The Easiest Ways to Deal with Pet Hair and Odor in Your Home 

By Kelly Loeffler | December 20, 2022 | Dog friendly, Minnesota


Can we take a minute to talk about something almost every pet parent deals with? 

Although pet hair and odors are a small price to pay to have our furry ones at home with us, the fuzz and funky smells can sometimes seem overwhelming!

My 4 fur babies get hair everywhere! I always joke that my two aussies shed twice a year, for 6 months at a time

I know enough pet parents to know I’m not the only one dealing with this.  

I am not the expert on keeping a clean house. I’m a mom to two toddlers, two dogs and two cats. But I do what I can when I can.

Here are some tips I try to go by to help keep my house in somewhat working order.

Tip # 1: Throw your pet’s linens in the washer. 

We have lots of bedding throughout the house, as well as dog towels for snowy, rainy and muddy days. We try to keep plenty of extras on hand so we can swap out the wet and dirty ones for clean ones. Since laundry is a full time job in this household

Pro tip: Use pet-friendly, odor-busting detergent.  Don’t forget to wash your own bed linens, too, especially if your fur babies loves lounging on them. 

Tip #2: Keeping hard wood and vinyl floors clean

We switched away from carpet a few years back but that doesnt mean we dont still have to clean our floors.

Regularly cleaning your floors and carpets will do wonders for odor and hair. I really like swiffer wet jet, and our roomba. In a perfect world I’d vacuum daily and mop weekly for optimal cleaning

Be sure to check labels of any chemicals you use to make sure they’re safe for your furry friend. Some “clean smelling” products have pine oil or other oils or acids that can be dangerous to pets. Choose products designed with your pet in mind, like the pet care collection found at These products can also be used in the laundry room for your wash!

Tip #3: Groom your pet. 

Bathing, brushing and trimming your pet’s hair regularly cuts down on odors. Regular brushing helps a lot during shedding season Brush your pet outdoors, if it’s safe, or be sure to vacuum after an indoor brushing session. And remember, if you come across any mats in your pets fur to seek out the assistance of a professional.

Tip #4: Check your pet for any health issues 

Shedding is normal. Excessive shedding is not. An active dog can get somewhat smelly, but if the smell is strong from your pet’s skin, mouth or ears, your pet may need more than regular home grooming. 

Having a pet means you will deal with hair and odors from time to time. It’s part of pet parenthood. What do you do around the home to deal with hair or odors? Let me know!