Living With A Pet: How To Keep Your Home Clean Naturally

by Z Living Staff

You love your pet baby—and so do we. But you can’t deny the fact that parenting a pet can be challenging, and it isn’t pretty when your little ball of fur leaves fur all around the house. Looking after your animal companion, cleaning up their mess and keeping your home germ-free and fresh requires a fair amount of effort on your part.

With these practical tips, you can be sure to maintain good hygiene levels as you share your home with the pet. Since they tend to lick anything and everything in your house, we recommend using only natural, chemical-free cleaning methods.

Cleaning Pet Hair

  • One way to stop your pet from shedding hair all over the house is to regularly brush your pet’s fur and discard the loose strands wherever you spot them. Some guests and visitors might be allergic to it, so always keep the home free of the fur.
  • You can also use gloves or sponge for the cleanup job, as they attract hair like a magnet.
  • While most of you might prefer doing the task with the help of a vacuum cleaner, it is not a good choice as the hair might end up clogging the motor.

Cleaning Stains

Even though stool/urine stains fade away eventually, it is very important to treat them right then and there, as they leave many germs on the surface which could lead to health concerns. However, it is necessary to use non-toxic cleaners, as mentioned above.

Why not prepare your own natural homemade cleaners? Explore these options:

  • Mix a cup of baking soda, and 10 drops each of grapefruit and ginger essential oils. Sprinkle it on the carpet and wait for an hour, until it soaks up all the impurities. Dust off, or vacuum the surface as usual. All that will be left behind is a lovely fragrance.
  • Cover the stain with a cloth and sprinkle a handful of baking powder over it. Now mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and pour it over the cloth. Leave this for 15 to 20 minutes. Now scrub the stain slowly and later vacuum the surface thoroughly.
  • Mix a teaspoon of vinegar with regular detergent and warm water, and apply it to the spot. The stain will fade, leaving the surface germ-free.
  • Mix seven tablespoons of brown sugar and one and a half cups of lemon and orange peels/scraps in one-liter water. Fill this mixture in a clear container (not air tight) and keep it away for 2-3 months. Use this mixture to clean stain and surfaces germ-free and enjoy its refreshing citrusy smell.

Cleaning Your Pet

Bathing your pet regularly is a sure-fire way to keep him/her clean and fresh.

Here are other sanitary measures you can take for their health and hygiene:

  • To keep your pet odor-free, add a few drops of vinegar in his or her bathing water.
  • Sometimes, even the cleanest of dogs are prone to ticks and fleas. These little pests lodge themselves in the dog’s coat and irritate them. For a quick fix, just mix some apple cider vinegar with warm water, and apply it to your pet’s fur regularly. This will not only get rid of existing pests, it will also keep them from coming back.
  • If your doggie has bad breath, brush their teeth regularly and keep them well hydrated. Give them sturdy toys to chew on, which will help clean their teeth naturally.
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