The Last Part of a 3 -Part Series on Odor Control
If you read the previous two articles, (Part 1) (Part 2) then you may have realized that there are several ways to control odors from dog urine and other sources. Some are more practical than others and since I am writing this from more of a professional pooper scooper perspective, I will lean my recommendations to that end.
First the sniff off! Not on artificial grass, that was easy. This is the bathroom sniff test for my wife. Last time I mentioned that the whole bathroom smelled like bleach so we couldn’t really tell what worked and what didn’t. So, we had to check it periodically and record our findings.
According to my wife, the bathroom “had an improved overall cleaner smell to it.” At least for a couple of days. I guess now I’ll have to clean the whole bathroom and see how long this “over all clean smell” lasts.
My Recommendations for Odor Control
In my first test, OdorMute came in first for controlling odors. However, in this latest series it dropped down to number 3. It’s still a great product and we still use it occasionally. We recently had 2 concerns about it. Firstly, during the Covid years, it was hard to get a hold of. Lots of products were hard to get a hold of. And secondly, it was the pre-mixing requirements. We never knew how much we needed on a given day and if a client wanted a last-minute deodorizer, this would not work for us.
Odormute is a blend of natural enzymes that will eliminate any organic odor. The enzyme action of Odormute chemically changes the source of the odor and eliminates it. In a powder form, Odormute is easy to store and handle and maintains full strength for up to 5 years. It’s economical as well: 15 oz of powder makes up to 20 Gallons of liquid! As a powdered concentrate, mix Odormute to the desired strength to eliminate odor in kennels, on carpets, fabrics, clothing, upholstery, furniture – anywhere there is a pet odor.
You guessed it, their words, not mine. However, I do like the product. We simply have others to choose from that are more readily available.
The Runner Up
Coming in second place is Top Performance AKA Fresh Scent 256. It is a good all-around disinfectant/deodorizer. It’s what Scoop Masters uses in their spray bottles to clean off equipment and pet waste stations. It’s a no rinse formula and it’s pretty versatile. It also kills many of the common dog/animal type viruses, like parvo, K-9 Corona, salmonella and canine distemper. It comes very concentrated so you can mix over 250 gallons of solution from only one gallon of the concentrate. It also comes in several flavors, I mean scents, like cherry and lavender.
I like this product, I really do. According to the manufacturer, you just mix it, spray it and leave it. It’s harmless to animals and plants and is effective for odor control. That said, it is my number 2 choice, since the leftover scents is pleasing to the nose of even the most discerning of noses. It’s OK for home use by an individual, and for a professional pooper scooper company that may offer this service as an add-on, it’s a cost-effective no-brainer. The best part is that you can mix it on the fly as needed.
And the Winner Is…
That leaves my number one recommended product for pet odor control… Wysiwash!
Here at Scoop Masters, we recently started offering the Wysiwash system for our odor control application. Here’s why. First, we can now say we “sanitize” dog runs. Sanitize is the new buzz word ever since Covid came out. Wysiwash is basically a spray application of Hypochlorous acid, read that chlorine-based disinfectant.
Wysiwash Sanitizing System kills viruses and bacteria, deodorizes smells, and neutralizes mold all in one step. The EPA-approved formula is safe to use around people, pets and plants, yet tough enough to kill infectious diseases like Parvovirus, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Panleukopenia. It’s convenient and easy to use and we can use it on the fly, as long as there is a hose handy. Just hook it up to the hose, spray, then disconnect. Although a little pricey for individual home use, it’s more than cost effective for a pooper scooper company that wants to add this service for their clients.
So, there you have it. A non-government funded study about dog odors that only cost me about $55.89 and some time. Wait, maybe I shouldn’t mention that part just in case the government wants to pay me millions to do a study on dog odors.
Oh, one more thing. I inserted another “control” just for the fun of it. Again, didn’t spend millions of dollars on this study, but I also used, wait for it, HOT WATER. Plain ol’ hot water seemed to remove the urine stains just as much as the other cleaners I tested in my bathroom.
Oh well, so much for non-scientific studies!