Caring for Pets: Simple Hacks for Cleaning Up After Your Furry Friends
We love our pets, but the mess they leave behind is a different story. Fur seems to cling to everything, the floors are graced with dirt daily, and determining what was torn up is not a game that anyone likes to play. Sure, you can bust out a lint roller or the best vacuum for dog hair to handle most of the mess that your pet may create (besides the ones that smell). But what if we told you there are easier ways to clean up after your pet. By taking these preventative measures, the time spent cleaning up after your furry friend will disappear just like your favorite pair of sandals your pet decided was a chew toy. Here are some hacks to that allow you to quickly and easily clean up after your pet, so you can stop spending so much time cleaning and more time enjoying the company of your special bundle of fur.
1) The Best Way to Remove Pet Hair from Clothing
One of the biggest annoyances from owning a pet is the shedding hair that seems to end up on just about everything in your home. While lint rollers certainly help to remove hair off of your clothes, it is time-consuming and can be very wasteful. Instead of frantically rolling some sticky tape all over your clothes, try throwing your outfit in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet or ball. Both dryer sheets and dryer balls have anti-static properties that repel the static cling that pet hair has on your clothing. Once done, most, if not all of the pet hair will find a new home in your dryer’s lint trap, instead of all over your clothes.
2) How to Handle Muddy Paw Prints
For most pet owners, when they hear it is going to rain, the first thing that comes to mind is muddy paw prints in the house. It is wise to keep a towel by the back door and wipe their feet off before they are welcomed back in. However, if you have a cat or a riled up dog, it can be tricky catching them before they track mud all over the floors. While cleaning muddy paw prints as soon as you see them on your hard flooring is ideal, doing so for carpet might take more time if done immediately. As hard as it may sound to do for some, let those muddy paw prints dry and then vacuum them up as soon as they are dry. By playing the waiting game, you are able to fully get the mud out of your carpet as opposed to smearing it deeper within the fibers.
3) Getting Rid of Lingering Pet Smells
When you visit someone’s home you can almost instantly tell whether or not they have pets, without even seeing their furry friend. While pets are beautiful creatures, they often come with an undesirable smell. Aside from bathing your pet on a regular basis, there are a few other precautionary measures you can take to prevent that unwanted odor. The obvious solution is to light a candle or spray some air freshener. While the smell of summer breeze or juniper makes your home smell wonderful, it is only temporary. But did you know that there is a natural filter that helps to eliminate odors and is pleasant to look at? Look no further than the gardening department at your local home improvement store. Plants are great at neutralizing odors and bringing back in fresh air, and above all beautiful to look at. So ditch that aerosol can of flowers and add some real greenery to your home.
4) How to keep Hair and Dirt Off the Furniture
Some people allow their pets to sit alongside them on the couch, others don’t want their pet anywhere near their leather throne. But one thing is for sure, once you leave the house, your pet is going to sit in your spot. Generally, you will have an idea where your pet will be sitting when you’re not home, due to the abundance of hair in that particular area. To solve this dilemma, just throw a blanket or sheet down over this particular spot on the sofa before you leave the house. Or, if you want to get fancy, you can always buy a couch cover. Trust us when we say that cleaning a blanket or towel is so much easier than deep cleaning your couch.
5) The Best Way to Clean Fur-Covered Floors
Shedding doesn’t only affect your clothing. Those pesky hairs end up all over your floors too, and getting rid of them is no easy task. While sweeping up your floors is one way to get rid of those pesky balls of hair, if you sweep too fast it can kick up tons of dirt and particles into the air, which doesn’t exactly agree with everyone’s sinuses. If you decide to vacuum up the pet hair, it’s best that you go with an option with air filtration. Luckily, sweeping doesn’t have to do a number on your sinuses if you have an EyeVac. Once you sweep pet hair next to an EyeVac Touchless Vacuum, the loose hair is sucked up and the dirty air is instantly filtered through a HEPA filter and fresh air is returned back into your home.
By using these simple cleaning hacks, you and your pet can live in a home without mounds of shed hair gracing the floors. A home that doesn’t smell like you walked into a Petsmart. A home that you cannot tell a muddy four-legged animal has just pranced through. A home that you envision with your pet.
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