Sept. 3, 2019
5 Money-Saving Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean as a Pet Owner
There’s a special joy that comes with owning a pet. However, keeping up with the recurring mess and clutter can be stressful and expensive. And we all know that a clean and healthy home is a happy home. Fortunately, there are solutions. For the pet owners out there, here are five money-saving tips for keeping your home spick and span.
Choose the Right Cleaning Supplies
You know that it’s time for a deep clean when you get a whiff of strong pet odors. In this case, simply vacuuming the floors isn’t going to cut it. One of the best ways to eliminate odors is by cleaning urine spots with an enzymatic-based solution. This cleaner attacks the odor-causing enzymes, but it needs time to soak the affected area and be left to dry in order to be effective. If you’re dealing with a urine spot on carpet, you may have to get it professionally cleaned or replaced depending depending on whether the spot reached the sub floor.
Doesn’t it seem like you have all the cleaning supplies you need until your pet makes a mess? Make sure you always have supplies available so that you can clean a mess as soon as possible. Sign up for rewards at your local pet supply store and stock up on items when they go on sale. Also, look into online retailers; companies like Amazon frequently offer promos and coupons for quality products.
Tidy Up After Your Pet
Your pets are probably not trained to pick up after themselves, which means that when they play with a toy, it’s left on the floor or furniture when they’re finished. This not only creates clutter, but it also adds to the dander, saliva, and other bacteria-filled substances circulating through your home. Anytime your pet plays with a toy, remember to put it back in their bin. This will help you keep a tidy home without costing you anything.
Groom Your Pet Regularly
Another way to keep your home clean is to keep your pet clean. Regularly taking your pet to the groomer is a great way to reduce dander and odors in your home. However, if you want to save money, you can learn to do a lot of the grooming yourself by utilizing online tutorials. For instance, regularly bathing your pet, brushing their teeth, and brushing through their fur will help keep them clean and healthy. Furthermore, trimming their nails regularly can reduce the dirt brought into your home while also protecting your furniture and floors from scratches.
Wipe Their Paws
Along with grooming your pet, the simple act of wiping their paws after they’ve been outside can do wonders for keeping your home clean. A lot of dirt, leaves, and other debris are tracked in any time a pet comes back inside. Before you know it, there are muddy paw prints all over the floors, furniture, and bedding. Keep a towel handy by the door and wipe their paws each time.
Wash Their Bedding
Your pet’s bedding is a hub for a variety of bacteria because of all the fur, dander, and saliva that accumulates over time. This not only makes their bed, pillows, and blankets smell bad, but the bacteria can also spread to other areas of the home. That’s why regularly cleaning your pet’s bedding is so important. It’s good to vacuum their bed every few days. Also, try to wash their bed (and pillows and blankets) at least every other week. If there are stains on the bedding, spray a stain remover on it before throwing it in the washing machine. These same principles apply to your pet’s toys and bowls as well.
Having a clean home is within reach, even if you own a pet. Start by gathering an arsenal of affordable pet cleaning supplies, and pick up your pet’s toys when they’re finished playing. Learn how to groom your pet, and be sure to wipe their paws anytime they come in from outside. Finally, wash their bedding regularly to cut down on bacteria. By implementing these habits, you can enjoy a clean home without breaking your budget.
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