· By Tara Tyrrell
Own a Pet? You Need These 5 Cleaning Tips
Australia is a nation of pet lovers, with official figures showing 3 in 5 homes have pets. For Aussies, pets are an extended part of the family and just like everyone else in the house, they come with their own mess. Unfortunately, they are incapable of tidying up, which is why you need these cleaning tips to stay on top of things.
1. Vacuum The Dog
Sounds a little crazy ... BUT ... major vacuum brands actually offer specific attachments to make this an easier job. You don't want to approach your dog with any old attachment, vacuum roaring in the background. He's liable to leap a fence and never return. By vacuuming your furry friend, you avoid shedding. It's much more efficient than a standard brush, as it will also collect dead skin.
Of course, you can try this with your cat your cat as well. There are intensive vacuum-style brushes specifically made for cats.
2. Clean Paws
Have a cleaning kit at the door, ready to tackle mucky paws before they make it in the house. There are pet-friendly wipes that make it a simple task. Or, you can use a towel and a bowl of warm water.
3. Easy Care
Every pet owner starts their journey with good intentions. The pets will not be allowed on the couch, or the bed, or evenin the bedroom. Things quickly change, but that doesn't mean you can't take steps to mitigate mess. Easy-care throws on your furniture will make life much easier. It keeps fur and paw prints off your stuff and it's easy to toss them in the washing machine. Easy-care beds are also a good shout.
4. Managing Smells
They are adorable, but they smell. It isn't just their fur either, their food stinks, their breath is awful, and you have to take steps to manage it all.
Pop a sheet of your favourite fabric softener in an envelope and slide it under the cushion in your pet's bed, between the cushions of their favourite seat, or anywhere else they like to hang out. You can also dilute a little Fabulosa Concentrated Disinfectant and use that on your fabric.
If litter trays are driving you mad, there are two tips for you to use. First, add a layer of baking soda directly into the tray. Second, insert a liner and then add another sprinkle of baking soda before you add litter. Not only will this help keep smells at bay, but it will also make cleaning the tray a cinch.
Before you wash pet bedding, be sure to vacuum up debris and use a lint roller to grab anything the vacuum missed. Life is much easier if you buy beds with removable covers. Use only mild detergent, add a cup of baking soda, and wash on the hottest cycle. Don't forget to give collars a deep clean once a week.
5. Washing Up
Plastic pet toys should be washed at least once a week and you can easily do so in the dishwasher. Soft toys require the same treatment but use a garment bag to collect them and pop them all in the washing machine.
Place pet bowls on a wipeable mat to make clean-up easier and pop food bowls in the dishwasher.
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