Spring Cleaning

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. Be cautious when tossing medications and cleaners. Make sure anything harmful is kept well out of reach and taken straight to the trash outside.
  7. 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.
  8. Sort through supplies and toys. Donate anything that can still be used to your local shelter or rescue.
  9. 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.
  10. 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