Remove Pet Odor With These Essential Oils

Remove Pet Odor With These Essential Oils

Removing Pet Odor With Essential Oils

We love our pets. They provide companionship, love, and are an important part of our families. However, our pets are not always as clean as we’d like them to be. Sometimes they leave behind odors which can make our homes unpleasant to be in. Many of the products on the market designed to remove pet odors are made with harsh chemicals that we don’t want to have to expose our families or our animals to! Luckily, there is an awesome natural solution with essential oils. Here are some of the best essential oils to remove pet odors.

Anti-bacterial Essential Oils

The first property you want in an essential oil to combat pet odors is antibacterial. In most cases what is causing the odor bacteria and germs. These bacteria also can make your family sick, so it is essential to make sure that you use one of these essential oils. Some antibacterial oils include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Rosemary

Anti-viral Essential Oils

You also want to incorporate some antiviral essential oils into your pet odor removal. Many of these antiviral oils also have antibacterial properties, so they are really a great option for removing pet odors. Some antiviral essential oils include:

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Eucalyptus
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon

 

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Essential Oil Recipes to Remove Odor

Once you have chosen your antibacterial and antiviral essential oils, you will want to make some natural cleaners to address the variety of pet stains and odors.  Here are our favorite recipes for natural essential oil cleaners:

Spray Cleaner

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil

Combine ingredients together and place in a spray bottle. Spray across surface and wipe with a clean towel or sponge.

Herbal Disinfectant

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray across surfaces and wipe with a clean, damp towel or sponge.

Classic Carpet Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 15 drops essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. There are two ways to apply this cleaner. You can generously spray it on your carpet with a large spray bottle or use it in a carpet cleaning machine. Allow carpets to dry then vacuum the area. Can also be used on upholstery.

Foaming Carpet Cleaner

  • 3 cups of water
  • ¾ liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a kitchen blender until foamy. Take the foam and rub into the soiled area with a damp sponge or scrub brush. Let the foam dry completely then vacuum the area. Can also be used on upholstery.

Carpet Deodorizer

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oil

Combine baking soda and essential oil in a jar. Shake well until the essential oil is fully distributed in the baking soda. Sprinkle liberally over carpets. Let set 1-2 hours or overnight. Vacuum the area thoroughly.

Essential Oil Laundry Soap

  • 1 bar of grated castile bar soap
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 20 drops essential oil

Mix thoroughly together in a jar. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry. Can also be used to spot clean upholstery.

Purify The Air

Once you have cleaned all the odor causing spots in your home, the next thing you will need to do is purify the air to get rid of the residual pet odors for good. Here are the air purifying essential oils we recommend:

  • White Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Balsam Fir Needle
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavandin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrrh
  • Myrtle
  • Sweet Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

To purify the air, simply place any of these oils in your aromatherapy diffuser and let them clean all the pet odors from your home. If you want to keep your home free of pet odors in the future, burn these oils everyday to purify the air.

Pets are a wonderful addition to our families, but they can often leave behind an unpleasant odor. Luckily with essential oils you can remove these odors naturally. So the next time your pet has an accident or your just notice your home is smelling a little off, deploy these great essential oils to keep your house fresh and clean.

At Organic Aromas, beyond just making the highest quality aromatherapy diffusers, we also carry a range of essential oils. Many of these oils can help you treat pet odors, so check out our selection today!

101 thoughts on “Remove Pet Odor With These Essential Oils

  1. Sherry says:

    Sooooo for those bashing essential oils for cleaning and eliminating urine and poop, you’re ok with the commercial brands that are clearly harmful for your pets and children?
    I would rather use the oils Diluted as the recipe calls for then the commercial products anyway.

  2. Eric says:

    Look none of these oils this diluted are going to be harmful to your pets when used in cleaning. This is far safer than anything that you currently clean with. I mean would you let your pet drink Lysol? Of course not. Don’t be so dumb.

  3. Eric says:

    Look none of these oils this diluted are going to be harmful to your pets when used in cleaning. This is far safer than anything that you currently clean with. I mean would you let your pet drink Lysol? Of course not. Don’t be so dumb.

