We all love our dogs, but they can make life dirty and picking up after them is a hassle. Their hair sticks to the couch and their odor lingers. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be difficult to have both dogs and a clean house. Learn how to have it all with this cleaning guide.


How to Clean Up After Dogs


Clean Up Dog Urine

Get to the urine as soon as possible. The longer it sits on the carpet, the harder it will be to remove the stain and the odor. Place paper towels over the urine and let it absorb as much urine as possible. Put on gloves and apply pressure to the paper towels for best results. After you’ve absorbed as much urine as possible, sanitize the area with a disinfectant.


Food and Water Bowls

This chore is one that too often gets neglected. Many people don’t think of cleaning their dog’s dishes, but it definitely needs to be done. If you feed your dog wet food, clean their bowl daily. If you feed them dry food, cleaning their bowl weekly will do.


Remove Pet Odor

Baking soda is great for soaking up unwanted odors. Simply sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the carpets and furniture. Let the baking soda sit overnight and vacuum up the next morning.


Remove Hair

Dog hair is one of the most stubborn things to remove from clothes and furniture. A great trick is to wear slightly wet rubber gloves. Pass your gloved hands over the surface and the hair will collect on the gloves. Rinse your gloves, toss the hair, and repeat until the hair is gone. Sticky lint rollers also work well for removing dog hair from furniture or clothing.

Of course, to keep things from getting out of control, groom your dog regularly.


Dirty Walls

Sometimes dogs like to rub up against the walls in your home. This marks the paint and dirties the walls. Try and train your dog to avoid the wall. If it does get rubbed on, wipe down the area to get rid of any dirt.


Love Dogs, Not Their Mess

Dogs make a great addition to any family, but their hair and smell can make you want to scream. You can use these tips to get control over the side effects of having pets. With these techniques, you can worry less and love your pets more.