People love their dogs. But as anyone who has lived with them will know, they make a tremendous mess. Dogs have no concept of order. For them, every room is the same, whether strewn with toys or right out of an interior décor magazine.
The good news is this: you can clean up after your dog. Check out the following tips:
Put Dog Food In Large, Reusable Containers
Having pouches and tins lying around all over the place isn’t ideal. But that’s what you get when you feed dogs individual portions. You’re constantly doing the recycling.
That’s why savvy owners buy dog food in bulk and then keep it in large plastic, food-safe containers. Just go to your local pet or animal feed store and ask for a sack of dog kibble. Undo the top and then place it in an airtight box. The more boxes you have, the fresher the food will be, so you don’t want to take it too far.
Get Aerated Bowls
Constantly having to refill your dog’s water bowl gets a little tiring after a while. But you have to do it because of the risk of it going stagnant and poisoning your pooch.
Fortunately, you can now buy aerated bowls which eliminates this chore. Just refill them at the sink and then allow them to pump air bubbles through the water, keeping it fresher for longer.
Put A Hair Filter Over Your Bathroom Drains
You’ll also want to put a hair filter over your bathroom drains if you use them to bathe your pooch. Hair filters stop the pipework from getting clogged up with fur.
If you notice your drains are starting to get clogged or smell, try adding a quarter cup of baking soda to them followed by a half cup of vinegar. As the two ingredients foam up, they help to clear the drain.
Use Pup Placemats
People have pup placemats, and dogs should, too. These stop water and food from their bowls from landing all over the floor.
Most brands now make pup placemats that look like regular door mats so, hopefully, they won’t clash with your decor.
Buy A Silicone Brush
If you’re feeling a little exasperated with all the pet fur on your sofas and carpets, invest in a silicone brush. Unlike convention brushes, these grab onto dog hairs, letting you sweep them up quickly.
If you can’t find a silicone brush, you can actually do something quite similar with a conventional rubber glove.
Add Beautiful Scents
Even if pet waste removal prices are low in your area, dogs still leave a lingering smell. And, for many people, it’s not exactly pleasant.
The good news is that there are now many products on the market that can neutralize dog odor and replace it with sweet, pleasant scents.
Add Baking Soda To Your Laundry
If you have a lot of dog laundry and it smells really bad, try adding a cup of baking soda to the next load. Baking soda contains chemicals that attach to odor particles, helping to reduce and eliminate them more than conventional detergent. What’s more, baking soda is safe for the environment and it helps to keep your whites looking white.
Reuse Your Old Garbage Bags
Just one regular garbage bag can potentially provide enough material for a fortnight of poop scooping. And while they are single-use, they are a great backup to have around when your dog needs to poop.
You can cut garbage bags into sections and then use them to pick up poop and put it in the waste receptacle. You can also buy specialist trowels, though you will need to remember to wash them when you get home.
Add A Dog Cubby To Your Home
You’ll also want to make sure that your home has some sort of dog storage area for all their possessions. Leads, collars, poop bags, nail clippers, paw wipes, and toys can all take up a lot of space in your home. You don’t want them lying around when you are trying to enjoy your home environment.
Cleaning up after your dog is always going to be a bit of a chore. But if you can get it right with these simply measures, it becomes infinitely more manageable. In other words, dogs don’t have to take up all your time.
What’s more, many of the ideas in this list article are environmentally friendly. They’re sustainable, making them a great option for dog owners. Remember, dog’s don’t have to be filthy.