  4. E. Redfield says:

    Any oils diluted should be fine if used properly. But for all the people being so rude on this site… Grow the H up. While things are soaking they can be covered before they are fully cleaned. Not to mention, there are so many more things that are more likely to hurt your animals. Bleach, borax being left out, other house hold toxic cleaners. At any point you’re cleaning the floors and your kitty pads across the floor then decides to lick their paws cause they’re paws are wet from you cleaning with those chemical filled cleaners… or you dog decides to drink out of the toilet unknown to you and… oh! You’re one of thoes who have those toilet tabs in the tank… Ya. Oils are the least of your concerns.

  5. E. Redfield says:

    Any oils diluted should be fine if used properly. But for all the people being so rude on this site… Grow the H up. While things are soaking they can be covered before they are fully cleaned. Not to mention, there are so many more things that are more likely to hurt your animals. Bleach, borax being left out, other house hold toxic cleaners. At any point you’re cleaning the floors and your kitty pads across the floor then decides to lick their paws cause they’re paws are wet from you cleaning with those chemical filled cleaners… or you dog decides to drink out of the toilet unknown to you and… oh! You’re one of thoes who have those toilet tabs in the tank… Ya. Oils are the least of your concerns.

  6. Jaton Fowler says:

    WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING

    This article needs to be removed. The information listed in this article is false. Following this article and using these oils will harm or kill your pets. Many of the oils listed are TOXIC to you furbabies.

    Please do the research before blindly following ANY site.

  7. Jaton Fowler says:

    WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING

    This article needs to be removed. The information listed in this article is false. Following this article and using these oils will harm or kill your pets. Many of the oils listed are TOXIC to you furbabies.

    Please do the research before blindly following ANY site.

  8. EQ says:

    People… it would take 96 drops of oils per spray bottle to even reach the very low safe amount recommended for safe use (applied not to a space the pet lays, but directly to pets skin). These recipes call for less than 1/3 of that. These doses are not toxic for pets.

    “The Key to Effective, Safe Tea Tree Oil Use. Research shows tea tree oil is safe for dogs and cats and effective only when it is diluted correctly – i.e., diluted in large amounts of water. The recommended ratio is 0.1-1.0 percent strength, to be dispensed topically.”

  9. EQ says:

    People… it would take 96 drops of oils per spray bottle to even reach the very low safe amount recommended for safe use (applied not to a space the pet lays, but directly to pets skin). These recipes call for less than 1/3 of that. These doses are not toxic for pets.

    “The Key to Effective, Safe Tea Tree Oil Use. Research shows tea tree oil is safe for dogs and cats and effective only when it is diluted correctly – i.e., diluted in large amounts of water. The recommended ratio is 0.1-1.0 percent strength, to be dispensed topically.”

  10. David says:

    I read this article and immediately whipped up a batch of spray cleaner and used it all around my house only to discover the comments afterwards. I’m horrified to learn now that the very oils I used are toxic to my cats. How f*ing rotten of you to publish this article without warning or even a mention of what could possibly happen as a result of following your recipes. You ought to be ashamed of yourself and immediately take this artice down. A$$HOLE.

  11. David says:

    I read this article and immediately whipped up a batch of spray cleaner and used it all around my house only to discover the comments afterwards. I’m horrified to learn now that the very oils I used are toxic to my cats. How f*ing rotten of you to publish this article without warning or even a mention of what could possibly happen as a result of following your recipes. You ought to be ashamed of yourself and immediately take this artice down. A$$HOLE.

  12. David says:

    I read this article and immediately whipped up a batch of spray cleaner and used it all around my house only to discover the comments afterwards. I’m horrified to learn now that the very oils I used are toxic to my cats. How f*ing rotten of you to publish this article without warning or even a mention of what could possibly happen as a result of following your recipes. You ought to be ashamed of yourself and immediately take this artice down. A$$HOLE.

  13. David says:

    I read this article and immediately whipped up a batch of spray cleaner and used it all around my house only to discover the comments afterwards. I’m horrified to learn now that the very oils I used are toxic to my cats. How f*ing rotten of you to publish this article without warning or even a mention of what could possibly happen as a result of following your recipes. You ought to be ashamed of yourself and immediately take this artice down. A$$HOLE.

  14. Chris says:

    This is a DANGEROUS post. MOST essential oils are toxic to cats and other animals. Do not use. Consult your vet.

  15. Chris says:

    This is a DANGEROUS post. MOST essential oils are toxic to cats and other animals. Do not use. Consult your vet.

