Tips to Clean your Home with Dogs ( Spring Cleaning Tips)
We all love our dogs, but truth be told, dogs can be messy, with all the dog hair and dog prints all over the house. So just in time for Spring, I’ve listed a few tips to help keep your home clean when you have a dog and help with all that dog hair on your brand new couch.
Grooming your dog can help slow down the shedding process, so you don’t find yourself and your furniture covered in dog hair. When you do groom your dog do it outside, if you do it indoors hair will be everywhere all over you and your floor. I’ve learned from personal experience not to groom Lilly inside. It was cold out and I thought it wouldn’t be that bad, but by the end, there was hair everywhere, even in my mouth, gross right!
- Wipe off your dog’s paws
Wiping off your dog’s paws can help you to prevent muddy paw prints all over your hardwood floors. I wipe off Lilly’s paws every time she goes outside, I use unscented/alcohol-free wipes. You wouldn’t believe how much dirt she picks up just from walking on the sidewalk, it’s amazing!
- Bathe your dog regularly
Keep your dog from obtaining the dog stench, bathe them regularly and apply flea and tick treatment after they dry off. It’s the season for fleas and ticks that can become a big problem fast.
- Clean dog beds and blankets
Remove covers and blankets from the dog’s area, follow directions on the dog bed for washing. Use non- scented detergent and softener, it’s the best choice considering some dogs can be sensitive to the fragrant detergent and fabric softer. You can always spray some Febreeze before you lay their bed in their area. During the week you can take your dog’s blankets and beds outside and shake out all the dog hair and dander before washing them.
I have a special area where all Lilly’s treatments, food, and medications are stored. While Spring cleaning look over all the expiration dates and discard of anything that’s expired.
- Clean out those dog bowls
Don’t forget to clean out your dog’s bowls. Dog bowls can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure to clean out their bowls with some antibacterial soap.
- Dog odors
A great life saver to use for dog odors is baking soda, it can help with all those dog odors to give your home a fresh scent. Plus the best thing about baking soda is it won’t hurt your dog.
- Dog hair on furniture
All that dog hair on your furniture can be frustrating, especially when you cannot sit on your furniture without getting dog hair all over your clothes. Invest in a mini vacuum or you could get a couple slip covers for your furniture.
- Air Purifier
You can get an air purifier at Walmart for 25.00 that will keep the air clean from pet dander.
Some Cleaning Secrets
Some simple household items you can use around your home to clean.
- Dog hair – Use dryer sheets and a roll of tape to trap the dog hair from your clothes and furniture
- Pee stains – Use baking soda and equal parts of vinegar and water. Spritz area with the mixture, let dry, and sweep up. You can use Vicks Vapor Rub on the area to cover up the smell, this will also stop the dog from marking their territory again in the same spot.
Spring cleaning can be stressful, especially trying to clean up after your dogs, don’t let cleaning stress you out. Cleaning up after a dog isn’t as hard as it seems unless you have about 6 dogs then it may be a little bit time-consuming.
Do you have a cleaning tip, share your tip in the comments.