It’s no secret that I live a pretty busy lifestyle, but despite being busy, I have high expectations for the state of our home looking like it is straight out of a catalog. I take pride in having a home that is clean.
Confession: I am a germ freak and OCD when it comes to a clean home. Our house has dark-colored floors and white ceramic tile so you can see dirt and dog hair so easily. I get stressed out when our house is in disarray and I am a nut when it comes to clutter. I love a completely empty kitchen island, a perfectly made bed, drawn curtains, and shiny hardwood floors. I don’t mind cleaning and if you have a goal in mind and are able to divide all of the tasks throughout the week it can be relatively easy to keep your home clean with dogs.
Here are my top housekeeping tips for maintaining our home with 4 high-shedders (our Akita & two cats). Trust me! It is possible to have a clean house even with dogs!
How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs:
My House Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Water Absorbent Rug Under the Water Bowl
VÃk is an overly excited and extremely messy drinker. Whenever he drinks I think only 1/2 of what he laps up actually makes it in his mouth! LOL
Our floor used to be soaked all the time and I would always have to keep a beach towel nearby. I tried buying rugs to help with the water but they wouldn’t dry quickly and I was nervous about mold. I recently found these Gorilla Grip Water Absorbent Chenille Floor Mats and have literally been a lifesaver! We have one at the bottom of the stairs near the side entryway and then one in the kitchen underneath the water bowl.
The Vacuum is My Best Friend
We just purchased the new Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner in October of 2019.
The suction and pure genius of this vacuum overrule anything I said previously about the Shark vacuum. Honestly, I have never loved vacuuming as much as I do now – – and trust me, I love vacuuming! Our house cleaner comes once a month and she is in love with our Dyson (and our doggies) too! I will say I was a little queasy about spending almost double what we had spent on the Shark DuoClean, but now after only using our Dyson once, I am completely satisfied with its price tag.
On days when I am not vacuuming with our Dyson, I let our iRobot Roomba go to town. I like how meticulous the Roomba is and that she can wiggle her way through our bar stools in the kitchen.
Air Purifiers Are My Second Best Friend
We have three Levoit Air Purifiers in our home; 1 on the main floor, 1 in our bedroom, and 1 at the landing at the top of the stairs. They are quiet enough to act as ambient white noise and strong enough to filter pet dander and cat litter smells. We change the air filters about every 6-8 months and have had amazing success with these.
Hilariously, VÃk used to think it was a game to tap the On/Off button when we first brought him home.
Scheduled Toy & Dish Washing
We have specific toys that stay inside and ones specifically for outside play. We wash the dogs ‘ inside stuffed toys once a month.
Kenzo & Vík are subscribed to Barkbox, so if toys are looking in rough shape I do not hesitate to throw them out. If they are gross, they go in the garbage no questions asked.
We wash the dog bowls once every two weeks. I rinse them out before each use to keep up with any germs or saliva build-up.
Diffusing Essential Oils = My jam!
We have an essential oil diffuser in our kitchen, living room, and one in our bedroom on my nightstand. I like diffusing Lemon on the first floor & I mix it up in the bedroom at night, but some of my favorites are Tangerine & Lavender. I get all of our essential oils from Jade Bloom. I like Jade Bloom because they are high-quality essential oils that are safe to use around pets. Check with your vet about which essential oils are safe for your dogs & cats. And in case you missed it, I’ve recently written what I know about Safe Essential Oils for dogs, HERE.
I groom Kenzo twice a week and VÃk once a week to keep down on the amount of hair in our home.
I will groom Kenzo, our Akita, multiple times a day when he is going through a blow-out in his shedding cycle otherwise we will literally have clumps of fur scattered throughout the house. I use the SleekEZ Original Deshedding Grooming Tool and it does wonders.
We have four dog beds in our home for Kenzo & Vík; 1 in the living room, 1 in the foyer/dining-room, and 2 in our bedroom. Having multiple dog beds gives Kenzo & Vík a place of their own to nap, sleep, and chew their bully sticks.
I make sure to vacuum and wash their dog beds once a week to keep down on the pet dander, dirt, and any oils from their skin that may cause an odor. Our dog beds are from Costco or Harry Barker and they are all washable and relatively easy to vacuum in between washing.
Getting Steamy in Here
After vacuuming I use our Bissel Steam Mop to sanitize and clean our hardwood floors once a month. I love steam cleaning because it doesn’t leave a film or any streaks on the hardwood floor that we used to get when we would mop the floors. I feel like the steam mop does a better job really getting our floors to look brand new every time.
Reusable Washable Mop Pads
I never thought I would love my reusable washable mop pads as much as I do. It is honestly the quickest & easiest way to do a quick disinfecting cleaning and it works wonders on our hardwood & ceramic tile floors.
I used to buy the Swiffer single-use mop pads. I recently switched to the Infuse reusable mop pad makes it so that you can use, wash, and reuse time and time again. The mop pad is under $8.00 and can withstand over 100 uses.
High-Quality Air Filters & Furnace Maintenance
We use the highest grade air filters for our furnace that Home Depot sells and Caleb schedules a routine Furnace cleaning & inspection every year.
Bathing Your Dog
Caleb and I take Kenzo & Vík to the doggy wash down the street and wash and groom them. We bring our own Oatmeal Pet Shampoo because their skin tends to get dry during the winter and we’ve found this shampoo to be really helpful for them. We like the Vanilla & Almond scent one the best.
Rugs in the Doorways
We have a doormat outside and a rug on the inside to collect dirt/rainwater/snow from their paws.
Caleb & I take off our shoes when we are in the house to reduce dirt getting scattered throughout the house as well. Since it gets kind of chilly during the winter months, with all the hardwood flooring, we either just wear our socks, or Caleb and I both have a pair of moccasins for inside. All of the floor rugs that we have in our home are washer & dryer friendly and vacuum really well.
If all of these tips are enough, I cannot recommend hiring a maid. Having our home deep cleaned by a professional has saved me hours of time and lowered my anxiety about keeping our home sterile.
DO you have pets? Do you have any special tips for keeping your house tidy & clean? Want more ways to keep your home clean; you may enjoy reading about Pet-Friendly Plants That Purify the Air!!