Does it seem like your home has an odor or that the rugs are always dirty? As a pet owner, you may think that it's just part of owning pets. It's not. There are so many ways you can keep your home fresh and clean without getting rid of your pets. Let's take a closer look.
Brush Your Pets
One of the most important things you need to do is brush your pets. If possible, take your pets outside to brush them. The dead hair is what's causing the odor. You want to brush your pets daily. Not only will this cut down on the odor inside your home, but it will also cut down on the number of hair tumbleweeds blowing around your home.
Depending on the size and number of pets you have in your home, you'll want to vacuum at least twice per week. If you have a large dog or several dogs, you'll want to vacuum daily. This will keep the hair under control and help prevent odors. Don't forget to vacuum the pet beds as well.
Sprinkle Rugs and Furniture With Baking Soda
A great way to remove pet odors from your rugs and furniture is to sprinkle them with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to set for 15 to 20 minutes and then vacuum it up. The baking soda will absorb the odors, leaving your furniture and rugs smelling fresh and clean. Don't forget to also do this to the pet beds in your home. Turn them inside out, sprinkle with baking soda, and allow to set before vacuuming. Do this at least once a month or every other week if you have a lot of pets.
Wash Pet Bedding Regularly
Speaking of pet beds and bedding, you want to toss it in the wash regularly. Pets can carry in small amounts of urine and feces, which can get caught in the fibers of the bedding. Follow the care instructions on the label of the bed so that you don't ruin the bed. If you have pet beds that can't be washed, you may want to invest in new ones.
Keep Wipes and Towels by the Door
You can find pet wipes in most stores that carry pet supplies. These wipes can be used to clean your dog's paws should it be muddy outdoors. Before you dog comes indoors, grab a wipe and clean down his feet. You also want to keep towels by the door if it's raining. That way you can dry your dog before he comes indoors and shakes, sending water all over your entryway or mudroom.
Your home doesn't have to be dirty or smell funky because you have pets. There are several easy things you can do to keep your home clean and smelling fresh.