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How to Deodorize Furniture with Baking Soda to Eliminate Pet Odors

By Edited Aug 23, 2015 1 3

All Natural Deodorizer

Baking Soda Uses

Do you have pet smells in your home? Chances are if you have a dog or cat you do.  I have a Yellow Lab and she is the best dog...but even though she doesn't climb on furniture she sheds year round so I end up having  to vacuum daily.  When the couch and chair start to get that 'I have a dog' smell I reach no further than the kitchen cupboard.  Baking soda does the trick every time, here's what I do:

  • Vacuum rug (I have an area rug in my living room so I don't need much), couch, chair and ottoman
  • Sprinkle baking soda on everything, including pillows, rug  and cushions.
  • Let sit overnight or a couple of hours
  • Vacuum again.  I use the vacuum's pet attachment for furniture.
  • Now I take a deep breath and enjoy.

Since I vacuum daily already this isn't that much more work than I already do and the difference is remarkable.   My home smells better and I'm not embarrassed if someone stops by.  I also use baking soda in her kennel to keep it smelling fresh.

I've used other methods, Frebreeze, Oust, Candles, etc.  and these only work to cover the smells not neutralize them.  If you want to effectively remove dog and cat odors from your home nothing compares to Baking Soda.  The effect lasts from anywhere to a couple of days to a week depending on the season on how much the kids are home playing with her and what's best is it all natural and non-toxic. 

 Another way to use baking soda for dog smells is to sprinkle a small amount directly on your pet and brush.  Not only will this clean her coat it will help keep her fur shiny and it also  helps with shedding.  Applying directly doesn't seem to bother my dog, but if it does yours you can pour some on your hands and rub in as you pet her.  Tip:  I do this outdoors so if she shakes it doesn't get all over the place.  She smells better and enjoys the attention while getting brushed.

There many uses for Baking Soda for your home and it is inexpensive, it is worth keeping an extra box around for your pet deodorizing needs.  This is just as effective for cats and you can add some Baking Soda to the litter box to keep it smelling fresh between changes.

Here are some more uses for baking soda: 

  • Sprinkle in sneakers leave overnight and shake out in morning
  • Put on car floor mats and vacuum after a couple of hours to keep vehicle smelling fresh
  • Refrigerators and freezers will keep smells at bay with a box in the back (change monthly)
  • To use as a tooth whitener make into a paste and apply with toothbrush
  • Deodorize drains and garbage disposal.  Poor your leftover baking soda down drains after replacing in your refrigerator and freezer


 I hope you find these ideas useful and I know you will enjoy your fresh smelling home.




Jun 14, 2011 7:55am
That was a realy good informative and helpful article for reducing pet odours and good household cleaning information. Baking is so good and cheap and better still reduces the need to use chemicals. Well done.
Jun 14, 2011 7:56am
Sorry that was supposed to say baking soda is so good.
Jun 14, 2011 9:10am
Good info for the use of baking soda.
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