What’s That Smell? Best Pet Odor Neutralizer For Pets & Homes

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Finger Spritzing SprayDoes your dog smell “ripe” in between baths? Other than bathing our pups nearly every day, how can we eliminate their offending odor? Use a scented or unscented dog odor eliminator. The best pet odor neutralizer can even double as neutralizers for floors, furniture and carpets.

Even though these odor neutralizers can help, they still don’t replace the need for regular bathing. Our dog bathing tips will help you keep your pup’s odor to a minimum.

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Top 3 Pet Odor Neutralizers

Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets Review

Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets#1

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This Aromatherapy Freshening Spray will not only remove that odor from your dog’s coat, but this all-natural dog odor spray also has aromatherapy benefits. Among the list of ingredients is lavender oil which fights against bacteria, chamomile oil which is good for dogs with eczema, and aloe vera which is an anti-inflammatory agent and soothes irritated skin.

This spray has a relaxing scent and is cruelty-free, which are reasons why it’s our pick for the best pet odor eliminator.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free, dye-free and cruelty-free
  • Cleans coat and leaves it shiny
  • Rehydrates sensitive, dry skin
  • Some pet parents say it helps calm their dog
  • Should not use on cats (spray bed instead)


Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo Review

Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo#2

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Unlike our #1 pick, this Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo is a pomegranate, mango-scented foam mousse that you massage into your dog’s coat and let air dry. There is no water required, but it does require a little more work than the typical spray bottle.

However, pet parents are pleased with the performance of this mousse. Paw Choice claims that this mousse is better than a spray or cologne because it eliminates the odor and doesn’t just mask it.



  • Made in the USA
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Cruelty-free
  • Removes odor-causing bacteria
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Unsure about use on cats, it says not for internal ingestion on the bottle
  • Not as quick to apply as a spray is


Sofee & Co. Dog Deodorizing Spray Review


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This non-toxic deodorizing spray is another good option to consider for use on pets, their bedding, furniture and carpets. It has a white pear scent that’s pleasing but not overpowering.

Sofee & Co. spray is made from all-natural ingredients,  with no parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, phthalates or artificial dyes. And it’s safe for every-day use.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free and cruelty-free
  • Can be used on bedding, couches and dogs
  • Safe for cats, puppies and kittens
  • Some consumers say the scent doesn’t last long enough


Other Pet Odor Neutralizer Reviews

We reviewed some other pet odor eliminator products that didn’t make our top 3 list but are popular among consumers.

FURminator | Oxyfresh

FURminator deOdorizing Waterless Dog Spray Review

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This waterless dog spray will keep your pup smelling good in between baths. It can be used for both cats and dogs and is made in the United States. The biggest complaint is that this spray is not scent-free.

Some customers liken this spray to Febreze — it masks the odor with another scent (but please don’t put Fabreze directly on your pet). And similar to Febreze, it isn’t a long-term solution, only temporary.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free, chemical-free
  • Loosens dead undercoat
  • Can be used on cats
  • Doesn’t last as long as others
  • Masks the odor


Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer Review

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This vet-recommended odor neutralizer is a great option if you’re looking for a spray with no harsh scent. Oxyfresh does a good job of eliminating odors rather than just masking them. It even proves effective on cat urine and litter boxes.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free and cruelty-free
  • Can spray on pets, carpets, bedding, furniture and more
  • Safe for dogs and cats
  • Little consumer feedback


What Makes Dogs Smell So Bad?

Now that you have a way to cover up their smell with a pet deodorizer, ever wondered why the infamous “wet dog smell” is so strong? This video explains why yeast and bacteria cause this raunchy smell.

How Do I Keep My Home Smelling Fresh?

Is your pup prone to peeing where they shouldn’t? Tired of your house stinking? Before you can treat the pee odor, you’ll need to know exactly where it is. The best way to clearly identify the entire stain is to use a UV flashlight. Then you can remove all traces of the pee. Check out our article on how to get dog pee out of carpet.

Do you have any tricks on how to get rid of your dog’s stench?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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Sandra van Coevorden
June 22, 2020 8:45 am

We have an excellent spray call “Dog Gone It” made by Australian Company Future Environmental Services. I have used this spray on carpet, timber flooring, bedding, litter boxes, artificial grass, and even the dog. Works on all surfaces as it is water-based with no alcohol and oils as masking agents. Love it. It is definitely a winner.

December 30, 2016 6:34 pm

I am a dog sitter for a pup a few times a week regularly and I’ve noticed that even long after the dog is gone I still smell its scent. I’ve tried regular air freshers like Fabreeze but still no luck getting it to go away. I’m desperate for anything!