Top 10 Spring Cleaning Checklist for Pet Parents

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
After a long winter, it’s time to clean your house from top to bottom – and that includes all the stuff your dog uses, inside and outside of the home.

When the snow finally melts and the temperature starts to rise, it’s time for a thoroughly cleaning. If you are a pet parent, spring cleaning means more than just scrubbing kitchen cabinets and putting away your winter clothes. You have to clean up after your dog and make sure that he’s ready for spring! We’ve put together the Top 10 tasks you should include on your spring cleaning checklist for your dog. (Photo credit: Willee Cole/

Using Pet-Friendly Cleaners: For all of your spring cleaning needs, make sure you have a supply of pet-friendly cleaners on hand. Harsh, chemical-laden cleaners may get the job done but they could also make your dog sick. Look for an organic or all-natural all-purpose cleaner to clean the hard surfaces your dog uses and make sure to stock up on dog-friendly shampoo for those days when your daily walk turns into a romp in the mud. (Photo Credit: frank11/

Cleaning Beds/Bedding: Your dog spends a lot of time in his bed, so it is important to clean it regularly. The best thing you can do is to choose a bed with a removable fabric cover that you can simply throw into the wash. When you wash your dog’s bedding, be sure to use mild soap with no dyes or fragrance. For bedding that is particularly smelly, add a cup of baking soda to the wash. (Photo credit: Patryk Kosmider/Bigstock)

Cleaning Collar: No matter how clean your dog is, a stinky collar can bring him down. To clean your dog’s collar, fill a bowl with hot water and add a little bit of dog shampoo. Soak the collar for fifteen minutes then rub away any dirt by hand and rinse the collar in clean water. Hang the collar up to dry before putting it back on your dog to avoid mildew. (Photo credit: PPetro/

Spring Shedding = More Brushing: While all dogs shed at least a little bit year-round, many breeds experience a much larger shed in the spring – this is referred to as blowing a coat. As your dog blows his coat you will need to brush much more frequently than usual to control shedding. Use an undercoat rake for double-coated dogs and try to keep your dog off the furniture during this time. (Photo credit: Cliff Muller/Flickr)

Hair/Fur Removal from Furniture: No matter how careful you are about keeping your dog off the furniture, pet hair will find its way onto your couch. If you don’t have a vacuum that is specially designed for pet hair you can use a rubber glove or a squeegee to remove pet hair from upholstered furniture. (Photo credit: Andy Chase/Flickr)

Muddy Paws: April showers bring May flowers and that means a full month of wet and muddy paws. Avoid getting muddy paw prints all over your floor by teaching your dog to wait by the door before going inside after a walk. While your dog is waiting you can wipe off his muddy paws using a damp cloth or rinse his paws one-by-one in a tub of water. (Photo credit: Zora Panici/

Cleaning Toys:It is important to wash your dog’s toys often to keep them clean and germ-free. For hard toys, soak them in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water then scrub them with a bristle brush. For soft toys, use a mild detergent and put them through the gentle cycle of your washing machine and hang them up to dry. (Photo credit: chrisroselli/

Cleaning Crate/Carrier: While you are cleaning your dog’s bedding and toys, you should clean his crate or carrier as well. For hard surfaces, use a dog-friendly all-purpose cleaner. If your dog’s crate has a removable tray or liner, take it out and give it a good scrub then let it dry before you put it back. (Photo credit: Javier Brosch/

Scoop Poop on the Lawn: During the winter, scooping dog poop in your yard is probably not a priority. When the snow melts, however, you are left with quite a mess. Do yourself a favor and scoop that poop as soon as the weather gets nice before your dog adds more. (Photo credit: olgavolodina/

Checking for Pee Spots/Odor: When the weather is cold and snowy, some dogs refuse to go out and end up doing their business in the house. If they are clever or ashamed of their behavior, they may hide it. Eventually, however, you’ll start to smell it and at that point you should clean up the mess as soon as possible. If you leave the odor, your dog may continue to use the area. For new stains, soak up the liquid with newspaper or paper towel then treat the area with a pet odor neutralizer. (Photo credit: Willee Cole/

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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