People with pets know the lavish lengths they go to in order to keep their fur babies happy, but many pet owners often neglect the impact their pets have on those around them. Nobody wants to visit a stinky, smelly house or get in a car with dog hair all over it! Fortunately, some steps can be taken to prevent such mishaps, and this post shares some of the best.
Baking soda is a pet owner’s friend
First and foremost, the best way to keep your house from smelling like a pet paradise is by cleaning it regularly. If your pet has an accident, all is not lost. There is a simple home recipe to clean the carpet to remove odours. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with 250ml of distilled vinegar and dilute with a further 250ml water. Then put the solution into a spray bottle and spray over the affected area. This will remove the smell and clean away any mess.
Prevention is always better
If your pet is house-trained, you can prevent many accidents from happening in the first place by being on the lookout for signs that they need to go outside. These include sniffing around the carpet repeatedly, pacing back and forth and scratching at the door to tell you they need to do their business. You can also choose from a range of pet friendly fabrics for your home to reduce the impact your four-legged friend has on your soft furnishings.
Brush your pet
Just as regular cleaning keeps your home smelling fresh, it’s also a good idea to keep your pet’s coat clean and maintain their health. Cats will enjoy weekly grooming sessions as long as you make it part of their routine from an early age. Short-haired cats will love a soft brush using a cat grooming glove, whereas long-haired cats may need a specialist comb. Dogs also need regular grooming. However, it’s best to check on any breed-specific requirements.
Washing your dog
You must clean your dog regularly to prevent them from shedding too much hair in the house. Wet hair is more likely to shed, so after a bath, brush your dog dry using a pet grooming glove, as this will have the added benefit of reducing the hair on your home furnishings. It is recommended that you wash your dog at least once every three months; however, once a month is probably better. You shouldn’t wash your pooch too often (unless they really need it) because it will strip their coat of natural oils.
Wash the dog bed
If you have a pet bed that is regularly used by pets, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which in turn will smell bad. You can clean the dog bed by washing it with a good detergent and drying it in the sunshine – this will kill any bacteria and leave your pup’s bed smelling fresh once more.
Keeping your pet clean will keep your home smelling great, and it will also help you to bond with your pet in a way that is beneficial to both of you. You can also make your home pet-friendly by protecting your fabrics with a pet-proof sofa cover.