  16. Barb Searle says:

    Thank you for these alternatives – very refreshing after trying to work out which of your normal cleaners you CAN’T use because they do not contain enzymes and therefore end up smelling like urine to a cat or dog… Have read the previous comments about essential oils being dangerous to pets – and I imagine some very much are – but, none of them in this blog are applied directly to an animal in their concentrated form – So… would those that are dangerous – still be dangerous if vastly diluted with other things and not applied directly to the pet.but to carpets, floors and walls and then washed, rinsed and vaccumed off? ?? – Just saying…

  17. Barb Searle says:

    Thank you for these alternatives – very refreshing after trying to work out which of your normal cleaners you CAN’T use because they do not contain enzymes and therefore end up smelling like urine to a cat or dog… Have read the previous comments about essential oils being dangerous to pets – and I imagine some very much are – but, none of them in this blog are applied directly to an animal in their concentrated form – So… would those that are dangerous – still be dangerous if vastly diluted with other things and not applied directly to the pet.but to carpets, floors and walls and then washed, rinsed and vaccumed off? ?? – Just saying…

  18. Jennifer says:

    You can NOT use tea tree oil around pets it is toxic. If you are posting recipes for animals you should do your research. This is not. A good source at all!!!! The author should be correcting this right away!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    You can NOT use tea tree oil around pets it is toxic. If you are posting recipes for animals you should do your research. This is not. A good source at all!!!! The author should be correcting this right away!!

  20. Denae says:

    I see that there are already comments about the harmful oils to pets which is what I was going to comment after reading this. If anyone wants to have essential oils in their home around their pets, no matter how much they smell good, you HAVE to make sure the oils are also safe for your pets. Tea tree is one of those that are harmful.

  21. Denae says:

    I see that there are already comments about the harmful oils to pets which is what I was going to comment after reading this. If anyone wants to have essential oils in their home around their pets, no matter how much they smell good, you HAVE to make sure the oils are also safe for your pets. Tea tree is one of those that are harmful.

  22. Andrea N says:

    All of these EO do what they say they do… BUT some of the above listed oils are VERY TOXIC to your pets (even in small amounts). Tea tree oil is very good to clean with, but can be LETHAL to your dog or cat. Imagine if you had used it to clean your carpet where they lay to nap? You would have (unknowingly) just poisoned your pet. I’m surprised this site would list these oils to clean, with out immediately posting the harmful effects to pets.

  23. Andrea N says:

    All of these EO do what they say they do… BUT some of the above listed oils are VERY TOXIC to your pets (even in small amounts). Tea tree oil is very good to clean with, but can be LETHAL to your dog or cat. Imagine if you had used it to clean your carpet where they lay to nap? You would have (unknowingly) just poisoned your pet. I’m surprised this site would list these oils to clean, with out immediately posting the harmful effects to pets.

  24. charlene says:

    Thank you I love the info being a massage therapist that loves using EO this is sooooo encouraging. Have lovely roommates but since they have moved in with their cat my house smell does not feel as homely due to the strong odour! I feel it for them also because i cant help but tell them politely to make sure that they are cleaning the litter box. I love them but that cat smell has made me even more OCD then i am already constantly spraying and cleaning the house! Studying aromatherapy previously I am also aware that some EO can be overpowering so I will use them in my diffuser but very sparingly. Where theres a will there’s a way seriously considering making them some natural sprays and cleaners as a gift hope they don’t take offence. I cant live like this my nose is worse than a dog ?

  25. charlene says:

    Thank you I love the info being a massage therapist that loves using EO this is sooooo encouraging. Have lovely roommates but since they have moved in with their cat my house smell does not feel as homely due to the strong odour! I feel it for them also because i cant help but tell them politely to make sure that they are cleaning the litter box. I love them but that cat smell has made me even more OCD then i am already constantly spraying and cleaning the house! Studying aromatherapy previously I am also aware that some EO can be overpowering so I will use them in my diffuser but very sparingly. Where theres a will there’s a way seriously considering making them some natural sprays and cleaners as a gift hope they don’t take offence. I cant live like this my nose is worse than a dog ?

  26. Jenessa veitch says:

    PLEASE EDUCATE YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE DANGERS TO OILS AND CATS!!!!

    Your website recommends many oils that would potentially seriously harm or kill their beloved pet.

    Essential oils to avoid for Cats (topically and internally):

    Basil
    Citrus oils: Lemon, Wild Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Citrus bliss blend, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot
    Cassia
    Cinnamon
    Clove
    Fennel
    Melaleuca
    Oregano
    Peppermint
    Thyme
    Wintergreen

  27. Jenessa veitch says:

    PLEASE EDUCATE YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE DANGERS TO OILS AND CATS!!!!

