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Budget friendly cleaning tips for dog friendly homes

Does your family include a canine? Dogs are amazing companions, always ready to offer a listening ear and their loving support. However, if you’re a dog owner, it doesn’t take long to notice your furry friend also brings other things to your household. Here’s how to deal with those miscellaneous incidentals so you can keep your home as clean as a whistle.  

Dogs can be full of hilarious antics, but sometimes those shenanigans lead to a serious cleanup. There is nothing like not having a cleaning product handy when your pup makes a mess. For those moments when a plant is knocked over, your plate became fair game, or Fido dipped into the garbage, the last thing you’ll want to do is need to run to the store. Instead, assemble a handful of cleaning supplies and set up an organized caddy so you can make those messes disappear in a flash. Be sure to stock your caddy with pet-safe products. You can make your purchases through websites like Amazon, and to ease the expense, look for an online Amazon coupon code or check into the retailer’s daily deals.

Every now and then, it happens to the best of dogs. He gets a little too excited, plays a little too long, or simply has an upset tummy. Depending on the nature of the accident, you can create your own urine deodorizer by blending white vinegar with water. The vinegar will help neutralize the odor, won’t damage your carpet, and will save you money over hiring a pro. For substantial urine odor or other issues like vomit or feces, keep an enzymatic cleaning product on hand designed to breakdown biological material. You can find this sort of cleanser from pet retailers like Chewy. To stretch your dollars, they Chewy offers a discount on products when you schedule automatic shipments, and you save 30 percent on the first order.

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Most dogs shed, and some dogs shed substantially. If your pooch is a shedder, there are a couple of management techniques you can use to help reduce the amount of hair flying through your home. Shedding can be a sign that your dog needs better nutrition or has a sensitivity, so start by feeding a high-quality dog food. Better dog foods tend to be more concentrated and have better quality ingredients, and therefore appear to have heftier price tags, but bear in mind you won’t need to feed as much. Your pooch can be also healthier, leading to less shedding as a result. On top of that, you can enjoy the convenience of ordering online through stores like Petflow, and they’ll give you free shipping when you spend $49.

Routine grooming can also work wonders to reduce shedding since it encourages a healthier coat and removes loose hair and dander. When it comes to purchasing grooming supplies, PetSmart has everything from shampoos to clippers and brushes. Their current sales give you the most bang for your buck, and if you order online and then pick up in the store, you can save an additional 5 percent. Take the money you save and snag Fido a new toy while you’re at it!

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Once you cover those bases, you still need to clean up whatever hair your dog sheds. The important thing is to get a vacuum that works well on pet hair. You can read reviews to help you decide what is best for your situation. Keep in mind you can often find deals through manufacturers like Shark. Just take a peek at their current offers, and bear in mind they include free shipping and handling.

Keeping up with your dog’s messes isn’t nearly as much fun as enjoying his antics. Thankfully, with some convenient tools and budget-friendly ideas, you can control those incidentals without spending much time, energy, or money. With just a few clever strategies, you can devote more time to playing with your pooch!

Thanks to author Cindy Aldridge for her contribution to this month's blog post.