Without a doubt, pets are fantastic company to have in your home and my home is definitely a dog-loving household. I have three furry friends, 2 charming black Labradors; Albus & Jet and one mischievous beagle, Buddy and they are the life of my house. However, as much as I love my dogs, I also love a clean home and this can often be quite challenging when I have 12 furry paws running around the house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll know that I love a good cleaning hack almost as much as I love my dogs so although I can’t always keep my house completely spotless, with these clever cleaning hacks I can at least decrease the time spent running after my dogs, tidying up their mess.
So to help you out, from one pet owner to another here are my top tried and tested tips to keep your pet-friendly home feeling nice and fresh!
If you start brushing your pets as young as possible, it makes it a lot easier for when they are fully grown as they quickly get used to being brushed from a young age and will even think of it as a pleasant activity. Most pets like cats and dogs love to be brushed and it is a great activity to bond with your pets.
If your dog or cat has a thick or long coat, you might want to spend more time dedicated to brushing their coats but it is all worth it in the end as it minimises shedding of even the worst pets and keeps their fur and skin nice and healthy by distributing the essential oils throughout their whole coat. Don’t forget the clever trick that if the weather permits, to brush your pets outside to limit the furry mess and the airborne skin particles that can contribute to allergies!
Even if you have a “non-shedding” pet, you still need to vacuum constantly with the dirt they carry into the house as by the time you are done vacuuming it’s time to do it again, so I would suggest investing in a good-quality vacuum. Buy one that has an extra-strong suction to pick up all of those pesky hairs and help get rid of the odours too.
You should also consider the flooring and furniture in your home. If you have heavily carpeted floors and fabric sofas, then you might want to spend a bit of extra money on a vacuum that will help you pick up all of the hairs and dirt too. Now I know you may think that a purchase like this isn’t necessary but with the time and energy a good vacuum will save you it will be well worth the money, it definitely was for me!
Door mats really help clean the paws of your pets even if you can’t train them to wipe their feet. Simply place some heavy-duty doormats at each entrance into the house, one heavy-duty mat outside and then some smaller mats on the inside of the house. They don’t seem like they do much but when your pets are coming into the house all wet and muddy, trailing in mud and dirt from their walks or wanderings the mats will help prevent your pets from completely ruining your freshly cleaned floors.
The most helpful thing to making sure your home stays nice and fresh is also making sure that your pets smell nice and fresh too! If you have cats, you don’t really need to worry about this too much as they clean themselves but you may need to do this if they were ever to roll in something unpleasant outside. Regular baths will prevent your dog from smelling nasty but be careful as too many baths can strip essential oils and dry the skin (especially in the winter). Most dogs will only need baths every few weeks or when they get especially stinky.
Help reduce the stress and the mess of bathing your dog by placing a non-slip mat in the tub to make them feel more secure or play some relaxing music to help keep them calm. Running lukewarm or cold water will also avoid drying out the skin. If you follow these tips, it will help make bath time a more positive experience and if they do well during bath time, make sure to reward them with plenty of treats and praise so that they know how to behave next time too. Dogs thrive on routine, so make bath time predictable and consistent!
As well as keeping your pets clean so that the house smells odour-free, make the effort to regularly clean your pet's bed, their toys and even leads as all of these things can pick up that strong dog odour we try and rid the house of.
Before washing, make sure to check if they are machine washable, otherwise, you can wash by hand in the sink or even hose them off in the garden. Save this chore for a sunny day and allow them to dry outside where the sun will help kill bad odours!
As well as all of the above, here is a quick list of other helpful tips that will help keep your home tidy and it smelling fresh:
I’m certain that if you start to make the above tips, part of your annual routines that when it comes to keeping your house clean and fresh, these will make it so much easier! I started to do all of the above and it made my life so much easier and also reduced the amount of time and energy I spent cleaning my home.
I hope that these helped but if you have any other useful tips and tricks, please feel free to share them with us on social media!
Posted by: Charlotte
Charlotte loves writing about Home and Lifestyle topics. She is a neat-freak and hates it when anything is out of place!
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