Nothing beats the joy of having a pet buddy in your house! These furry companions are a delight to everyone and are capable of loving you unconditionally.
However, furry pets like cats, dogs, and rodents, tend to shed a tremendous amount of hair and dander all over the house, which makes the cleaning chores a bit more challenging and frequent.
To help you with the process of essential cleaning of the house, here are 7 tips every pet owner should know to make their life a whole lot easier. Let’s dive in!
1. Keep Your Pet Cleaned and Groomed More Often
The first and simplest way to keep your house clean while having a pet around is by keeping the pet itself as regularly groomed and cleaned as you can.
To put it in the simplest way possible, it’s much easier to clean all the dirt, dander, and grime on your pet than picking it up from all over the house. After all, dirt and danger removed while cleaning your pet is dirt and dander not spread all over the house.
Cleaning and grooming your pet more often also come with various perks. For starters, the more frequently you do it, the easier it’ll be to keep your pet clean, especially dogs with thick coats of fur that tend to mat.
You also won’t have to use shampoos and chemicals every time while cleaning, as you can simply wash them with some clean water and you’ll see immediate results.
De-shedding and trimming will also become much easier because mats won’t have time to form. Even if you do it at a professional groomer, it should cost less!
2. Set Up a Pet Cleaning Station At the Door
Pets like to enjoy their time outside, but they can easily trail a lot of mud and grime from outside as soon as they step inside.
Instead, you might want to set up a pet cleaning station at the door to quickly remove most of the clinging dirt before coming in.
The entranceway is one of the best spots for such a station, but if you prefer to keep it hidden, you can try the laundry room.
The station should have a reliable doormat with a water spray bottle and pet towels to help you clean those muddy paws. You may also have a bag of treats there to make it a worthy trip for your pet.
3. Create a Cleaning Schedule of the Litter Box
Litter Boxes are more commonly used for cats than dogs. If you have one you’ll know how annoying and powerful it can smell if you don’t clean the litter box.
The best way to keep the litter box clean all day is by including them in your daily and weekly cleaning schedule, and scoop them more often, preferably up to 2 times a day. Additionally, you need to perform a deep clean at least once a week to avoid the lingering smell.
This one is quite easy, as you’ll only need to dump all the contents of the litter box, then soak it in some warm water for a few minutes without adding soap or detergents.
4. Prepare a Cleaning Kit for Accidents
Living with a pet, especially young ones, means that you have to get used to odd and smelly accidents happening more often around the house. This leaves a variety of stains that need to be clean and sanitized.
Luckily, these stains are usually quite easy to clean when they’re fresh. That’s why you need to always be prepared by having an accessible kit dedicated to accidents.
This can be a basket that has a mild detergent, an enzyme cleaner, a scrubbing tool, waste bags, etc.
This way, you can immediately reach for your accidents to clean, deodorize, and sanitize the accident spot.
5. Use Safe Ingredients While Cleaning Surfaces
Not all cleaning chemicals are mild enough for the paws of your pets, so you have to be careful about the type of ingredients used in your surface cleaners.
Lucky for you, white vinegar is still one of the most reliable and pet-safe ingredients that you can use to keep surfaces and carpets clean.
Simply fill a spray bottle with equal parts of white vinegar and water, then spray them over the stains on the carpet without soaking them. After a few minutes, the vinegar would have broken down the stains so that they’re easy to wipe off without a trace.
Enzyme cleaners and baking soda are also effective and safe, but you should always test any cleaning ingredient in a hidden spot before using it for any surface.
6. Upgrade Your Cleaning Tools with a Lint Roller
Pet hair and dander is one of the major problems that every pet owner struggles against because they stick to all surfaces.
If you find it difficult to clean the house with conventional tools alone, you might want to upgrade the tools that you have around the house.
One of the best tools that will help you overcome the problem of pet hair without costing you a lot of money is the lint roller.
These rollers are specifically designed to pull the stray pet hairs out of just about any surface it sticks to.
7. Remember Pet Belonging and Tools While Cleaning
One of the most overlooked aspects of cleaning your pet and your house is taking care of all the pet belongings.
In fact, a lot of pet owners find their house messy soon after cleaning both their house and their pets. In that case, the culprit is usually your pet’s belongings.
These belongings include all your pet’s toys, collars, and even their bed. The easiest way to clean the toys is by leaving them in a bowl filled with warm soapy water and let them soak for a few minutes, then rinse and dry them.
As for the bed, using baking soda is quite effective because it can also deodorize the bed and remove all the stinky smells.
There you have it! A brief guide with 7 essential cleaning tips that will help every pet owner stay in control of the situation when it comes to cleaning their house.