The Dog Owner’s Cleaning Checklist

The Dog Owner’s Cleaning Checklist

A dog might be man’s best friend, but a mucky pet is certainly no friend to a nice clean house.


Between the dog hair and muddy paw prints, it can be a challenge to keep your house looking the way you want as a pet owner. But don’t despair; with our guide to the germ hot spots, and these quick cleaning tricks, it’s possible to keep Fido’s mess to a minimum.

Go to the source

Start with the dog itself and make sure your friendly hound is squeaky clean. While the risk of catching an illness from a dog is very low, their fur can bring in a variety of bacteria, not to mention traipsing in mud, dirt and smells from outside. Give your pooch a bath once a month to ensure the great outdoors doesn’t become part of your lovely clean indoors. However, don’t wash your dog more than this as it can strip the hair of its natural oils. Use a flannel and bowl of warm water to spot clean if necessary, or dip their paws in water to clean after a walk.

Hairy affair

One of the biggest issues with pets is the hair they leave behind. While some breeds don’t shed, many will create hair tumbleweed that builds at an alarming rate. Regular grooming and brushing will limit the amount of hair that falls from your dog. Also, make sure they have a bed or blanket where they sleep to contain their shedding in one area (this needs to be shaken out and washed on its own regularly). Vacuum carpet with a specialist attachment and use a Swiffer to trap and lock pet hairs.

Accidents happen

Muddy paw prints, knocked over food bowls, not to mention the occasional toilet training mishap create mess. Use a multi-purpose cleaner designed to tackle all the cleaning problems created by the family pet.

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Food for thought

Did you know that research found that pet bowls are the fourth most germ-filled place in the home? Wash dog bowls daily with warm, soapy water and be sure to disinfect them thoroughly once a week.

A waft of fresh air

However clean your pet, sometimes that doggy smell in the house is inevitable. But before you banish him outside, use Febreze to get rid of pet smells from sofas, curtains and any soft furnishings.

Toying with germs

Switching continually between the floor and the dog’s mouth, your pet’s toys are a breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. If they are rubber or plastic, give them a wash in warm, soapy water and allow them to dry properly. Rope and cuddly toys can usually be disinfected with a tumble in the washing machine or, if suitable, wet and pop in the microwave for one minute.

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