If you have pets and struggle to keep a clean house, you’ve come to the right place! We know how dogs can be very messy most of the time, especially more giant breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors.
While it is impossible to keep pet dirt away at all times, there’s something you can do to minimize them. Taking several preventative measures with household items you already have is the first step.
Here’s how you can manage the mess in your home and keep it clean with your pets around:
1. Use Latex Gloves to Gather Lint
The most common solution to messy pet fur is a lint brush. And while it comes in handy during the cleaning process, cleaning the brush itself is a hassle. You might end up spending almost an hour just getting rid of layer after layer of your sticky lint brush.
The better solution is to put on a pair of latex gloves and proceed to rub your hands around your sofa, chairs, and car interior to eliminate pet hair. The fur easily sticks to the gloves, and you can just run your gloved hands under the water to get rid of the fur.
2. Spritz Cooking Spray on Pet Food Bowls
A quick spray of cooking oil on your pet’s food bowl keeps stains off, ensuring spot-free bowls. Plus, they don’t add any calories to your pet’s diet, so it’s a win-win situation. It’s also best to let your pet have its own placemat to reduce the mess.
3. Coat Surfaces in a Dark Paint
One way of maintaining cleanliness in your home is to camouflage the little dirt, such as smears of your pet’s wet nose and mud from wagging tails on the cabinets. You should coat cabinets and other surfaces with dark paint, which is excellent at hiding these small stains.
You may also paint the walls and other areas of your house where your dog usually goes. This hack just makes keeping a clean house so much easier.
4. Use Baby Wipes
If you can’t reach certain spots and areas that need cleaning, you can try wrapping a skewer with a baby wipe to reach these nooks and crannies where dirt accumulates the most. Be sure to get into the cracks between hardwood floorboards and bathroom corners, among other hard-to-reach spots.
5. Use Shaving Cream for Cleaning
Don’t fall victim to products that claim to be a miracle pet stain remover. Most of the time, this is only a gimmick and marketing. If you want something that truly works, get shaving cream instead, which is guaranteed to work even on the toughest stains, including dog vomit and cat pee.
Be sure to use the foam type and not the gel. Then, simply spray shaving cream on the stain, let it sit for a minute or two, and wipe it with warm water. This simple tip works like a charm.
Pets like dogs and cats aren’t like humans who can consciously clean up after themselves, which is why it’s your responsibility to keep the house clean as the pet owner. It can be challenging to maintain cleanliness, especially when you have pets, but it’s essential for your and your pet’s health.
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