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28 Things That'll Keep Your Home From Smelling Like Your Pet

When you're a pet owner, the sweet smell of success is the smell of nothing at all.

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1. A sleek air filter tower that'll give results your pet-loving sinuses will swear by.

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Promising review: "These little towers are incredibly powerful at filtering the air in my house! I bought six of them to put in two large rooms where I board dogs. After the towers were running for about six hours, I noticed I was feeling really good, and was breathing so much easier. I was amazed at how good I felt. I know the dogs I take care of are definitely getting better air, if I'm noticing that much of a difference in my own breathing. I did a lot of research on the different kinds of air purifiers, and this one was most definitely one of the best, and the most reasonably priced." –Patricia A. Radigan

Get it from Amazon for $80.99.

2. Or a tiny air filter you can plug right in front of the stank tank to stop odors at the source.

Promising review: "We have three cats and, while I try to scoop multiple times a day, sometimes once is all I can manage. On those days I can really smell it — and the laundry room is right by the front door. I was skeptical of this because it's so small, but I plugged it in with a fresh litter box and the difference was noticeable in a short time. It's been over a week and I still can't smell the cat box (the box has been changed, to be clear, but even when the litter was old I couldn't smell it). This is a great product for pet owners, especially if you have a small room where you keep the litter box. I will probably buy a couple more for other problematic rooms in the house (ehm, kids' bathroom, I'm looking at you)." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $31.49.
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Promising review: "We have three cats and, while I try to scoop multiple times a day, sometimes once is all I can manage. On those days I can really smell it — and the laundry room is right by the front door. I was skeptical of this because it's so small, but I plugged it in with a fresh litter box and the difference was noticeable in a short time. It's been over a week and I still can't smell the cat box (the box has been changed, to be clear, but even when the litter was old I couldn't smell it). This is a great product for pet owners, especially if you have a small room where you keep the litter box. I will probably buy a couple more for other problematic rooms in the house (ehm, kids' bathroom, I'm looking at you)." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $31.49.

3. A cage spray that'll easily clean off even dried up dung so you'll be able to have a fresh birdcage without feeling totally ~pooped~ after cleaning it.

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Promising review: "This has worked on carpet, cage, and all fabrics I've tried so far! I love this stuff and also love that it won't make my Jenday Conure sick if sprayed in bottom of cage while he's on top!" — Jennifer Shirai

Get it from Amazon for $10.23.

4. An odor eliminating candle so good at destroying bad smells, you might want to delay their bath day just to see how dang well it works.

No, honestly. I have two cats in my apartment and I forget what pets even smell like. These candles (and there are tons of different aromas!) smell amazing and genuinely make people search for the litter box in my apartment. And I'm not the only BuzzFeeder who loves this candle. Promising review: "As the owner of a basset hound quartet, a pekingese, a Yorkshire terrier, a toy poodle, a ragdoll cat trio, and a black cat extraordinaire, I can say I love the candle I received. I bought the 'Holidays Fur All' candle because I like holiday scents, and it was a few dollars cheaper. The aroma permeates the house when burning. I can even pick up the scent when it's not burning, from the open jar. The scent is not overwhelming, or nauseating like some that claim to be for pet odors. I'll be trying another scent now that I know I'm getting value!" –DiamondlilGet it from Amazon for $21.85.
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No, honestly. I have two cats in my apartment and I forget what pets even smell like. These candles (and there are tons of different aromas!) smell amazing and genuinely make people search for the litter box in my apartment. And I'm not the only BuzzFeeder who loves this candle.

Promising review: "As the owner of a basset hound quartet, a pekingese, a Yorkshire terrier, a toy poodle, a ragdoll cat trio, and a black cat extraordinaire, I can say I love the candle I received. I bought the 'Holidays Fur All' candle because I like holiday scents, and it was a few dollars cheaper. The aroma permeates the house when burning. I can even pick up the scent when it's not burning, from the open jar. The scent is not overwhelming, or nauseating like some that claim to be for pet odors. I'll be trying another scent now that I know I'm getting value!" –Diamondlil

Get it from Amazon for $21.85.

