Our pets are little furry members of the family. They’re cute, lovable and just as messy as the kids. My cats seem to think their life goals are to shed massive amounts of hair, knock litter out of their box, and periodically, present me with a hairball. Of course, I don’t want people to know I have cats the minute they walk in the door. I’ve managed to find easy ways to keep your house clean with a pet (or more than one!)
How to Keep Your House Clean With Pets:
1. Scoop the Litter Box daily. Cats are picky. If they don’t like the smell of the litter box or if they feel it is dirty, you’ve got an accident waiting to happen. Scooping takes five minutes or less a day and will keep your cat happy and your house smelling fresher. If you have male cats, like I do, who seem to miss the litter box sometimes, take a few extra minutes to wipe up any liquids on the floor and clean under the litter box.
Tip: Sprinkle a little baking soda mixed with essential oils into the litter box for an all natural deodorizer. I’ve also found that using a higher litter box with high sides or a covered litter box helps to contain litter better than the shallow litter boxes.
2. Place washable mats at the door if you have an indoor/outdoor pet. This cuts down on the muddy paw prints or dirt that get tracked indoors when the pets come back inside. If your pet has extra muddy paws, give their paws a quick wipe with an old towel.
3. Give Your Pet A Place of their Own. Our cats have a habit of lying here, there and everywhere around our house. One of the smartest decisions we made was the purchase of a combination scratching pad and cat tree. The cats are comfortable and spend much more of their time on the cat tree, cutting down on the amount of fur that is shed on places they used to sit, like the bed and furniture. Don’t get me wrong, if they see anyone sitting on furniture or lying in bed, they’re ready to join us, but otherwise they spend time on their cat tree.
4. Wash, Wash, Wash! Wash your cat’s bedding and collars once a week to prevent a buildup of cat dander. If your cat doesn’t have a bed (ours likes to sleep with us), wash your sheets and bedspread once a week to cut down on allergens, dander and odors. Honest confession: Although I wash my sheets once a week, I don’t always wash the bedspread every week. I can always tell when I do because there is a lot less cat fur in our bedroom.
5. Brush your pet everyday. Daily grooming not only helps you bond with your pet, but it also helps redistribute oils and from the skin to the fur to keep coats healthy and shiny. An added bonus; daily brushing cuts down on the amount of fur pets shed. It’s good for you and your pet!
6. Vacuum, Sweep and Dust often. I vacuum our rugs everyday and sweep everyday to stay on top of all the fur. Long before I became a Swiffer Fanatic, I used their products to help cut down on all the cat fur and messy shedding because Swiffer offers easy-to-use sweeping, mopping and dusting tools for virtually every household surface.
My favorites include:
* The Swiffer Sweeper: It’s a 2-in-1 hard surface sweeping and mopping tool. The dry cloth has deep ridges and grooves that conform to the surface of your floor to trap and lock dirt, dust and hair, while the wet cloth dissolves dirt and grime and traps it away.
*The Swiffer Duster: It has Dust Lock Adhesive,™ and an all-around design that cleans deep into grooves to trap and lock up to three times more dust than a feather duster.
*The Swiffer Wet Jet: It has an all-in-one system that cleans floors thoroughly using cleaning solutions specially formulated to break up and dissolve tough messes. Plus, it doesn’t leave streaks on my hardwood floors.
Here’s some tips from Swiffer on How to Clean Up Pet Hair:
People have asked me if Swiffer products are safe to use around your pets. The answer is yes! Here’s a video provided by Swiffer addressing safety concerns.
What are your best tips for keeping your home clean when you have pets?