|Barked: Tue Feb 1, '11 1:31pm PST |
|In addition to what others are saying, I would like to encourage you to clean smarter not harder!
~ stale air in the home can make it smell off fast, even if you have no pets. Weather permitting, you can open the windows for a while to air things out regularly and that'll help. Air filtration/ventilation systems help here too.
~ Textiles hold odors, so keeping carpets clean is a good way to keep odor at bay. Baking soda is a big help here. Sprinkle over carpets and let sit awhile before vacuuming. Arm and Hammer makes a scented baking soda just to use on carpets with pets (there's a dog and cat on the box). It smells great! Rug shampooing or steaming machines are available on the market for in-home use, though they are rather costly.
~ Even the most clean-toothed, bone-chewing, teethbrushed, hydrated canine mouth produces saliva with an odor to it. Keep favorite toys clean.
~ Sleeping spaces can hold more odor than you'd expect. In between launderings, freshen up pet sleeping spots with your favorite method of odor reduction (Febreeze, essential oils in a spraybottle of water, sprinkle some baking soda and then brush or vacuum off, etc.).
~ Vinegar is a great odor eliminating cleaner. Once dry, things washed with it will smell fresh, but I warn that until the vinegar dries completely, everything will smell a bit like salad dressing.
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