9 House Cleaning Hacks When You Have Pets
Our furry friends are just as much a part of our family as their two-legged members are, but sometimes our pets can make keeping a clean home more challenging! May is National Pet Month, so here are a few tips on how to keep your pet-friendly home clean and tidy.
To clean extra dirty paws after a walk, fill a rimmed baking sheet with water and place it by the door. Have your pupper step in the pan before entering the house to wash off any mud or dirt, then towel dry.
Keep fur off the furniture
The easiest way to get pet hair off furniture is to keep it from being there in the first place! Keep your couch or chairs covered with cozy, machine-washable throw blankets. Remove them when guests come over to reveal spotless furniture!
Fresh-smelling litter box
Banish litter box smells by lining the bottom of the litter box with baking soda. Feel free to give a sprinkle when scooping too. The baking soda will absorb any odors and keep your kitty’s bathroom smelling fresh.
Get stubborn pet hair out of your carpets by first vacuuming in multiple directions. Then use a rubber rake or squeegee to scrape up every last hair.
The number one keep-it-clean tip
If it seems like vacuuming or sweeping to keep up with the pet hair is a never-ending chore, a robot vacuum might be the answer. Program it to run on a set schedule to stay on top of things while barely lifting a finger.
DIY solution for pet oopsies
Accidents happen! Make your own cleaning solution using 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 to 4 drops of dish soap. Apply the solution to the stained area using a spray bottle and blot dry.
Keep your floors litter-free
Keep litter off your floors by choosing a litter box with a hood or try a top-entry box. If your feline friend is tracking litter after they leave their box, try placing a litter mat at the entrance of their box to stop litter in its tracks.
Keeping food, cleaners, and toys out of sight goes a long way toward creating a tidy space. Designate a spare cabinet, pantry shelf, or even a basket where you can hide all your pet’s items – and make them easy to find when you need them!
Keep the food bowls clean
Place a silicone mat underneath your pet’s food and water bowls. The mat will catch spills, and the slightly raised edges will keep any water off the floor. The best part is that it’s super easy to wash in the sink.