Remove Pet Odor With These Essential Oils

We love our pets. They provide companionship, love, and are an important part of our families. However, our pets are not always as clean as we’d like them to be. Sometimes they leave behind odors which can make our homes unpleasant to be in. Many of the products on the market designed to remove pet odors are made with harsh chemicals that we don’t want to have to expose our families or our animals to! Luckily, there is a natural solution with essential oils. Here are some of the best essential oils to remove pet odors.

Anti-bacterial Essential Oils

The first property you want in an essential oil to combat pet odors is antibacterial. In most cases what is causing the odor bacteria and germs. These bacteria also can make your family sick, so it is essential to make sure that you use one of these essential oils. Some antibacterial oils include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Rosemary

Anti-viral Essential Oils

You also want to incorporate some antiviral essential oils into your pet odor removal. Many of these antiviral oils also have antibacterial properties, so they are really a great option for removing pet odors. Some antiviral essential oils include:

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Eucalyptus
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon

Natural Cleaner Recipes

Once you have chosen your antibacterial and antiviral essential oils, you will want to make some natural cleaners to address the variety of pet stains and odors.  Here are our favorite recipes for natural essential oil cleaners:

 

Spray Cleaner

1 cup of white vinegar

10-20 drops of essential oil

Combine ingredients together and place in a spray bottle. Spray across surface and wipe with a clean towel or sponge.

 

Herbal Disinfectant

2 cups hot water

10 drops essential oil

¼ of washing soda

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray across surfaces and wipe with a clean, damp towel or sponge.

 

Classic Carpet Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

2 tsp salt

15 drops essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. There are two ways to apply this cleaner. You can generously spray it on your carpet with a large spray bottle or use it in a carpet cleaning machine. Allow carpets to dry then vacuum the area. Can also be used on upholstery.

 

Foaming Carpet Cleaner

3 cups of water

¾ liquid castile soap

10 drops essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a kitchen blender until foamy. Take the foam and rub into the soiled area with a damp sponge or scrub brush. Let the foam dry completely then vacuum the area. Can also be used on upholstery.

 

Carpet Deodorizer

2 cups baking soda

30 drops essential oil

Combine baking soda and essential oil in a jar. Shake well until the essential oil is fully distributed in the baking soda. Sprinkle liberally over carpets. Let set 1-2 hours or overnight. Vacuum the area thoroughly.

 

Essential Oil Laundry Soap

1 bar of grated castile bar soap

1 cup of washing soda

1 cup borax

20 drops essential oil

Mix thoroughly together in a jar. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry. Can also be used to spot clean upholstery.

 

Purify The Air

Once you have cleaned all the odor causing spots in your home, the next thing you will need to do is purify the air to get rid of the residual pet odors for good. Here are the air purifying essential oils we recommend:

  • White Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Balsam Fir Needle
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavandin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrrh
  • Myrtle
  • Sweet Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

 

To purify the air, simply place any of these oils in your aromatherapy diffuser and let them clean all the pet odors from your home. If you want to keep your home free of pet odors in the future, burn these oils everyday to purify the air.

Pets are a wonderful addition to our families, but they can often leave behind an unpleasant odor. Luckily with essential oils you can remove these odors naturally. So the next time your pet has an accident or your just notice your home is smelling a little off, deploy these great essential oils to keep your house fresh and clean.

Article by Chad Pegura