5. An enzyme cleaner ready to handle every gross disaster Bark Wahlburg brings into your home.

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This works on carpet, hardwood, furniture, leather, rugs, pet beds, crates, and car upholstery.

Promising review: "Ok, I am about to get real here. Let's be honest, this product is for pee, vomit, and poop, and it works like magic. I have a grandpa dog who was starting to have bladder control issues due to hip surgery (he's better now). During that time, this stuff was a miracle worker. But, one day, dear Aunt Flo surprised me a week early, and I thought my white mattress would be ruined. I decided to try this out. IT WORKED. Yes. I know that is not what this product is advertised for, but golly. If it can kick Aunt Flo to the curb, it can do anything. I am telling all of my girl friends about this stuff." –Miranda

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

6. A natural deodorizer you can throw by the litter box so it stops smelling so ~crappy~ (you can also put this near a bird cage, pet crate/tank, in a closet, by food bowls, or anywhere else you notice a strong, unpleasant scent).

Promising review: "The smell of dirty, wet dog, bacteria-infested closet is not something you get used to, even after a few years. I stumbled upon this on Amazon, and it had great ratings but I didn't expect much, because nothing else worked. But wow, this little bag makes a world of difference! After hanging this in my closet, I went into my closet the next day with NO smell. NO SMELL!" –lakersmommaGet it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three styles).
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Promising review: "The smell of dirty, wet dog, bacteria-infested closet is not something you get used to, even after a few years. I stumbled upon this on Amazon, and it had great ratings but I didn't expect much, because nothing else worked. But wow, this little bag makes a world of difference! After hanging this in my closet, I went into my closet the next day with NO smell. NO SMELL!" –lakersmomma

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three styles).

7. A natural pet shampoo, for when your pet decides to roll in something that is definitely not chocolate. This is also gentle enough for weekly use for pets who need to be groomed more often.

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Promising review: "This is the best shampoo out there for dogs with allergies, hands down! I have an American pit bull who's literally allergic to almost everything. I've had to keep a bottle of steroids on hand to keep him from digging and biting until I found this shampoo. It lathers up very nicely and cleanses his coat throughly without over-drying or leaving any residue. I can always tell he feels better after getting a bath. He gets numerous compliments on how gorgeous his coat is. I truly cannot live without this shampoo! If you have a pet with skin allergies give this shampoo a try. You will NOT be disappointed. Our vet can't believe the difference. She wanted to put him on prescription medication for the rest of his life until I found this shampoo. It also smells absolutely wonderful!" —Mallory Robinson

Get it from Amazon for $17.10.

8. Or a pack of odor-removing cleansing wipes that'll clean them up before they have a chance to make a mess in the house or car after a trip in the great (dirty) outdoors. Get ready to ~wipe~ that worry away!

Promising review: "These wipes work very well on our older female cat. She has gained a lot of weight and has arthritis. She can't clean herself as well as when she was younger. Her coat is cleaner and shinier after using them." –Wendy in OhioGet a pack of ten from Amazon for $7.64.
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Promising review: "These wipes work very well on our older female cat. She has gained a lot of weight and has arthritis. She can't clean herself as well as when she was younger. Her coat is cleaner and shinier after using them." –Wendy in Ohio

Get a pack of ten from Amazon for $7.64.

9. A microfiber doormat you can put beside the bath or back door so that Sparky has a soft (and absorbent) place to rest his head... and his wet dog smell.

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This thing seriously solves smelly problems. After letting your wet pup rest on this a while, throw it in the washing machine and dryer (it's safe in both) and wash that smell away!

