If you have dogs then you know how much dogs can leave a mess and odor every time they get in the car. So when your friend asks for a ride, you are probably hesitant to take them in. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your car clean and fresh as if you didn't have a dog.
Here are some tips to keep your car clean and odor-free.
If you have pets or is planning to have one, you'll have to factor that in when you have a car. This also goes true for when you are planning to buy a car and you already have pets. For example, a vehicle with cloth seats is more difficult to clean than leather or vinyl seats. Also, invest in a high-quality rubber floor mat to protect the carpet floors particularly if your dog gets car sick all the time.
Give your Pet a Designated Spot
Choosing a spot that your dog will be in the car reduces the amount of mess your pet makes in the car. It keeps your dog's fur fully contained on a single spot. A crate or restraint helps in keeping them in the same position for the rest of the ride.
Invest in a Good Quality Pet Seat Cover
To make it easy for you to clean up dirt, fur and prevent water from seeping into your seats, invest in a quality car seat cover. Seat covers not just make it easier to clean your car's interior but also keeps your seats protected. It protects your seats from scratches and prevents water from seeping in on it.
Clean After Every Ride
As soon as you return home, make it a habit to clean up your car's interior right away. Vacuum the area where the pet used to sit and get rid of the pet hair and dander in the nooks and crannies of your car seats. Use these hacks to get rid of dog hair in your car seats.
Take Care of the Odor Immediately
Another challenge of getting rid of pet hair to get rid of the odor. Although some odors can be eliminated with a vacuum to get rid of pet hairs, other smells are not that easy to get rid off. If there are lingering smells, here are some things you can do to get rid of the smell:
- Place a small bowl of baking soda in your car overnight to absorb the dog smell. If the smell persists, leave the baking soda in your vehicle's interior for days.
- Vinegar is another method to get rid of dog smells. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and spray it all over your vehicle's interior. Avoid the items you don't want to get wet like your leather seats. If the smell of vinegar is your concern, don't worry because the smell will disappear along with the unwanted odor.
- If the baking soda or vinegar didn't work, use carpet shampoo to get rid of that nasty smell. Use a carpet cleaner to steam clean then shampoo the upholstery of your vehicle.
- Dryers seats are excellent in absorbing dog odors. All you have to do is place a couple of dryer seats in your cars and leave it there for about 1 week.
Do you know any other DIY tricks to get rid of dog odors? Leave us a comment below.
Be Ready at All Times
Have a cleanup kit ready in your car. Your cleanup kit should have all the necessary cleaning materials to get rid of things that could contribute to the smell and dirt in your vehicle's interior. Other than a cleaning detergent, include in your cleanup kit carpet cleaner, wipes, paper towels, and plastic bag. You'll never know when you need these.