Owning a pet is one of the great joys in life, though you still have to tidy up after them to maintain a clean home. Here are a few tips about house cleaning for pet owners that will make clean-up go quicker and prevent pet odors from taking over your home.

Dander and fur are typically the biggest problems a pet owner has to face when keeping a home clean. These tips will help you overcome those challenges.

1. House Cleaning for Pet Owners Involves Vacuuming Often

One of the best tips for house cleaning is to vacuum frequently. A vacuum cleaner is the best weapon you can use against a flea infestation in your home. The vacuum will pull fleas, eggs, and larvae from their hiding spots in your rugs and furniture.

Empty the lint receptacle of the vacuum after each use and place contents in an airtight plastic bag. For best results when combating pet hair and dander, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

2. Use a Lint Roller for Cleaning

A lint roller is great for quick touch-ups on furniture, drapery, and clothing. A lint roller removes pet fur and dander from almost any surface. Keep them handy in each room and have a separate roller just for clothing so you can leave home each morning fur-free.

3. Pet Owners Should Clean the Litter Box Often

We become accustomed to the smells in our environment, including litter box odor. We don’t detect the odor, but our guests do. Clean the litter box daily to prevent odors and to help prevent accidents, as many cats will not use a dirty litter box.

4. Prevent Dirt From Coming Inside

Dogs track in a wide variety of things on their paws (cats and people do too), so take measures to prevent dirt from coming inside. Place rugs outside and inside the entryway door for wiping feet and paws. Keep a water hose and towel nearby to wash and dry your pet’s paws before entering the home.

5. Use Vinegar in Your House Cleaning

Vinegar is a natural cleaner and deodorizer and is safe to use around pets. Create a mixture that is 50/50 white vinegar and water. Spray carpeting or upholstery after an ‘accident’ to remove stains and odors. Allow vinegar mixture to soak in for 5 minutes, then blot with a clean dry cloth. This vinegar and water mixture can also be used to clean and disinfect surfaces around the house.

6. Baking Soda is a Natural Deodorizer for Pet Owners

Sprinkle baking soda in the kitty litter box to absorb odors. Use baking soda on pet bedding and add 1/2 a cup to wash water when laundering pet beds and soft toys. Baking soda absorbs liquid accidents from carpeting and other soft surfaces in the home. Cover the damp area with a generous amount of baking soda and let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum.

7. House Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

A home cleaning tip for pet owners to cut down on the amount of fur is to groom your pets regularly. Brushing removes loose hair from your pet and traps it in the brush so hair doesn’t end up on your floor and furniture. Brushing your pet often keeps them healthy by eliminating hairballs, plus it provides bonding time with your pet.

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