We love our pets, but we don’t love the gigantic messes that they make. Let’s admit it, cleaning up after our pets is a chore no one likes doing, but it’s a task that must be done. While it may be a pain, we can cut down cleaning time and make it easier with the right mindset and tools. From unsightly stains to odors and other pet mishaps, here are a few great cleaning tips and must-have cleaning solutions to have in your pet-friendly home.
1. Lint rollers – Cheap and effective, lint rollers gather up pet hairs quickly from clothing, chairs and couch surfaces. These handy tools can be bought in bulk at your local supermarket so do invest. Clean them by simply washing them in water. Another tool as effective is the squeegee.
2. When washing slip-covers laden with pet hairs, throw them first in the clothes dryer with a sheet of fabric softener to loosen the hairs from the fabric. Let it tumble for 10 minutes before washing it in the washing machine. The loosened hairs will gather in the lint trap.
3. For urine stains on the carpet, place baking soda over the area and dampen with water. Let it work into the area for a few minutes before blotting with paper towels and vacuuming the area. Do not rub the area; it’s best to blot with paper towels as rubbing may damage the fibers of the carpet and further push the urine/ stain deeper into the fibers.
4. Little accidents that result in blood can be cleaned up too. For fresh stains, pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Once the bubbles fizzle out, blot with paper. Repeat dousing the area with hydrogen peroxide until the blood stain disappears.
5. If you would like an organic solution that you can make at home, instead of commercial cleaners, you can mix one part vinegar with one part water. This is a great non-toxic deodorizer and cleaner that you can use for all kinds of stains and odors.