25 Tips for a Clean and Pet Friendly Home

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Keeping your home clean can sometimes feel like a full-time job, especially if you have some pets in your house. Of course, everyone wants their house to look and smell its best, particularly for when company comes over.

Thankfully for pet parents, there are many ways to make the cleaning process a bit easier. These tips can help you prepare your home for visitors and make your house cleaner and safer for your furry friends already in residence.

Pets

One of the best things you can do to help keep your house clean is to keep your pet clean and well-groomed.

Floors

Our floors take a lot of wear and tear every day. Following a few extra steps to keep them as clean as possible and protect them from unwanted scratches can make quite the difference.

Walls

Though it might not be the first surface that comes to mind when cleaning your home, you may be surprised just how drool-spotted and dirty your walls can become with pets in the house.

Windows

Our pets love to gaze out the windows all day long—whether they are watching traffic or birds. Keep your best pal safe with these pet-friendly window options.

Furniture

With pets in the house, furniture can easily get scratched, muddy, and covered in pet hair—we have some tips for that.

Also, don’t forget to check out our complete pet-proofing guide. Some of the biggest dangers to your pet are common, everyday things.

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Pet-Safe Cleaners

When cleaning various surfaces around your home, it’s essential to select cleaners that are safe for your pets and avoid products that can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Thankfully, there are many other pet-friendly cleaning options for pet parents. Everyday household items such as vinegar and baking soda can make for a safe alternative for a stain remover and general cleaner. There are even entire brands with lines of pet-safe cleaning products for floors, windows, and counters.

If you are unable to find some pet-safe cleaners at your store, try visiting your local pet store, which may sell more pet-friendly cleaners. You can also learn how to make your own products with common household items. For instance, a lemon juice and water mixture can make for a nice glass cleaner. You can even switch out your products for some eco-friendly options.

When pet-proofing your home and switching over your standard cleaning products, don’t forget to store other toxic materials in a secure location where your pet cannot access them. These can include anything from fabric softener and dishwasher detergent to windshield washer fluid and nail polish remover. There are also common household plants that are poisonous to cats and plants that are toxic to dogs—be sure to remove these as well.

No matter how many steps you take to keep your home clean, at the end of the day, accidents can still happen. Your pet may get a little excited and accidentally scratch the floor or bump over someone’s drink. Remember to remain patient with your four-legged friend and not to punish your pal for something that they truly didn’t mean to do. Instead, stay a step ahead by always having cleaning products on-hand. It can also be helpful to know some pet poison safety tips.

Depending on your pet’s age and behavior, you may also want to use your best judgment on when it will be a good time to bring your favorite fringed rug back out of the closet or buy that white chair you’ve been dreaming about.

The information presented in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute or substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.

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