Keep It Clean
Your fury family member brings a lot of joy to the home, but with that comes pet hair clinging to furniture and lingering smells. Unfortunately for you, they won’t be cleaning up after themselves. To maintain a happy and clean house, keep these supplies on hand.
Chom Chom Roller
A lint roller is fine for a quick swipe to clean pet fur off your clothes or couch, but you’ll quickly go through the entire roll if you rely on it for a thorough cleaning. For a long-term solution, the Chom Chom Roller is your best bet. The roller captures the hair inside a chamber for mess-free cleaning that can be used over and over again. Available from Amazon; $24.95.
Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator
The Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator tackles two pet problems at once. First, the baking soda deodorizes funky smells embedded in the carpet. At the same time, the vacuum booster added to the formula helps lift up hair and dirt that’s deep in the carpet. Available from Target; $1.99.
Your pet shedding around the house is inevitable, but there are steps to keeping the falling fur to a minimum. The FURminator deShedding tool removes loose under hair from your cat or dog before the fur can cover the rug or furniture. For cats, it not only gives you a jump ahead on the shedding but it also reduces hairball formation since less hairs are consumed during self-grooming. The deShedding tool has different models for animal type, size, and hair length. Available from Amazon; $31.95.
Cats and dogs love to check out the neighborhood action from the window—another part of the home where they stake their claim with their hair. To get rid of the fur from the curtains, take a clean, dry sponge and rub it all over. The fur should stick to the sponge, which you can clean off or, if it’s a major mess, ditch in the trash. You can use the same technique to clean low-pile rugs. Available from Target; $5.49 for a six-pack.
When you’re taking Sparky along for the road trip you want to keep the backseat clean just as you would your home. This dog hammock covers the seats, protecting them from shedding, accidents, and scratching. Once you return from the trip, you can toss it in the wash for quick cleaning. Available from Amazon; $30.99.
Your pet contributes to more messes than just falling hair and the occasional smells. Heavy bags of pet food clutter the pantry and, if not sealed properly, can topple over resulting in spills. Keep things neat and organized with these airtight pet food containers. The larger bin is positioned on wheels for easy maneuvering, and has a snap-tight latch that ensures the lid is sealed while also blocking out moisture, humidity, and pests. The smaller, perfect for treats, easily stacks on top. And thanks to the translucent bodies you can easily keep tabs on when you need to restock. Available on Amazon; $24.49.
Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner
Long Handle Squeegee
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
Made with pets in mind, the BISSEL Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum easily cleans up hair and dirt around the house and in the car. Its specialized rubber nozzle pulls and removes hair, fur, and debris from upholstery, stairs, car interiors, and more. And with its 16-foot wire and lightweight size, you can effortlessly bring this from room to room without any hassle. Available on Amazon; $36.99.
Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Eliminator
Accidents happen, but understanding that doesn’t make the stain and odor from a cat mess go away on its own. Luckily, Nature's Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator can clear things up in as little as 15 minutes. The bacteria-based formula produces enzymes when in contact with the mess, which eliminates the harsh smell and discourages your cat from coming back to the spot to repeat their mistake. Available from Amazon; $5.04.
Having a pet is wonderful, until allergens from their hair and fur starts blowing around the house making you cough and sneeze. Improve the air quality inside your home with an air purifier, like the Germ Guardian AC4825 Air Purifier. The 4-in-1 purifier has a pre-filter and charcoal filter that captures large particles and eliminates odors even before anything reaches the True HEPA filter, which reduces up to 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, pet dander, and other germs. Available on Amazon; $89.99.
Before you judge this silly suit, know it might be the solution for some of your doggo problems. The Shed Defender is a lightweight onesie that contains shedding hair and fur, reduces anxiety, and replaces the dreaded medical cone. The snug fit applies gentle pressure for a calming effect (ideal during thunderstorms and fireworks), and protects them from ticks, wounds, and infections. But don’t worry, your dog won’t feel constrained; there’s plenty of stretch for running around and playing in. Your pup might look at you like you’re a little crazy for zipping it on them the first time around, but it will be well worth it for you and them in the long run. Available from Amazon; prices vary based on pet size.
You won't see a hairball or smell a thing with these pet accessories.
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