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8 Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

While our beloved pets are full of love and affection for us, they can also be a little messy. These proven tips will help you keep your home as clean and odor-free as possible!

1. Prevent Marking
If your pet tends to mark their territory on your furniture and walls, try blotting and treating the area with an enzyme spray to get rid of the smell. Next, lightly spray the same product to prevent future infractions. To create a homemade spray, mix one cup of warm water with 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Shake the mixture and place in a spray bottle – voila!

2. Wash Toys
Bad dog breath mixed with toys that have likely spent time in various parts of the home and yard create a potent combination. Throw the fabric toys in the washer with one tablespoon of baking soda and place the plastic or rubber toys in the dishwasher.

3. Clean up and Prevent Shedding
Try using a squeegee on rugs and carpet to gather hair shedding in no time! If your kitty is experiencing higher than average shedding and hairballs, we suggest adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to his or her food. Cat grass and catmint can also help digestion.

4. Find and Treat Pee Stains
A black light can be your best friend when you’re trying to rid your home of past and possibly forgotten pet stains. Once you’ve located them, utilize the enzyme spray you created in step 1 to treat and prevent future accidents.

5. Deodorizer
If your dream is to keep your rooms and furniture smelling fresh, try creating this DIY all-natural room deodorizer! You can use it to remove the smell from couches, the carpet and areas in which they tend to have accidents. To create this spray, mix ½ cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup of warm water. Add it to a spray bottle, then add 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Let the spray sit for a few hours before vacuuming. You will only smell the fresh peppermint scent – score!

6. Stubborn Pet Hair
Use a damp, textured rubber glove to grab all the stubborn pet hair in the nooks and crannies of couches, car seats, etc. Once you’ve gathered it into piles, you can vacuum it up much easier!

7. Brush Outdoors
Brushing your pets regularly will greatly cut down on their hair shedding. We suggest doing so every week and brushing them outdoors. Trust us, your carpet, rugs and furniture will reap the benefits. Try this brushing mitt for heavy shedders.

8. Clutter control
Don’t let your pet’s toys take over your living room! You can avoid the chaos by using a lidded storage container. If you leave out only one or two toys at a time, you can switch them out every once in a while, and in doing so, keep your home de-cluttered and your pet entertained!


We hope this was helpful and if you try any of these tips, or have some of your own, please leave them in the comments below!


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