We all love our fur babies. Who doesn’t, right? They make our lives brighter and happy. But pets would also mean mess, dirt, and smelly odors we want to get rid of. Sometimes it can be overwhelming that it makes us question if getting a pet in the first place was a good idea. Well, of course, it is. That’s why we gathered these eight cleaning tips you should know to make things easier for you and your fur baby:
Get yourself a lint roller
Pet hair is probably one of the number one problems most pet owners have when owning a pet, especially if you have one that sheds frequently. Pet hair gets everywhere, including your couch and pet. This is why lint rollers are a must when you own pets. It makes things much easier when it comes to picking up short, medium, or long hairs of your fur babies. There are different types of lint rollers, so make sure that you choose what works best for you.
Use duct tape as an alternative
If you don’t want to buy a lint roller yet, duct tape is a great alternative. It probably does a better job of getting rid of pet hair than a lint roller. We all know how sticky that kind of tape is. Plus, it’s very durable. So, how does it work? Simple. Just wrap around the duct tape in your hand, or anything convenient to you, inside out. Then start removing dog hair in the area where there is lots of it.
Stop dirt at the door
Pets need to be exercised, and there’s a possibility they’ll catch on several dirt from the outside. This could be found they dug up, mud, dust, and anything else. So, make sure they’re already clean before you let them in. You can set up a paw cleaning station at the door to start. Place an absorbent dog paw cleaning mat or a washable cleaning rug your dog can stand in as you wash their feet. You can also train them to stay outside as you get some cleaning materials to wash the dirt off. If they’re not yet trained, you can also set up a barricade to prevent your dog from going into areas that you don’t want to get dirty like the living room.
Don’t forget to clean their collars and toys
Toys and collars usually come with washing instructions when you buy them. So all you need to do is follow them carefully, and you’ll be okay. You can do the washing at least once a week, so the dirt doesn’t retain. You should check your dog toys weekly to see if there are damages that need to be repaired. Also, throw any toy that is too damaged as this can only become a choking hazard for your furry friend.
Sprinkle baking soda to deodorize their beds
Like toys and collars, pet beds also get dirty and smelly as weeks go by. To give your dog beds an easy-clean, all you need to do is to sprinkle baking soda in the entire bed to deodorize them. If you’re feeling a little extra, add some fresh scent there, too. Leave it like that overnight and vacuum it the next day.
Use vinegar to remove urine stain and odor
To remove pets stains and odor, vinegar is one of the best things you can use. It’s inexpensive, natural, and also safe for your pets. Just mix 1-quart warm water and ½ cup of vinegar in a bowl, grab a clean cloth and blot the stain first to absorb the liquid, then dribble the mixture on the area. If the covered area is only small, then spraying the vinegar solution should do the trick. Let the vinegar sit for a minute, blot it again, and repeat it until the stain is removed.
Empty the litter box often
As cat owners, it’s essential to pay attention to your cat’s litter box. As much as possible, you should empty it and clean it more often, especially if you have multiple cats. If you don’t do this, your cat or cats may find their litter box unsanitary, and they’ll find a different place to empty themselves like on your floor.
Groom your pet regularly
A clean and groomed pet will not only keep your pet healthy but your home clean, too. It gives them a neat look and keeps them smelling great. So, if your pet is always clean, there are fewer chances that their beds or your couch would smell bad. Another advantage of grooming your pet is that you keep the shedding to a minimum. This means less hair, and you’d have to spend less time cleaning up pet hair.
A mess is already a part of a pet owner’s life. But that doesn’t mean it’s something we’d have to suffer from. With the eight cleaning tips above, you’ll surely make your life easier. Cleaning would be faster, stress-free. And you’d have more time to play with your furry friends.
About the Author:
Jacky Xu is the Chief Operating Officer at Maid Sailors Maid Service Chicago. Maid Sailors take pride in providing unparalleled cleaning services at affordable prices and will help transform your house into a home.