It isn’t easy to get rid of pet hair and dander when you have pets. Keep the living spaces tidy with less effort. Here are five practical cleaning tips for pet owners.

Add Baking Soda to the Laundry

Use baking soda when cleaning pet bedding. If purchasing a pet bed, choose one with a removable cover to make cleaning easy. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for laundering the bedding, but many covers can be machine washed. Using detergent to wash your pet bedding helps the bed smell fresh, but baking soda also removes stains and odors. Baking soda naturally neutralizes odors and acts as an effective anti-bacterial agent. Add a cup of baking soda to the wash when cleaning pet bedding.

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners: Use a Lint Roller

As a pet owner, a must-have piece of cleaning equipment is the lint roller. It effectively picks up pet hair from the carpet and other surfaces around your home. Lint rollers are affordable, convenient, and clean a surface thoroughly in a short time. After vacuuming, use a lint roller to pick stray pet hair that wasn’t collected by the vacuum.

Thoroughly Clean Pet Toys and Collars

Because collars and toys are used daily, they quickly get dirty. Regularly clean them. It is easier to clean plastic pet items in the dishwasher. For fabric collars and toys, soak in dog shampoo and hot water for an effective and deep clean.

Fill a bowl with hot water, add dog shampoo, and soak the toys and collars. Let them sit for a while before cleaning them. Then rinse the pieces with cold water and let them air out to dry. Frequently cleaning toys and collars keeps your home smelling fresh.

Use Enzymes to Get Rid of Pet Stains

No matter the pet, accidents can happen. Enzyme products are effective for getting rid of pet stains. Blot or spray the enzyme on the stain. These products contain harmless bacteria to break down the organic matter that causes the stain and odor. Enzyme cleaners will keep your carpets and rugs spotless.

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners: Regular Grooming

Grooming a pet reduces the hair and dander that the animal sheds. Regularly bathe your dog. Cover the drain with a hair catcher to avoid fur clogging the drainage. Use a bathmat to prevent your pet from slipping around in the tub.

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