As any pet owner knows, your pet is more than just another animal — your pet is part of your family. She’s your best friend and companion through thick and thin. Of course, as much as you love your pet, you probably don’t love cleaning up after her. However, being a good pet parent involves occasionally cleaning up some fur or getting rid of stains and odors. Here are some easy ways you can keep your home clean without spending a fortune.
Eliminate Pet Odors
Most pet owners are concerned with eliminating pet odors from their home. The good news is that there are several products on the market these days that help reduce and remove all types of smells. You might start with an all-natural approach, such as creating a DIY potpourri bundle, burning essential oils, or creating a solution out of baking soda and white vinegar.
Make sure to stock up on cleaning supplies so that you're able to clean immediately whenever your pet makes a mess. You can save money on these items with savings such as Target promo codes. Coupons and discount codes allow you to invest in products that will not only remove odors but will also clean stains in the home.
Sometimes, even the most well-behaved and best-trained pets have accidents in the house. Although hardwood floors are much easier to clean, there are still many affordable products that can help you clean your carpets after a pet accident. It’s important to clean and disinfect the area as soon as possible. Consider mixing hydrogen peroxide with two parts water, then let it sit on top of the spot for five minutes before blotting dry with a cloth, sponge, or paper towel.
Another cost-cutting way to clean your carpets is to use baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda over the stain and allow to sit overnight for a few hours. When you wake up in the morning, immediately vacuum the area. If that still doesn’t work, you can also add white vinegar to the baking soda. The best part of this baking soda-vinegar mixture is that it works on a variety of carpet stains, including pet urine.
Remove Pet Fur and Dander
Pet fur and pet dander are not only an eyesore; they can also trigger allergies and asthma in some people. According to House Sitting Magazine, you can reduce the amount of fur and dander in your home by regularly bathing your dog. Of course, the frequency of the pet baths and the type of shampoo you’ll need to use will depend on your pet. Ask your vet what frequency he or she recommends and whether your pet has an underlying condition that might require a prescription for a medicated shampoo.
While carpet cleaning can help with pet fur removal, fur and dander can find their way into other areas of the home. If you allow your pup on the furniture or let your cat sleep in your bed, for instance, those parts of your home will be exposed to fur and dander, too. While some pet owners ban their pets from getting on their furniture, another solution is to invest in a comfortable bed that your pet will love. One great example is the Kitty Kasa Bedroom Cube. At less than $40, the adorable hideaway bed offers a safe, relaxing space for the purr-fect cat nap. As a bonus, the budget-friendly bed is also easy to clean and quick to assemble.
Clean Pet Saliva
When it comes to cleaning up after a pet, saliva is one thing many pet owners often overlook. However, pet saliva can cause many health conditions in humans, ranging from allergies to bacterial infections. Because some of these conditions can be severe, it’s essential to clean up pet saliva before things get out of control. Suddenly, the dog drool and kitty nose art on your windows don’t look as cute anymore.
Parents Magazine said it best: “Furry family members are super cute but incredibly untidy.” Luckily, as you can see, there are many ways you can clean and disinfect your home without breaking the bank. These days, there are a wide variety of cleaning products available to dog and cat owners. It’s easier than ever to stay under budget while keeping your home fresh and clean. Best of all, you’ll free up time and money that you can allocate to your pet instead. That’s something both you and your pet will appreciate.
Jessica Brody contributed this article for Peeva. Check out her blog ourbestfriends.pet