Do you have your very own little “smelly cat” or a particularly sticky pooch? Even if you take every precaution to ensure your furry friends are clean as a whistle and spotlessly groomed, accidents happen and sometimes pet odors cannot be avoided. In fact, dealing with various odors is a natural part of living with our most loyal of friends. It’s a sacrifice we make so that we have that special, incomparable bond and companionship.
If you aren’t sure of the pet odors we’re referring to, you may be one of the lucky few who simply don’t have to deal with such things, but most of us understand that with great pet ownership comes the occasional unavoidable odor. And accidents happen, especially if you have a puppy or kitten, or a beloved senior pet.
There are countless products that are aimed at helping to manage pet odors. Unfortunately, many of them are chemical-based. When you spray that “odor-reducing” spray in your house, or sprinkle that perfumed carpet cleaning powder or spray, you’re potentially filling the room with chemicals, and that’s not good for you, your family or your pets. There are healthier, natural alternatives that are quite effective.
Burning Pearl Street Lights’ candles can have gentle, pleasant and effective benefits when hiding or eliminating pet odors.
Managing Pet Urine Stains Naturally in 3 Simple Steps
One of our customers has a sweet senior dog who, unfortunately all too often, believes he is outside and urinates on the floor next to the sliding glass door. Also unfortunately, this occurs near her at-home workspace. She spends quite a bit of time in the vicinity of her dog’s favorite ‘oops’ spot and needed a quick, natural, effective remedy. She found that using vinegar and baking soda to manage the stain and odor issues helped to neutralize the majority of the smell.
Here’s what she does:
Step 1: When you notice your pet has had an accident on your carpet, immediately blot the stain, then sprinkle 1-2 cups of baking soda on the stain. Wait for several hours or even a full day. The baking soda will soak up much of the wetness. When the baking soda is almost dry, pick it up with a paper towel. As it will be a bit clumpy and may still be wet underneath, we don’t advise that you vacuum the baking soda at this point.
Step 2: After you’ve removed most of the baking soda, pour a ½ water and ½ vinegar solution onto the top of the entire stain. You will see a bubbling reaction from mixing the vinegar and baking soda, as there will likely be a bit of leftover baking soda in the carpet. That is OK, as this reaction can help in the neutralizing process. Let the vinegar sit on the stain for several hours, then using an old towel or rag, absorb the remaining vinegar from the carpet.
Step 3: During this process, while the vinegar and baking soda are working their magic, our customer was still finding she could smell the odor. She decided to burn her Love and Madness wax melts and found that the odor was no longer detectable, and filled her room with freshness that lasted all day, even though she only melted her waxes for a couple of hours.
She also found that Pearl Street Lights Chi Chi candle helped, with its vibrant tangerine and coconut scents, to pleasantly cover the odor, and also helped her to focus while she worked. Bonus!
It really did the trick for what she was hoping to do - to neutralize the odor completely while filling the house with a pleasant fragrance.
For many of us, our pets are family. There’s not a whole lot you wouldn’t do for your furry friends and that includes making sure they’re happy and comfortable. Using chemical-free products, using candles to enhance your space, and managing the not-so-awesome side of pet ownership in a natural way helps everyone in your household to live their best lives.