Dogs are wonderful in so many ways — but all that cuteness comes with a dark side. As adorable as they are, pups are prone to make a lot of messes around the house. From drooling to shedding to the occasional accident, a big part of dog ownership is cleaning up after them. While most of us would spend any amount to keep our precious pooches, it never hurts to save a few bucks on things like cleaning supplies. The following tips and tricks will help you keep your abode spotless without breaking the bank.
Buy the Right Products for the Job
If you have the right product for the job, you use a lot less and save yourself both money and time. When it comes to pet odors, there’s no better option in your cupboard better than an enzymatic-based cleaner. Vinegar and baking soda can only neutralize the odor temporarily while many traditional household cleaners can actually set the stain. Enzymes are the proteins that speed up chemical reactions. Enzymatic cleaners eat away at the natural materials that are the source of pet odors. Simply pour enough of the cleaner over the spot to completely saturate down to the carpet pad. Cover the area with a piece of cardboard and let it dry overnight, allowing the enzymes enough time to do their job.
Skip the Lint Rollers
When it comes to removing hair from your furniture and clothes, lint rollers are downright wasteful. Furthermore, with traditional lint rollers, a thin layer of adhesive is supposed to pick up all those little hairs. However, not all that adhesive stays on the paper. The lint roller leaves a thin layer of residue on whatever you’re rolling, making your clothes and furniture even more attractive to pet hair. Thus you need more lint rollers, and the cycle goes on and on.
In short: You need to break the cycle! Lint rollers are not the only quick-and-easy means of pet hair removal out there. When it comes to sweeping hair off larger areas like your sofa, your best bet is likely already under your kitchen sink: a rubber glove. A moistened rubber glove balls up the hair over the surface so you just have to pluck it off once gathered and throw it away. A clean and slightly damp sponge also does the trick, but it works much better on something smaller like your winter coat. If you want to get serious about your pet hair removal, look into nylon and bristle brushes made for the specific task.
Prevent Muddy Floors
Dogs need time outdoors to exercise and relieve themselves, but when it’s raining out and your dog is about to track muddy paw prints all over your clean floors, sometimes you wish they could stay inside. Prevent the mess with DIY paw wipes that you can use to clean your dog’s feet before they track them all over your floors. Not only do these pet wipes help you keep your floors spotless, but they are also made with natural ingredients aloe vera gel, lavender oil, and coconut oil, which help soothe and moisturize your pup’s paws. Don’t be surprised if your dog licks their paws after you apply — pups love coconut oil and it’s good for their itchy skin.
Don’t let your dog’s messes dampen your affections. Cleaning up after the pup is a breeze when you know the right tips and tricks. Make sure you buy the right products and you’ll do the job right the first time. Vinegar and baking soda are great for many things, but when it comes to pet stains and odors, you want an enzymatic-based cleaner. Instead of wasting your money, skip the lint rollers and remove pet hair with reusable methods. Finally, keep your floors clean with DIY pet wipes that soothe and moisturize your dog’s paws.
–Guest article written by Jessica Brody at Our Best Friends