3 Tips for Removing Odor Caused by Pet Dander

Two-thirds of all households in the United States have at least one pet. That means some 86 million cats and 78 million dogs are owned by Americans.

The figure increases to 310 million when you include all the birds, fish, small animals and horses that are owned as pets. That's how much Americans love their pets. And the reason is not far-fetched.

Pet ownership has many advantages. Asides companionship, owning pets can also be a source of stress relief. Watching them run around the house or struggle with you for that T.V remote or pillow can help you let off some steam.

They're also sources of unconditional love. Some of them will stick with you when the world leaves you. How sweet!

But as with all good things, there's the bad side too. And pets aren't excluded from the list. One particular negative when it comes to pets is pet dander.

Pet dander (or animal dander) is loose skin cells (like dandruff) from animals such as dogs and cats which are prone to frequent shedding. These skin cells, which contain secretions from glands in the animal's skin, float in the air as these animals move from one room to the next, increasing the possibility of dander being breathed in by people.

Because pet dander carries trace remnants of saliva, urine, feces, or dead skin cells, it triggers allergic reactions, and it brings unpleasant odors.

Since these animals tend to move around a lot, the hard part ensuring your home is pet-dander-free becomes being able to find it and clean it up.

Have you been having issues with pet dander odor? Need a guide on how to get rid of them effectively? Not to worry, you can find the entire guide here. In this article, however, I'll be sharing with you few tips on how you can eliminate odor caused by pet dander.

1. Home Cleaning

There are countless ways of getting rid of the odor caused by pet dander. One of them is to try some basic home cleaning processes.

From frequently washing the floors to regular vacuuming, using air fresheners and all, these basic processes can help ensure that your home or office or car does not smell of pet dander.

You can also wash out your upholstery to get it squeaky clean. Since household items such as carpets tend to collect a lot of dander, you'll need to clean these surfaces more frequently in order for your efforts to be most effective.

Another idea is to purchase a vacuum with a High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filter, as it's specifically engineered to remove dander from surfaces of rugs, chairs, carpets, etc.

It may sound simple, but that's the idea. Because most of these pets shed hair almost every day, it's the regularity of these cleaning processes that will ensure that you have an odor-free environment.

2. Use Odor Treatment

Since pet dander will usually float their way into little hard-to-reach spaces in the house or car, cleaning may not be the best option.

Another effective way to eliminate pet dander smells is to use odor treatment. Most of them can be safely and effectively used on carpets and can be applied to any fabrics, or surface.

Bothered about chemicals? You shouldn't be. Some of these odor treatments do not contain harsh chemicals, which makes it environmentally friendly and safe to use.

3. Regular Baths

No matter how much you try the first two tips given, if you ignore your pet, your quest to totally eliminate pet dander and its accompanying odor will be almost impossible.

Ensuring that your pet gets a regular bath will help reduce the amount of dander it'll be carrying around on its body. You may even want to consider using an anti-dander shampoo as an option while bathing them.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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