Spring cleaning when you have pets

Away from the excitement of warmer weather and more outdoor activities; Spring is also a time where we want to “Spring Clean”  our homes and be rid of all the accumulated winter clutter. Like us, our pets need cleaner and healthier spaces before they can thoroughly ‘spring into spring’. In this article we tell you what aspects of spring cleaning to focus on if you are a pet parent.

As pet parents, our biggest worry when spring cleaning is often related to how we can get rid of the smell left behind by our pets. Before delving into how to successfully get rid of dog pee on the carpet or where to buy the best enzymatic cleaner for dog urine, we need to discuss how to spring clean for your pets and help them benefit from your new and cleaner ways.

Cleaning your pets’ feeding bowls

Imagine the agony of having to eat from the same dirty dish EVERY DAY! Disgusting right? Your pets feel the same way. Cleaning your pets’ feeding- and water bowls ios essential. 

Your pets’ bowls store some of the most harmful bacteria and with regular cleaning, you can ensure that your pets are protected against these pathogens. 

To clean their feeding bowls, wash with warm water and a mild detergent. You can either hand wash your pet’s bowls or place them in the dishwasher alongside your own. Do not add bleach (even in small amounts) when cleaning their feeding bowls. Cats and dogs have been known to show mild- to severe reactions to bleach.  

Cleaning your pets’ bed and blankets

It’s important to wash your pets’ bedding at least once a week. When playing and going on about their outdoor business, your pets gather a lot of dirt and bacteria which gradually accumulates where they usually sit and definitely where they sleep.

Cleaning your pets’ bed is easier if it has a slip-off cover, you can simply hand wash it or place it in a washing machine with cold water and mild soap. It is important to use pet-friendly soap and – detergent so that you do not irritate your pets’ skin.

For those beds and cushions that do not have slip-off covers, products such as the   Pet Patrol Fabric Deodoriser and the Pet Patrol Cat Urine Odour Eliminator are good at removing bacteria and bad odour from pet bedding.

Cleaning their Litter Space

Where your pet does their business, is one of the most important places to kickstart your spring cleaning process. As opposed to cats, dogs are not commonly known to make use of a litter box so it is often difficult to tell where to start searching for their waste and urine, especially if they are untrained. These Simple Solution Original Training Pads are perfect for teaching your dogs where to do their business so that you can later better manage and clean their litter spaces.

Cats, on the other hand, will religiously use their litter boxes or designated waste spots and it is important that your pets’ waste area is kept as clean as possible. Regularly replace the litter in the litter box. To do this, throw the old, used litter out, wash and disinfect the litter box, let it dry thoroughly then pour in new litter to the desired amount. 

If you make use of air purifiers to get rid of the smell that is left behind by your pets’ waste, make sure to regularly replace these too.

Cleaning their Clothing and Accessories

We regularly groom our pets but we forget to regularly wash their clothing and accessories, such as their leads, collars and harnesses. When you forget to wash your pets’ clothing and accessories, you may as well have forgotten to groom them. 

As they go about their daily activities, your pets’ clothing and accessories accumulate a lot of dirt and this can lead to your pet getting sick or developing skin conditions as a reaction to the dirt and germs that they are exposed to. 

Be sure to regularly wash your pets’ clothing and accessories using cold or warm water and a mild detergent. You can also use your pets’ shampoo as a detergent to wash their clothes with.

Cleaning your pets’ Toys

Your pets’ toys are a hub for bacteria, yeast and mould. Without thorough cleaning, your pets’ toys could easily be the top reason why your pet is constantly getting sick. It is important to take extra care of your pets’ teething and chewing toys as the bacteria carried by these toys can be harmful to them when they ingest it. 

The best and most effective way to disinfect your pets’ toys is with a warm water and vinegar solution. The vinegar will kill the germs and bacteria and you need not worry about harming your pets with disinfectant chemicals such as bleach. Rubbery toys can be placed in the dishwasher, while fabric toys can be hand washed or placed in the washing machine for easy cleaning. 

Making your house extra clean and pet-friendly is beneficial for your pets’ health and also goes a long way in protecting you from pathogens that can affect you too. Head over to Pet Hero and explore more of our Spring Cleaning for pets essentials.

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