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Cleaning up after Fur Babies

Cleaning up after Fur Babies

Most everyone I know has pets. And most everyone I know with pets would never dream of living without them. They bring joy and happiness; they bring laughter and tears; and they offer unconditional love like no other. 

But they are, well, messy! 

There’s an anonymous quote that sums it up well: 

“Without my pets, my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.” 

So I’ve been searching for some tips to help with the messy part and I wasn’t disappointed. Check out these great ideas! 

1)  Duct Tape

Yes, it’s true, you really CAN use duct tape for everything! To remove pet hair from furniture and vehicle upholstery, wrap duct tape around a paint roller (sticky side out) and simply roll it over chairs, sofas etc. You can also use a sponge or cloth wrapped in duct tape to get into small corners. (from Family Handyman )


2)   Eliminate Odor

You’ve probably noticed your vacuum cleaner gets a little smelly when cleaning up after your pets. In addition to changing the filter regularly, try this neat little trick. Add several drops of essential oil (a scent that you like) such as lavender or peppermint, to a cotton ball, then suck the cotton ball up with your vacuum. Repeat as needed. (from

3)   Clean up after accidents

Did the pup not quite make it outside, or kitty missed the litter box? Mix a cup of water with 1/8 teaspoon of dish soap and blot the spot with a cloth. Follow up by washing out the soap with 1 tablespoon of vinegar mixed with a cup of water. On tile floors, simply make a paste of water and baking soda to scrub the mess. (from Good Housekeeping)



4)   Deep clean collars and toys

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize where the stink is coming from, but remember just like our clothes need regular washing, the oils and saliva from dogs and cats can turn their collars and toys into a hotbed of PEW! Grab these things and throw them into a bowl of hot water and shampoo and let them soak for at least a half hour. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and let them dry before putting them back on or letting them play with them again. (from Compact Appliance)

Having pets is, in my opinion, one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. And with these simple tips, you can almost eliminate the stress of a pet-induced mess! 

Shelley Nicholson

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