How to Reduce Pet Dander and Pet Odor
Your pet is probably your best friend, but no friends come without those little things that just seem to irritate you no matter what. As you’ve gotten to know little Fluffy, you may have realized she puts off a lot of strange odors, and there’s pet dander all around the house. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce and eliminate the dander and the odors, so your home smells like a home, not the zoo.
Keep It Clean
You most likely already have a cleaning schedule and like to keep up on it because it’s just more comfortable, but it becomes an essential step in your daily routine as a pet owner. If you let your dog or cat use your bed or couch, you’re going to need to clean those furniture items on a regular basis. Keep them vacuumed, so no pet hair or dander hangs around. If they begin to smell, you’ll need to work on getting rid of that as well. You should wipe down hard surfaces, vacuum your carpets every day, and even clean the curtains and other linens in rooms where your pet is allowed.
Minimize the Smells
You can minimize pet smells by sprinkling baking soda on the areas where you can smell your pet the most. Baking soda is excellent at neutralizing odors, even if pet urine is something you’re dealing with. Simply sprinkle it on, wait a few minutes to absorb the smell, and vacuum the baking soda back up.
Clean the Pet Products
If you’re hoping to reduce cat dander or dog dander, you’ll need to keep your pet’s items clean as well. Many owners forget about the dog or cat toys because they seem to get dirty so fast. They may forget to clean the dog bed because it’s tucked into the corner, but it’s important you don’t forget. Throw your dog’s or cat’s toy in the wash every few days. If there’s a leash and harness that gets regular use, keep it clean as well. Your doggy beds, blankets, and other comfort items should be thrown in the wash at least a couple of times per week.
Not only should you clean soft items your pet regularly uses, but you should also clean the hard items. This includes hard toys, but also includes food and water dishes. Toss them in the dishwasher to ensure they are sterilized. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you should still wash them by hand using the hottest water you can stand.
Brush Your Pets
To reduce dog dander, especially, brush your pet regularly. Many dogs need to be brushed daily, depending on the type of fur they have. If your dog only has medium-length fur, you can wait about a week between brushes, and short-haired dogs only need to be brushed every few weeks.
Change Your Filters
The filters in your HVAC system are created to collect the allergens, dirt, and dander you don’t want hanging around your home. Unfortunately, they also trap smells, so if you don’t keep a fresh filter in your system, it’s going to get full and start emitting the allergens, dander, and smells back into your home. If you have filters delivered to your home regularly, you won’t have to even think about it, but will still benefit from the filter’s efficiency in reducing pet dander and odors.
Schedule Your Filter Delivery Today
While there are many things you can do on your own to reduce pet dander and smells, you can’t change your filters without the help of a filter professional. Contact Crockett Filter Club today at 844-401-4604 to get your questions answered, learn about filters, and get your deliveries scheduled.
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