Even though pets bring such joy to our lives, they can bring a few negative aspects to your home. The dander, pet hair, and odor that comes along with the wonderful life of owning a pet can sometimes be a real downer—especially in your home.
Especially if you have more than one pet in your home, you might have already gotten used to the odor or the air. However, having an odor-free and clean home can make such a difference in your health and everyday life.
To help you keep a pet-friendly home clean and odor free, we at PetHairPatrol have gathered a few excellent tips for you.
Here we go:
Keep your pet clean first
For a clean home, you’ll need clean family—which also means your pet. To help keep your pet clean and maintain quality grooming and healthy hygiene practices, you should comb your cat’s fur or brush your dog’s coat on a daily basis. This sort of daily habit can help reduce the amount of pet hair and dander in the air—especially when shedding is much higher in the summer season. This isn’t just highly beneficial for your home, it is also a wonderful bonding experience with your pet and a special time you can sit down and enjoy their company.
Buy a pet vacuum
Of course, vacuuming on a regular basis can also be extremely beneficial with an old-fashioned vacuum. However, a pet vacuum is specifically designed to target, spot, and suck up the extra pet hair in your home—whether it’s on the floor, stuck on the edges of the carpet or on the couch and furniture. Pet vacuums can also come in a handheld model, which is perfect for a more delicate job or hard to reach areas.
Buy an air purifier
An air purifier can provide amazing benefits to you and your home—not just clean the air of pet odors, dander, and hair. In general, an air purifier will help improve the indoor air quality of your home, which can help you and your family lead much healthier lives. It eliminates certain molecules in the air that can get you sick, can trigger an asthma attack, and even cause lung cancer. If someone in your family also has allergies, an air purifier can be highly beneficial in your home.
Strategically place your cat’s litter box
The location of your cat’s litter box can make a huge difference in not only the way your home smells but also the issues that they may cause in the air. Especially if your cat likes to track litter outside of the box, the area surrounding the box can take a beating. Placing the litter box on hard floorings like tile and wood can make it much easier to clean and sanitize than softer floors like carpet. Being able to clean the surrounding floor can make it much easier to eliminate those odors that are often associated with the litter box.
The location of the litter box can also make a difference because no matter how high-functioning the box is, it most likely will emit smells. Having it hidden away in a spare bathroom or bathtub, away from the main parts of the home can definitely help keep the smells away and keep your home odor-free.
Get your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year
Especially if you don’t believe in hardwood floors—or if even just a part of your home is covered in carpet, having your carpet professionally cleaned can make such a huge difference in the cleanliness of your home. Your vacuum—no matter how top-of-the-line it is—can only reach so deep into your carpet. There is still going to be dirt and hair trapped underneath the fibers of the carpet, which can then be cleaned by a professional. Especially if your pet has had an accident in the past year, your carpet truly might never be completely clean. If you can, definitely budget a carpet cleaning experience for your home at the end of the year.
Keeping a clean, odor-free home, even with a pet (or four) isn’t as difficult as you may think. With these simple tips and a handful of investments, you can ensure that your family lives in a clean, fresh, odor-free home. No matter how many pets you may have, these tips can definitely make an improvement in your home’s cleanliness.
About the Author
“Matt is the founder of PetHairPatrol. He lives in New York with his two golden retrievers: Ben and Jerry. Once he opened a carton of yogurt, and immediately there was a dog hair inside. That’s when he decided to find the best ways to get rid of pet hair and start a website to share his knowledge. He has researched and reviewed hundreds of products that help you keep your home clean – even when you have furry roomies. He loves running and Italian pizza. He hates pigeons. And obviously, pet hair!”