If you have a pet, then you know it takes a little extra effort to keep your house in order. Some tasks only need to be performed once a week or monthly. Breaking your duties out into a schedule will help keep your home tidy and your pet clean. Here are a few effective cleaning tips for pet owners.
Make Use of Lint Rollers
Lint rollers work wonders on pet hair. If you clean your furniture every few days, the hair will not build-up. Roll any pillows, fabric, and drapes. You can make a DIY lint roller with packing tape or duct tape, in a pinch. Cut a piece of tape that is long enough to fit around your hand and stick the two ends together. With the sticky side out, slide it over your hand, and slowly roll it along.
Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners for Feeding Areas
If you feed your animals dry food, store the kibble in a recloseable container in a cool, dark area, and preferably off the ground. The container will help keep the food fresh longer and pests away. Wash the food and water dishes every day.
Doormats help trap the mess before it gets to your carpet or couch. If you have a doggie-door, put a mat outside the entryway and inside the door. This way, your pet gets two chances to clean their paws. For cats, use a doormat or rug outside of the litter box to catch the excess litter. Put food and water dishes on placemats. Placemats usually come in sets of four, so you’ll always have a clean one to use while you wash or wipe down the dirty one.
An enzymatic cleaning product is useful for cleaning up pet accidents. Manufacturers have formulated special cleaners to break down bacteria. To get the most out of enzymatic cleaners, first, absorb as much of the mess as possible. Then treat the area with the cleaner. The enzymes will start working on the fresh bacterium. If you use soap before treating the spot with the enzymatic solution, it may not be as effective. Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ guidelines.
Cat Litter Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
When cat boxes are cleaned and changed frequently, they usually have little to no odor. Scoop the litter at least daily. You may need to do it more often if you have more than one cat. Dispose of the litter every week and wash the box with soap and water only.
Do not use any harsh chemicals, such as vinegar, ammonia, or bleach, because the plastic may absorb some of the scents. Animals pick up subtle scents, so your cat may not use the box after rigorous disinfection. Pregnant women should follow the CDC’s recommendations and their doctor’s orders when it comes to cleaning the litter box.