I am often told that upon entering my home, nothing is "as expected." That is, there's minimal animal hair... Where's the smell?
Well unplug your nose, wipe those animal hairs off your clothes and jump on the kibble clean train of organization and order for your multi-animal home and/or shelter with these money saving tips and le yum ideas! (My secrets revealed... shshhhhhhhh...)
1. VINEGAR! I could almost devote an entire blog to vinegar because of its many uses--It's FABULOUS! When cleaning your bunny litter boxes and your cat litter box, vinegar should be at your right hand. A few spritz of vinegar and a rinse with warm water and the smells simply vanish! You are left with a litter box that is clean and sanitized and no chemicals that will harm your furry friends. Clean often too! Animals don't smell--Their owners do! A cat litter box should be scooped out every day and cleaned thoroughly once a week. Bun boxes should be cleaned every day to every other day with fresh hay grass added to every litter box change. Clean up the poopies in your yard left by your doggie friends--After all, no one likes to "step in it".
2. Groom your pet(s)! You have animals--they create fallen hair, skin and dander just like humans. We bathe, brush and primp--Your animals need it too! Invest in nail scissors or take them to the vet for nail clippings if you're uncomfortable doing it yourself. A good slicker is the answer for cat and rabbit hair. It removes loose hair and gives your animals a mini-massage they'll love! Be careful using a slicker, though--do your research on how to use one so you don't hurt your animals' skin. A good wire brush is the answer for long haired dogs and a short bristle brush works great on short haired dogs. Again, do your research on proper usage!
3. Invest in "animal oriented" cleaning items for your home and use them often! The Animal Dyson is AWESOME and has some really neat attachments for optimal animal hair "pick up". The disposible pet hair pick up by Pledge is really GREAT for sofas, chairs and any fabric covered piece of furniture! Plant based/eco-friendly cleaners for carpet and wood are a wonderful way to keep things tidy and non-harmful to your fury friends that like to lounge on the floors for hours and hours--After all, they're sleepy--They work hard! :-)
4. Take 'um to the vet! Yep, you need to get your animals regular vet visits for teeth cleaning (dogs in particular on this one), yearly shots (dogs and cats) and general wellness exams to make sure your animals are kept in "top notch" shape. You need to spay and/or neuter! I know you're asking, what does this have to do with a clean animal home?? Well, it's simple. Unhealthy animals can contribute to more urine spots on carpet... They can shed more if they are sickly... Unaltered animals DO have a scent about them... And HELLO, you love your animals... You want them to be as healthy and happy as possible and contribute to the health and wellness of your home!
5. Roller brushes! Oh yeah! They are an animal lovers best friend! Normally an animal lover would shy away from wearing black or any dark color for fear of animal hair covering them so obviously. Never fear, my fellow fur collectors! The roller brushes with disposible tear off sheets kept in various parts of your house will keep you looking fresh and knock off evidence of any last minute animal hugs before you walk out the door. And your house guests will LOVE that gesture as well, making them more comfortable with wearing their savy black clothes in your animal friendly house.