Pet Odor Elimination: Enzyme vs. Essential Oil Based Products

Regardless of how much we adore our pets, the truth is that a lot of times our furry companions either smell bad or create odors that are simply impossible to tolerate, requiring us look for the best way to deal with the issue.

Regardless of how much we adore our pets, the truth is that a lot of times our furry companions either smell bad or create odors that are simply impossible to tolerate, requiring us look for the best way to deal with the issue. No one likes to live in a foul smelling house and it can be challenging to avoid or battle the odors that our pets create. If you are a pet owner eventually you will have to deal with cat or dog urine odor.

Whether you are searching for ways to eliminate cat urine odor from your home, or wish to get rid of urine smell, there are various products available in the market that claim to lessen the smell. Many of these companies provide cat and dog urine odor removing products that are not just created to get rid of pet urine and lessen the smell, but also to give your house a pleasant aroma. Beware of products that advertise they have an added scent such as Cinnamon, or Lavender, etc. because these products do not destroy the source of the odor but rather attempt to just cover-up the offending odor.

Getting Rid of Pet Odors

Many of people try different kinds of homemade or natural odor removal products such as baking soda but eventually find out that such solutions are never effective because they do not destroy the source of the odor and in fact usually make the problem worse by washing the contamination deeper into the carpet or floor and spreading it over a larger area. People often resort to candles and air fresheners to help get their house smelling clean and to remove pet odor.

Why Enzyme Products Are Inferior to Essential Oil Odor Eliminators

There are basically two classes of odor elimination products readily available to the public: the “New Generation” organic compounds that work, and “Stone Age” products that don’t. The primary ingredients of the new-generation products are essential oils, whereas the Stone Age products are enzyme based.

Theoretically, odor-eating enzyme products should work, but the fact is they’re very inconsistent and unreliable. Each new bottle that leaves the factory contains millions of live enzymes capable of consuming the odor causing bacteria from organic materials such as cat urine, dog urine or even human urine, but they have some real-world problems. For instance:

  • Enzymes start to die off as soon as they’re bottled reducing potency
  • Enzymes are fragile and die when exposed to extreme temperatures
  • Enzymes are not discriminating as to what they attack. They’re just as likely to attack dried soap residue in your carpet as they are the offending cat urine salts and urea.   

The end result of pouring unreliable, and possibly dead, enzymes on the urine stain is washing the urine deeper into porous surfaces and spreading it over a larger area. Plus, it re-hydrates the dried urine, which will make the smell worse.

New-generation odor elimination products contain essential oils derived from exotic plants and work on entirely different scientific principles than the enzyme products. The natural ingredients bond with odor molecules and break them down at the molecular level—permanently destroying the ability to generate odor in as little as 30 minutes.  Not only are these new-generation compounds more effective, but they’re also more reliable due to their tolerance to temperatures and ability to work where other chemicals, soaps AND enzyme products had already been applied.

Another benefit is that Essential Oil products are absolutely safe to use around humans, pets and plants. They are non-toxic, non-staining, and biodegradable and have a neutral ph. For added value, they’re highly concentrated and very economical to use—when mixed with water, just one quart of concentrate turns into multiple gallons.

You cannot purchase Essential Oil odor eliminators at the pet store.  These are industrial strength products and are available online from a limited number of companies.  So, don’t waste your time with old technology, search for odor elimination products containing Essential Oils.

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  1. elee

    On September 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

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