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I’m a dog loving mom who likes a clean house. The joys of dog ownership, means that I’m dealing with dog hair on a daily basis. Let’s talk about everything you need to know about getting rid of dog hair.
The other day I woke up and decided I needed to get an early start on cleaning. It was not an everyday occurrence. If you know me, you know I despise cleaning!
But I can only avoid the vacuuming, scrubbing and mopping for so long before it starts to stress me out. There is nothing better than a clean house that smells good. Once I get started, I find I actually enjoy cleaning.
Here’s a Few Tips that Help to Keep Me Motivated in Getting Rid of Dog Hair
Focus on one area or room at a time – By finishing one room at a time I feel like I’m getting things accomplished. It makes moving onto the next room much easier. Plus, I feel like I’ve accomplished something as each room is done.
Cleaning Supplies – You want your house to smell like you’ve just gone to the spa and had the best smelling treatment ever! I love the smell of lavender so I’m always looking for these smelly good cleaning supplies.
After your done – Wine? Coffee? Chocolate? It’s time to pat yourself on the back and treat yourself. Take a deep breath, look around your clean home and pet those puppies.
My top 10 Favorite Cleaning Techniques to Get Rid of Dog Hair
Use an Automatic Carpet Cleaner
Carpets are not the best with dogs. Especially multiple dogs. It seems like the hair comes off the dogs and sticks to the carpet.
If you ever have a choice, choose hardwood, laminate or tile floors. Cleaning up after dogs is a breeze with these types of floors.
That being said I do have carpet in my bedrooms.
- For Carpets – I use a Robot Vacuum and let it run daily. However, once a week I like to use my Dyson vacuum and run it into every knock and cranny in every room. Together these two have made a huge difference in keeping the house clean and are my number one tip.
- Use a Squeegee – This great item isn’t just for cleaning mirrors and windows. It’s great on carpets and sofas, especially if there are dog hairs on the carpeting.
- The rubber on the Squeegee easily pulls up the stuck dog hair on the carpet. Plus, it’s fun to use.
- For hardwood, laminate or tile floors – The best floor cleaner ever is an automatic floor cleaner.
I highly recommend this one. It’s small enough to get close to the walls and edges while being small and simple to use.
You fill the tank with warm water, attach the cleaning pad and let it loose in the kitchen, bathrooms or wherever you have hardwood, laminate or tile floors. AMAZING!!!
Set it at night, go to bed and in the morning your floors will be clean. They won’t be sparkling clean, but they will be clean. If you hate mopping, then it’s definitely worth the price.
Deodorize Your Carpets and Furniture
One of the simpliest ways to keep your carpets smelling great is to use
Spread it on your fabrics and carpet, allowing it to set overnight.
In the morning, simply vacuum it and you’ll have fresh smelling carpets.
Washing Couch Cushions and Blankets to Get Rid of Dog Smells
The easiest way to get rid of dog smells in your couch cushions is to remove them and wash them in a mixture of laundry detergent and a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.
You’re couch cushions and blankets will come out smelling fresh and odor-free.
Furniture and Getting Rid of Dog Hair
Unless you’ve got leather furniture you’ve got dog hair on the couch. Sometimes I feel like couch is a giant trap just to collect dog hair!
My couches are fabric. They are supposed to be dog-friendly fabric, but at times I feel like they are a magnet to attract my dog’s hair.
To help with dog hair I like to keep blankets on the back of the couch and pout them down before my dogs get onto the couch. This way, it’s on the blanket and not the couch.
I also use the vacuum and do a quick once over with the furniture attachments. If I have stuck hair in the fabric, a lint roller does the trick.
Don’t Forget your Homes Air Filters
It’s recommended to change air filters once every 90 days, unless you have pets in the home.
With a pet in the home, the recommendation is to change the air filter every 45-60 days.
Changing your air filters often will help keep the air clean inside your house.
Be Sure to Feed Your Dog Omega-3.
Omega 3’s have a proven benefit for shedding dogs hair and skin. Omega’s improve the quality of the hair, making it softer and helps to prevent excessive shedding.
Studies have even shown that Omega-3 supplements benefits our pets with longer lives and increased cardiovascular health.
