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Keep Your Home Clean and Smelling Fresh Even If You Have Pets

Let these handy hints help you achieve a healthy, happy space for you and your furry friends

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Our pets bring a dose of sunshine into the home, making stressful days bearable and holidays more fun. Since we share the space with furry friends, it’s inevitable to find hairballs on the floor, fur on pillows, and even scratches on the door. Perhaps one of the biggest changes homeowners go through when choosing to have a pet is getting accustomed to the odors associated with allowing them inside the house. While we try our best to keep the home clean, there are instances when it’s difficult to get rid of the funky smells. To help you achieve a clean, sweet-smelling space for you and your pets, here are tips to keep in mind:

Think about the furniture pieces you’re adding to the space.

When shopping for furniture, consider the material you’re going for. Skip velvet and silk as these are difficult to maintain—especially if your furry companions love taking naps on the sofa. Opt for a leather or microfiber couch for easy maintenance. If you’re torn between metal and wooden pieces, go for metal.


Clean up the mess ASAP.

If you’re still working on training your pets where to pee and poop, it’s a given to see surprises around the house. As soon as you spot it, clean it immediately to avoid stains and smells from lingering around the house.

Prep a clean-up kit.

Cleaning after your pet is easier if you’re armed with the right tools. In a plastic bin or organizer, keep multipurpose cleaners, old towels, old newspapers, and disinfectant wipes so you can easily get rid of your pet’s mess.

Invest in an air purifier.

Air purifiers don’t just keep the home smelling fresh, it can get rid of allergens and mildew, too. Since these are pricey, choose your air purifier wisely. Look up options online and go for one with a HEPA-type filter to help purify the air you breathe. Find air purifiers at True Value.

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Stock up on baking soda.

We all know how versatile baking soda is. It’s not only a kitchen staple, it also comes in handy when cleaning the home. Place an open box of baking soda inside the cabinet where you keep your pet essentials. Got rugs and carpets that smell like your pets? Sprinkle a bit of this magical powder on your rug, let it sit, then vacuum it the following day.

Clean your pet’s essentials.

From towels and pet beds, to toys and other accessories—make sure you wash these regularly. Doing so doesn’t just keep your home clean, it also ensures that your pets are safe from diseases and infections.

Bathe your pets regularly.

Whether you do it weekly or twice a week, giving your furry friend a long bath helps keep the home clean and smelling fresh. Make sure they are completely dry before letting them inside the house to avoid the “wet dog smell.” Regular grooming, which includes brushing their fur and clipping the nails, to name a few, helps as well.


Deal with the fur.

Don’t let your pets’ fur stick to pillows and throws. Vacuum these regularly and make sure you sweep the floors to keep it clean.

Pick a refreshing scent.

Aside from keeping the house and your pets clean, it’s a must to pick a calming scent that can add to your home’s appeal. Go for lavender, pine, warm cotton, and citrusy scents.

READ: 5 Safe Ways to Scent Your Home

Sources: Chicago Tribune | I Heart Dogs | Apartment Therapy

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