Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Blossom Lady
Mar 05, 2022 07:17 AM
Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Owning a pet is a delight – they can bring so much joy into your life, but it isn’t always easy! Trust me, I know. Cleaning up after furry friends can sometimes feel like a dull, never-ending task, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to being a good pet owner is to be organized. For anyone thinking of introducing a pet to their home, I highly recommend borrowing a dog for the day, to see how you feel and how you cope. Loving your pet is a lot more important than being stressed over muddy paws and shed hair. By following these simple tips, you can make life with your pet easier.

1. Dog cleaning tips

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Are you worried your home has developed a doggie smell? Are you ready for fur-free floors and fresh-smelling sofas? Then follow my top tips:
Brush your dog daily. It removes those loose hairs before they settle on your sofa and become embedded into your carpet.
Invest in plenty of throws for your furniture and wash them regularly.
Recycle old bath towels and use them exclusively for your furry friend.
Be prepared for after walks. Set up a dog-cleaning station by the door. Keep an old towel and a warm bowl of water nearby, so that when you enter you can dip your dog’s paws into it before they have the run of the house.
Invest in a barrier mat for all your entrances. These mats are great for absorbing dirt and will help keep your floors clean.
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2. Cat litter trays

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Cats are - generally - relatively clean, but it's never a bad idea to go the extra mile to keep your home looking spotless.
Keep litter boxes fresh. Line the bottom of the litter box with a plastic bag. When it comes to cleaning the dirty litter box, nothing makes the job easier, and it prevents the plastic from absorbing bad odours.
Add a thin layer of baking fizzy drink to the litter box before you add the cat litter, and it should help keep odours under control between changes.
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3. Pet hair

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Every pet owner should have a lint roller in their cleaning basket. It's the perfect tool for picking up pet hair that can not always be easily vacuumed up by a vacuum cleaner. Just run the roller over your sofa cushions every day and over all the places your pet likes to hang out. You'll be amazed at what you can pick up.
Rubber gloves are another great tool for removing pet hair from your furniture, curtains, pillows and all other fabrics. Put on a pair, lightly wet them, and then run your hands over the hairy areas. Use your fingers to get to the hard-to-reach places - the hair will quickly stick to the rubber.
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4. Pet beds

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Pet beds can take on strong odours and need to be cleaned regularly. Be sure to choose a pet bed with removable covers.
Wash the bedding with a hot wash cycle. Use a mild detergent without dyes or fragrances and avoid fabric softeners. Adding a cup of baking fizzy drink to the laundry can neutralise stubborn odours. If you can, save this task for a sunny day so the laundry can dry outside - this is ideal for eliminating bad odours.
Place a dryer sheet in an envelope under your pet's bed to keep them smelling fresh.
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5. Collars and harnesses

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Pet collars and harnesses can get dirty and smelly quickly. Do not just keep one set, keep several. The easiest and most effective way to clean them thoroughly is to put a few squirts of pet shampoo in a bowl and fill it with hot water. Let the collars soak for at least 15 minutes, then rub them on themselves to get the dirt out. Rinse it under a cool tap and pat it dry with a towel before hanging it up to dry.
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6. Pet toys

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Dishwashers are not just for cleaning plates, pots and pans. I wash many other items in my dishwasher, including plastic pet toys, to keep them germ-free. Cloth toys can be put in the washing machine.
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7. Fresh air

Nifty Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
I always have my windows open. I love fresh air blowing through my house and I feel like it wakes up my house every morning. If you have a pet, fresh air is important and makes a big difference in how your home feels.
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Sandra L. Shepherd
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Mar 06, 2022 06:49 PM

A couple of times you mention a baking fizzy drink....  I have no idea what that is.  Can you  be a little more direct with that?  Thanks so much.  I have two cats here and three litter boxes.   Sandy   

Blossom Lady Sandra L. Shepherdreplied to
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Mar 08, 2022 12:53 AM

A couple of times you mention a baking fizzy drink....  I have no idea what that is.  Can you  be a little more direct with that?  Thanks so much.  I have two cats here and three litter boxes.   Sandy   

Hi Sandra! The acid in the water mixes with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to create carbon dioxide gas. The generated bubbles of CO2 make the drink fizzy. If you put it in a closed container such as a bottle, this creates carbonation similar to that found in a fermented soda. 🍀