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It’s that time of the year again! Time for spring cleaning. Here’s a few tips to help you out if you have pets at home:
- Deodorize couches, carpets and pet beds with baking soda. Make a mixture of baking soda combined with a few drops of pet-safe essential oils. Spray onto furniture, let sit 10-20 minutes and then vacuum! Pet beds with removable covers can easily be thrown in the wash for easy cleaning.
- Use a damp rubber glove to remove pet hair. Run a gloved hand over cushions to easily collect hair. If it’s a car interior that needs cleaned, try using a pumice stone to collect all of that excess hair.
- Toss stuffed toys into the washer! Use an all-natural, unscented detergent that’s safe for animals. Even toys with crinkles and squeakers can usually survive the washer.
- Groom outdoors. Brush out all of the loose hair outside to prevent it from being all over your house. Warmer weather also provides the perfect opportunity for bath time!
- Dust with a microfiber cloth. The material uses static energy to pick up more hair and dander. Don’t forget all of those normally forgotten spots like fan blades and light fixtures!
- Be cautious when tossing medications and cleaners. Make sure anything harmful is kept well out of reach and taken straight to the trash outside.
- Plastic bowls and dog toys can go in the dishwasher. It’s not a bad idea to give them a quick rinse after removal to remove any traces of detergent left behind.
- Sort through supplies and toys. Donate anything that can still be used to your local shelter or rescue.
- Time for a toothbrushing! Plaque and tarter build up on your dogs teeth can cause health problems. Use a pet-friendly toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth.
- Use the right tools. Consider investing in a vacuum made for pet hair. Always dust before vacuuming or else you’ll just have to vacuum again