The 8 Best Pet Odor Removers For Couches, Carpets, and So Much More
Living with a pet comes with many perks: constant companionship, important responsibilities, and adorable snuggles all day and night. But for all its benefits, being a pet parent also means dealing with the less-than-ideal stuff, too, from house training accidents to sky-high vet bills. And then, of course, there's the smell. Even the most frequently groomed dogs and cats can leave lingering, unpleasant scents around the home, which is why picking up an effective pet odor remover is essential for all owners.
"As with any kind of odors, the best way to get the best results is to stay on top of the problem" by regularly using an odor remover, says Kate Karam, resident pet expert at Chewy. "A weekly spray on smelly surfaces with an odor remover can keep smells from becoming a bigger issue."
We've rounded up eight of the best pet odor removers on the market and sorted them by ingredients, surfaces, application methods, and more to make your shopping search as easy as possible. Get ready for a stench-free home in no time!
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator ($20)
- Best For Carpets: Bissell Pet Stain & Odor Upright Carpet Cleaner Formula ($18)
- Best For Furniture: Sunny & Honey Pet Stain & Odor Miracle ($20)
- Best For Hardwood: Rocco & Roxie Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator ($20)
- Best For Laundry: Febreze In-Wash Pet Odor Eliminator ($24)
- Best Enzymatic: Nature's Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover ($10)
- Best For Litter Boxes: Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer Powder ($14)
- Best Eco-Friendly: Begley's Best Natural Pet Stain & Odor Remover ($12)
Best Overall: Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator
Best For Carpets: Bissell Pet Stain & Odor Upright Carpet Cleaner Formula
Best For Furniture: Sunny & Honey Pet Stain & Odor Miracle
Best For Hardwood: Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Remover
Best For Laundry: Febreze In-Wash Pet Odor Eliminator
Best Enzymatic: Nature's Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover
Best For Litter Boxes: Arm and Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer Powder
Best Eco-Friendly: Begley's Best Natural Pet Stain & Odor Remover
Types of Pet Odor Removers
When shopping for an odor remover, consider your end goal: is it to neutralize a smell directly after an accident or create a more long-term freshening scent? There are several variations of odor products available, Karam explains, ranging from "enzymatic cleaners which dissolve and remove substances such as pet urine" to "odor eliminators that help to neutralize smells and deodorizers for when you need a little freshening pick-me-up in a place your pet hangs out."
Think, too, about the areas you plan on using the remover most often as different surfaces benefit from different types of odor removers. "Hard surfaces such as wood or tile floors, for example, benefit from a fast-drying product," Karam says. As for "soft surfaces such as beds, sofas and chairs or even outdoor furniture, you want to look for a product that removes rather than masking scent."
Pet Odor Remover Ingredients to Avoid
Make sure to keep an eye out for ingredients like formaldehyde, isopropyl alcohol, phenols, or bleach as these are dangerous if consumed by curious pets, Karam says. And later, when putting the remover to use in your home, keep your animals away from the area during the cleaning process just to be extra safe.