Got pets? Then you've probably got odors, stains, and fur in places you never knew you had. Check out our tried and true tips for keeping your house fresh and clean.
Keeping Paws Clean
Keep a towel or Spotless Paw glove and a shallow container filled one-third of the way with room-temperature water by your door prior to walking out the door. Once the walk is over, dip each of your dog's paws into the water. Dry them off and let your dog go about its business. This practice is especially useful during the winter months when sidewalks and driveways are often covered with ice-melting agents
Keep the freshness in your carpets
A great recipe for carpet deodorizer that's incredibly easy to make. All you do is sprinkle it on the carpet, let it sit for a little while and then vacuum normally.
2 cups baking soda
30 drops lavender essential oil
Combine baking soda and essential oil in a mason jar.
Cap and shake well to combine.
Remove cap and replace inner lid with construction paper.
Secure rim and cut off excess construction paper.
Poke holes in the construction paper.*
Apply liberally to carpets.
Wait at least 1-2 hours.
Vacuum thoroughly. You may have to do 1-2 passes to get everything
Keep your pet toys clean
The best way to clean your pet toys, who are actually a hidden germ fest is to wash the hard toys in the dishwasher, and the plush toys in the washing machine just fine. Use minimal soap because soap can be bad for the pets..
Get hair off couches
One of the best ways to get pet hair off of couches is to use a damp rubber glove. Just get it a little wet and rub it all over that nasty hair. It should clump right up and let you pick it off nice and easy
Keep the litter box area clean
Keep the litter box area clean and all it takes is a garage mat! The key to this success is the giant holes in the mat. This helps keep the litter they track out of the box in the space it should be
Protecting surfaces from puppy scratches
For starters, have your dog's nails trimmed regularly. Dogs often scratch doors to let you know they want to go outside or into another room, so cover the area with a Plexiglas sheet as wide as the door and as tall as the space from floor to doorknob. Then, provide an alternate way for your dog to signal you, such as a jingle bell hung from the doorknob. Show him how to nudge the bell, and open the door quickly when he rings it; do not respond to scratching. After the new behavior has set in, remove the Plexiglas
Hand made lint roller
If you're in a pinch and don't have a lint roller, just wrap some packing tape around your hand and use it as a makeshift lint roller.
Gather Fuzz, fur and hair
Get all the hair off the carpet with a squeegee. It works surprisingly well.
Marking territories issues around the house
Great idea for stooping your puppy from marking his territory all over your house. Take some Vicks VapoRub and mark the places he usually does his business. It will cover the scent that is already there and stop him from marking there again
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