We all love our pets, but invariably they land in the doghouse for wreaking havoc on our carpets, couches, and other home surfaces. Dealing with the mess can be tricky; the ASPCA reports that poisoning from household cleaners is one of the top reasons for emergency phone calls from frantic owners. "There are many effective products that clean and remove odors without putting your pet at risk," says Julia Szabo, columnist for Dogster.com and author of Pretty Pet-Friendly (Wiley). Here are great options that get the job done while keeping your animal out of harm's way.
By Cheryl S. Grant
Problem: Urine stain
Product: Get Serious Pet Stain Odor and Pheromone Extractor
Why It Works: Urine stains and odor can be problematic because the smell causes your pet to mark the area again and again. Get Serious stops this by drawing out the pheromones—natural body chemicals produced by the animal—as it removes stains. Add a cup to your laundry to tackle residual pet odors on clothes or bedding.