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You love everything about your pet… except maybe their mess. Hair, stains, dirt, and odors are anticipated consequences of loving your pet unconditionally. But you don’t have to live with the smelliness and dirtiness. Here are the simplest, easiest cleaning hacks to keep your house beautifully fresh… even with the dirtiest pets.
1. Quench Urine Stench
Want to get rid of the smell of urine once and for all? Whether you have a litter box that seems to always need changing or a dog that tends to pee while you’re away at work, the unpleasant smell of urine is present in almost every pet owner’s home. The solution: baking soda.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda in kitty litter to neutralize the acidity of urine odors.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your pet’s bed. Let the baking soda sit for several hours to soak up the smells that sit deep in the fabric. Vacuum the baking soda particles before your animal uses their bed again to prevent any toxicity.
Once dogs mark their territory by peeing, they’re more likely to return to that spot to pee again. In this way, you want to not only remove urine stains but also deodorize them:
- Using a paper towel, soak up as much urine as you can.
- Mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda with 8 ounces of pure, distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Spray the stain with the vinegar-baking soda solution.
- Let it soak for 10 minutes.
- Use a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the area to pull out any additional moisture. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. You can also use silica gel packs to soak up more moisture. Be sure to throw the silica gels and baking soda out after use here.
- Vacuum the baking soda particles.
Be sure not to allow your animals near during the cleaning process. Ingesting large amounts of baking soda can be toxic to cats and dogs.
2. Remove Pet Hair from Furniture and Floors
Lint rollers quickly pick up hair from just about any surface or fabric. If you don’t have one on hand, you can pick up hair from furniture, carpets, and clothing using: a wet rubber glove, dryer sheet, or roll of packing tape.
After you’ve picked up the loose hair, you should also vacuum furniture and carpets to pick up additional fur, dander, dirt, and loose allergens. Be sure to clean out your vacuum afterward, so the hair doesn’t clog the filter and break your device. If the hair is stuck in the carpet, try scraping a window squeegee to loosen the fur.
Don’t use a vacuum on tile or hardwood floors, as this can scratch your floors. Instead, pick up hair and dust using a rubber broom or microfiber mop.
3. Remove Pet Hair from the Pet
You should brush and wash your pet frequently to prevent a buildup of pet-related gunk in your home. The best way to start this washing process is by vacuuming their fur. The Dyson Groomer uses a special attachment made to suck up hair and dander straight off of your dog or cat. It’s more comfortable, efficient, and effective than a standard brush, and it will also collect dead skin and allergens to avoid spreading around the house.
If your pet is afraid of the vacuum, use positive reinforcements. Whenever you vacuum the floor, feed them a treat. This will help them get used to the vacuum and they’ll feel better when it comes near them. While you vacuum their fur, give them an extra special treat — and a doggie or kitty massage!
4. Clean Dirt from Paws
Wipe dirt, mud, and gunk off of your pet’s paws using baby wipes. These wipes will safely, quickly, and effectively trap dirt so it won’t be tracked inside. You should also wipe a baby wipe over your dog or cat before giving them a bath in the tub; this will pick up extra furs to help prevent clogged pipes.
5. Sanitize Their Toys
Dog and cat toys hold on to a lot of germs and bacteria that could make your family and pet sick. Clean and sanitize their plastic toys in the dishwasher. Be sure not to put them in with your dishes, and afterward clean the dishwasher.
Put fabric toys in a small garment bag to prevent tears. Throw in the washing machine. Sanitize your washing machine afterward.
6. Use Lavender
Lavender is a must-have for all pet owners. It helps keep away ticks, soothes anxious dogs, and keeps your pet and home smelling fragrant. Mix several drops of lavender oil with distilled water and put in a spritzer. Keep it in the car to help your pet settle down on drives, or spray it around the home to help get rid of intense pet smells. You can also apply a few drops of lavender oil between your pet’s shoulder blades to help them calm down (and smell better).
You can also use lavender and lemon as a natural flea repellent:
- Put in a saucepan: 2 cups of water, 1 large sliced lemon, and a few sprigs of lavender.
- Let it simmer on the stove for 30 minutes.
- Take off the stove and let cool. It should be a light lavender color and smell citrusy.
- Strain the mixture using a colander. (Discard the lemon and lavender in the garbage disposal for a fresh-smelling sink.)
- Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the mixture.
- Put in a spray bottle.
- Use a few spritzes daily on cats and dogs to keep fleas away and make them smell fresh and clean.
7. Clean Vomit
Your pet got sick and now you have to gag your way through cleaning it up. First, let the vomit dry. As gross as it sounds, it’s a lot easier to clean dry vomit than wet vomit. When it’s dry, vacuum the area. Then repeat number one on this list to clean the stain and deodorize the area. Be sure to clean out your vacuum and its filters as well.
8. Deodorize the Air
Pet smells seem to linger in the area no matter what you do. Keep your home smelling fresh and clean with diffusers, sprays, plug-ins, and candles. Bring fresh air into the home by opening the windows and using an air purifier.
You can also place citrus peels around your house. Citrus will help mask any wet animal smells, and it will deter your pets from going in certain areas (dogs don’t like the smell of citrus).
9. Get Houseplants
Houseplants can help bring in the fresh air and neutralize odors.
10. Make Cleaning Easier
Want to make cleaning up pet hair and dander easier? Use a humidifier. Humidifiers loosen pet fur so it won’t cling to surfaces, making it easier and faster to clean up your pet’s mess.
11. Use Pet-Friendly Covers
Guard your furniture against stains and hair before it happens. Place easy-to-wash sheets, blankets, and throws on furniture where your pets like to hang out. Slipcovers are another great option. The best part is that when you’re hosting, you can quickly remove slipcovers and you’ll have a clean couch or chair; you don’t have to spend the time cleaning as you prep for your party.
12. User Pet-Friendly Mats
Put a placemat under your pet’s bowls. This makes it easy to quickly pick up, brush off, and clean after they’ve made a mess at dinner time. This will save you a lot of time from needing to vacuum and clean that area after every pet meal.
You should also put a mat in front of litter boxes to minimize spillage. If you have both a dog and cat, put a barrier mat near the litter box so your dog can’t get into it and cause a mess.
13. Get Rid of Marks
Scratch marks on furniture? Rub a walnut over them to return shine and vigor.
We love our pets here at Home Revolution! And we also know that a happy home is a happy pet and happy family. So keep your house looking and smelling clean with a few HomeRev hacks!