If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably made peace with the idea that messes and mishaps are just part of the experience. For new dog owners, being prepared for accidents means stocking up on expensive cleaning supplies because they are intent on maintaining a clean home while housebreaking their new pet. But you can keep things looking and smelling nice with simple, affordable alternatives just as well as you can using high-priced name brands.
Pet dander, oil, saliva, and hair present a major threat to the cleanliness of your home and the purity of the air you breathe. So, it’s important to have the right supplies on hand, especially if someone in your family suffers from allergies. For carpet and furniture stains resulting from urine, feces, and saliva, try enzymatic cleaning fluid, many of which can be found for under $20. And there are plenty of natural substances that will do a great job for you, including baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice mixed with water. Of course, these little items can add up, so make use of in-store deals or online offers like Target coupons to help keep those prices as low as possible.
Hair is the most persistent cleaning problem for dog owners. Whether you have a short-haired dog or a pooch that leaves layers of hair everywhere, finding an effective way to keep it off the furniture and carpet and away from air vents is one of the greatest challenges you’ll face. There is no substitute for a vacuum cleaner with high-power suction, but lint rollers will make your job quite a bit easier if you use them frequently. A pet hair remover glove will address the problem at the source — and it’s a lot cheaper than splurging on a new vacuum.
Clean Your Canine
Keeping your dog brushed helps keep the hair from piling up, but there are other things you should do on a regular basis as well. Use an affordable but effective shampoo made with safe, natural ingredients such as Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo (less than $10 for a 16-ounce bottle) at least once a month, especially if your dog has a medium-to-heavy coat. If you prefer an even less expensive and natural approach, try mixing a cup of water with a cup of white or apple cider vinegar and a cup of baby shampoo for an effective home-spun alternative.
Place a washable mat by the back door, or whichever door gets the most pet traffic. It should be a soft but thick mat for when Rover’s paws are covered in mud. Keep a supply of absorbent towels on hand so you can get dirt, mud, and debris off your pooch before he tracks it throughout the house (pet wipes also work well). Consider keeping a pet hair remover glove at your dog cleaning station to minimize indoor hair pollution.
If a family member suffers from allergies, keep a bottle of Allergen Reducer Febreze on hand. Otherwise, you can control odors with a homemade spray consisting of water and vinegar, or water and lemon juice. Avoid plug-in air fresheners; instead, use essential oil infusers in your home. If the smell of dog is still too pungent, consider laying out a few bowls of fresh coffee grounds, which have odor-absorbing qualities.
Keeping a house clean when there’s a dog on the premises is a non-stop job requiring steady, consistent effort. The good news is that you can do it without spending a lot of money. In many cases, you can clean stains and freshen your indoor air with common household substances that will save you plenty of money.
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