Promising review: My dogs like this mat considerably more than their beds. When it rains the dogs naturally have to come in and out through the doggy door every 30 seconds. I put this right in front of the doggy door so they hit this when they come through, and it has saved me. Yes, this gets wet and muddy and smells like wet dog, but the floor is always cleaner. Then I just toss this in the washer and then dryer and voila — it comes out just like the day I got it. This is worth every dime. I HIGHLY recommend this for all dog owners, people with young children, or just people who live in wet muddy areas. It's a great 'rug' to have by your door and looks great and is easy to clean." —Tibbie

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in eight colors and three sizes).

10. An Eco-Bio stone that releases helpful bacteria colonies, which is gonna keep your tank cloud-free and smelling fresh far longer than a filter alone. It's also some dang good looking decor!

Promising review: "Wow! I love this product! I bought this for my 20-gallon tank. It’s been four days and I have already noticed a huge improvement. Despite partial water changes weekly, my tank would get cloudy and had a smell that drove me nuts. Now the tank is clearer after only four days and the smell is gone." —Ashely ZGet it from Amazon for $16.09+ (available in two sizes).
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Promising review: "Wow! I love this product! I bought this for my 20-gallon tank. It’s been four days and I have already noticed a huge improvement. Despite partial water changes weekly, my tank would get cloudy and had a smell that drove me nuts. Now the tank is clearer after only four days and the smell is gone." —Ashely Z

Get it from Amazon for $16.09+ (available in two sizes).

11. A TubShroom that'll do a great job of catching even short pet hairs in the shower drain, so you'll be able to wash your pets without getting a smelly drain full of Fluffy's... fluff.

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Promising review: "This sucker catches way more hair than any of the other kinds I have had. It's wonderful for short hairs, long hairs, pet hair, etc. It can get a little gunked up with soap residue, but that is a result of it functioning so well with the shorter hairs. I really like how it doesn't cause water to pool. Plus, it looks pretty cute and comes in a lot of colors, so you can coordinate. Great purchase." —Freyja Hadji

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

12. A deluxe wet vac cleaner for when accidents in your home are too much for a simple spray bottle.

This is also a great way to super-clean your home every so often if you suffer from allergies but would suffer more from not having a pet at all. Promising review: "We have a dog and two cats, and this cleaner doesn't have any problem getting the pet hair and/or pet 'mistakes' out of the carpet. I appreciate that it doesn't leak like most of them do. It's fairly easy to change out the dirty water reservoir. Also, it leaves the carpet unexpectedly dry after being used, and it dries quickly as a result. Only use the recommended Hoover concentrated cleaning solution! Lots of plastic, but that contributes to its lighter weight than the competition's." –buffalobill45Get it from Amazon for $129.99.
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This is also a great way to super-clean your home every so often if you suffer from allergies but would suffer more from not having a pet at all.

Promising review: "We have a dog and two cats, and this cleaner doesn't have any problem getting the pet hair and/or pet 'mistakes' out of the carpet. I appreciate that it doesn't leak like most of them do. It's fairly easy to change out the dirty water reservoir. Also, it leaves the carpet unexpectedly dry after being used, and it dries quickly as a result. Only use the recommended Hoover concentrated cleaning solution! Lots of plastic, but that contributes to its lighter weight than the competition's." –buffalobill45

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

13. A filtered water dispenser to steer clear of dirty still water and keep your picky pets happy and hydrated.

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Promising review: "We had an issue where our cat preferred to drink out of the toilet bowl. She started tracking muddy litter-filled footprints all over the place, and on the toilet bowl, and seat. Gross, dirty, and embarrassing. We saw this and the price was appealing. We've seen other products go for double the cost, and have poor or no ratings. We looked up the filter cost and it wasn't stupendous, so we decided to give it a try. The dreaded toilet drinking has stopped completely!" –Randygk78

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

14. An 81-count of Gain laundry pods so you can let your pets stay on your lap without their smell staying on your clothes.

