A Dog Owner’s Guide to Keeping the House Clean on a Budget
Dogs can be a handful, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. However, it is inevitable that, as a dog owner, you will sometimes find yourself despairing at the state in which your furry friend leaves the house. Even the best-behaved dogs will unintentionally leave behind a trail of fur, dander, saliva, and, sometimes, other bodily fluids, all of which contribute to that classic “dog smell,” as well as being unhygienic.
Many pet owners are more than willing to put up with the hair, the smell, and the other little inconveniences that come with having a pet. In fact, over time, many dog owners don’t even notice it anymore. But what if you’re selling your home? You can bet that prospective buyers will see -- and smell -- your pup’s presence as soon as they walk through the door for an open house or private showing. Any real estate agent will tell you, that’s not the first impression you want to make.
There are a lot of expensive products on the market, from room deodorizers to shampoos and special chemicals, which promise to help solve this problem. However, these are unnecessary for a clean and fresh home. That said, some savvy shopping and the right budget-friendly products can do everything you need them to.
The reason for your dog’s distinctive smell is the perspiration they produce from their paws and hair follicles, as well as the oil that keeps their hair and skin healthy. For this reason, the best way to avoid smells is simply to clean the house regularly to get rid of these secretions.
When it comes to cleaning supplies, you don’t have to reach for the pricey stuff. More often than not, regular home cleaning supplies work just as well as anything marketed to dog owners. Stock up on your favorite budget-friendly brands by finding daily deals and savings from Amazon, weekly sales and coupons from Walmart, and special offers and deals from Target.
Pet Hair Removal
If you have a dog breed that sheds easily and frequently, you will know the pain of trying to keep all that pet hair under control. It’s easy to feel like nothing gets rid of it, especially on soft furnishings like couches and beds. While not letting your dog on the furnishings is an option, it’s one many owners do not wish to consider and which can also be very confusing for the dog if he’s previously been allowed to sit with the humans.
Instead, invest in a cheap pet hair removal glove, roller, or broom. A lot of these products are under $20 and do the job perfectly. If you have carpets, you may want to also buy a vacuum cleaner that can handle pet hair -- check out this list of the best ones on Wirecutter. You can save on this purchase by holding out for a sale or looking online for discounts and special offers.
If you want to keep your house clean, keep your dog clean. Many people take this literally and proceed to overwash their dogs. However, regular washing is unnecessary for dogs and can irritate their skin, causing it to flake and leading to more dander around the house. That said, a bath every three months or so is in order, both for basic hygiene and the dog’s health. Clean their paws about once a month, and make sure their bed and toys are also regularly washed.
As with cleaning products, dog grooming products can often be very pricey. You can achieve the same gentle washing effect with cheaper DIY options, such as these simple shampoo recipes that use basic home ingredients. Also, sign up for sites such as Honey to help you find cost-cutting offers that can keep you from spending a fortune.
Keeping a house in order with a dog can feel overly complicated, especially if you’re trying to sell your home while you still live in it. The reality is that you simply need to clean thoroughly and often. You don’t need specialist products or expensive grooming -- just the time and cleaning supplies to keep your surfaces free of dander, hair, and other traces. If this level of regular in-depth cleaning feels overwhelming to you, make sure the rest of the family are helping; after all, you all get to enjoy her presence and play with her, so you should all do your part to clean after her.
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