    Your website recommends many oils that would potentially seriously harm or kill their beloved pet.

    Essential oils to avoid for Cats (topically and internally):

    Basil
    Citrus oils: Lemon, Wild Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Citrus bliss blend, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot
    Cassia
    Cinnamon
    Clove
    Fennel
    Melaleuca
    Oregano
    Peppermint
    Thyme
    Wintergreen

  28. Susan says:

    Hi: what a great site..I have six rescue cats and don’t know what is a safe cleaner around them? One of my male cats has recently started spraying everywhere?..what is the best cleaner to eliminate urine odour? I have been using vinegar with washing soda and lemon juice..I was told that rosemary essential oil is ok to put in diffuser..is this accurate info?? ?

  29. Susan says:

    Hi: what a great site..I have six rescue cats and don’t know what is a safe cleaner around them? One of my male cats has recently started spraying everywhere?..what is the best cleaner to eliminate urine odour? I have been using vinegar with washing soda and lemon juice..I was told that rosemary essential oil is ok to put in diffuser..is this accurate info?? ?

  30. Sharon says:

    I’m new to essential oils and have 3 dogs. 2 are rescues. These have accidents so I am looking for ways to deal with the odors. I know the oils can eat plastic. Do they still do that after mixed with water. I want to use a big spray bottle for a big problem! ?

  31. Sharon says:

    I’m new to essential oils and have 3 dogs. 2 are rescues. These have accidents so I am looking for ways to deal with the odors. I know the oils can eat plastic. Do they still do that after mixed with water. I want to use a big spray bottle for a big problem! ?

  32. Rey says:

    Please be very careful with some of these oils. It’s incredibly misleading to generalize essential oil for pet odor removal without mentioning than many of these essential oils must be incredibly diluted and most are toxic to cats. Please please please do additional research as my sisters car ended up with liver issues due to eucalyptus oil being diffused in the home.

  33. Rey says:

    Please be very careful with some of these oils. It’s incredibly misleading to generalize essential oil for pet odor removal without mentioning than many of these essential oils must be incredibly diluted and most are toxic to cats. Please please please do additional research as my sisters car ended up with liver issues due to eucalyptus oil being diffused in the home.

  34. Cyndie Walls says:

    I’m definitely going to try these Essential Oil Recipes to do some cleaning. I have 2 female dogs so I need to try recipes that are safe to use around them. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. I just need an effective diffuser like yours to clean the air.

  35. Cyndie Walls says:

    I’m definitely going to try these Essential Oil Recipes to do some cleaning. I have 2 female dogs so I need to try recipes that are safe to use around them. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. I just need an effective diffuser like yours to clean the air.

  36. Cyndie Walls says:

    I’m definitely going to try these Essential Oil Recipes to do some cleaning. I have 2 female dogs so I need to try recipes that are safe to use around them. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. I just need an effective diffuser like yours to clean the air.

  37. Cyndie Walls says:

    I’m definitely going to try these Essential Oil Recipes to do some cleaning. I have 2 female dogs so I need to try recipes that are safe to use around them. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. I just need an effective diffuser like yours to clean the air.

  38. gloria patterson says:

    Just starting to get involved with the essential oils. I don’t have any pets but the cleaning out to is great. I like knowing how much oil to use. I am never sure how much (drops) oil to use. if I am guessing

  39. gloria patterson says:

    Just starting to get involved with the essential oils. I don’t have any pets but the cleaning out to is great. I like knowing how much oil to use. I am never sure how much (drops) oil to use. if I am guessing

  40. Dana MATTHEWS says:

    I am new to essential oils and am learning as I go. I am fascinated with these recipes above. They would be so much better for me and my family than the chemicals I currently use.

  41. Dana MATTHEWS says:

    I am new to essential oils and am learning as I go. I am fascinated with these recipes above. They would be so much better for me and my family than the chemicals I currently use.

  42. Alissa says:

    I had to move out of state quickly, my new place does not allow pets. Tha mfly my mother was able to take in my animals These are still great tips. I will admit I am leaving a comment to sign up for the giveaway. I have a 16 year old son, can I count him as a pet?

  43. Alissa says:

    I had to move out of state quickly, my new place does not allow pets. Tha mfly my mother was able to take in my animals These are still great tips. I will admit I am leaving a comment to sign up for the giveaway. I have a 16 year old son, can I count him as a pet?

