove the bacteria that cause bad smells[5], as fabrics can hold onto smells easily[6].


In the same instance, if your pets go on the sofa or on your bed then make sure you also wash any cushions or bed linen regularly to ensure unpleasant smells do not set into the fabrics.

The shape and size of a dog’s ears have evolved to increase their sense of hearing. With an increase in size comes an increased risk to infection which can be quite common. If you have bathed your dog and you’re still noticing a bad stench, or if they seem to be paying more attention to their ears than normal, they may have an infection. It is strongly advised you see a vet for a proper cleaning as ears are delicate and can easily be damaged.

Let’s not forget about the car, where pet smells can be especially bad. It may not be so easy to regularly wash your car seats, so try and lay down tarpaulin when you can, and of course have a bottle of Air Wick Pure handy for after the clean so you can have a burst of fragrance before setting off on your next adventure together!

Air Wick can help leave your home feeling refreshed and you feeling relaxed. Air Wick has an array of products that can help ensure your home is always smelling its best and a vast range of fragrances that help you create the environment that you want.


With Air Wick® Pure you can give your home a burst of fragrance whilst eliminating the unpleasant smell. The Pure air freshener neutralizes odors with less wet residue. The Air Wick special formulation has no added water, giving you a more concentrated fragrance to suit your mood.

Invigorating Your Home With Fresh Fragrances Is Simple

Try Air Wick© Room Sprays for an instant burst of fragrance. Propelled by 100% filtered air and available in fragrances like White Lilac & Orange Blossom and Fresh Waters, these room sprays will help keep any unwanted pet odors at bay.