As animals, our pets go hard on their food comes at dinnertime — a primal lunge for the meal, and then they’re stuck face-first into it until the bowl’s licked clean. As owners, however, we’re a little more reluctant to unleash the potent scents of their food. Here are four storage tips to buffer that wave of pet-food smell sweeping through your home, so you can hold your dear pet, instead of your nose.
Surround it with newspaper.
Extra, extra! The wondrous deodorizing quality of the newspaper can help mask the smell of pet food, whether in a dry pantry or the fridge. Simply wrap newspaper around the package. If some scent is still lingering in a container you formerly used, crumple up sheets of newspaper inside and seal the lid for a few days.
Introduce odor-masking agents.
Air out your pantry first, and then nip this odor problem in the bud by lining a plate with any of these substances: baking soda, coffee grounds, oats, silica gel, or cotton buds dipped in vanilla essential oils.
Store in kitchen containers.
Since smaller pets like lapdogs and cats consume less, their packaged food can be discretely stored in flour tins or cookie jars. Go pastel, enamel, or stainless steel — either way, your pet’s dry treats, and boxed wet food will be sealed away in air-tight containers.
Scout rice storage containers.
These babies can be up to 55lbs, designed as airtight home-storage facilities to shield huge portions of rice from insects and rodents. The same goes for your pet food, especially when bought by the bag. For families with large dogs, this is ideal for masking any smells emanating from that unlocked sack of kibble.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.