  44. Rhonda W G. says:

    Thankyou so much for these lists. Easy to follow and then put to use. I’m just learning about essential oils. I currently use lemongrass and peppermint in our home.

  45. Rhonda W G. says:

    Thankyou so much for these lists. Easy to follow and then put to use. I’m just learning about essential oils. I currently use lemongrass and peppermint in our home.

  46. Joyce C. says:

    I always know Tea Tree and Lavender are both good for purifying air and help to heal wound, but didn’t know they are also good pet deodorant!

  47. Joyce C. says:

    I always know Tea Tree and Lavender are both good for purifying air and help to heal wound, but didn’t know they are also good pet deodorant!

  48. Kristen says:

    I’ve often used Kirk’s Castile for my homemade laundry soap (per your recipe) because it is so easy to find and inexpensive! Love this list of recipes!!! Thank you!

  49. Kristen says:

    I’ve often used Kirk’s Castile for my homemade laundry soap (per your recipe) because it is so easy to find and inexpensive! Love this list of recipes!!! Thank you!

  50. Melissa Gandarinho says:

    I can’t believe I NEVER thought about this. I’m heavily into essential oils and we have a cat, so I will absolutely try to get my bf to try some of these out with me.

  51. Melissa Gandarinho says:

    I can’t believe I NEVER thought about this. I’m heavily into essential oils and we have a cat, so I will absolutely try to get my bf to try some of these out with me.

  52. September Coll says:

    I’m looking forward to trying essential oils from Organic Aromas. I have tried other diffusers and have been disappointed. These are the quality products that last.

  53. September Coll says:

    I’m looking forward to trying essential oils from Organic Aromas. I have tried other diffusers and have been disappointed. These are the quality products that last.

  54. Dus says:

    EO’s are NOT SAFE for use ON or AROUND cats! There is a lot of conflicting information about which ones are safe, but what remains the same is that cats lack a certain liver enzyme which basically prevents them from being able to process and eliminate EO’s from their system. This means they build up as toxins in their body and they can get sick or die!! This is very serious and you must be careful.

  55. Dus says:

    EO’s are NOT SAFE for use ON or AROUND cats! There is a lot of conflicting information about which ones are safe, but what remains the same is that cats lack a certain liver enzyme which basically prevents them from being able to process and eliminate EO’s from their system. This means they build up as toxins in their body and they can get sick or die!! This is very serious and you must be careful.

  56. Gino says:

    Reading this gave me an idea for a gift. I know someone that has dogs and somehow doesn’t realize the strong odor when you enter their home. I’m confused on the different styles though, is there a difference in diffusers?

  57. Gino says:

    Reading this gave me an idea for a gift. I know someone that has dogs and somehow doesn’t realize the strong odor when you enter their home. I’m confused on the different styles though, is there a difference in diffusers?

  58. Tammy S says:

    This is So Cool!! I didn’t have a clue you could use essential oils for removing pet odors and that there were so many different oils you could use for all the different needs. Love this! I pinned it so I won’t forget. Thank you!

  59. Tammy S says:

    This is So Cool!! I didn’t have a clue you could use essential oils for removing pet odors and that there were so many different oils you could use for all the different needs. Love this! I pinned it so I won’t forget. Thank you!

  60. Chelsea says:

    Great information, I am sure to put the oils to use in this way! I love my diffuser and essential oils, I couldn’t live without them now!

  61. Chelsea says:

    Great information, I am sure to put the oils to use in this way! I love my diffuser and essential oils, I couldn’t live without them now!

  62. Joni says:

    I remember years ago you were never supposed to use essential oils around cats. I’m glad the school of thought has changed on this. Thank you for the great info and the recipes too!

  63. Joni says:

    I remember years ago you were never supposed to use essential oils around cats. I’m glad the school of thought has changed on this. Thank you for the great info and the recipes too!

  64. Kristi Ewing says:

    Thank you for writing about how to use essential oils for pet odors. I like that your company takes the time to share information with customers.

  65. Kristi Ewing says:

    Thank you for writing about how to use essential oils for pet odors. I like that your company takes the time to share information with customers.

  66. Bruce zoldak says:

    I’ve been a customer for more than a year and I just love this company. Wonderful product, superb customer service, fast shipping and great value. You have come to the right place to purchase your essential oils and diffusers (the diffusers are the best available !!)

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