Inside: The three best ways to eliminate dog smells from upholstered furniture like sofas, couches, chairs and even bedding and mattresses.
Guys, I LOVE my dog. Buddy stole our hearts and became a member of our family last December. He’s an old fella and because of that, I’ve been a bit lax in forcing him off our living room couch. I honestly never thought I’d be in my 30s and looking for how to get dog smells out of the couch – but alas, here we are.
Having a dog has been the single biggest challenge to keeping my house clean. I’m constantly laundering drapery, bleaching my slipcovers and freshening my mattresses all because of the dog! But the one question I’m consistently asked is how to stop the dog smell from getting all over everything.
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Prevent Dog Odours on the Couch by Providing an Alternative
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I know the best way to get the ‘smells out of the couch’ is to not let the dog on the couch in the first place LOL. And we have been looking at all sorts of options for our sweet old Bud, including getting him his own Orthopedic Pet Sofa.
But I know that dogs will go on couches and beds when we aren’t around and that it’s still an issue even if you have the best dog bed ever made. This means keeping dog HAIR off your upholstery and carpets is also an issue. I’ve got an entire guide on hacks to keep your home pet hair free.
Tips for Keeping Dog Smells at Bay
Seriously, Buddy is my first dog ever in my life. I never thought I’d have a dog, let alone a giant slobbery one who takes up ALL the space on the couch. The FIRST thing I did was put one of these pet blankets on every floor of the house.
If you have a wafting odor of dog or cat that just sticks in a room no matter what (think rooms that house the litter box or maybe where the dog bed stays), you might want to try making your own simple DIY Air Freshener to Combat Pet Odors. These work to absorb the overall odors that linger in the air and will help keep the smells at bay between cleanings.
I also make it part of my routine to regularly scrub the nose marks from the windows using this non-carcinogenic window cleaner.
I tackle dog hair with a simple set of rubber gloves! Just run your gloved hand over the mess of hair and it’ll ball right up and then you an either vacuum it up or just toss it into the bin.
If there are BIG messes – I’ll use a Scotch-Brite scouring pad to rub out the stain (I’ve used this on our synthetic rugs and our natural wool rugs in a back and forth non-circular motion) and a basic natural cleanser. If it’s particularly bad, I will also pre-treat it with this bar of Sunlight Soap.
Getting Dog Smells Out of Upholstery
While we do use blankets all the time, his distinct doggy smell does permeate into the upholstery. So not cool.
If you’re looking to clean the dog hair off the couch first, check out this post I have about the best hacks for getting dog and cat hair off furniture! Plus you might want to consider regular use of a lint brush on fabric upholstery (read more of my tips for how to use lint brushes). I use one every once in a while to keep things looking fresh – though the lint brush alone will not cut it if the dog or cat consistently sleeps on the couch!
Here’s the BEST, non-chemical solution I have found to combat pet smells in the couch! Fair warning, this definitely will not work for dog or cat pee – that’s a whole different ball of … well, stink. This works for ridding that plain old dog odour from your sofa.
All you need is a spray bottle, some sort of measuring cup, water and Vodka. Yes, vodka. Drink up! Cuz your house isn’t gonna smell anymore! 🙂
Mix three parts water to one part vodka in the spray bottle.
Disassemble the couch or chair and vacuum it out. Test first in an inconspicuous spot, but there was no problem with our dark grey micro fibre couch at all.
Spray down the cushions, and the body of the couch and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Repeat.
You might want to repeat it a third time if it’s particularly smelly.
Before putting it back together, vacuum it one more time. Or you can actually just run your hand over the dirty areas and the dampness of the spray will pull all the dog hair and dirt right to the surface. Yucky – but it works REALLY well.
To give you a sense of how much solution you’ll need, I used approximately 1/3 cup of vodka and 1 cup of water for one pass on our couch. Even though the pillow covers and blanket are machine washable – I always spray them down too and let them dry out. It just freshens them that much more.
Now, keep the dog off the couch until the guests come and go!
Still need to do more house cleaning and deal with pet stains?