Looking at the calendar this morning, I realized that today marks the first day of Spring. The sun is shining and the fresh air has provoked that urge to do a little spring cleaning
For many people, spring cleaning is a time to get rid of all the clutter in their lives. It is no different in our home. In our house we strive to get rid of the things we don’t use, do some serious deep cleaning, and freshen up everything for BOLO and Henry too.
Here are my tips for a Spring Cleaning session that will benefit not only your life, but your animals as well:
Use Healthy Cleaners: When scrubbing down the bathrooms, kitchen or floor tiles, be sure to use a cleaner that does not contain any toxic components such as bleach or ammonia. Using a non-toxic product that is pet friendly will eliminate the possibility of your animals getting sick. Another option, is to make your own cleaning solution using vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Keep in mind that different products can be toxic to different pets. For instance, dogs and cats are not as sensitive to cleaning products as birds. If unsure about specific cleaning product, check with your vet before using it in a place that your dog currently inhabits.
Keep Their Beds Fresh and Clean: When washing your pets bed in the home, be sure that the bed has a removable cover. These will last longer and handle more washing cycles. Beds hold onto that “dog odor” and washing it regularly will make the home more fresh and clean. When washing, be sure to use a non scented-detergent Be sure to always use non-scented detergent, and avoid fabric softener so that it won’t irritate your pet’s skin. When done let it dry in the sun so that it can air out and be fresh for your pet.
Clean Your Pets Environment: just like we want our environments to be clean, so do our pets. Regular brushing and grooming will reduce shedding and improve the cleanliness of your home. Also, using synthetic, rubber-backed mats by doors in the home as well as under food dishes will collect moisture and make it easier to clean. Removing pet hair from furniture that your pet regularly relaxes on is much simpler when using a damp rubber glove and brushing it over the couch, pillows, blankets, etc.
Train a Clean-Conscious Dog: after all of your hard work is done, and spring cleaning is completed, the last thing you want is for your pet to run through the home with muddy paws. In order to avoid this, train your dog to stand at the door so that you can wipe their paws and fur that may be dirty from a long day of play in the backyard. Allowing a dog to get up on the furniture is a personal decision but remember, dogs do not differentiate between clean and dirty. Trust me, if they are used to jumping up on the couch to lay down they will do it even when covered in dirt. To prevent accidental couch stains, place slip covers over designated areas to protect the furniture.
Spring Vet Trip: As winter comes to an end, and summer approaches, the spring is the perfect time to take your pet to the vet for a check- up. This is the best time of year to prepare your pet for an adventurous summer after checking in to make sure everything is healthy and ready for fun!
This year, take the time to freshen up the home for you and your pets. It will leave you both feeling rejuvenated and ready for this next season.