Promising review: "I was skeptical at first when purchasing these that the scent would really last, and let me say I was blown away! I have a dog and I washed her blankets and towels with one of these and you wouldn't know it was a stinky dog blanket/towels after it was washed. The scent is amazing and lasts long! I don't have to use any additional scent booster, like I had to before, which makes me so happy. I will only be purchasing these from now on!" –AlohaRobynGet them from Amazon for $19.97.
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Promising review: "I was skeptical at first when purchasing these that the scent would really last, and let me say I was blown away! I have a dog and I washed her blankets and towels with one of these and you wouldn't know it was a stinky dog blanket/towels after it was washed. The scent is amazing and lasts long! I don't have to use any additional scent booster, like I had to before, which makes me so happy. I will only be purchasing these from now on!" –AlohaRobyn

Get them from Amazon for $19.97.

15. An organic, all purpose cleaner safe to use around your furry friends.

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This incredible cleaner concentrate is definitely worth the purchase! P.S. each 16 oz. bottle = 48 gallons of cleaner when diluted with water.

Promising review: "I am a big fan of Basic H. We use it for all cleaning – floors, countertops. We add just a bit, maybe a teaspoon to a 32 oz. spray bottle. It is an excellent product, and safe for our dogs." –Linda Smith

Get it from Amazon for $15.56.

16. An easy-to-clean litter mat designed to catch ~stray~ litter, or smelly cat food.

Promising review: "This is designed to grab and trap litter from little paws leaving the litter box. It is easy to vacuum, or just do like I do, and take it outdoors for a good shake now and then. Some mats are squishy and my cats won't walk on them, but this one has a nice rough texture they seem to like. Since putting this under the litter box, I have noticed a great deal less scattered litter on the floor around it, so I know it's working. I'm thinking of ordering another one to put under the feed and water bowls, to catch stray food, too." –DeborahGet it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "This is designed to grab and trap litter from little paws leaving the litter box. It is easy to vacuum, or just do like I do, and take it outdoors for a good shake now and then. Some mats are squishy and my cats won't walk on them, but this one has a nice rough texture they seem to like. Since putting this under the litter box, I have noticed a great deal less scattered litter on the floor around it, so I know it's working. I'm thinking of ordering another one to put under the feed and water bowls, to catch stray food, too." –Deborah

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

17. And a 40-pound bag of cat litter so good, you'll almost forget cats even poop.

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This stuff has over 9,000 five-star reviews!

Promising review: My cat Sasha has been using this litter exclusively for about a year and a half now and I have no plans to ever use another litter. I use this in combination with my Litter Genie in the half bathroom, which is right at my front door, and you wouldn't even know there was a litter box when you walked in. It's so clean that I don't even remove it when I have guests using that bathroom. It's also unscented, which is great and I'm sure is much better for a cat who is constantly cleaning her toes. The grains are very large, so I only need to use one mat outside the box and the litter never gets tracked out of the bathroom." –Kristen

Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

18. A leak-proof crate is gonna keep your pup cozy and comfortable while keeping your floors free of any unintended accidents.

Promising review: "Our German shepherd can stand fully upright inside this comfortly and she can turn around. She can lie down and stretch her front legs straight out. She is safe, secure, and comfortable inside it. It is well made, easy to set up and fold, with a roomy door for clean-up and care. It's about half the cost of a similar crate at a retailer. I don't think you'll find a better deal." –Dot MatrixGet it from Amazon for $17.57+ (available in multiple sizes and styles).
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Promising review: "Our German shepherd can stand fully upright inside this comfortly and she can turn around. She can lie down and stretch her front legs straight out. She is safe, secure, and comfortable inside it. It is well made, easy to set up and fold, with a roomy door for clean-up and care. It's about half the cost of a similar crate at a retailer. I don't think you'll find a better deal." –Dot Matrix

Get it from Amazon for $17.57+ (available in multiple sizes and styles).

19. And a memory foam bed with a cover you can remove and wash. This bed is sure to give you (and your pups) sweet dreams.

