How to Keep Your House Smelling Fresh with a Dog

We have a 100-pound Doberman Pinscher named Moose, so when I say I know how to keep your house smelling fresh with a dog, I really mean it! Keeping your house smelling good doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming. With a few of my tips from the last four and a half years, you can keep your home smelling fresh. Your furry friend is part of the family, but their odors don’t have to be. 

doberman pinscher laying on a rug in a living room
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How To Keep Your House Smelling Fresh with a Dog

It can sometimes feel overwhelming to try to keep pet odors at bay around the house, but it doesn’t have to be that way. From deodorizing rugs to hidden essential oil cotton balls, you’ll be able to enjoy your furry friend without worrying about the smell of your home. Let’s dive into eight of my best tips that I’ve used over the last four and a half years! 

Use Baking Soda To Deodorize Rugs & Soft Surfaces

Rugs and soft surfaces like couches and chairs seem to hold onto pet odor more than anything else. I have a simple hack that’ll not only deodorize the surfaces but also make them feel clean again.

Once a month or as needed, sprinkle baking soda over rugs and soft surfaces like your couch. Let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes, then use your vacuum to sweep the surfaces thoroughly. By doing this, you’re getting rid of the odor, dirt, and oils left behind by your pet. How cool is that?!

Wash Dog Beds and Blankets Weekly

To keep odors at bay, it’s important to wash your dog’s bed and any blanket they use once a week. This prevents a buildup of smells and keeps your pet clean. Moose has a removable bed cover that makes washing easy. 

Wipe Dirty Paws at the Door

A huge help for keeping odors away has been wiping muddy paws at the door. My husband, Tyler, started this idea when we first moved to Tennessee. You wouldn’t think this would help, but boy does it! You won’t have any mud residue sitting around, which means less odor. 

We like to keep an old towel in our garage by the back door where Moose goes outside. When he comes in, Tyler or I will wipe his paws if the ground is wet and muddy. Then, once a week, I throw the towel in the laundry with the rest of Moose’s bedding. It’s simple and effective.

Sweep and Mop Weekly

Between dirty paw prints, shedding, and excess water bowl drips, I find it’s best to sweep and mop the floors once a week. This not only helps keep the house clean but also reduces odors. Just a quick lap around the rooms will make a huge difference; there is no need to deep clean every crevice. 

Open the Windows When Possible

When the weather allows, open your windows to let fresh air in and stale air out. When those cool mornings occur, be sure to take advantage of the fresh air with a few minutes of open windows. If you’re thinking, “I can’t do that because of our weather,”  we hear you. Living in the South makes it a little difficult from April through November, but any chance we get, we open those windows! 

Regularly Groom Your Dog

Brushing and bathing your dog regularly seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important. We bathe Moose once a month, which is the recommended time for Dobermans. But we brush him once a week with a fragrance-free probiotic deodorizing spray that keeps his fur fresh. Doing this will help your pet stay smelling good.

Use Pet Safe Essential Oils (talk with your vet first)

This tip needs to be used with extreme caution. I don’t usually talk about essential oils on the blog, but this has been very helpful in our home. Before you do either of these, please talk to your veterinarian about what essential oils are safe for your dog and the safety around using them. Not all oils are safe and can harm them. 

To help your home smell fresh, you can diffuse pet-friendly essential oils or place drops on cotton balls and hide them around the house. 

If you do the cotton balls, you can tuck them behind picture frames, plants, under cushions, etc. But please be sure your pet can’t get to these cotton balls. You don’t want them to ingest any essential oil or cotton.

Keep on Top of Odors Before They Get Bad

I left the most helpful tip for last; keeping on top of odors before they get bad is so important. It’s easier to prevent them than to get rid of them. By following at least one of these tips, you can keep your home smelling fresh.

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  1. Great article and tips!! I can say this really works!! When I (mom) visit Molly, Tyler and Moose their home smells wonderful. It doesn’t smell like they have a dog in the house. I have to say Moose smells pretty good himself.