Puppies are good for the soul but bad for the carpet. Potty training can take a while, and cleaning after your pets can eat up a ton of time out of your busy day.
With these insider tricks, you can chop cleanup time in half. Firstly, you should ensure you’re working with the best cleaners possible. Tap or click here for 19 time-saving cleaning products I use that really work.
Aside from yucky odors, you also have to worry about pet hair, shredded toilet paper and overturned wastebaskets. Luckily, the cleaning experts at the Komando HQ are here to share our top five pet cleaning hacks, brought to you by our sponsor, Dr. Marty. All pet owners should know about these life hacks!
1. For starters, check your pet’s food bowl
Kim’s beloved Golden Retriever, Abby, used to make a mess of her bowl. She would nudge her dry kibble like she was looking for something good underneath the pellets. This left a mess around the bowl that Kim later had to clean up.
Not only that, but Abby also seemed lethargic. Although Abby has always been a happy dog, Kim sensed something was lacking. She gave Abby lots of toys and treats, which helped.
But things truly changed once Kim upgraded Abby’s dog food
Kim switched to Nature’s Blend, a premium freeze-dried, raw dog food made in North America. Designed to mimic what dogs eat in the wild, this food is rich in omega-3-rich seeds, superfood veggies and fruits. Plus, 81% of the food is made from real cuts of raw turkey, raw beef, raw salmon and raw organ meats.
For a limited time, you can save 50% on your first order, plus get a free bag of Dr. Marty’s bestselling dog treats. Tap or click here to visit DrMartyPets.com/Kim or text KIM to 511511. More on that later.
Once Abby started getting the food she was meant to eat, the changes in her were like night and day. She doesn’t itch nearly as often and is much more playful and silly.
Just the other day, Kim found Abby chilling in the jacuzzi! She had moseyed in there all by herself. Check it out:
Overall, she’s much happier and more energetic. Plus, Kim doesn’t have to deal with any more messes around the food bowl!
2. Tricks to get rid of pesky pet hair
Your beloved furball probably leaves hair everywhere, from the couch to the bedspread. Plus, it’s hard to pick up — even if you’re using a lint roller. The secret is to use rubber gloves.
Thanks to their texture, rubber gloves pick up pet hair easily. Just slip them on and run them over areas with a ton of pet hair, like carpets, couch covers and blankets.
Of course, this is a surface solution. You might still be wondering, “How can I reduce the amount of dog hair in my house?”
Tackle this hairy problem with insider cleaning hacks for dog owners
Luckily, there are a few ways to reduce shedding and keep your home clean. Vacuum often, brush your dog regularly and use a gentle and moisturizing shampoo when you bathe your pet.
Oh, and ensure you’re using the proper allergy and flea control for your dog’s breed. The wrong treatment can make your dog itchy, leading them to constantly itch and dislodge hair that clogs up your carpet. Here’s how to choose the right flea-prevention product for your pet.
You can also use a squeegee to deal with shedding. Just run it across hairy carpets, rugs, couches and blankets to quickly get rid of dog fur. Of course, lint rollers are also a must.
3. No more muddy paws
When it’s been raining, wipe your dog’s paws before they go into the house. You must pat down their paws with a pet towel before they can leave muddy paw prints throughout the house.
This is easy: Just leave a towel out by the dog door. Leave a towel at the bottom of your front or back door if you don’t have a doggie door. Even when it isn’t raining, you should also have a spray bottle around to spritz your pet’s paws regularly.
There are a few other easy hacks to stop dog tracks:
- Trim your dog’s toenails as well as the hair on its paws. Grinch feet are more likely to collect dirt and mud.
- Give your dog foot baths if the towel pat down isn’t enough. Put your dog in shallow water in the bath, then pat down its paws with a towel.
- Teach your dog to give you its paw. You can say “Paw” or “Shake.” This way, your dog knows what you want when cleaning its paws.
You can also buy paw wipes specifically designed for your pup. This is a great pet-cleaning hack if you love hiking with your pooch.
4. No list of the top cleaning hacks for dog owners is complete without this advice
It’s hard to keep the house smelling clean when you have a dog. Luckily, we have a few quick tips for conquering pet odors:
- Vacuum and mop often.
- Open the windows for ventilation.
- Use furniture covers for easy washing.
- Change the air filters regularly.
- Clean up pet accidents ASAP.
You can also sprinkle baking soda on any stinky areas. Just check the labels on your couch cushions or pet bed first. Then, let the baking soda sit for five minutes before vacuuming it up.
Aside from bathing your dog regularly, you should also clean its toys, bowls, collars and leashes. They can hold onto bacteria, which can quickly stink up your home. Next, let’s move on to the final essential cleaning tip every pet owner should know.
5. Put essential oils on your toilet paper
It’s no secret that dogs love to wriggle into our bathrooms. They’ll pull tissues from the wastebasket and drink from the toilet bowl if you don’t put the seat down. Dogs especially love pulling down toilet paper and tearing it up.
We’ve got you covered if you want to find out how to keep your dog off the toilet paper. First, you can get a pet-proof toilet paper holder. Second, grab some essential oils.
According to HGTV, add a few drops of cinnamon or citrus-based essential oils to the inside of your toilet paper roll’s cardboard tube. The scent should ward off dogs. You can use lemon, orange or lemongrass to stop your dog from shredding up your toilet paper.
Love the smell of essential oils? You can clean the house with sweet-smelling, plant-based cleaners. Tap or click here for the top natural cleaning products of 2022.
One of these cleaning hacks for dog owners is also good for Fido’s health
Of all the tips in this guide, No. 1 might produce the most significant change in your pet’s life. Use dog food that’s good for your pet’s gut. When they’re eating food that’s actually good for them, they might not make embarrassing messes!
For a limited time, save 50% on your first order, plus get a free bag of Dr. Marty’s bestselling dog treats. Tap or click here to visit DrMartyPets.com/Kim, or text KIM to 511511.