Pet Owners’ Guide to Keeping Their Home Clean and Odor-Free
While our pets love us dearly, they don’t quite understand our strange human need for obsessive cleanliness. To them, licking their own coat occasionally is more than enough to remain tidy, but to us and our noses, it takes a little more than that. Add muddy paws, shedding, and the general exuberance that prompts them to run around the house and make a mess from time to time, and you could easily end up with a home that, while full of joy and silliness, is nevertheless a little dirty
Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can deal with odor and mess around your house, so if you’re a pet owner (or simply have a pet-friendly home), here’s how to keep it neat, clean, and pleasant.
Establish regular bathing habits
The best way to keep your pet clean is to bathe them, but as every owner knows, this is no small task. Even animals who love water aren’t too fond of shampoos and showering, and they don’t really like being stripped of their own odor – to them, it’s a part of their personality. To deal with this, introduce bathing as early as possible, and make sure that your furry friend gets a treat before, during, and after you’ve washed them. Reward them, be gentle, and try to make the whole thing into a playful experience. Also, use only pet-appropriate shampoos. Human shampoos will irritate their skin and frustrate your pet because of the strong scent.
Get a brush
Animals, especially those with long, fine hair, shed. It’s a simple fact of life and there’s no way to prevent it. So, to keep your furniture and your clothes clean, start brushing your pet every couple of days. Use tools like the Furminator to make it easier, and do your best to be gentle to prevent them from trying to slip away while you brush.
Designate a spot for them
Or rather, let your pet find a spot that they like themselves. They usually go for corners and small spaces that feel safe to them. Use an old towel or get a little bed for them, and they’ll spend a lot more time in their spot than on your furniture.
Keep the air clean
The use of commercial air fresheners, particularly those in spray cans, is discouraged. They’re pretty bad for humans, let alone their pets, and they won’t really make odors go away, merely mask them. What you can do instead, is air out your rooms frequently, or even better, get a purifier. It’s best to find a good HEPA air purifier because HEPA filtration will go a long way in keeping the rooms free from pet dander, mold, dust, and light odors. This is particularly helpful for asthma sufferers, secondhand smokers, or anyone who’s prone to allergies.
Get a good vacuum cleaner
It’s simply the easiest way to get hairs and dirt from the carpets and the furniture. If you want, you could also get a handheld vacuum for quicker cleaning and any sudden mishaps, and you can go over hardwood floors and kitchen linoleum with a steam mop. As long as you brush your pet and vacuum regularly, hairs won’t be that big of a problem.
Rubber gloves and lint rollers are your new best friends
Yet another way to deal with stray hairs are lint rollers and rubber gloves. They’re meant to be used chiefly on clothing, however, you can run them over furniture as well, especially if you have guests coming and need a quick cleanup. When using rubber gloves, run them under the tap for a moment and use them while they’re wet – that way they’ll pick up a lot more.
Get your pet better quality food
Your pet odor is influenced a great deal by what they eat, and if you constantly struggle to breathe through the miasma that doesn’t go away even after bathing, it’s possible they would benefit from different food. Look for brands with organic dog and cat food that are made of more natural ingredients and fewer fillers, and don’t feed your pets table scraps or human food.
Wash their bowls
No, your dog or cat won’t care if it’s dirty, but after a while, the bowls will really start to smell. Wash them after every meal and make sure you wipe them dry before serving anything in them. You should also scrub them with a brush once a week for a more thorough clean.
Keep a towel handy
Wet paws, muddy fur, or random accidents that are bound to happen – pets will get dirty. Keep an old towel right next to the entrance door and make sure to wipe them down gently after you return from a walk.
Pets are a joy to have around, and more than worth an occasional mess they make. To keep everything clean follow these tips and you won’t have any problem keeping your home tidy.
” Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at Highstylife magazine and a full-time animal lover. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members. ”