Keeping a Tidy, Fresh Home with Pets

Because I live in New York City, I’m used to finding creative ways to make the most of the space I have in my apartment. This is especially important when any bit of clutter or disarray can make a small apartment feel even smaller. However, it can be difficult to keep everything in order if you have pets like I do. Don’t get me wrong – I love my critters! I’ve got a full house with two cats, Henwin and Miss Kitty, a precocious Chihuahua, Baloo, and now Softy, a rescued pigeon, but I don’t always love when I find little “surprises” around the house or cleaning hair off the furniture before having guests.

But, I’ve found simple ways to keep my space tidy while still letting the furry members of my family have free rein of the apartment. Check out some easy tips below that you can use, whether you’re an apartment dweller like me or a homeowner, to help eliminate any messes your pet may leave behind.

  • You can cut down on the amount of hair your pet sheds by brushing their fur daily. This will get rid of any loose hair that would otherwise end up on your furniture or floor.
  • Pet odors can get trapped in carpets. Between regular carpet cleanings, use Febreze™ Carpet Deodorizing Powder in Extra Strength Pet Odor Eliminator. Just sprinkle the powder on carpets, wait for a few minutes and vacuum as usual. Not only does the powder clean up to 3X better than vacuuming alone, but it also leaves behind a light, fresh scent.
  • Bored pets have a habit of getting into places where they shouldn’t, so make sure your pet has toys and activities to keep him occupied and out of your things.
  • You can remove hard-to-reach hair on furniture with a pair of rubber gloves. Put on the gloves and dampen them under warm water. Then, run your hands across the area. The hair will cling to the gloves, eliminating it with one swipe of the hand.
  • Dogs can track in a lot of dirt after playing outside, so place mats at all entryways to catch loose dirt right away.
  • If your pet has an accident, prevent discoloration in your carpet by preparing a vinegar rinse. Carpet clean the area first, then mix one part white vinegar to three parts water and apply it to the area. Finish by carpet cleaning the spot again.
  • If your cat’s kitty litter is causing a problem, mix dried tea leaves into it. The tea leaves will neutralize the odor. Also, always have fresh kitty litter on hand. If the litter gets too dirty, your cat may start leaving you little “presents” around the house

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*Cleaning results based upon measurements of color reflectance and brightness of carpet fibers