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Getting Rid of the Pet Smell in Your Home Is Easy
If you have pets, you know they are like family members. Dogs and cats provide love and companionship and are there for you day after day, making your life brighter with their cuddles, funny antics, and loyalty. However, they are not always as clean as you’d like them to be, and they can sometimes cause odors you’d rather not have in your home.
There are lots of products on the market designed to remove pet odors, but most are made with harsh chemicals that may be unhealthy for your pets – not to mention your human family members (especially babies and toddlers who spend time crawling and playing on the floor). Fortunately, there’s an easier way to solve the problem of pet odors: diffusing essential and aroma oils in your home to improve the air quality and replace strong odors with the subtle, pleasant scents you select.
Benefits of scent diffusion
Diffusing essential oils provides a range of benefits. The right scent can help you sleep better, relieve stress, repel pests, and provide a safe alternative to other scenting measures such as incense and candles. Many people find certain oils help relieve their allergy symptoms, make them energized and rejuvenated, keep them feeling fresher and cooler in the summer, and create a festive holiday mood for entertaining.
Scent is strongly associated with emotional responses, so diffusing certain scents can help your family create happy, vivid memories that will uplift you for years to come. On top of all this, diffusing a pleasant scent can also help you rid your home of persistent pet odors and keep it smelling fresh and clean day after day.
Removing pet odors with scent diffusion
When it comes to removing odors, aromatherapy is an effective, natural, and affordable way to get the job done. While commercial sprays may contain dozens of chemicals that can lead to or exacerbate health problems, pure essential and aroma oils are natural and clean and will not cause allergies or any other reactions in most users.
Essential oils first improve the way your home smells by cleaning the air. The fine, dry mist created by AromaTech’s nebulizing diffuser technology binds with dust and other particles in the air and slowly removes them, making the air in your home cleaner and naturally better-smelling. Some oils also contain natural antimicrobial properties that can help eradicate airborne bacteria and fungi in your home.
Next, diffusing essential oils fills your home with a subtle, pleasing scent you, family members, and guests will love. When it comes to choosing a scent, the sky’s the limit. Your home can smell like anything you enjoy, such as cinnamon or pine, or you can choose a scent based on the effect you’d like to produce, like feeling calmer with lavender, more focused with peppermint, or energized with citrus. Here are some suggestions for scenting rooms in your home.
- In the kitchen: Try citrus, which is a bright fragrance that will help eliminate cooking odors. Good choices include lemon, lime, and bergamot. Alternately, go for something homey and warm such as cinnamon or vanilla to create the ambience you want in this heavily-used family-oriented room.
- In the bedroom: If you have trouble sleeping, a fragrance that incorporates lavender, sandalwood, or chamomile can promote relaxation and help you get to sleep. Or choose something romantic such as rose, jasmine, or ylang-ylang.
- In your home office: If you work at home, you might want to choose a scent that can help you stay energized throughout the day. Peppermint, citrus, and lemon are all great for getting you through that afternoon slump.
- In the living room: You probably do most of your entertaining in your living room or family room, so choose a soft, agreeable fragrance that will be pleasant without being overwhelming. Creamy and woody scents tend to work well; try sandalwood, cedar wood, vanilla, or lavender, or even a warm blend such as Vanilla Bourbon.
Other ways to remove pet odors
Besides cleaning the air and diffusing your favorite scents, there are other measures you can take to keep your home smelling great. Regular cleaning is important for any home, but especially so if you live with pets. Develop a cleaning routine and stick to it, particularly in the areas where your pets spend most of their time. Sweep, vacuum, and mop regularly, and wash your pet’s bedding once a week or so. Bathing your pet often with a shampoo specially formulated to be safe for pets will also help with odors. If you have a cat, change the litterbox often and consider purchasing a covered litter box to minimize odors.
When your pet has an accident, clean it immediately for best results. The longer it sits, the harder it will be to get rid of the smell. Remove any excess you can and then use an enzymatic cleaner on the area (always read instructions carefully). Routine carpet cleaning and mopping can help ensure odors and stains don’t have a chance to set in. After using cleaning products in your home, be sure to rinse well to remove any chemicals that might remain.
You can make it easier to keep your home clean and odor-free by choosing the right fabric for your furniture. Some fabrics are much easier to clean than others. If your pets sit on your couch, leather and microfiber are easier to keep clean than velvet, silk, or other materials.
Taking these steps and utilizing a quality scent diffuser in your home can make all the difference when it comes to making your home a pleasant-smelling oasis – even if you live with pets. Our AroMini and AroMini BT are excellent choices for home use: sleek, stylish, and whisper-quiet, they work like a charm to reduce pet odors and create the ambient environment you want in your home. Check out our huge variety of essential and aroma oils specially designed for use with our diffusers to find your perfect scents.