Love your pet, but don’t want your house to smell like them? How to dog-odorize naturally

Published on September 27, 2019

Oh, pet owners, you know how it goes. You leave your house for a bit, then when you come back inside, with a clean nose palette you think, “Ew, it smells a lot like a dog in here…”

And there is your adorable pooch lounging on your couch, wagging his tail like, “Yup, that would be me. But I think my smell is beautiful!”

Grit Daily found some ways you can get that stinky scent out of your home naturally.

Natural Ways to Remove Pet Odors

Green Cleaning Coach, Leslie Reichert has a plan and if you’re willing to put in the work you can prevent that doggone aroma from lingering. “You should not use any chemicals around pets,” she said. “They are smaller. They absorb chemicals through the pads of their feet.”

She recommends vacuuming your floors about twice a week and pet beds once a week. Wash the beds twice a month. You may also want to try a furniture cover you can toss in the washing machine when needed. Be sure to mop your floors regularly. That should help remove that hair and dander.

And stock up on baking soda. You can sprinkle the natural odor eater on your couch and carpet, let it sit for a while and then vacuum it. You can also try an air purifier.

Fido Furniture Fragrance

One company, Grow Fragrance, says it’s got a toxic-free spray that can help freshen that couch and room right up. Kelly Swimm, co-founder of the company said the product is made purely from plants.

Grow Air & Fabric Freshener

“All our all of our products meet a rigorous standard of being free from carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins, and acute toxins,” she said. “They are also paraben-free and phthalate-free. In addition, there are no petroleum-based chemicals or synthetic fragrances in our sprays. We use exclusively 100% plant-based ingredients which are verified through bio-based carbon testing.”

Swimm created her products after she had children and started reading the ingredients in many household cleaners and air fresheners. She started to worry chemicals would settle on the ground and other low lying surfaces where kids and pets spend most of their time.

“While we could find non-toxic alternatives to many cleaning products, we quickly realized that a safe home fragrance option didn’t exist,” Swimm said. “Most of the major brands were scented with synthetic fragrance, contained known toxins and still didn’t smell very good. We wanted something that smelled beautiful and could be used for ambience as well.”

The company spent years developing Grow Fragrance and developed hundreds of prototypes. Now the products are available in a few different scents and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. For a list of the ingredients used in each product go to

Stinky Smells Could Signal Trouble

If your pet all of a sudden smells super stinky he could have rolled in something and just needs a bath.

But medical experts remind pet owners if your pooch or cat didn’t dive a dead fish and he has a very strong aroma, it could be the sign of a health issue. You should look for skin irritation or possible problems and call your vet right away if you have questions or concerns.

For more animal news you need to know read the rest of Watchdog Mary’s columns in Grit Daily here.


"Watchdog" Mary Schwager is a Columnist at Grit Daily. She is a television and print journalist watch-dogging for consumers and animals. She is honored to have won 16 Emmy awards, seven Edward R. Murrow awards, and Associated Press awards for investigative reporting and writing.

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