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SmarchPawz Tip #2 - Housekeeping & Cleaning

Posted by SmarchPawz on May 30th, 2020


As pet owners our biggest frustration is figuring out how to keep the house clean with all the funky odors, stains and pet hair. As much as we love our pets we unfortunately don’t like the mess that comes with them. Check out these tips and tricks on how to make cleaning just a little easier. 

  • Use a drain catcher: When you’re bathing your pet, make sure that your drain has an appropriate catcher to avoid any kind of pet hair clogs. Over time even the finest fibers of pet fur can clog up the drains. YUCK!
  • Dryer first, then comes the washing: When you have a t-shirt or two that are full of dog hair and you don't want to throw them in the wash with all your other clothes, which would only make one huge furry mess! Put them in the dryer first! 10 minutes is all you need for your dryer to work its magic and trap all or at least most of the hair particles in the lint trap. Then wash as normal.
  • Use dryer sheets to pick up dog hair: Believe it or not, dryer sheets love dog hair! They pick up loose dog hair on fabric like magic. Just rub a dryer sheet wherever you see pet hair and watch it disappear.
  • Use baking soda to clean up pet urine: Not only is baking soda great for removing smells, it can also be handy when your dog decides the carpet is the perfect place to do his/her #1. Generously cover the urine spot with baking soda, let it sit for 20 minutes as it absorbs the urine and neutralizes the odors, then, vacuum it up! Easy breezy! 
  • Want to cover up dog scratches? Grab that walnut: If you have scratch marks on your wooden furniture, don’t stress it! Rubbing a walnut over the scratches will cover them up. The natural oils in walnuts trickle into the wood, making it a helpful way to cover up small scratches in your furniture.
  • Use a magic eraser for those drool stains: If your dog is one who drools a lot, then you must have those annoying drool stains all over your floor. To get rid of them, just wet a magic eraser and it will wipe the stain right off!
  • DIY carpet deodorizer: Making your own deodorizer is always the best way to go, especially I you’re a pet owner. Harsh chemicals are not only harmful for us, but also for our pets. In a bowl add 3 cups baking soda (make sure there aren’t any clumps), add your favorite essential oil (lavender, lemon, jasmine) to the baking soda and add it to a shaker bottle. Sprinkle on your carpet, don’t over do it. Let it sit for 15 minutes and vacuum it up. It will leave any room smelling clean and fresh.


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