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How to Completely Neutralize and Eliminate Pet Odors

It is rare, but now and then I hear from a reader who is frustrated using one of my all-time favorite, must-have products, Nok-Out. I love Nok-Out (its companion product is SNiPER) because it eliminates all odors including stubborn pet odors. Nok-Out is harmless for pets and children, not poisonous, fragrance-free, fume-free, toxic-free. Awesome stuff.

The feedback I get is mostly filled with praise and gratitude (see comments below). However, now and then I hear from someone like Linda, who is facing a tough, smelly situation that because of its location, requires more toil and patience.

A cat lying on a sofa

 

Dear Mary: I have been using Nok-Out very successfully for months. It is fantastic, thank you for the recommendation! However, now I have a horrible pet odor that I cannot get rid of. Cat urine. On a sofa and chair. She sprayed on them. (Did you know that a spayed female will spray under stress? )

I cannot get the odor out. I have soaked the stains thoroughly, more than once. The stench might go away for a short period, or it might smell like a combo of urine and Nok-Out for awhile (a kind of soapy smell in this case). Then the full odor returns. Help! I can’t stand it! Linda

Dear Linda: Oh no, this is bad! The problem is clear—the offending pet odor (cat urine) soaked way down into the stuffing of those pieces of furniture. The Nok-Out has to penetrate successfully reaching every area that was infected. If it was a true “cat spray” is it possible that cat urine went in all directions. Perhaps you need to expand the area of treatment?

I am going to send an SOS to Ted Price at Nok-Out Central asking him to respond with his best shot. I am certain I know why you’re having this problem, but I’m not fully confident of the specific solution for it. Mary

Dear Ted: Can you take a look at Linda’s cat odor problem, which I am including with this message, and then weigh in on how she can use Nok-Out to eliminate this horrible odor, once and for all? Mary

In no time at all, Ted responded:

Dear Linda: I feel your pain! But don’t worry, there is a permanent solution to this problem and I’m sure I can help.

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These Puppies Detect Water Leaks (and More Great Reader Tips!)

My dear readers come up with the greatest tips, tricks, and ideas for how to save time and money every day. Today is no exception. From water leaks to puppy poop—all the way to phone chargers, tomato paste, and better space saver bags— fasten your seatbelts because we’re about to cover a lot of frugal ground.

A close up of a toilet and water heater

Cutest little leak detector

After dealing with a toilet leaking and causing $500 in damage because it went unnoticed for too long, my plumber told me about this ingenious little device called the Leak Puppy, which detects the smallest amount of standing water (as little as 1/32″)and alerts you to it with loud beeping sound, much like a smoke alarm. I purchased one for each of my bathrooms, under sinks, and next to the water heater. I’m finding that my peace of mind is well worth the initial cost! Mack

Tomato paste waste

Many times a recipe will call for a small amount of tomato paste. Often, this means that if you’re like me, what remains in the can is stored in the refrigerator for future use. It also means that months later I find it and toss it in the trash because it has now gone bad. But no more! Now, I take the remaining tomato paste and spread it out in a thin layer in a zip sandwich bag I store flat on a freezer shelf until it’s frozen. The next time I need tomato paste, I simply break off what I need, zip up the bag, and replace it in the freezer. Works great; no more waste! Karen Read more