5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required
Your four-legged friends are like family, but the clutter they leave can often make cleanliness at home a challenge. Smeared windows, untidy feeding areas and hair-covered sofas that can then be transferred to your jeans or coat? No thanks. But you don’t have to live like this and you don’t have to sweat to keep your house clean and odorless. Here are five simple strategies to minimize the clutter of pets in every corner of your home – no vacuum cleaners or bulky supplies required.
Between hair loss and muddy paw prints, your floors will be hit by pets walking in and out of your place. To prevent hair from covering the floor and collecting dirt, it is important to wipe and wipe regularly.
The Swiffer Sweeper Heavy Duty Pet Starter Kit is a versatile 2-in-1 tool that contains everything you need to keep wood, tile and linoleum floors clean. The floor wiper’s dry wipes absorb dust and animal hair, and the wipes pre-saturated with a cleaning solution are perfect for wiping paw prints and wiping tails.
Remove the upholstery
Their floors are not the only place where animal hair settles. Other hot spots are upholstered furniture such as sofas and armchairs as well as curtains. Use an antistatic spray to quickly remove stray strands before trying to remove hair from those areas.
Then try a lint roller specially designed for pets, like that Scotch-Brite 50% stickier pet lint roller with a large surface. The blades of the roller are larger and have more adhesive force to absorb coarse hair, dander and other large foreign bodies. You can also try a wet rubber glove: just put on a clean pair, moisturize, and run your hands over your pillows (for silk fabrics, use dry gloves) to catch the hair.
Remove stains on windows and doors
Does your curious pet leave snout marks on doors and windows? There is a simple and non-toxic solution to these unsightly foggy streaks: DIY wipes with paper towels and alcohol. Simply moisten paper towels with alcohol and then wipe the glass on your doors and windows (including car windows!). The solution dries instantly without leaving streaks.
If your pet has a favorite sofa armrest or chair, or curls up in the same place on your carpet, the area may smell a little like your dog’s bed or cat’s litter box. To combat smelly pillows, spray them with a fabric treatment like Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator weekly. An easy way to keep the scent fresh for longer: put dryer sheets in envelopes and put them under your pillows.
A simple and non-toxic solution for unsightly window strips: DIY towels with paper towel and alcohol.
Keep feeding areas clean
The area around pet food and water dishes can get messy after eating, and cleaning up after eating can get old quickly. Place a flat boot shelf under pet food and water bowls to catch drops and contain villain crumbs. Cleaning up is child’s play: discard all solids from the tray, inject the spilled liquid into the drain and rinse with mild detergent and warm water. Let the tray dry before putting it back down.