While pets make for a happy home, they often bring with them an inevitable mess that can be a challenge to keep clean. A thorough spring cleaning will not only keep your home sparkling clean, but it’s also good for the health of you and your pets! A few simple cleaning tasks, a little “mud prevention” can really help keep your home looking its best. Keeping household clean despite pets is really possible if you follow our tips!
Table of Contents
- Keeping household clean: Cleaning tips for a home with pets
- Combing your pet regularly
- Vacuum properly to remove more hair
- Keeping household clean: Get hair under control
- Pet hygiene: bathe your dog regularly
- Fish oil for hair loss
- Clean your pet’s belongings
- Keep furniture and household clean: Wash paws
- Keep household clean: Wash bedding or upholstered furniture
- Spruce up your yard where your pet plays
Keeping household clean: Cleaning tips for a home with pets
For many pet owners, shedding is a serious problem. As a pet owner, you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that regular housecleaning is the norm, especially during shedding season. While we all love our furry friends, it’s important for the health and hygiene of pets and all household residents that we take action against the constant pet hair in our homes. And although we can see the hair our pets leave behind, there is more to fur and lint than meets the eye. So keeping your pet household clean is really important!
Comb your pet regularly
Pets shed their fur constantly as their hair reaches the catagen phase – the stage in a hair’s life cycle when it stops growing – and more regularly than in humans.
So if you comb your pet regularly, you’ll avoid shedding hair all over your home. Always groom your pet in the same spot and vacuum the area.
Vacuum properly to remove more hair.
Pet owners need to vacuum their homes regularly ! When you vacuum slowly, the airflow and brush bar have more time to agitate and remove pet hair from the surface. Pet hair clumps on carpets or tangles on hard floors more than human hair. Vacuuming often prevents excessive pet hair buildup. If you’re short on time, you can use a robot vacuum to remove pet hair while you’re out and about to keep hair under control between more thorough cleanings.
Go over the carpet a few times in alternating directions to suck up more pet hair and shake up some of the embedded hair.
Keeping the household clean: Getting hair under control
One of the biggest problems for pet owners is pet hair on floors, furniture and clothing. Place an old towel or sheet where your pup likes to snuggle, and shake it out regularly to remove most of the hair before throwing it in the washing machine.
Pet hygiene: bathe your dog regularly
Most dogs should be bathed at least once a month or every two months, depending on the breed. Long-haired dogs, like Goldendoodles, need more baths than short-haired breeds, like Labrador Retrievers. Bathing your dog regularly is a great way to remove all the excess dog hair. Brushing also helps keep them off your floors.
Fish oil for hair loss
Giving your pet a tablespoon of fish oil with food every day will keep their coat soft and help them shed less hair. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the skin and coat. A healthy coat equals less hair – a win-win situation.
Clean your pet’s belongings
Wash soft toys, blankets and bedding in the washing machine with hot water. Hard toys and food dishes can be washed in the dishwasher.
Clean crates, carriers and litter boxes with a solution of vinegar and water, rinse thoroughly and let dry outside.
Keep furniture and household clean: Wash paws
If you don’t wipe your pets’ paws before they come back indoors after a romp outside, they can pick up dirt. Use wet wipes to clean their paws to keep your floors and furniture clean, too!
You can also trim the hair on the bottom of their paws. These hairs can be a magnet for dirt, grass seed, and other yucky things.
Keep household clean: Wash bedding or upholstered furniture.
Washing blankets, pillows and bedding – everything your pets spend the most time on – at 60° will break down allergens and reduce the amount of microscopic dander that dust mites feed on. Be sure to remove all pet hair from the drum at the end of the wash cycle.
Spruce up your yard where your pet plays
When the snow melts, everything you’ve neglected during the cold months will come out, including your pet’s mess. When the warm weather arrives, your pet will want to enjoy the sunshine. So make sure your yard is a safe and clean place to play.