To many of us, our beloved pets are like members of the family. They play outside with us, travel with us, and spend evenings on the couch. We couldn’t imagine living without a faithful friend.
But they sure know how to make a mess of a house! Keeping a home with a pet isn’t always easy, especially if you have a big animal. Here are some tips on keeping your home with pets clean.
1. Feed them in a designated space
Animals eat… well, like animals. Dogs are notorious for making messes in their haste to get into the bowl. Even cats can make a mess. Pets will knock their food around, tip over their bowl and even step on their food. If you can, feed them in an outer room of your house like a utility room, entryway or porch. Definitely avoid feeding your pets on carpet.
2. Keep some baby wipes around
Baby wipes are sensitive for our pets too (but you can also pick up specialty dog wipes). If your pet has spent some time outside and you’re afraid of a mess, give any part of them a quick wipe. Just make sure to stay away from the face.
3. Have them professionally groomed
An experienced groomer handles some tasks that we can’t. They’ll pull ear hair that can build up and smell (it doesn’t hurt them), and… ahem… express the anal glands, which contribute to a dog’s general bad odor. They also use specialty shampoos depending on your animal’s coat and know the best grooming patterns to keep them clean longer.
4. Brush your pet regularly
Any animal with fur or hair should be brushed often, at least once per week. Animals with fur will shed, so you want to brush it out before it ends up all over your house. While animals with hair usually don’t shed, their coat still traps dirt, dander and allergens that you don’t want spread around.
5. Wash the bedding and toys
Many people don’t think to wash their animals’ bedding very often, but it’s important to make it part of your regular washing routine just like you would your own bedding. Our Active Wear Detergent is designed specifically to safely clean pet bedding and toys. On that note, skip hard-to-clean bedding like those beds within wicker baskets or quilted fabric. They’re impossible to clean thoroughly.
6. Mind your food preparation surfaces
If you have a cat, chances are he has walked on your counters. Even if you don’t permit it, cats are notoriously obstinate; he’s probably doing it all night long. Make sure your cooking areas are clean and sanitized before you prepare food.
7. Train them to “go” outside
Even if you get to your pet’s bathroom mess quickly, there’s a good chance residue will be left behind on your floors. If it happens on a hard surface, it’s usually not a problem, but a mess on the carpet can be there forever. Make sure they are trained to go outside or take them on regular walks.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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