Cute puppy alert! When we got our Pug puppy, I had no idea how much odor a dog leaves behind. He’s so little and adorable but his puppy funk lingers everywhere! As a Febreze partner, I’m excited to share five ways to help control dog odors in your home using the Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator collection. I will also debunk some myths about Febreze, its ingredients, and its safety.
This is a sponsored post made in partnership with Febreze. However, all opinions are my own. Full Disclosure Policy, Legal Clause, and Terms and Conditions – Click HERE.
For 48 years of my life, I can honestly say that I never had a dog. After babysitting our friend’s Pug for two months while they moved across the country, Hubby and I decided that it was time for the pitter-patter of little puppy feet. We are getting ready to be empty nesters, so a Pug puppy was the obvious next step, right?!?
Hannibal joined our family this past August, and we are completely smitten with him. I had no idea how much love and joy and happiness this little ball of fur could bring into our lives and our home.
I also had no idea how much odor a puppy leaves behind. And when it’s your home and you are around it every day, you kinda get used to it. Hannibal can’t bathe every day like humans do. Dogs produce skin oils that get trapped in fabrics when they rub against them. His smelliness is contagious! That linger of puppy odor never seems to go away, so I care for the fabrics that he comes in contact with on a daily basis.
If you are curious about how to control the dog odors in your home, keep reading for five ways to use Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator products. I will also share some behind the scenes information on the ingredients that Febreze uses (and doesn’t) and answer the question many of you want to know – is Febreze safe to use.
I’m a self-proclaimed neurotic puppy mamma (and I know you know what I’m talking about). Hannibal is my baby and everything I do is with his safety in mind. Febreze understands the importance of our fur babies and takes pride in pet safety with their products. For starters, Febreze partners with SafetyCall International and the ASPCA. They also work with on-staff veterinarians and toxicology experts. This is all to ensure Febreze products are safe to use around our pets, because they know how important our fur babies are to us!
As with all Febreze sprays, be sure to test a small area first, and don’t use on fabrics that water spot, including silk, suede, and leather. Always allow for drying time when using around pets. Febreze should never be sprayed around birds. Follow the directions on your Febreze product and never spray directly on your pet.
5 Ways to Control Dog Odors in Your Home
1. Favorite Hang Out Spots
Every dog naturally finds their own “Pet Corner” which is normally near the family. I know Hannibal has his favorite spot in every room he’s allowed in. These spots are like a target for dog odors and boy, do those odors linger! Spray Febreze Air Heavy Duty Pet Odor Eliminator every other day in your high traffic Pet Corners.
2. Family Room
Every dog owner knows that the family room is not actually for the family – it’s for the dog! We’re just here for their entertainment, treats, and snuggles. As the family congregates at night to watch TV or play games, our best friend is right there with us… and the odors that go along. It’s easy to become nose blind and not notice these odors any more. Once a day in the afternoon, spray Febreze Air Heavy Duty Pet Odor Eliminator so your living room smells fresh and clean before evening family time.
3. The Pet Bed Area
Hannibal is 18 pounds, so his bed is relatively small. The directions on his bed say that it’s machine washable, but it doesn’t fit in our washing machine, nor does it have a zipper. Soooo… the puppy funk lingers and lingers. Once a week or when things get too stinky, spray Febreze Air Heavy Duty Pet Odor Eliminator around your dog’s bed area. You can also spray the dog bed itself with Febreze Fabric Pet Odor Eliminator.
4. Blankets, Couch, and Pillows
Our best friend is everywhere, cuddling up with us and on top of everything soft and cozy. This includes blankets, pillows, and the couch. Whether it’s your bed, couch area, or both, those dog odors can run deep – especially on items that are difficult to clean. Once a week, spray your blankets, pillows, and couch with Febreze Fabric Pet Odor Eliminator to help control the dog odors that don’t seem to go away.
5. And Even the Floor!
Genius, if I might say so myself. These are seriously two of my favorite cleaning hacks.
If you have hardwood floors, give a spritz of Febreze Fabric Pet Odor Eliminator on your Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet Dry Sweeping Cloth. Not only will you trap and lock dirt, dust, and pet hair when you clean the floor, it also helps to eliminate the lingering dog odors that get trapped in your floor!
Have carpet or rugs instead? You know how I mentioned the Pet Corner before? In your dog’s favorite hang-out spot, if a pet bed isn’t appropriate for the space, place a small blanket or towel over the carpet or rug where your dog normally rests. This way, you aren’t fighting as many dog hairs on the carpet. Once a week, spray the blanket with Febreze Fabric Pet Odor Eliminator and then wash it as needed. This will go a long way in saving your carpet or rug, and keep the entire area smelling fresh and clean!
Being a good pet parent means picking up after our pooch. This also means lingering poopy odor in the trash can – even when those bags are tied up tight. Once a week or as things get stinky, spray Febreze Air Heavy Duty Pet Odor Eliminator in your trash can to help eliminate even the strongest dog odors.
Febreze and Fragrance
I love Febreze’s collection of Pet Odor Eliminating products for heavy-duty dog odors. But did you know that Febreze also has a collection of Light products that are lighter and have a more delicate scent for individuals with sensitive noses (like me)?
Febreze follows and exceeds very strict safety testing and regulations for fragrances. They also take a responsible approach to creating delightful fragrances and sourcing their ingredients. Their goal is to take a responsible environmental approach through responsible sourcing, which includes using a mix of dependable human-made and natural ingredients.
Is Febreze Safe to Use?
I started using Febreze products over 20 years ago, back in my single days. I used it to freshen up my fabric couch, and especially around the litter box when I had a cat.
Enter later adulthood and a chronic illness, I am a huge skeptic when it comes to commercial products and their safety. After a lot of research, I wanted to rid our home as much as possible from toxic ingredients like VOCs, phthalates, triclosan, and bisphenol-A. In 2015, I did a big purge of many commercial cleaners and products in our home and opted to make my own instead. I didn’t even check the labels – I just assumed all commercial cleaners and products contained these ingredients. As someone who is very brand loyal, it was sad to say goodbye to Febreze.
Fast forward to today, I was pleasantly surprised when P&G contacted me to discuss Febreze and its safety. I was definitely intrigued and cautiously open-minded. I had the honor of attending a 90-minute meeting with their Senior Scientific Communications Manager to learn about Febreze’s product development, safety processes, and ingredients, and ask lots of questions. Here’s what I learned.
Febreze and the ingredients in it are designed with your family and pets’ safety at heart, and rigorously tested for safety. They don’t just test each ingredient independently, but also how the ingredients interact with each other. This determines a product’s safe range standards.
Febreze goes above and beyond the highest safety standards set by external agencies like the EPA. As with all cleaning products, the ingredients in their air fresheners are regulated by government agencies.
I love how transparent Febreze is with their ingredients – they have been disclosing their ingredient list since 2017! They use 100% natural propellant and their ingredients include water, citric acid (like the stuff in lemons), and cyclodextrin (derived from corn). The full list of ingredients in Febreze and a list of ingredients Febreze does not use are available at Febreze.com, so you can feel good about using it as part of your everyday routine.
What’s NOT included in Febreze products:
- Flammable propellants like butane and propane
- Alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates
- Bisphenol A
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
- PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
- Organotins (TBT, DBT, MBT, DOT)
Are you Inspired?
Learn more about Febreze, its safety, and ingredients at Febreze.com and be sure to shop Febreze products at your favorite store!
Love, hugs, and enjoying extra puppy cuddles.
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