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Oh, how we love our rescue pups George and Alice. Since the day we brought them home from the shelter, they’ve been VIP members of our family. But as any dog owners can attest, pups can leave your house smelling a little funky sometimes. To help solve this, we’re sharing some tips for dog owners on how to keep your home clean and smelling fresh. Using the new Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads is at the top of our list.
The way our girls treat our dogs, you’d think they were royalty. When they were puppies, Sophia and Ava would dress them up in their doll clothes and parade them around the neighborhood. Gosh those dogs were patient! Now as they get older, George and Alice are a little more challenging to care for. Alice is 8 but George is 11 and starting to slow down considerably. As they have aged, there are more episodes requiring clean-up. We keep them bathed and groomed, but let’s face it – dogs just produce dog odors.
7 Tips for Dog Owners on How to Keep Your Home Clean and Smelling Fresh
Nobody wants dog messes in their house, or to walk into someone else’s home and smell their dog. From our house to yours, here are some great tips for dog owners on keeping your home clean and smelling fresh.
1. Protect Floors with Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads
Hartz just introduced new Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads specifically made to protect your home from dog messes and accidents. They are made with 6 layers and feature a LeakShield top sheet that quickly traps liquid in the pad, and Flash-Dry technology which turns that liquid into gel to protect your floors. We’ve been using these pads on our hardwood floors where George seems to gravitate when he has an indoor accident. We love the subtle and airy Mountain Fresh scent, which helps keep our home smelling fresh. Clean-up is easy with these Hartz Dog Pads because we just fold them up and toss them when soiled.
2. Freshen Carpet Odors
Our pups usually don’t have accidents on our carpets, but if they did, then the Hartz Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads would work here too. Still, occasionally our carpets smell like dogs anyway. Both George and Alice love to roll on the carpets after a long walk, and their sweat and dander are bound to rub off on our rugs. We found a great way to clean and freshen carpets without going the professional route. Mix one cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of salt and about 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the carpet liberally and allow it to dry, then vacuum.
3. Wash Dog Beds Weekly
Dogs love to snuggle and burrow in their cushy dog beds and rub their dog scent all over the fabric. They just can’t seem to help themselves, and it’s so darn cute to watch them be wiggle worms. But just like the carpets, they leave their smells behind in the process. To eliminate odors, wash dog beds weekly by themselves in the washing machine without laundry detergent. Instead use ¼ cup of baking soda and hot water. Dry the bed outside in the sun and fresh air instead of the dryer.
4. Wash Dog Toys
Another one of our simple tips for dog owners on how to keep your home fresh concerns those toys. Sometimes dog toys are the stinkiest of all, because your beloved pooch has been working that toy in his mouth for days. If the toy can be washed in the machine, repeat the same process as described above for washing the dog bed. You can even put the toys in the same wash as the bed. If the toys are plastic, wash them in the sink with a sturdy brush but do not use soap. Soap can make a dog very sick when consumed.
5. Throw Away Uneaten Food
Few things are stinkier than leftover dog food that has been sitting in the kitchen for hours. Whether you feed your dog wet food or dry, there is a strong odor that pervades when the dog leaves food in the bowl. If they don’t finish their meal within a reasonable amount of time, toss the rest in the trash. Not only will your house smell better, but your dog will be healthier from not eating stale food. Plus bugs! Yuck.
6. Clean Dog Bowls Regularly
Would you allow your kids to eat off the same bowl for every meal without washing it between? Of course not, and you should not allow your dog buddy to do that either. Not only are you doing them a favor with proper hygiene, you are eliminating any germs and bacteria that might exist on meal residue.
7. Bathe Dogs Weekly
This seems like one of the easiest tips for dog owners on how to keep your home smelling fresh on this list, but the hardest to make yourself do. Washing the dog is just a chore, let’s face it. No one in our family likes to do it, and the girls fight over whose turn it is this week. Even so, bathing your dog each week in a mild pet shampoo does wonders for their smell – not to mention their friskiness. You know how your dog shakes and shimmies after a bath? It’s sure to bring a smile to your face and a big hug for your dog (as soon as they are dry enough!)
Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads
As you think about our tips for dog owners on how to keep your home smelling fresh, the best way to protect your floors really is by using Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads. The XL size allows for multiple uses per pad if necessary, the subtle scent helps neutralize odor, and the tech behind these pads traps liquid, so you won’t ruin your floors.
You can find Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Mountain Fresh Dog Pads nationwide at Walmart, Chewy.com and Amazon.