Promising review: "My question after owning 104 dog beds: Can I wash the cover over and over and over, and will the interior retain its density? Yes! My dog loves it because it's cushy and comfy. I love it because my house doesn't smell like dog. I chose the medium size so my beagle can stretch out and watch her favorite TV shows, and she was so pleased with it, she asked that I order another for her crate. The medium is a snug fit for the crate, but works great." –The Original ShellyGet it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in seven sizes and four colors).
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Promising review: "My question after owning 104 dog beds: Can I wash the cover over and over and over, and will the interior retain its density? Yes! My dog loves it because it's cushy and comfy. I love it because my house doesn't smell like dog. I chose the medium size so my beagle can stretch out and watch her favorite TV shows, and she was so pleased with it, she asked that I order another for her crate. The medium is a snug fit for the crate, but works great." –The Original Shelly

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in seven sizes and four colors).

20. A groomer-approved microfiber towel so you can dry off wet doggos and wet dog smell.

Promising review: "This towel dries my dog quickly and the towel itself dries pretty fast. The size is certainly long enough to dry my dog off, but it's also perfect for wrapping her up in afterwards. The towel doesn't seem to be a magnet for fur, either — it's easy to take the towel outside and shake it out, but the towel does remove the hair that's loose after a bath. Other towels get sopping wet and seem to stop working... this one doesn't." —Katherine B. Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 11 colors).
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Promising review: "This towel dries my dog quickly and the towel itself dries pretty fast. The size is certainly long enough to dry my dog off, but it's also perfect for wrapping her up in afterwards. The towel doesn't seem to be a magnet for fur, either — it's easy to take the towel outside and shake it out, but the towel does remove the hair that's loose after a bath. Other towels get sopping wet and seem to stop working... this one doesn't." —Katherine B.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 11 colors).

21. A puppy potty trainer to trick your little angel into thinking they are peeing on real grass. Fewer potty misses = less terrible smell.

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Promising review: "We bought two, one medium size and one small size for our pomeranian puppy. Our puppy is always so picky when it comes to the grass quality, but he loves this product. But it does have some grass come off easily, so make sure you slightly shake it before you give it to your baby. So far, so good." –David

Get it from Amazon for $14.30+ (available in 16"x20" and 20"x25").

22. A tear-free shampoo made specifically for smaller furry friends to keep your rabbits, ferrets, and guineas pigs clean with the strength of Arm & Hamster... I mean Hammer.

This shampoo is available dry, wet, or as a deodorizing spray. Promising review: "This works well for my guinea pigs. It's gentle and the smell isn't overbearing for them. Their fur feels a lot nicer after cleaning them and the smell is neutralized as opposed to being overpowered by randoms scents thrown into the shampoo." —Cody S.Get it from Amazon for $9.70+ (available in three styles).
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This shampoo is available dry, wet, or as a deodorizing spray.

Promising review: "This works well for my guinea pigs. It's gentle and the smell isn't overbearing for them. Their fur feels a lot nicer after cleaning them and the smell is neutralized as opposed to being overpowered by randoms scents thrown into the shampoo." —Cody S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.70+ (available in three styles).

23. A furminator brush you'll love for seriously (but gently) de-fluffing your fluffer. Because pet dander doesn't smell dandy.

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This life-changing brush is gonna make your life far less scary... I mean hairy.

Promising review: "This thing is ridiculous. You may think you've brushed the hair off your dog, but oh no my friend, you haven't. Let's get one thing clear, your dog has too much hair, and the Furminator was sent by aliens in the future to help you fix that. Let's get started! First, go put on something you don't plan on wearing for the rest of your life. You're about to be wearing your very own authentic dog-hair suit. A lint roller will help. Next, go outside. Don't you dare Furminate in your home, unless you're the first person to brush their dog because you want MORE hair in your house. When you're done, you'll have little fur tumbleweeds bouncing around while you stare in disbelief at your dog, which will still have fur, somehow, despite the hairpocalype unleashed by this innocuous little brush." –Seth A. Ratner

Get it from Amazon for $18.46+ (available in five sizes and two styles).

