Dogs bring happiness and positivity to our homes and along with it comes fur, mess, and odor. Keeping a house with pets clean isn’t an easy task, particularly for people who work long hours or aren’t big fans of constant cleaning like me! Well, here I bring you five tips and hacks for keeping a pet-friendly home looking clean and feeling fresh:
Dog-Friendly Home Clean
Invest in a Vacuum Cleaner
With a dog in the house, you will need an efficient vacuum cleaner to do the job. To make the process more convenient, invest in a good quality robotic vacuum cleaner. Program the vacuum to clean for specific time duration, sit back and relax as it sucks the pet hair lurking in the corners or embedded in the carpet.
Get an Easy to Clean Couch Fabric
If you are going to allow your pooch to sit on the couch, it will get covered in fur, dirt marks and sometimes even vomit or other specimens. To save yourself the time and effort in such situations, buy a pet-friendly fabric. Look for a material with a tight weave, so your pup’s claws don’t get caught in it. No matter how much you love a light shade, don’t purchase it for your couch if you don’t want to be washing it frequently.
The best materials for sofa would be leather and microfiber. The leather is durable and can last for years; a plus is that it doesn’t require lots of maintenance. However, the cost may be a little on the steeper side. Microfiber is ideal regarding affordability and ease of cleaning. You can clean stains from microfiber by blotting with a clean towel and then wiping it with a mixture of soap and water.
But no matter how easy it is to clean a particular fabric, cleaning the sofa takes up a lot of time. Here is a simpler hack to save yourself the trouble, get a few throws for your furniture. Cover up your sofa or bed with the sheets and wash them up after a few days to get rid of the dirt and mess.
Give Your Dog Regular Baths
Keeping your dog clean is essential if you want to keep the house dirt free. It includes not regular bathing but also taking care of the smaller things. For instance, clean your dog’s paws with warm water after you return from a walk to prevent muddy paw prints on your furniture. You can also get a paw washer or paw cleaners that can easily slip over your dog’s feet.
Dog bath by dogtipper
Another critical step to keeping your home smelling nice and clean is to bathe your dog regularly in the summers, about once every two weeks or when they get extra smelly. But for some dog-parents bathing is a chore that they like to put off as much as they can. Well, here are some suggestions to make bathing a pleasant experience for both you and your pup:
- Use a dog shampoo as they help prevent your dog from flea infestations and protect the natural oils in your dog’s coat
- Give your pooch treats to enforce positive behavior and praise him for being a good boy
- Cover the drain with steel wool to prevent it from getting clogged due to dog hair
- Use a dog brush to remove Matts and knots
- Dry your dog thoroughly but gently using a towel
Clean Your Pet’s Furniture – Dog-Friendly Home Clean
How to Remove Pet Hair Off Furniture, Clothing and Linens
Your dog’s bed may have dirty organisms living in it that are dragged around the house from your couch to the bed and your lap. Hence it is crucial to wash your pup’s bedding regularly. I would recommend picking a dog bed that has a removable cover to make washing easier. Don’t use too many chemicals; a mild detergent would work. A pro-tip is to add a cup of baking soda to the wash as it will help get rid of odors. Apart from laundering, use rubber gloves or a vacuum to clean fur from the dog’s bedding.
Get a Diffuser for Your Home
No one wants for their house to have the characteristic smell of being a pet home. Nothing can be more embarrassing than having guests over at your place with everyone sniffing their noses due to a bad odor. If that is the case, then a diffuser is just what you need. You can use essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint, jasmine, etc. to keep your home smelling fresh. Also, open all windows and let some fresh air inside. You can also use scented candles or air fresheners, whatever suits you best.
Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.