As much as we love our pets, there’s no denying they’re messy! However, that doesn’t mean you house has to be messy too. Whether you own a single lap dog or a house full of Great Danes, you can keep your house clean and save money with these budget-friendly tips for cleaning up after pets.
Get Ahead of the Mess
Living with dogs is much less stressful if you stop messes before they start. Use these proactive tips to spare your carpet (and your sanity).
- Clean dogs before letting them inside. Set up a paw cleaning station near the back door to wash and dry muddy paws. A cheap solution is a plastic storage bin with a drain, like this DIY design.
- Train dogs to stay off furniture. It’s not easy saying no to puppy dog eyes, but keeping pets off couches and beds is half of the battle against pet hair. Buy a couple of comfy dog beds instead. If you can’t resist, dog-proof furniture with blankets or covers that you can wash when they get dirty.
- Replace HVAC air filters monthly. Pet owners need to change indoor air filters more often due to pet hair and dander. Instead of replacing filters every two to three months, do this home maintenance chore monthly.
Stop Pet Odor at the Source
No one wants to be the person whose house smells like dog. Use these tips to minimize or eliminate funky odors.
- Get serious about housetraining. Housetraining isn’t fun, but cleaning up accidents for months is infinitely worse. Feed your puppy and take bathroom breaks on a schedule, praise appropriate elimination, and most importantly, be patient.
- Be prepared for accidents. No matter how diligent your housetraining, accidents will happen. When they do, be prepared with an enzymatic carpet cleaner. Regular household cleaners can’t compare when it comes to removing urine odors.
- Keep pets clean and healthy. Baths and brushings keep normal pet odors at bay. If a dog is immaculately-groomed but still has a stink, check his ears. Ear infections in dogs present as unpleasant odors.
- Deep clean on a schedule. The above tips can’t banish every pet odor. Over time, your dog’s natural smell works its way into carpet and other nooks and crannies in your home. As long as you increase the frequency of deep cleaning and carpet cleaning, you’ll be fine!
Take a Stand on Shedding
All dogs shed. Some dogs shed more than others, but if you have a dog of any breed, you can count on finding fur in your home. (Yes, even hypoallergenic breeds!) Here’s how to deal with it.
- Regularly brush dogs. How often you need to brush dogs and what type of brush to use depends on their breed, shedding habits, and the season. Try to make brushing a positive experience for your dog. It makes it easier on you both!
- Check with your vet. Excessive shedding is sometimes a sign of a health problem. If a dog is losing an unusual amount of fur, he could be allergic to a food or shampoo ingredient, have fleas or mites, be stressed out, or have a health condition like hypothyroidism. The best way to find out is by talking to your dog’s veterinarian.
We’d be lying if we said cleaning house isn’t harder because you have dogs. Dog owners do have to put in extra effort to keep their homes looking their best. However, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take hours of your time! With good training, proactive cleaning, and the right emergency supplies, you can live in tidy harmony with your four-legged friends.