24. A good ol' three-pack of Febreze that's not here to ~spray~ games.

Promising review: "This product is another win! Excellent, clean scent and a well-designed bottle help this product freshen up the home, eliminating pet scents and more. The trigger is fantastic for dispersing an even and continuous spray throughout the area, and the fresh smell lasts for hours, neutralizing odors. Will definitely be keeping this product on repeat-order status." –SeanSGet it from Amazon for $12.34.
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Promising review: "This product is another win! Excellent, clean scent and a well-designed bottle help this product freshen up the home, eliminating pet scents and more. The trigger is fantastic for dispersing an even and continuous spray throughout the area, and the fresh smell lasts for hours, neutralizing odors. Will definitely be keeping this product on repeat-order status." –SeanS

Get it from Amazon for $12.34.

25. An essential oil diffuser that'll make your home smell like a day at the spa instead of a day at Pet Co.

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Be sure to grab some pet safe essential oils like cedarwood, lemongrass, or rosemary to go with it!

Promising review: "This was my first time buying an essential oil diffuser because I needed something safe and pet-friendly. This was definitely a good buy! It lasts much longer than I thought it would (roughly seven hours on average) and doubles as a nice night-light too. Just one or two drops you can definitely tell the difference in my otherwise stuffy room!" —Mandy E

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors).

26. A water conditioner to keep your turtle's tank clean by breaking down waste and debris, so you no longer have to waste time scrubbing smells off your tank every single week.

Promising review: I LOVE IT!! I have two small red eared sliders in a 5-gallon tank with fish tank filter. Before I used this sludge destroyer, the water got clouded and started to get smelly by the fourth day, and water had to be changed on the seventh day, otherwise it would stink up the house. After I used this for the first time I didn't smell ANYTHING. Even after not changing the water for two full weeks (I purposely waited to see how long it could go). I refilled the tank throughout these two weeks and I added one dose of the solution in between to keep the clearness up. I changed water on the two weeks mark because the filter was full and to my surprise, the odor was so minor it was barely there! This product is amazing! I highly recommend it!!" —ElleGet it from Amazon for $6.95.
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Promising review: I LOVE IT!! I have two small red eared sliders in a 5-gallon tank with fish tank filter. Before I used this sludge destroyer, the water got clouded and started to get smelly by the fourth day, and water had to be changed on the seventh day, otherwise it would stink up the house. After I used this for the first time I didn't smell ANYTHING. Even after not changing the water for two full weeks (I purposely waited to see how long it could go). I refilled the tank throughout these two weeks and I added one dose of the solution in between to keep the clearness up. I changed water on the two weeks mark because the filter was full and to my surprise, the odor was so minor it was barely there! This product is amazing! I highly recommend it!!" —Elle

Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

27. A Litter Genie so you can breathe easy and know that it definitely doesn't ~stink~ to have a furry friend around.

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Promising review: "This is an awesome product! I live in a small apartment and the smell of my cat's waste could get overwhelming. I couldn't take it out to the dump every time I cleaned the litter box, so it would just sit in my kitchen trash and stink up the whole apartment. This was a lifesaver! It gets rid of the smell, is so easy to use, and it really does last two weeks for one cat (who poops a lot). I just got another cat, so I'm not sure how long one bag will last with two, but it's so easy to change the bag and everything, I'm not worried about it. Also, my cat loves to sit on top of it which is an added bonus!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

28. And finally, a bag of dental treats for anyone who's been a very good girl, with very bad breath.

Promising review: "Giving your dog a greenie once a day is a great way to keep his/her teeth clean between brushing. My dog absolutely loves them (as most do). These are what she gets for her 'lunch' in the middle of the day, between her two traditional meals." –The HaynalsGet it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight sizes).
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Promising review: "Giving your dog a greenie once a day is a great way to keep his/her teeth clean between brushing. My dog absolutely loves them (as most do). These are what she gets for her 'lunch' in the middle of the day, between her two traditional meals." –The Haynals

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight sizes).

These products will help your house smell great no matter what kind of critters you have.

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