how to get rid of dog smell in new house

How to Get Rid of Dog Smell in New House

How to Get Rid of Dog Smell in New House

There is nothing worse than moving into a new house and immediately being a victim of dog smell. Whether it’s the smell from the old owner’s dog or the smell of your own dog running amok in your new house, there are ways to fix it. 

The best way to get rid of dog smell in a new house is to completely remove the source. No, that doesn’t mean removing the dog! It means the best way to remove dog smell is to remove the smell itself rather than to mask it. While this can certainly be a challenge, it is definitely possible with some hard work and elbow grease. 

Today we’ll take a look at the best ways to effectively remove the stink of dog from your new house. 

Sweep & Mop Hardwood Floors

This may seem pretty obvious, but you would be surprised how many people live with dog smell and never think about really cleaning their floors. This is not an ordinary sweep and mop job. You need to get rid of all the loose stuff your dog sheds on a regular basis, including hair, dirt, and dander. 

To do this, you need to thoroughly clean. Sweeping like a maniac is just going to kick hairs and other doggie debris into the air where they will spread around your home and make it stink even worse. If sweeping with a regular broom, be sure to sweep slowly and gently, and make sure you get the collected dust straight into the trash can. 

Vacuuming is always the best, followed by a gentle sweep, and then finished off with a very serious mopping. Every hardwood floor in your house needs to be mopped thoroughly. You can use a Swiffer, you can get on your hands and knees with a rag and a bucket of water, or you can bust out the mop. Whatever you do, make sure that floor is scrubbed and free of dog dust!

Vacuum Everything

Anything fabric needs to be vacuumed. Now that the hardwood and tile floors have been swept and mopped, you need to vacuum every carpet in your house. Carpets are like clogged air filters full of dog smell and dust. These need to be seriously vacuumed. 

You also need to vacuum every single piece of furniture, even if the dog has not been in contact with it. Every fabric in the house is like a magnet for hair and other things that create dog smell. Make sure you get in the cracks and crevices, make sure you vacuum the curtains and drapes, and make sure you flip the cushions over and do both sides. 

After you have vacuumed, if you really want to do some extreme smell abolishing, wash your carpet and wash the cushions of your couches, then hang them out to dry. Make sure that when the furniture pieces and carpets come back into the house, they smell fresh and new and nothing like dog. You want the new home smell in your new home, not the old dog smell.

It’s worth noting that if you do not frequently wash your throw pillows or linens, you should definitely start doing that. Dog smell clings to everything, including drapes, clothing, and even the linens in your bedroom, regardless of whether the dog goes in there or not. Keep everything washed and clean so your house smells better.

Fresh Air

It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the hottest summer on record or the coldest winter in existence, let some fresh air into your new home. Fresh air can help blow that gross dog smell out of your new house and into the open air. If possible, keep the windows open for a few days and let your house recycle the fresh air and get the dog smell out.

Air filters are another great way to keep the air recycling through your house and flowing properly, which helps get rid of any gross pet smells. Assuming you use any kind of indoor air control system, whether heating your home or cooling it, there is going to be an air filter. If the air filter is clogged, the air is going to be having a harder time being distributed throughout your house. This leads to stale air and stale smells. 

You just need to find the furnace room where your air conditioning unit (furnace) is kept, and remove the air filter. The air filter is usually hiding in a thin rectangular casing on the bottom of the furnace. You just need to remove the filter and replace it with a new one, which you can purchase at any hardware store. Then the air will be flowing freely throughout your house, taking the dog smell with it.

Air purifiers are also quite popular, especially if you don’t have an indoor cooling system. An air purifier will help to literally suck the dander and debris from the air inside your house so that it smells better. There are lots of air purifiers around, and they’re actually quite good at purifying the air in your home, including killing bacteria and dangerous fungi. 

Not only do air purifiers make your house smell better, but they actually make it safer, and they help to protect your family from getting sick.


Repetition is important. If you own the dog that is making your new house stink, you need to do a big clean every week. That means sweeping and mopping the floors, vacuuming the carpets and the furniture, and washing all your linens. This needs to be done at least once a week. 

If you have just moved into a new house with a gross dog smell, following these steps should erase the smell pretty quickly. And since you don’t have a dog, there is no chance of the smell coming back on its own, unless maybe you have a ghost dog. 

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