Having a pet does not mean you have to have a messy house and that wet-pet smell. Whether you are a first-time pet owner or have had plenty of pets, you know that some messes are unavoidable… but that doesn’t make them impossible to clean up!
With a few pet cleaning hacks, you can make your life -- and the cleanup that has become part of it -- much more effortless and easy.
Keep Good Pet Cleaning Products On-Hand
Much of pet cleaning comes with trial and error in terms of finding products that work for you and your furry friend. There are a plethora of products available for bathing your pet at home, but some of them might not work with your pet’s coat, or maybe you find that certain products contain irritants that leave your pet’s skin agitated.
Once you do find products that work the way you want them to, make sure to keep these products on hand at all times so that the day never comes where you have to scramble and settle for something unsatisfactory. Keeping helpful products readily available around your house can reduce the stress involved in dealing with accidents, messes, and general cleanliness.
Dr. Brite’s Pet Pure Cleansing Wipes were crafted with just this in mind. These wipes are alcohol-free, and they are also free of harmful sulfates that can cause more damage than good. Our wipes are formulated with aloe vera, chamomile flower extract, and oat kernel extract, making them ideal because they will keep your pet fresh and clean while also moisturizing their coat and being gentle on their delicate skin.
Our Castile Soap is another helpful product when bath time comes around. It has an antimicrobial formula and is non-toxic, making it perfectly safe for your furry friend. Castile soap is also very gentle, so if your pet has sensitive skin, this is a great choice for you.
Make Sure to Wipe Down Your Pet’s Paws
Frequently wiping off your pet’s paws can keep their feet and your house clean. Muddy paws will make your floors and carpets dirty, not to mention all of the germs and general ickiness that comes with outside dirt being brought into your home.
By wiping down your pet’s paws each time they take a trek outside and come back in, you can prevent all of that dirt from being spread around your house. Our pet-friendly wipes are perfect for this because they’re safe, gentle, effective, and can be tossed so you don’t have to bring that gunk into your washing machine.
Even when paws do not appear to be shockingly dirty, they still carry bacteria and other grime from walking around all day. Imagine if you walked around and went about your day with no shoes or socks on, including errands that require you to leave the house. Sound gross? That’s essentially what your pets do every day, so think twice before letting their seemingly clean paws carry germs around your home!
Treat Stains as Soon as Possible
Treating a stain as soon as it happens helps prevent it from setting in, raising your chances of successfully removing it from your clothing, rug, or furniture. Accidents happen, but pet accidents do not have to leave a permanent mark. There are plenty of methods that can help you get rid of unwanted stains and pet odors, some of which involve common household items, meaning you will not need to make yet another trip to the store.
Baking soda and vinegar work as a great stain remover and are particularly effective when it comes to pet stains. Another reason this is such a great DIY remedy is that you likely already have both ingredients in your house, and if not, they are very easy to grab from any grocery store.
Applying vinegar to a fresh stain immediately after the accident will neutralize the ammonia in pet urine, and following up by pouring baking soda over the dampened area will help absorb the liquid and the odor.
Avoid using steam cleaners or steam vacuums on pet stains, as the heat can actually cause the stains to set in the fabric they are on, making them extremely difficult to remove. We know it can be tempting because it seems like an easy fix, but it will actually work against you.
Don’t Forget About That Doggy Breath
All pet owners know the occasional horror of a dog’s breath, and there are actually some easy ways to eliminate this stench.
Oral sprays made for pets are one of the simplest ways to keep your pet’s mouth fresh and clean without having to invest in pricey or complicated products and procedures. Dr. Brite’s Pet Pure Oral Cleansing Spray is free of alcohol and sulfates, making it a safe and easy way to freshen up your pup. It uses natural ingredients like coconut oil and aloe vera to clean your pet’s teeth and gums while also freshening their breath, and all it takes is a quick spritz or two.
Maintaining a the routine of spraying your pet’s teeth and gums a few times each day for the first month will get them used to it, and will result in better oral hygiene for them, and better smells for you.
Invest in Durable Materials
If you have a pet that loves to chew, tear, or scratch away at household items, it might be time to invest in more durable materials.
Rugs that are made for both indoor and outdoor use are much more durable because they have been crafted to withstand the elements, so they will probably be able to withstand your pets, too. These rugs can generally also be hosed down outside when cleaning is necessary, making the cleaning process much more simple.
There are also stain-resistant fabrics available that will help prevent stains from being left behind by your pet’s daily activities. Using stain-resistant fabrics in high-traffic parts of your home can help keep your furniture looking good as new.
Investing in more durable fabrics and materials can also be much more cost-effective than repeatedly cleaning up after your pet because you will no longer need to be purchasing special stain removers and fabric cleaners to deal with the stains and discoloration that a pet can induce.
Regularly Clean Your Pet’s Belongings
If you are taking great care to keep your dog and house clean, but there still seems to be a lingering pet odor, make sure to adequately clean and wash your pet’s belongings. This includes any plush toys, pet beds, and even leashes.
All of these items can build up quite a smell over time, and throwing them in the washing machine (if they are machine washable) is an easy way to eliminate the odor they may be carrying.
After putting them through the washer, you can set them out to dry in the sun, as the sun will also help kill bacteria that cause odors.
Following these tips and keeping a regular pet cleaning routine can help clean up the messes your pet leaves behind, and it can help you keep your home clean once it is clean. Pets can be a handful at times, but the messy troubles they may cause can be easily amended through the use of good cleaning habits.
Every pet owner knows that pet odors, stains, and accidents are just part of the fun, and it can be a process of trial and error before you find good, effective products that work for you and your pet.
Keeping the products that you do like on-hand and stocked up can make life easier because these products will be readily available when the next mess is made. This means you won’t find yourself having to make a last-minute trip to the pet or grocery store to pick up industrial cleaning products that might not even get the job done (and usually come with way-too-harsh chemicals, too).
Making sure to wipe down your pet’s paws regularly can help prevent messes and odors from finding a place in your home to begin with because the paws are the main culprit when it comes to household messes caused by pets. Taking care to treat pet-induced stains as soon as possible will also make cleanup easier because the faster you catch a stain, the less time that stain has had to make itself comfortable on your favorite couch or carpet. Keeping your pet’s toys and bed clean will also help reduce pet odors in your home.
Maintaining a consistent pet cleaning schedule and routine will allow you to have more control over the cleanliness of your pet and home.