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Pets and Your Home

How to Frugally Get Rid of Pet Odor


by Nikki Willhite


Most people look upon their pets (dogs and cats) as members of their family. Pets are adorable, lovable, loyal and more, but they are not people.  Eventually, in spite or your best efforts to train them,  they will make "mistakes", and the house will smell.  Just having them in the house will make it smell.


Dogs that play outside get dirty, and odors come into the house with the dog. Those with cats have to deal with litter boxes.  Both have hair that will shed all over your house. 


Never-the-less, we love our pets. The odor...not so much.  How do you make a house as clean and sweet smelling as possible when you have a pet?


First of all, try and stay on top of it.  Keep you cat's litter box supplied with fresh litter.  Self-cleaning litter boxes work well.  Keep some disinfectant spray handy to wipe the floor and walls around the litter box on a regular basis.  Odors do permeate drywall.


Clean air is good for everyone.  Run a couple air fresheners in your home.  There are many models available at different price points.  We purchased our air filters at Costco.  I consider them frugal because the filters can be cleaned instead of replace.


Add some fragrance in your home.  There are so many ways to add lovely scent to your home.  My favorite is the electric wax burner.  Walmart sells the wax at a frugal price.


The most difficult thing to deal with is your carpet.  If you can, get rid of it.  Carpet holds smells for years.  It is very difficult to remove the smell of urine from carpet.  Find an inexpensive flooring solution for your home that doesn't involve carpet.  Invest in some frugal pretty vinyl flooring or frugal laminate.


It is work, and sometimes takes sacrifice,  to keep your home smelling fresh and clean when you have pets.  Just having a pet is an extra expense and takes up time.  Love your pets and your home!  Do what it takes to make your home comfortable for both your family, your friends, and your pets.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 









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