How to Keep the House Clean When You Have Pets
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We love our pets and somehow keep acquiring new ones. If money and space were not an issue, we would have a ton of rescue animals. Although pets bring a lot of joy into a home, they also bring a lot of dirt, mud, and loose fur.
In this post, I have tips on how to keep the house clean when you have dogs and cats. If you are an animal lover like me, you’ll love these green cleaning products that are safe to use around pets. Then, continue to the bottom to enter the giveaway to win Art of Green® products and a $100 H-E-B gift card.
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How to Have a Clean House with Pets
Although we love our pets, they can also create such a mess sometimes. Rainy days ensure our floors will be muddy from the dog going in and out. With a curious cat, we often find things spilled and knocked over. Somedays, we come home to other surprises. Maybe someone ate something they shouldn’t have or got the occasional virus.
And then there’s the fur… with a Golden Retriever and long-haired cat in our house, there is fur everywhere! We often end up bringing some with us. I can’t tell you how many times I have been out and realized my pants are full of animal fur.
But don’t let all of this deter you from getting pets. I have some tips that will help you keep your house clean, even if you have dogs and cats.
How to Keep House Clean with Dogs and Cats
- Art of Green Cleaning Products
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Pet Brush
- Old Towel
- 1 cleaning supplies
- Wipe paws.
- Brush regularly.
- Clean daily.
- Deep clean regularly.
- Wash bedding and rugs often.
- Vacuum as much as you can.
- Chill out.
For indoor-outdoor pets, make it a habit to wipe paws before they come back inside, especially on rainy days. We keep an old towel near the door for this purpose. If you can’t wipe their paws each time, at least ensure you have a good outside doormat and an inside doormat that will catch a lot of the dirt.
Not only is brushing regularly good for your pet’s fur and skin, but it also helps keep the fur off your floors, furniture, and other fabric. If you are looking for a good brush for longhaired pets, we love the FURMinator.
I find that if I do a little bit of cleaning each day, it helps keep my sanity enough until I can do a deep cleaning.
Since we have pets and kids and I’m a cancer survivor, I try to be careful about the chemicals in our cleaners. That’s why I like Art of Green products. These green products are safe to use around pets and kids, have no harsh chemicals, and are 98% naturally derived.
As parents of 3 little kids, Force of Nature is our go-to all purpose cleaner. It's nontoxic but is EPA approved for use against Covid-19.
We love vinegar, but we use Force of Nature every day.
I use the Art of Green multisurface spray cleaner almost daily on our counters. We do not allow the cats on the counters, but for some reason, I often find fur here. hmmmm?
I also love the cleaning wipes and keep a container under the sink for daily wipedowns.
Deep Clean Regularly
In addition to daily cleaning, it’s important to have regular deep cleanings to remove all of the pet fur, dirt, and dander that hides between nooks and crannies.
I usually do the deep cleaning on my own and get a housecleaner before visitors come to stay with us. If you want to hire someone to do the cleaning, I suggest searching Groupon for deals.
Just as I use Art of Green for daily cleaning, I use the cleaning products for my deep cleaning too.
For deep cleaning, I love the concentrated multisurface cleaner. I just mix it with water and it leaves a nice scent on the floors, counters, bathroom, and more. This cleaner is tough on dirt, grease and grime and it leaves less residue than the leading eco-friendly cleaner.
If you are interested in using Art of Green in your own home, you can learn more at artofgreen.com. I can get my Art of Green products at my local H-E-B.
Wash Bedding and Rugs Often
Anything that can go in the washing machine is washed at least weekly. I have a removable dog bed cover, that’s actually a couch cushion cover. I can easily throw this in the washer. Since the cats love to lay on our indoor mats, those also get thrown into the wash.
Vacuum As Much As You Can
If you don’t have time to manually vacuum often, I recommend getting a robot vacuum. Our Roomba is truly a lifesaver. I run it just about every day as we leave the house. It’s amazing how much dirt and fur it picks up. I still vacuum with a regular vacuum cleaner about once a week, but the Roomba is great for in-between vacuums.
This is one I need to work on. Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact your house won’t be perfectly clean, especially when you have pets and kids. Do what you can, but don’t stress about every little piece of dirt. It’s important to keep your house clean, but it’s also important to spend time doing things you enjoy and with the people you love.
With these tips for keeping your house clean with pets, you’ll find ways to help keep you, your family, and your pets healthy. Then, you can spend time loving on your animals instead of worrying about a dirty house.
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Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.