How To Get Rid Of Dog Smell In New House

Moving into a new house can be an important, joyous step for anyone. What might not be so great is finding out that your new house has a  lingering dog smell – almost like a kennel, something you definitely did not notice when you viewed the house. It could also be that your own furry four-legged friend has suddenly started suffering from urinary incontinence and stinking up the place.

Whatever the case, even avid dog lovers would find a house which gives off strong dog smells quite unappealing. Getting rid of the dog smell in a new home may be a difficult task to carry out especially if the smell has been absorbed by fabrics such as curtains and carpets which may have been left behind.

Not to worry, getting rid of the smell is not a completely impossible task as there is a host of free and cheap products that you could use to eliminate that pet odour from your home.

It is important that when trying to get rid of dog smells, you use products that would eliminate the smell and not just mask it.

  • Baking soda

This is a well-known option for eliminating or neutralising unpleasant odours. It works by absorbing the smell and can be used for neutralising odours ranging from musty refrigerator odours to pet odours in homes.

To use baking soda to eliminate pet odours you should first, thoroughly vacuum the house especially the parts of the house where you perceive the odour to be strongest. Next, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda liberally around the house and leave it to sit for some time, preferably for about 12-24 hours. After that thoroughly vacuum the house again and properly air it to finally get rid of the dog smell.

How To Get Rid Of Dog Smell In New House

  • Vinegar

Vinegar is also a great help in getting rid of dog smells that may have lingered in the new house you are moving into or the smells that your own dog may be the culprit. Vinegar works in the same way that baking soda works in that absorbs and neutralises the dog smell.

To use vinegar to eliminate dog smell in your house, spray the floorboards, carpets and every corner generously with the vinegar and allow it to evaporate. It would usually not take too long. You will find that after the vinegar evaporates, the dog smell would be gone.

If you have tried the above two options and need a quality pet odour remover, the following researched items would be a great fit for any house:

Simple Solution Extreme Pet Stain and Odour remover


This pet odour remover (See Price on Amazon) is great for eliminating even the most stubborn pet stains and odours such as those caused by vomit urine and faeces. The product is made even more wonderful by the fact that it does not damage your furniture and carpet plus it discourages your pet from going back to the ‘scene of the crime’ as it would normally want to do.

The product works by making use of Pro-bacteria and enzymes, which degrade or break down the proteins causing the smell thereby neutralizing them. The product does not contain bleaching agents and so, it can safely be used on furnishings.

To use this pet stain and odour remover to eliminate the dog smell in your new home, administer it generously to the carpet, curtains and spots you think need it and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. This is necessary because it would take some time for the Pro-bacteria to break down the organic proteins which are causing the smell.

After taking the steps listed above, your house would smell fresh again.


  • It is safe and easy to use.
  • It is very efficient as it eliminates all pet odours.


  • It is not fast-acting and so you have to wait for about a day or two to get results.
  • It cannot be used on leather and wood.

Lemon Pet Odour Eliminator and Remover


This odour remover (See Price on Amazon) is eco-friendly and is produced using natural and plant-based ingredients. This makes it very safe for you to use at home when you are trying to eliminate dog odour even when it is breathed in. It is a good option to have as it works on urine, vomit, faeces, stains and so, it is perfect for combating dog odours even when you do not know the exact cause of the odour.

It is also very easy to use, all you have to do is shake the container of odour remover very well and spray onto whatever areas of your house you desire especially areas you feel have the strongest smells.

Another bonus is that it has a really nice scent and replaces the dog odour with a far more appealing smell.


  • It is eco-friendly and so, does not pose a threat to society.
  • It is made from plant-based products, making it safe for you and your dog even when you breathe it in.
  • It does not make your floors sticky after use.
  • It is powerful and eliminates even the strongest odours from faeces, urine and vomit plus it is also great for eliminating stains.


  • It may bleach certain fabrics and so you have to be careful and test a small portion of the fabric to ascertain if it would bleach it or not.

RSPCA 5L Pet-Friendly Wee-Away Stain and Odour remover

This pet and odour remover from RSPCA (See Price on Amazon) eliminates dog smells using beneficial microorganisms and biological stimulants. The friendly microorganisms rapidly break down or neutralize the proteins that cause the dog smell.

As a result, the product is a fast way of getting rid of any dog smells in your house plus it has a mild scent which keeps your house smelling fresh. It also does not contain bleaching agents or ammonia products which means it can be used on your fabrics without bleaching them.

The product is also suitable for use on wooden floors, concrete and carpets.


  • It has a nice and mild scent that keeps your house smelling fresh while getting rid of the dog smells.
  • It works very fast to get rid of dog odours and even stains.


  • There is no guarantee that it would stop the dog from returning to the same spot to pee again.

Final thoughts

Having your new house smell like a dog is embarrassing especially when you get visitors. As such, it is necessary to take measures to eliminate any odours and have your house smelling great once again. I have tried each of the options listed above at one point or another all to varying success. The key is to understand the kind of smell you’re dealing with, then try using baking soda or some vinegar – or both.

If that fails, then get the Simple Solution Odour Remover. That almost always works.