15 Cleaning Hacks For Pet Owners
Four-legged friends bring love, joy, and meaning into our lives. Unfortunately, they also bring hair, dirt, smells, and bodily fluids into our homes. Keep your pet and your home happy with these genius cleaning hacks.
- If your dog’s breath could do with a little freshening, simply mix a small amount of finely chopped parsley into its meals. Fido will feel fancy and doggy breath will be a thing of the past.
- Get rid of urine stains and smells by mixing two cups of white vinegar, two cups of warm water and four teaspoons of bicarb soda together in a spray bottle. After blotting the stain with a clean cloth or towel, spray the area thoroughly, leave for five minutes and blot again to remove remaining moisture.
- If your four-legged friend has had an accident on the bed, wash your linens with a cup of apple cider vinegar to get rid of the smell. A cup of bi-carb soda also works well on general pet smells. Simply add it to your load along with your normal detergent and let it work its magic. Click here for a handy list of care instructions for different fabrics.
- Litter tray odours ruining your day? Call on the powers of bi-carb soda again, adding a layer underneath the kitty litter to soak up the smell.
- Wet dog smell is almost as bad as kitty litter. Nix it by placing fabric softener sheets under your dog’s bed or in their favourite resting places.
- Get rid of general pet smells around the home with a hit of caffeine. Coffee is a great palate cleanser (which is why you’ll often be offered a little jar to sniff between perfumes at beauty counters) and can be used to neutralise odours easily. Simply heat up a cup of freshly ground beans in a pan over low heat until the scent is released, then place the pan in the room you want to deodorise, leaving it to work its magic.
- Does your furry friend have a favourite spot on the sofa? Try laying down a towel over the area to catch hairs and dirt. It’s so much easier to clean than upholstery, thanks to the fact you can put it through the washing machine whenever you please.
- If you’re not sold on the towel approach, a lint brush or tape roller will do an excellent job of removing hair and fur from your soft surfaces. Don’t have either of these tools? Put on a pair of dishwashing gloves and sweep the area with your hands. The offending strands will stick to the rubber nibs effortlessly, making clean-up a breeze. Simply dip the gloves in water afterwards and allow the fur to float to the surface for easy disposal.
- Prefer prevention over cure? Go straight to the source and vacuum your furry friend. Most brands have pet-friendly attachments designed just for this purpose, allowing you to gently remove loose fur without hurting delicate skin.
- After you’ve done the hoovering, place a few drops of lavender oil between your pet’s shoulder blades. It’ll help soothe them, eliminate odours, and keep fleas and ticks at bay.
- Clean your pet’s collar regularly by soaking it in very hot water with a squeeze of pet shampoo for 15 minutes. Rub it against itself to extract dirt, pat excess off with a towel, and finish off the process by placing it in the sun to dry. It works wonderfully to reduce odours.
- Puppies are wonderful little creatures, but their love of chewing can drive you crazy. Discourage the behaviour by rubbing a little clove oil on their favourite nibbly bits, like the kitchen table or your favourite shoes. The bitter taste will teach them a lesson they won’t soon forget and your belongings will live long and happy lives.
- If you already have bite and scratch marks on wooden furniture, try mixing ¾ cup of oil with ¼ cup of vinegar and using it to wipe over the damage with a damp cloth.
- Feel like you spend an age cleaning your pet’s bowls? Try rubbing a little olive oil around the insides to keep the food from sticking, making clean-up far easier. As an added bonus, olive oil will help keep Fido’s coat nice and glossy.
- Got a digger on your hands? Dogs have a strong dislike of citrus, so scatter some orange peel around the garden as a deterrent. Your plants and lawn will benefit and there’ll be less dirt making its way into your home.
If you and your pet love to go adventuring, consider setting up a cleaning station by the front door. All you need is a clean rag, a container of hot water, and perhaps a little patience as you wipe dirty paws before they get back inside.
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