Home is where the heart is. And the cat. And the dog. And all the wonderful messes they make.
Having a pet in your household means that, in between all those kisses and cuddles, you are more than likely cleaning up after them. Whether they are shedding or tracking dirt in the house, your four-legged best friend makes for a non-stop cleaning schedule.
Still, your household chores don’t necessarily need to be a pain when you have efficient and helpful supplies.
Here are ten of our favorite pet-friendly cleaning products to add to your shopping list:
A Quiet Vacuum Cleaner
Cats and dogs may not agree on everything, but there’s one constant in all of their lives: they really, truly hate the vacuum cleaner. Alas, the fur they leave all over our houses makes vacuuming a necessary evil. Thankfully, there are quiet vacuum cleaners (no, really), like the Hoover Commercial CH50400 Hush Tone Lite Upright Vacuum. At long last, a peace treaty between pets and vacuums.
A Steam Mop
If you’re not vacuuming up your pet’s dirt and fur, then there’s a good chance you’re mopping it up instead. The Bissell 19404 PowerFresh Pet Steam Mop is made to clean up after cats and dogs, not only picking up dirt and hair in oft-hard-to-scrub spots, but also cleaning up 99.9% of the germs and bacteria your pet also leaves behind.
A Pet Stain Remover
Pets are one of the greatest joys in life. They also happen to have accidents and make messes and sometimes smell. It’s no matter when those minor unpleasantries happen, however, when you you’ve got something like Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover in your cabinet. A favorite among pet parents, it’s effective and it doesn’t hurt the environment.
A Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Nobody likes cleaning the litter box, and we mean nobody. Mercifully, the typically-smelly chore can now take care of itself with the PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box. The self-cleaning litter box ensures you don’t have to scoop or refill thanks to the covered trap, leak-proof tray and crystal litter.
A Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray
You shouldn’t have to worry about the health and safety of your pet when you’re doing those weekend chores like cleaning your windows or the bottom of your tub. That’s why the green tea and lime-scented Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is a lifesaver. The cleaner not only is chemical free, biodegradable, and non toxic, but it can be used on any and all surfaces you and your pet use everyday.
A Pet-Friendly Laundry Detergent
When you have a pet, doing the laundry is as much a part of your routine as morning kibble and evening walks. That’s why having a detergent that won’t irritate their skin and coat is essential. The coconut lime-scented ATTITUDE Natural Pet Laundry Detergent erases any mess your pets may have gotten on your clothes or bedding, while keeping them clean and healthy, too.
A Toilet Bowl Ring Remover
Any good pet parent knows that cats and dogs should be nowhere near the toilet bowl, but sometimes life happens. You can ensure your pet’s safety by using cleaning products that won’t harm them, including the Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover, which is a natural pumice that is safe for cats and dogs alike.
An Odor Neutralizer
Air fresheners can often have chemicals that can harm your pets, and don’t even think about lighting a candle around something with a tail and a tendency to jump around. Cue the Shibui Bamboo Activated Charcoal Odor Neutralizer, which not only is free of chemicals and toxins but can be used in your home and your car. Plus, the makers of the product boast that it lasts two years (if only all cleaning needed to be done every two years).
A Swiffer… For Pets!
If you have any kind of hard-surface floors, be it in your kitchen, bathroom, or throughout your home, you’ve definitely Swiffered (that’s right, it’s a verb now). Luckily, there are now pet-focused dry Swiffer cloths aimed at picking up cat and dog hair and dander.
Last But Not Least, Pet Wipes
You finally accomplished your cleaning for the week, when all of a sudden your puppy comes in with dirty paws or your kitty has a particularly smelly butt. Your efforts won’t go to waste with hypoallergenic Pogi’s Grooming Wipes, allowing you to clean off your pet without having to put them in the bath or having to re-clean your couch, floors or bed.
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