Keeping your home clean is more than just a weekly chore, it ensures that you feel good in your space and start your days off on the right foot. But as we all know, cleaning can be a bit of a hassle. This can be especially true when you have a pet at home. Pets bring their own mess when it comes to keeping things tidy. Here are some tips for keeping your home clean with your furry friend in tow.
Identify Your Ins and Outs
The first thing you will want to do is identify the most used entrances to your home where dirt and germs are most likely to build up. If your home has multiple entrances, select the ones where your pet will most likely be coming in and out. These areas could be the front door, backdoor, garage, or a doggie door. You should limit the entrances your pet comes in and out of to make less work on yourself, and train your pet to identify these areas as their go-to.
Try setting up a small station outside the door to clean your pet’s feet, or dry them off if they have been in the rain and snow before they’re allowed to come back inside. Another option is to hang a small rack to keep their outdoor items close by the door with spaces for leashes, harnesses, brushes, towels, and rain gear. To keep any missed dirt or mud from being tracked inside the house, place heavy-duty or washable rugs down on the floor. This will help with any dirt or moisture that they may bring in on their paws. You can even keep extra supplies in your garage, backyard, or car so you don’t have to constantly go back inside for things when you and your pet are outside enjoying the weather.
Corral Toys and Treats
Most people with pets can agree that it’s too much fun presenting your pet with a new toy or treat. You get to dote lovingly on them and in return, you get to see your pet play and get excited over something better than their current favorite box or piece of plastic. But these collections of toys can start to become overwhelming as they migrate to every corner of your home and under every piece of furniture. Not to mention, they don’t always match the aesthetic you’re going for in your home.
Invest in storage bins or baskets to keep the toys together. Identify where you and your pet spend the most time playing together and set up your toy bins or baskets in that room for ease of access and clean up after.
When it comes to storing treats and foods, you can look for bins with tight-fitting or locking tops to keep curious noses out and hungry claws from ripping open bags. If your pets can smell it they’ll try their best to get into it, so make sure food and treats are stored in a cabinet or cupboard to reduce the chances of a mess.
Know Your Fabrics
One of the most common issues when owning a pet is their hair or fur getting everywhere. Dogs and cats naturally shed their hair, and some breeds are more prone to heavy shedding than others. It can be difficult to train your pets to keep off furniture, but if your pet has made your couch their favorite spot, some fabrics and materials will work better than others when it comes to keeping furniture clean and hair free.
Microfiber is a great option and comes in a variety of colors and patterns for couches, chairs, blankets, and pillows. It is easy to clean, doesn’t stain easily, and is scratch resistant. You can also buy microfiber furniture covers that wrap around your existing furniture. If your pet loves one chair in particular, you can buy a microfiber cover for that piece instead of having to plan all your furniture around your pet.
Leather can be a great option for people who own pets that naturally shed more. Leather is hair resistant and any shed fur can be easily vacuumed up or collected with a duster. However, leather can be scratched by overzealous pets, so this may not be the best option if you don’t like to trim your pet’s nails often.
Outdoor furniture can also be utilized inside for your pets. Outdoor furniture fabrics are usually water resistant and antibacterial to withstand the elements, making for easier clean up than most common fabrics.
If you’re unsure of what kind of material you want you can also just focus on fabric patterns. Try sticking to bolder and larger patterns on fabrics, they tend hide stains and accidents better than simpler patterns. Sticking to these fabrics and materials can make quality time on the couch with your pet more comfortable!
When it comes time for a deep cleaning or weekly chores you’ll want to take a look at the supplies you use around your home. Many common household cleaning products can be toxic to pets, so it’s worth going through your cleaners, soaps, and detergents to see what could cause issues.
Harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia can cause respiratory issues and skin irritation, and most cleaning products have some kind of disinfectant included in their products which can also be a problem for your furry friend. There are many pet-safe non-toxic cleaners on the market or you can make your own homemade cleaning products if you have the time and resources.
There are other precautions you can take when using common products around your home if you can’t choose alternative products. When cleaning a room make sure to keep your pet out of the area so they’re not exposed to fragrances and chemicals. Make sure you have as much ventilation as possible by opening windows and utilizing fans and vents that can help odors dissipate faster. After you have finished, continue to keep your pet out of the room until all surfaces and fabrics are completely dry to prevent irritation to their paws if they accidentally get chemicals on their feet. And as always, remember to keep all supplies locked up or in a space that your pet can’t easily get to.
It All Starts with Health
The health of your pet will have a big impact on the cleanliness of your home. Pets, just like people, will inevitably have their fair share of illnesses and struggles. Pets can come down with everything from stomach bugs, to pneumonia, and even mental health issues like anxiety. These illnesses can manifest in ways that can be messy, and cause some issues for you and your family.
Taking your furry friend to the vet for care can be overwhelming, but it’s necessary for keeping them healthy in the long run. Look into pet insurance and how it works to add an extra tool to your belt and keep their fur, skin, and insides in tip-top shape. A healthy pet is a happy one, and a happy pet makes for the best home to come back to.
Having a clean home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can take time to find the products you like and a routine that works for you. But taking these steps with your furry best friend can help reduce the amount of stress and time you spend cleaning up after them, leaving you more time to play and spend quality time together without worrying about the cleanup after.