When you have five different pets, it can feel daunting and useless to try and reduce odors in your home.
They could all be potty trained and you’ll still end up with an accident on the floor once in a while.
If you have carpet, that can lead to lingering odors. While I don’t have carpet in my current home, my house growing up had carpet in the bedrooms and I remember how it was always a losing battle when the dogs would have accidents on the floor in these locations. We had a carpet cleaner that we used several times a year, but after a while the urine would soak into the underpad below the carpet and it would make it hard to remove the odors completely. Nowadays I don’t have to worry about carpet absorbing these odors, but I genuinely worry about it soaking into the tile grout and pooling underneath the tile. Even in the most ideal situation with perfectly sealed tile flooring, pets get odors into the air that circulates through your central HVAC system. That is a huge reason for all of those odor blocking air conditioner filters that have a layer of activated charcoal crystals on them. There was a brand that made these for years and they worked really well until the quality suddenly dropped and they started shedding in customers’ air conditioning systems. I had to quit buying them because I was worried about the charcoal crystals coating my evaporator coil and causing permanent damage. For now, I will go without using these kinds of air conditioner filters in my central HVAC system.