It's easy to see why so many people have dogs as pets: They offer companionship, loyalty, and lots of fun. Having a dog as part of your family can even help improve your health. But one aspect of dog ownership that isn't so enjoyable is cleaning up after your furry friend. Between shedding, tracking in mud, and potential bathroom accidents, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep a clean house when you share it with a dog—not to mention cleaning products can get expensive. However, Le Pet Luxe wants you to know there are ways to make your shared home clean without spending too much time or money. Here are some of our favorite cleaning tips for dog owners!
To save money on everything your dog needs, including cleaning supplies, try to buy in bulk when you can. Larger containers of cleaning products (and dog food) will end up costing less over time than smaller quantities. For even more savings, websites like RetailMeNot often list coupons and discounts for various stores, which you can also use to buy food, treats and other items your furry friend may need. Additionally, many stores have in-store offers or loyalty programs that can help you save on the supplies you buy frequently.
Prevent the Mess
You'll have less to clean up if you keep messes at bay as much as possible. If your dog tracks in mud and dirt, try putting a mat outside the door they use, so their paws get a bit cleaner before they come inside. Control shedding with regular brushing, using a quality dog brush like the Furminator. There are also dietary supplements that promise to control shedding. If your dog is a heavy shedder, consider furniture protectors for their favorite couch or chair, or train your pup to rest in their own dog bed to keep fur off of other surfaces.
And if your puppy or older dog is having bathroom accidents inside, take steps to prevent smelly messes as much as you can. Housetrain your puppy as soon as possible, and consider training pads or diapers for a senior dog who has accidents.
Get in a Routine
Since time is money, setting up an efficient cleaning routine is another way to save on both. Get in the habit of vacuuming up dog hair and dander from your floors and furniture a few times a week, before it gets overwhelming. Run a Swiffer or mop over hard floors at least once a week. Also, launder your furniture covers and your dog's bed on a regular schedule. Not surprisingly, this routine is very important whenever you’re trying to sell a home with a pet. Cleaning up after your best friend is always a good idea, but that goes double when you have buyers stopping by to view the property. In addition to giving the space a good cleaning before showings, spend some time decluttering your dog’s toys to help minimize his or her presence in the house.
Best Cleaning Products
No matter how well you try to prevent dog messes, it's inevitable that some will happen. You'll want to keep a few basic cleaning supplies on hand to take care of dirt and accidents. First, a good vacuum will help you deal with dog hair. It doesn't have to be the most expensive model, but it can be helpful to choose one that comes with a few different attachments to handle hair on hardwood floors, carpet, and furniture.
If your dog has an accident, especially on carpet or fabric, an enzyme cleaner will help eliminate odors. Soak the spot in your cleaner, blot up any excess solution, and let it dry. For more routine messes, you can make your own cleaning products to save money. Diluted vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner, and baking soda can help absorb odors on carpet and fabric.
By keeping the right cleaning tools and supplies on hand, preventing messes before they happen, and setting a regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy your dog's companionship and still have a (relatively) clean home. And don't forget to look for deals on the items you use the most, so that cleaning up after your dog doesn't drain your bank account.
There’s nothing quite like spoiling our fur babies. To give your pup the very best, check out the selection at Le Pet Luxe today. We have everything from stylish collars to toys to luxury beds to grooming tools, accessories, mobility products and more!
Article: Sophie Letts
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