Myths and facts about pet odor & stains removal products

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Myths and facts about pet odor & stains removal products 

by Jessica Britt

My journey as a pet owner has started 5 years ago when I decided to adopt an adorable little kitten. 

Like any pet lover, I was excited only by the thought of stroking the little ball of fur and listening to the purring sound. Less stress, more cuddling up on rainy days? Yes, please. Heartwarming, isn’t it? Having a furry friend is great, but you'll face some challenges when it comes to keeping your house clean. 

It didn’t take me long to find out that having a pet comes with cuteness overload, but also with some really nasty habits and odors. 

Oh, that pungent scent of urine lingering in my carpet! And in my sheets. And even in my pillows. Apparently, the smell was everywhere and it was there to stay! 

Over the years, I've tried different solutions to get rid of the smell and the stains and here's what I've learnt:

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Myth 1:Vinegar and baking soda will fix everything in no time.

Fact: Vinegar and baking soda might work to temporarily neutralize the urine odor. And when I say temporarily, I mean a few hours, maybe a day or two of fresh air. Vinegar is one of the most popular chemical-free solutions for getting rid of stubborn smells. And it is also a natural disinfectant. However, cat urine is composed of things that require far more complex cleaning solutions to remove it from fabrics and surfaces. 

The only things that actually work on eliminating the urine smell and stains are enzyme cleaners. They are highly effective on removing urine stains and they can be also used against a wide range of stains: grease, mud, oil, wine. 

Moreover, vinegar is acidic and it shouldn’t be used on wood furniture, granite or marble surfaces. I’ve learnt the hard way that acids don’t mix well with natural stones and can make them look dull and lose their shine. If your little furry friend made a mess on a piece of wood furniture, cleaning it with vinegar might affect the polish. 

Myth 2: Odor eliminating candles are safe to use around pets 

Fact: Not only aren’t they fully effective against the bad odors, but some scented candles can be harmful for your pets and even for yourself or your family. Not to mention that your pet might accidentally set your whole house on fire if left unsupervised. 

Fragrances, artificial scents and even the candle smoke itself may be irritants or can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory distress or even asthma. 

Last Christmas, I ordered this amazing candle set with cinnamon and gingerbread scent. They smelled divine, but shortly after lighting them up, my cat started sneezing uncontrollably, most likely due to an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. Luckily, it wasn’t anything serious, but since then, I've become more cautious with the products I use near my pet. My advice is to always check the ingredients before using odor candles.  

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Myth 3: Ammonia-based cleaning products are effective against pet stains and bad smells. 

Fact: Ammonia is a popular cleaner found in many household products, but it shouldn’t be used to remove pet urine stains, because it will just make it worse. 

Ammonia is, in fact,  a component of urine and when dogs and cats smell it, they get triggered to urinate again in the same spot. 

Cleaning urine stains with ammonia will only make your pets want to return to the “crime scene” and you will have to clean after them over and over again. 

Moreover, even in low quantities, ammonia can cause some nasty eye, nose, throat or skin irritations, so it should be avoided, especially near pets and children.  

Myth 4: Bleach is the best household disinfectant 

Fact: Bleach is one of the most commonly used chemicals for disinfection, but it can be harmful for both pets and humans. If it's accidentally ingested, bleach can give convulsions, nausea, vomiting, and in extreme cases it can cause death. So don't use it on surfaces where it can come in contact with your pet. 

One more thing: never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. Combining these two cleaning agents is a big no-no, because they will produce toxic vapors that are harmful for you and your pets. 

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What other cleaning myths have you heard of? 

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