Keep your furry friends happy and your home pet-clean with our seven useful tips
By: Sarah Mahoney
1. Simplify cleaning. Clean up messes as they happen. Put food bowls on pet-friendly placemats and keep a rag near water bowls to clean up spills on the spot.
2. Exercise pets. Well-exercised dogs tend to be more relaxed — and that can translate into a cleaner house. Mellow pooches are less likely to shred that box of tissues or un-stuff the couch cushions. (They’re also less likely to have an accident on the floor.) Plus, when kids walk them, they get exercise too!
3. Grooming. Brushing pets is an easy chore for kids and helps with housekeeping. Frequent brushing allows you to limit where the fur flies, which means less hair all over the place. Find a nice spot where kids can sit comfortably, and store the brushes there for daily use.
4. Wipe out stains. When your pet urinates on the carpet, speed is your best weapon against staining. Cover the spot with paper towels, and then a thick layer of newspaper (if possible, place newspaper under the affected area too). Stand on the pile for a minute, then remove and repeat until area is almost dry. Next, clean the area thoroughly with cool water, blotting out as much water as possible with paper towels.
Tip: Explore more of our easy pet accident cleaning tips here.
5. Wash your pet. Give dogs a footbath as soon as they come inside to help reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home. Fill a shallow plastic bin with about 1” of water, and place a towel nearby for them to step on after a quick paw wash.
6. Scoop cat litter. Dirty litter boxes are the main reason kitties go where they shouldn’t. Boxes should be cleaned daily and topped up with fresh litter. You can also put out an extra box so there’s plenty of room. Take care of this chore yourself rather than delegating to kids.
7. Open the windows. Air out your home for 10-15 minutes per day (except during extreme weather) to help manage dander, dust and odor in the air.