When you bring pets into your life, it can be difficult to keep your home feeling and smelling clean. We love our furry friends, but as soon as they enter our hearts, they begin wreaking havoc on our homes. It could be hair all over our furniture, muddy paw prints running up and down the stairs, or even just the smell!
Keeping Your Home Clean When You Have Pets
Whether you live in the suburbs on the east side, or the cozy apartments of central Anaheim it can be difficult to keep our homes tidy. Owning pets is one of the most rewarding experiences that life has to offer us, and we would do anything to keep them. Even though it may seem impossible to keep our homes clean, there are some things that we can do on a regular basis to make it easier to keep our homes spotless.
Cleaning Up All That Fur
- Regular Grooming
If you can take your dogs or cats in to the vet or groomer’s for a regular brushing, then great! But if not, then it is good practice to brush through your pet’s coat a few times a week. This preventative measure will help stop your pet’s hair from shedding inside your home. If you have cats, regular brushing also helps prevent other health problems related to their health, such as hair balls and constipation. Try to do it outside at a time when your dog or cat is relaxed. While this may sound time consuming, the benefit is that your furry friend’s hair is less likely to end up on the floor or on the furniture.
- Vacuuming & Mopping
In the past, we’ve relied on traditional brooms and dustpans to clean up after our pet’s hair. Vacuums are also great options to quickly clean up small spaces, but who has the time to do that every day? Some of technology’s newest toys can help out here if you are someone who likes a clean house but doesn’t enjoy pushing around a heavy vacuum every day. A Roomba, for example, is a small robot vacuum that can navigate through the floors of your house, essentially picking up all the fur and dust left behind but your furry friend. Another quick option could be a Swiffer mop, which is a low-maintenance tool for picking up small messes on your floor.
Keeping Fido Clean
The obvious solution to keeping your house clean is by keeping your pets clean. Easier said than done, right? Experts suggest that dogs should be bathed only once a month, to prevent drying out the oils in their skin. Unfortunately this means that we can’t bathe them every single time they start to smell. Other options for keeping our pets clean without having to give them a bath are:
- Pet Wipes – Using pet grooming wipes to clean your furry friend is quick and convenient. It’s a great way to prevent him or her from smelling between baths. Even baby wipes could work as an alternative!
- Dry Shampoo – You may have discovered dry shampoo for yourself – it’s convenient for when you just don’t have time to wash your hair before work. Dry shampoo is also available for animals, and it’s useful in removing that “pet smell” that Fido might get between baths.
- Freshening Sprays – Another way to freshen up your furry friend without bathing him or her is with freshening spray. Sprays are great to use when you are brushing your pet’s fur coat.
As cute and lovable as our pets are, they are horrifically messy. Having a tidy home is essential to maintaining good health for everyone who lives there – you, your family, and your pets. It isn’t impossible to have a clean house when you own pets, and a little extra work can go a long way when you follow these tips and tricks.