Smelly Dog and Scented Candles #MummyMondays


This post is in collaboration with Air Wick

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and found it smells like dog or cat but they wouldn’t have a clue and think their house smells like roses?

I’m afraid that I was once one of those people, not the person doing the smelling but one of the people completely oblivious to their pets odour.

My dog Billy is 9 years old and well, I guess we’ve just gotten used to his ‘smell’. Oh god, we don’t let him sleep with us, that’s just gross….after seeing where he licks himself and picking up his poo, I’d rather not go there. But he does sleep in his own ‘bucket’ in the lounge room. He is not a very active dog and spends most of his days curled up in the said bucket. Oh what a life.

smelly dog
Anyway, I will never forget one day ages ago when my mum so politely mentioned that our house smelled like ‘dog’. I was mortified, absolutely mortified. How many other people had visited my house and thought the exact same thing? There were probably heaps but they were too nice to say anything!

Ever since that time I have tried my best to mask the doggy smell but the things I’ve tried, some have worked and others not so well or the smells on top of smells just made me feel sick.

One thing I’ve always been a fan of has been scented candles. I’ve always used them for their calming aspect but have since discovered that they make great doggy odour destroyers. Even better, when I’ve got one burning and friends or family came to visit no one would even know I was doing it to get rid of the stink, they’d just think to themselves ‘oh what a lovely candle, what a lovely smell.’ They never need to know exactly why the candle is there in the first place, well until they read this blog post that is.

The good thing is that I’ve discovered a candle that I can use for calming, relaxation and stink busting and I don’t have to go to a specialty shop to buy it, I can put it in the trolley when I do my grocery shopping.  It’s the Air Wick Decorative Jar Candle in Sweet Summer Fruits and looks great on my new kitchen bench!

Air Wick Scented Candle
It’s a lovely subtle smell and perfectly takes the focus away from any lingering odours and at the same time brings a little ‘zen’ into the home. Whether you have a dog like me, a cat or perhaps a bad habit of leaving wet towels in the washing machine (come on, we’ve all done it), this scented candle is a clever, pretty and cheap way to divert attention from the unwanted.

Oh I forgot…if you are lucky enough to have a home free from stink, the Air Wick scented candle is a great way to bring a sense of calm into the home too….also very important.

Air Wick Scented Candle
Do you have indoor pets? How do you mask pet odours?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

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  1. June 1, 2015 / 6:08 am

    Zen and odour busting – sounds like a double winner! PS How cute is your dog? Adorable. Have a good week.

  2. June 1, 2015 / 6:34 am

    Naaaaaw poor Billy,my hubby blames our dogs if theres an odd smell too… he always smells wonderful after ive visited

  3. June 1, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Good thinking on the ease of purchasing….the whole going into shops with a full trolley is a totally hassle!

  4. June 1, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Oh I can’t handle pet smells in homes. I don’t think you can ever remove them either. When I had my first babe, my cat had to move outside. She loved it, since she had always been a house cat. I will never forget the morning I spotted my toddler walking through a minefield of cat poo and fur balls she’d produced in our dining room one night. Nope, six kids smell bad enough so no indoor pets for me!

  5. June 1, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Oh I’m totally with you! I always have a candle going when I’m home – it’s just so lovely and calming and smells great. I often buy the Air Wick ones when I’m at the supermarket, because it’s so quick and easy! I’ll have to grab one of the lemonade stand ones next time.

  6. June 1, 2015 / 8:17 am

    We have 2 indoor cats & sometimes the smell of kitty litter wafts into our dining area. Ick! Hubby is on poop duties & only does it in the arvo which drives me kind of crazy… But not enough to take over (plus pregnant = not allowed lol). But we use litter deodoriser & have an auto air freshener in the laundry. The things we do for our fur babies 😉

  7. June 1, 2015 / 9:04 am

    What a cutie he looks very cosy in his bucket! We used to have indoor dogs and I never noticed the smell until i moved out of home & came back for a visit – I too was mortified to think that that smell had been hanging around for years and I’d never noticed!!

  8. June 1, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I must be one of the oblivious ones. I found a beautiful smelling cleaning spray by method in pink grapefruit and orange power air freshener in lemon myrtle and orange oil. So I think it’s all good..

    I love candles but, hubster worries about the kids and flames. I used to be an incense burner back in the day but, that creates havoc with my hubby and Miss 3’s asthma.

    Zoe xx

  9. June 1, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I love burning candles not only for the lovely smell but the sense of peace it seems to bring to my home. My labrador only comes inside at night to sleep, so there isn’t much of a doggy smell in the house (I think!!), however we do have an indoor cat. Her litter tray is kept in the laundry area and can sometimes get a bit stinky so we use an automatic spray air freshener that hangs on the wall to keep it smelling nice in there between cleans.

  10. I’m a big fan of the scented candle, I love them. I have been guilty of having several burning throughout the house, all with different smells. But I don’t care. I like walking from one room to the next and being greeted by a different scent.

  11. March 24, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Our pets has different kind of attitude. Also, when it comes to their smell, some of our pets are not that too smelly. This part will sure to give you a hard time when it comes to cleaning the house. When this case happen, try this idea. It can help you on your problem with smelly pets.