Omega-3’s contain essential fatty acids for dogs and cats which support skin and coat as well as immune and joints in our pets.
The Best Invention for Getting Rid of Dog Hair, Lint Rollers
Thank goodness for lint rollers. Afterall, who wants to leave the house covered in dog hair!
Lint rollers are just handy for all purposes. I keep them in my home right at the front door and in my car.
Not only are they great for clothing, but they work on a couch, carpet and even your car’s seats and carpeting.
The dog hair just sticks right to them. Lint rollers are cheap and handy. Keep them everywhere.
Don’t Have a Lint Roller? Use Tape
Plain and simple. Hair sticks to tape like glue! Take the tape, wrap it around your hand – sticky side up and start patting down that couch, carpet or seat.
Every time you make a sweep, you’ll find even more hair stuck to the tape.
Stop Dog Hair on Clothes
Use an anti-static spray on your clothes, furniture or car’s carpeting. Talk about ingenious!
It not only stops static electricity, it stops dog hair from sticking to your clothes, furniture and car.
Simply spray it over anything that attracts dog hair and your set.
Wipe Your Dogs Feet
Let’s face it, dogs have to go out to do their business. That means they are dragging in dog hair, dirt, leaves and since we live in Seattle there’s always dirt and mud.
Use door mats to help get rid of the larger pieces of stuff they can bring into your home. I keep a doormat on the outside of my door and a throw rug inside the door. These together catch a lof of dirt and debris just by walking on them.
Trim Your Dog’s Nails
Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will help in preventing scratches to furniture, beds, and blankets.
Trimming your dog’s nails will keep any hardwood floors from getting scratched or their nails caught in the carpeting.
Keep Stain Removers with Cleaning Supplies
Even the most perfect dog will have a tummy issue at some point. They will throw up or have an accident on your rugs.
Keeping a pet cleaner on hand so that you can take care of these accidents right away will help to prevent your carpets from staining. They help to keep your home clean and smelling good.
Keep Your Dogs Bedding Clean
Always buy a dog bed with a removable cover. Dog beds can stink! Let’s face it. They retain odors like nobody’s business.
By removing the covers and washing your dogs bed once a week, your house will avoid smelling like dog.
For dog beds whose cover can’t be removed, try leaving baking soda on the bed overnight to soak up those odors. Be sure to remove the baking soda before your dog lays back on it, otherwise you’ll have dog paws in white all over your house.
Bathing and Groom Your Dog Regularly
Bathing and brushing your dog regularly can help get rid of pet smells. It also helps to get rid of bacteria and dead skin cells which shed on your furniture and carpets.
Most breeds require a monthly bath. In between you can use a deodorizer and a good brushing will help to keep those doggie odors down.
Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier is the easiest and fastest way to make your home smell fresh.
For dog lovers, using an air purifier with a carbon filter helps to reduce odors.
Most air purifiers don’t require a lot of maintenance, with pets you’ll want to wash the filters on a regular basis. This keeps them free of dog hair and working for a long time to come.
Control Your Dogs Toys and Clutter
If you’re like my dog, you’ve got a thousand dog toys.
I like to keep them in cut baskets spread all around the house. Not only does this keep it neat and tidy, your dog will love the adventure of finding a new toy.
Once a month check your dogs toys for holes or wear and tear. Throw away any damaged toys.
If you’re dog isn’t playing with some toys, donate them to the local animal shelter. Most shelters have drop off donation bins at the shelter. They are always looking for toys, towels, and bedding.
Clean Your Dogs Water Bowls and Eating Area
Cleaning your dogs water and food bowls on a daily basis will go a long way to keeping your house clean. They can get pretty gross.
If you’re dogs bowls are sitting on the floor, simply putting a throw rug under the dog bowls will help to reduce dirt or spilled food. Wash the rugs once a week and you won’t have any dog odors.
Once a week wipe down the walls and floors around their eating area. You’d be amazed at just how dirty this area can get.
It’s a Lot of Work
Keeping up with our pets sounds like a lot of work, but if you have a plan and keep at it, you’ll have the freshest smelling house on the block.
What are your favorite tips for keeping your house clean?
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