Handy Hacks For Keeping Your Pet-Friendly House Clean
Fur, odor and stains… oh my! Every pet parent experiences the sudden and often overwhelming feeling that their house will never be clean again. While your beloved pooch is responsible for depositing his fur with everything in sight, it’s your responsibility to clean up after him. That is, unless you can somehow train him clean it themselves (don’t hold your breath). But here’s what you can do to help make your life easier and your house cleaner.
- Invest in an air filter: Dander and dust is flying around your home without you even realizing it. What is even more concerning is that you’re breathing it into your lungs. You can stop inhaling airborne particles by investing in an air filter or maybe a few, depending on the size of your home. Most air filter companies have specially made filters for pets. They contain built- ionizers that lessen allergens and supply fresh air.
- Place floor mats at each door: Most dogs enjoy running around outdoors and going for a walk. Dirt, grime and mud stick to the surface of your dog’s paws, which they bring into your home. Stop the madness at the door. Place floor mats at each door that leads outdoors. This will assure that some, if not all, of the dirt will get absorbed at the door before your dog has a chance to spread it throughout your home.
- Use pet wipes: These are handy for quick cleanups and removing dirt from your dog’s paws. Keeping a container close to each entry way of your home that your dog uses allows for easy access. Using these wipes will prevent further cleanup later.
- Removable Dog Bed Fabric: Buy a dog bed that has removable fabric. That way, you can clean it regularly by throwing it into the washing machine as needed.
- Neutralize odors: The smell of dog urine is strong and requires immediate cleaning. After clean-up you may not be able to smell it, but your dog can and will continue to use the same areas repeatedly. Neutralize odors deep down by using an enzyme-based pet odor neutralizer.
- Clean the floors frequently: If you have carpet, you may want to invest in an automatic vacuum cleaner that can do all the work on its own. Just press the start button and let the cleaner roll around and keep your house clean. If you have wooden or tile floors you can quickly and easily use a Swiffer-type quick mop that will pick up the hair and dirt without too much effort on your part.
Keeping your home clean is essential for a healthy lifestyle for both you and your pets. Regular cleaning is required and a routine or schedule can help keep things in order. By following these tips, you’ll enjoy better air quality, fresh scents and clean floors. Keep an eye on your dog’s paws since they are what tracks in dirt and germs on a daily basis. Pet wipes will become your best friend when it comes to keeping your house clean, your dog will enjoy of getting his paws paw-dicure!
Shellie Sutera is a freelance writer from sunny Miami, Florida. When she’s not secretly smuggling her adorable dog Hercules into the local beaches for sun and surf, she’s a passionate writer that specializes in writing about dogs and all of their unique quirks. She spends her free time cooking Italian food, raft boating, volunteering and traveling to dog-friendly destinations.
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