How to Maintain a Clean & Pet-Friendly Home
Keep a tidy and clean home, while also creating a haven for your little furry friends.
Choose the Right Vacuum
Some pets have a way of making you believe they leave more hair around the house than they have on their entire body. If that’s the case, invest in a vacuum specifically designed to deal with pet hair. Find one with extra attachments for getting into hard-to-reach places and removing fur from upholstered furniture.
Did you know that baking soda is an all-natural odor absorber? It’s inexpensive too! Use it as needed to eliminate pet odors from your carpets and rugs. Simply sprinkle baking soda liberally on your carpet, wait a few hours so the powder has a chance to absorb odors, and vacuum it up.
Keep Pet Beds Fresh
To cut back on odors, make sure your pet beds are machine washable and wash them once a week or every other week. That way your house stays fresh-smelling and your fur babies have a nice, clean bed to curl up on.
Clean Accidents Immediately
It’s no secret that accidents happen. But when they do, it’s in your best interest to tackle the clean up as soon as they happen. Blot with paper towels or a cloth as much as possible, and then apply a cleaning solution. Try one part vinegar to one part warm water for a homemade mixture.
While it’s well-known that pet toys must be cleaned, many people aren’t sure exactly how to do it. First, check the tags on the toys for any specific cleaning instructions. If none, here are some general directions:
- Hard Toys: Hand wash them with warm water and antibacterial soap, or throw them in the dishwasher. Pre-soak any particularly dirty toys in a bath of equal parts vinegar and water.
- Soft Toys: Wash whatever you can in the washing machine with baking soda. If the washing machine is out, try hand washing the toys in the same vinegar/water solution. While many toys will be tough enough to handle the dryer, those with squeakers or plastic pieces should hang dry.
Be proactive and stop messes before they make into your home. Muddy paws and wet fur are always a possibility when you bring pets in from the outdoors. Instead of dealing with the mess throughout your house, have grooming wipes and a basket of towels by the door to wipe them down before they track anything in. If you have room for a dedicated pet space in your entry, your clean up area can be more elaborate.
To help protect your upholstery and keep fur under control, consider laying blankets on your sofas and chairs for pets to lay on. Simply set the blankets aside when guests stop by to keep them fur-free.
A Place of Their Own
Dedicate a space in your home that is just for your pet, complete with all of their belongings: food and water bowls, bed, and toys. In addition to giving them a sense of security, this will help contain most of their mess to just one area and make it easier for you to maintain.
Use temporary gates to create boundaries for your pets. Whether you need certain rooms to stay pet-free all the time or if you just need to be able to block certain rooms occasionally, gates are a great way to keep pets from creating messes in every room.
Keep all your pet’s essentials organized by creating a designated storage space just for them. Whether a cabinet, a shelf, or a spot in a closet or pantry, you can use this area to house food, toys, treats and even cleaning supplies. Everything they need in one spot!