We all love our furry friends … they are part of the family. For a lot of us they ARE our family. My three kitties and two puppies are my babies and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. What I can imagine is a clean house, free of pet-imposed furniture. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it? Well I’m telling all of you pet lovers out there that pet odurs, dirty paws and a fur coated couch no longer has to be a certainty in your home. Here are some great tips to keep your home clean with your four legged friends. Or three … or two … I don’t discriminate.
Protect Your Furniture
- add blankets or towels
- keep items on the couch that deter your pup
- Spray fragrances that dogs do not like, citrus is BIG one.
Deodorant … we need it, so does your home
If you have carpet and a furry friend you are probably going to need to deodorize it at some point. Lets face it, you live there and you might not be able to smell your friends but I guarantee you when your human friends walk in … they can. Help keep your home space smelling pleasant by using a carpet deodorizer.
I am sure you have all seen the different powdered carpet cleaners at the supermarket but you can achieve this same result with one simple item that is always in your kitchen pantry.
Baking Soda! I know right?
You can make your own carpet deodoriser by mixing baking s0da and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, give it a good shake to mix it well and voila. Pour your magical mix onto the carpet, let it sit for a few minutes, then all you need to do is vacuum it right up. It smells amazing and the best part is it’s chemical free!
Keep Pets away from certain areas
A lot of the time you probably find that your furry friends will continue to “go” on the carpet? And always in the same spot … ugh. My tip is to spray fragrances that your pets hate.
As a general rule fragrances that usually repel dogs are citrus scents. Think orange, lemons, limes. They also don’t like cinnamon or eucalyptus. Scents to help repel your kitties are peppermint and lemongrass. All you need to do is add 5-6 drops of your chosen essential oil to a water bottle and spray on the area that your pup has become so fond of … they will be fond no more.
Still doesn’t work? Try this!
If your pup is a little on the stubborn side you can try a mix of water 1 ½ cups, white vinegar 2 tbs, orange essential oil 20 drops. It’s a little more potent and I don’t typically enjoy the smell of vinegar taking over my home but if you don’t mind it, have at it!
Wipe those Puppy Paws
Kitties are generally pretty clean but pups … well, they are kind of like boys. They just manage to get dirty and smelly so keeping your house free of dirty paw prints can be quite the task.
This one may take some training but it’s SO worth it. When you bring your pups inside have a wet hand towel and a dry beach towel ready. As they enter the room, have them immediately sit on the towel. Through the old tricks like “shake” and some positive reinforcements like “good pup” (and a treat, lets be honest), you will be able to get all four paws clean before they even fully enter the room. Trust me it will save you time and energy mopping those floors more than they need!
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