I'm a congenital anosmic (born without the sense of smell) and I'm just learning that smells can linger and/or stick. I have two large dogs and a cat in my home and I've always known that animals have a bad odor, but I didn't realize that the odor can "stick" to the house. I figured that bathing the dogs, changing the litter, cleaning the surfaces and mopping the floors was enough to rid the house of odors. It has recently come to my attention that this is not enough and my house smells bad!!
This really upsets me because I'm a very neat person and I like to keep a clean house. I frequently have people over and I hate the idea that they've been sitting here and smelling my animals without saying a word about it. Please help me figure out what I can add to my cleaning routine to keep the house smelling fresh and clean.
My current routine consists of a deep cleaning every Spring and Fall and painting every 2-3 years. Every Saturday I windex and pledge all surfaces, bleach the bathrooms and mop the floors with pinesol (even the wood floors, although I know I'm not supposed to). I have one large area rug in the living room, which the dogs constantly lay on and may be a major cause of the odor. They're not allowed on the couches, but I worry that the smell has seeped into them as well.
So, the first thing I'll do is get the rug cleaned and wash all of the couch cushions and pillows. I'm starting my Fall cleaning early and I'm taking apart each room, washing curtains, etc. Once I'm done with the deep cleaning, what can I do (preferably on a weekly basis) that will keep my house smelling fresh and clean? I'm not a fan of perfumes, because I can't tell if I'm using too much or too little. I need something that I cannot "overuse" and will help me neutralize all odors. (Getting rid of the animals is not an option. Also, they do not have accidents in the house. What I've been told is that the smell is coming from just them...their bodies, fur, etc.)
Please help me out with a few tips or tricks on controlling odors. Thanks is advance!!