5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required
Your four-legged friends are like family, but the mess they leave can often make it harder to keep your house clean. Stained windows, messy eating areas, and hair-covered couches, which then transfer to your jeans or coat? No thanks. But you don’t have to live like that, and you don’t have to sweat yourself to keep your house clean and odorless. Here are five easy strategies to minimize damage from animals in every corner of your home – no vacuums or bulky supplies required.
To clean floors
Between hair loss and muddy paw prints, your floors are beaten by pets entering and leaving your home. To prevent hair from covering the floors and dirt from accumulating, it is important to dry and clean the mop regularly.
The Swiffer Sweeper Heavy Duty Pet Starter Kit is a versatile 2 in 1 tool that includes everything you need to keep wood, tile and linoleum floors clean. The dry rags of the broom pick up dust and animal hair, and its wet rags (pre-saturated with a cleaning solution) are perfect for wiping paw prints and tail spills.
To strip the padding
Your floors are not the only place where animal hair settles. Other hot spots include upholstered furniture like sofas and armchairs, as well as curtains. To remove stray wicks in a flash, use an anti-static spray before trying to remove hair from these spots.
Then try a lint roller specially designed for pets, like the Scotch-Brite Large Lint Roll for Pets 50% Stickier. The roll sheets are larger and have more tackiness to pick up coarse hair, dander and other large debris. You can also try a wet rubber glove: just put on a clean pair, moisten and run your hands over your cushions (for silk fabrics, use dry gloves) to capture the hair.
To erase stains on windows and doors
Does your curious animal leave snout marks on doors and windows? There is an easy, non-toxic solution for these unsightly misty streaks: DIY wipes made with paper towels and rubbing alcohol. Simply dampen the paper towels with rubbing alcohol, then wipe the glass on your doors and windows (including car windows!). The solution dries instantly, without leaving traces.
To eliminate odors
If your pet has a favorite armrest or booster chair, or tends to curl up in the same place on your carpet, it is likely that this area will start to smell a bit like your dog’s bed or your cat’s litter box. To eliminate smelly cushions, spray them with a fabric treatment like Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator weekly. An easy way to keep the scent fresh longer: consider putting dryer sheets in envelopes and putting them under your cushions.
An easy, non-toxic solution for unsightly window streaks: DIY wipes made with a paper towel with rubbing alcohol.
To keep feeding areas clean
The area around pet food and water dishes can get dirty after meals, and storage after them can age quickly. Place a shallow starter tray under the pet food and water bowls to catch the drops and hold the crumbs. Cleaning is a breeze: discard all the solids from the tray, pour the splashed liquid down the drain and rinse with mild dish soap and warm water. Allow the tray to dry before installing it.
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