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Best Pet Odor Remover

Stink happens. And whether it’s pee, poop, puke Your best chance for eliminating pet odors is to remove as much of the source of the stink as soon as possible and then use a product specially designed to remove odors. Effectiveness is key here. After all, if the product doesn't work, cost and ease of use don't really matter. For our choices here, we also looked at ease of use of the products and whether the product uses pet-friendly ingredients to decrease potential health hazards to your pets. Almost all deodorizing products will leave a scent and your choice may ultimately depend on what scents you like - or dislike. Here's a look at the best products for getting pet odors out of carpets, upholstery, clothing -- and our pets.

Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer

Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer is an enzyme-based product that physically breaks down odors rather than just hide them with another scent. This is the product to use on carpets to get out the smell of urine that has seeped down to the carpet pads. Saturate the area following the manufacturer's directions and let the Urine Destroyer dry naturally. Homeowners who have "inherited" old odors rave about its effectiveness on carpets, flooring and wall surfaces.

Simple Solution Stain & Odor Remover

Simple Solution is another enzyme-based product that is easy to use and effective. The manufacturer suggests that you blot up excess product after 15 minutes which allows the carpet to dry faster than some other products. Simple Solution might be your choice if the area you are working on is in a high traffic area or if you need the area to dry quickly. Simple Solution comes in different fragrances and can be used on bedding, upholstery and other surfaces that are water-safe. It's made of non-toxic materials and is safe for people and pets.

BISSELL 2X Portable Machine Ultra-Concentrated Pet Stain and Odor Formula

With any luck you've successfully used a deodorizing product to get deep into the carpet and pad to eliminate pet odors and their causes. Bissell Pet Stain & Odor 2x carpet cleaner gets a nod for general pet odor-eating. For use with a carpet shampooer, it’s not designed to get out urine or fluids that have seeped down into the underlying carpet pad. However, for getting rid of general doggy smells in the carpet or upholstery it does a great job. It contains citronellol, a natural product generally recognized as safe by the FDA and which gives the product a nice scent. Bissell Pet Stain & Odor 2x is approved for use in all full size carpet cleaners. The addition of Scotchguard is a bonus to help ward off future stains.

20 Mule Team Borax Detergent

Unfortunately, our pets don't just target our carpets and floors. Clothing, pillows, bedding and upholstery can all be subjected to urine, feces and vomit as well as whatever the dogs drag in on their feet or coats. For washable items, 20 Mule Team Borax is a must-have for the laundry room. A natural cleaner, 20 Mule Team Borax can be used in the wash to remove pet odors from bedding or other washable materials. The great thing about this product is that it doesn't add any perfumey scent. For someone who prefers to use unscented laundry detergents this is a real plus as it also won't irritate your pet.

Stink Free Urine Odor Remover

Stink Free Urine Odor Remover uses oxidation to chemically break down odors. It's easy to use - just saturate the area, making sure the product soaks down to carpet pads. The oxidation process also makes it effective on breaking down the odor-causing substance. It's non-toxic, biodegradable and non-flammable. Stink Free also offers cleaning products and other products designed to eliminate pet odors.

Joanne Dekker
I am a lifelong pet owner with a current pet load of two dogs and three cats. I've also owned horses, birds and fish. I've been a volunteer at a local animal shelter since 2004, primarily as a dog walker, including working with abused and neglected dogs that have come from puppy mills or seizures. I have enjoyed the opportunity of working with all kinds of companion animals, and have received training in animal behaviors. I believe in using positive reinforcement when working with animals and have taken all my dogs to obedience training and/or agility classes. I am the author of "Planning for Pets: Trusts, Leash Laws and More," and have spoken on the subject of pet trusts as part of a "Silver Whiskers, Golden Bonds" presentation with veterinarian colleagues.
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