Dog owners can expect to do a bit more spring cleaning than those without dogs in the home. If you have a dog or two, or even more I am sure you know what I mean. Whether it’s the need to clean the furniture or even clean out the car, you will have a few extra chores on your list. Even though most of us keep up on the day to day, the hair and dirt can get places that might not be on the daily cleaning list. The good news is the love those fur babies provide makes the extra cleaning more than worth it. Here are just a few spring cleaning tips for dog owners.
Check Food and Treats
This is a great time to go through your pantry and clean out any expired or questionable dog food and treats. For example, if you’re not sure how old some treats are, and they don’t have a date, toss them. As you put things back in the pantry, make sure to put the older items in the front so they get used up before they go bad. I like only buying what I know I will go thru every month. I get a PawBox from PawTree and can pick what I want monthly, and edit at any time and also skip months if my dog isn’t eating them fast enough.
Clean the Kibble Container and Dining Area
One mistake people make is to just keep filling the kibble container. Instead, take the time to wash out the container after you scoop out the last serving. Dry kibble is often greasy and this grease can go rancid. Also, there are certain bugs that love the dog food and if you don’t take time to inspect and clean containers you might be home to some new “pets” pests, you don’t want. Be sure to wash the scoop and container with hot, soapy water. This is also a great time to wash bowls and food mats. Using those bowls that are a keep fill thing should be cleaned more than once a year though, so do check these regularly.
Wash Beds and Blankets
Chances are you wash your dog’s blankets often, but how often do you wash the bed? Take the time during spring cleaning to look at the instructions and wash as directed. If your dog has any type of skin allergies, be sure to use a detergent for bedding that is allergen-free. I love MyGreenFill because it is not only safe for everyone in my home, but also earth friendly.
Purge Old Toys and Questionable Chews
Just like with children, spring cleaning is a great time to purge toys. Look through each toy and toss any that look questionable. It might be a stuffed animal whose head is handing by a thread or a dental chew that has been chewed on for a few weeks. Not only can damaged toys hurt your pet, but chews can become covered in bacteria that can also be harmful. If you have any toys that are treat fillable keep them clean after each use, but this is also a good time to double check them and wash them good.
Vacuum the Furniture and Under It Thoroughly
If your furniture stinks, it’s probably because there is a lot of pet hair clinging to it. Take the time to thoroughly vacuum all the furniture. Take the cushions off after vacuuming and vacuum in the cracks. Also be sure to vacuum under the furniture. I do my furniture about once a month, but not deep down so my yearly thing is to even pull away from the wall and vacuum the back side. It’s amazing how dusty/dirty the back can get.
Shampoo the Carpet, Rugs, and Upholstery
This is also a good time to break out the carpet shampooer and clean the carpets, rugs, and upholstery. If you don’t want to do this yourself, you can hire someone to the job professionally. Be sure to look for any sales where you can get some rooms cleaned for free. Or, you can do like I did and invest in a Bissell Crosswave. OH MY.. I love this thing. Vacuum and shampoo at the same time. I have hard floors, and carpet/area rugs and it does it all. Love it!!
Get Your Car Cleaned
Last, but not least, take your car and get it cleaned inside and out. You may even want to pay extra to have the seats and floorboards shampooed. It just depends on how dirty your dog gets. I have a local shop that does a pretty good job and can do my whole car inside and out for under $20. They might not get it uber uber clean, but it’s cheap and I don’t have time to do it.
Having a dog or dogs in the home can increase the amount of work you need to do for spring cleaning, but isn’t it worth it? If one can keep up on the smaller stuff thru the year it makes the spring cleaning not so overwhelming.
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GIVAWAY IS OVER
Because spring is upon us, I thought a fun “DOG” related giveaway was in order. Enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Shop with Poika to spend on anything your doggie desires. ( or kitty ). And, get a surprise doggie box shipped to you directly from Living Smart Girl, valued at $50. So, this is a total of a $75 Doggie Fun Giveway.
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