9 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home

9 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home

9 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home If you want to make it less of concern, have a read of some of these top tips which should make the process altogether a more enjoyable one. There are 9 suggestions here to enable a change of habits, but this list is far from exhaustive. It’s all about striking a balance. We want the benefits of having our furry friends around, whilst maintaining a reasonable standard of cleanliness and hygiene. These tips should help you on your way to installing a place for both your pets and those of particular disposition hygiene wise, to live together in, as one happy family.

Rubber Gloves

If you’re looking to remove pet hair from your home, be it from carpets or the sofa, donning a pair of dishwashing gloves can make all the difference. You’ll feel like a superhero as the fur sticks to your fingertips and it’s even more satisfying to see how, once submerged in soapy water, the fur parts company with the gloves and settles on the surface of the water. Pet owner hack numero uno right there.

Lint Rollers 

With your rubber glove magic trick in your back pocket, you won’t need the lint roller as much as you used to, but it’s always a good idea to have it ready, just in case the mother in law comes over, or to smarten yourself up before a big day out.

Baby Wipes

Not the most environmentally friendly solutions it’s true, but the power of the baby wipe when it comes to collecting pet hair, even surpasses the mighty rubber glove. Try it for yourself and be amazed! Don’t go to town with the baby wipes though, think of the planet!

Vacuum Your Pets

No, really. They might even love the sensation of the warm pull of the vacuum. Like a hairdryer in reverse. You could pretend you’re a professional dog groomer if it helps you stop feeling like a crazy person running the vacuum over your bewildered dog.

Bicarb Soda

Extra freshness guaranteed. If you know your little furry friends are prone to sharing the furniture with you, and if you know that you’re prone to letting them get away with this, adding a cup of bicarb soda to your washing load can do a lot more than just detergent alone.

Clean That Collar

How long has it been since the collar was cleaned? Months? Years? Never? These often go unnoticed, but remember, wherever your dog has been, so too has their collar. You’ve probably stopped reading and are already on the way to wash the collar right now. That’s a good thing. Ew.

Lavender Oil

This is a contentious one, as it has been claimed that some essential oils can be potentially harmful to pooches, however, this is usually only if they are consumed and swallowed. Pamper your pooch and sooth your fellow humans in the process by dropping a little lavender oil on to the fur. Odours will be eliminated, whilst ticks and fleas will be kept at arm’s length. Win, win. All of this considered though, you have to weigh up the risk of poisoning from consumption, as some of the symptoms to watch out for include painful convulsions, cramping in the abdomen and nausea. If you know your dog is a bit of a licker, it’s probably best to give this one a wide berth. For none nosy dogs, a drop of lavender oil between the shoulder blades should be absolutely fine. 

A Place to Clean

A muddy walk in the woods doesn’t need to turn into a muddy afternoon indoors. An outside tap, if you can fix it up, is a great way of ensuring that muddy paws don’t get indoors.

Wash Toys

Don’t ignore them. The longer they remain unwashed, the worse they get, and although our pets’ immune systems are far hardier than ours, they’ll surely appreciate a cleaned toy every now and then. Hard toys can go in the dishwasher if that doesn’t sit too uneasily with you, whilst soft toys can be tossed into the washing machine. For some reason, it seems to make sense that they should go in with the socks and underpants.

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