For most people, pets are part of the family. Just like you’d take a proactive approach to cleaning up after kids, you’ll need a good plan for tidying up after pets. Here are a few cleaning tips for pet owners to help you maintain a well-kept home.

1. Clean Your Pet’s Belongings

When your family has finished dinner, the dishes are washed, rinsed, and dried. Using the same pet bowl for weeks without washing it is unsanitary. Clean your pets’ bowls daily to help keep your animals healthy. Use hot water and soap and then thoroughly rinse the dish. If it’s tough to keep the pet bowls clean, purchase multiple dishes that you can swap out every few days.

Cleaning is also important for pet bedding and chew toys. Purchase multiple toys and different bedding that can be washed on a rotation. When the toys need to be cleaned, your pet will still have a selection of toys to play with.

2. Floor Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

In a home with pets, it may feel impossible to keep pet stains and odors under control. Helpful cleaning tools are worth the investment. A steam mop eliminates germs and cleans the floors without the use of toxic chemicals.

If you have carpets or rugs in your home, be sure to vacuum regularly. A quality vacuum with a HEPA filter and attachments for dealing with pet fur is a smart purchase. Vacuum several times each week to prevent dust, dander, and fur from accumulating in the home.

3. Use Air Purification

Air quality becomes even more important when you have pets. Fur and pet dander can cause trouble for family members who have allergies. Choose a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter to help remove these contaminants from the air.

4. Use Lint Rollers

When you bring a pet home, it’s inevitable that pet hair will end up throughout the house. Your vacuum can trap much of it, but pet fur will stick to furniture, draperies, and even your clothing. Purchase lint rollers as helpful tools for removing pet hair.

5. Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners: Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is helpful for absorbing and removing pet odors. Use it in the litter box and anytime you need to freshen up an area. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Vacuum to remove the baking soda and the pet odors.

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