One of the major concerns that people who want to adopt pets have is keeping the house clean. A few days back a chance conversation with a friend revealed how much she loves dogs and would want to adopt one but her mom is a baker and dog-hair is a thing from hell.
Keeping a house clean even when you have pets is not an impossible task. You may have to be extra cautious and follow some ground rules but you too can enjoy canine company without having a bowl full of hairy soup.
Hair hair everywhere: Most people complain about their pets shedding all the time. Everyone has their own preferences for a breed but remember some breeds like German Shepherds and Huskies shed considerably more hair than a Chinese Crested and a few types of Terrier. To keep fur from flying everywhere, brush your pooch everyday. A short five minute daily brushing regime can drastically reduce floating hair. Also, make sure you brush your dog outside living areas so that there is no-mess in the house.
Keep dirty paws at bay: If you have a garden or a muddy area for dogs, you will have paw marks all over your home. The best way to tackle this is to place mats both outside and inside the house. Also, be sure to use washable mats so that cleaning becomes easier. Another way of keeping out mud is to use a small tub filled with water and antiseptic wash at the entrance. Encourage dogs to dip their paws in the tub before they enter the household.
Clean poop and pee accidents asap: Ask any pet owner and they will tell you the accidents do happen at home. If your canine child has created a mess, clean it before it spreads, stains or smells. Remember, dogs always come back to the spot and use it thinking it is their toilet.
Go back to the kitchen: While there are a lot of products that are available to keep the house clean and odour free, many common home items like baking soda and vinegar make excellent odour removers. Mix one liter of water with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Baking soda absorbs the odour and leaves the room smelling refreshing and much pleasant. Another quick way is to use vinegar in the air. As the vinegar smell goes away so does the doggie odour.
Keeping your house clean when you have pets is not hard but requires some bit of planning and training.
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