Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but the rewards are worth all the effort. Unfortunately, a lot of that effort will be spent keeping your house clean. Here are some quick tips to help make the process a little easier so you can spend more time with your new furry friend.
5 Tricks for Keeping Your Home Clean With Indoor Pets
Whatever your vacuuming schedule before pets, it will likely change now that dog and cat hair are in the mix. You will probably need to vacuum high-traffic areas at least a few times a week, and the whole house could use a good vacuuming at least weekly.
If you don’t have much time to vacuum, you may want to invest in a robotic vacuum to clean up the mess for you. To curb pet odors, try sprinkling a little baking soda on the floor before you clean.
Litter boxes are notoriously difficult to keep clean. The best method here is prevention. Scoop your litter box at least daily, and be sure to change the litter before smells can even start. You can also sprinkle baking soda directly in the litter to fight odors.
It’s easiest to stop messes at the door, so try to keep Rover or Fluffy clean too. Regular baths, brushes and general grooming keeps pet hair, dirt and germs away. Dry shampoo is a great time-saver if you don’t have time for frequent baths.
Pet supplies can make your home feel cluttered and make visitors more aware of dogs or cats. Thankfully, there are decorative containers available that offer convenient storage for leashes, pet food and more. You can even find ones to match your home decor.
If all else fails and pet odors linger, take advantage of sunshine and fresh air. On warm days (or even chilly ones), open the doors and windows and let your home air out for a bit. It’s the fastest way to get odors out and make your house feel like home again.