How to Keep Your House Clean With Indoor Pets

Before you bring home your new dog or cat, it’s important to consider the time and effort that will be required. If you’re not sure whether or not you have the time to devote to a full housebreaking schedule, perhaps a plant-eating lizard might be more appropriate for your busy schedule.*

If you’re certain that the responsibility of pet ownership is right for you, then it’s time to start thinking about what kind of pet would fit best into your lifestyle. For example: if someone in your family has allergies, an indoor cat may not be able to help out around the house as much as a friendly but low-maintenance rodent like gerbils or hamsters. The same goes for people who really want their pets’ company all day long—an outdoor dog might not always feel comfortable being left alone at home while its owner is at work.

The same goes for children and pets; if there are kids at home who will be spending more than just occasional time with their new furry friend (or creatures), make sure they understand how much attention these animals need before deciding on one type over another!

Cleaning up after your pet is the only way to keep a clean house.

Make sure that you clean up after your pet, whether it’s a dog, cat or fish. Don’t let it roam around the house or sleep on your bed. Don’t let it eat off of the table, and don’t let it use your toilet. Also, do not allow your pets to lick you or lick their hands when they eat off of the table!

Put down area rugs, throw rugs and runners in trouble spots.

The first step to keeping your house clean with indoor pets is to determine where the pet hair is most likely to be. There are only two spots that really matter:

  • The entryway, including stairs and front doors (this will be covered later)
  • The part of the house where your pet spends most of their time sleeping and snoozing (for example, if you have a dog that sleeps in bed with you every night, that would be the area of focus).

Vacuum often.

You should vacuum your house at least once a week to keep dust and dirt from collecting. Vacuum carpets, rugs and upholstery on hardwood floors. If you have any area rugs that are made from synthetic materials like polyester or acrylic, consider getting a HEPA filter for your vacuum since these rugs are the most likely to harbor pet dander.

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If you’re looking to buy a new vacuum specifically for cleaning up after pets, here are some things to look for:

  • An attachment that allows you to clean stairs more easily. This is especially important if you have dogs who like to “go” on the carpeted upstairs landing!
  • A brush roll that can be turned off when trying not to disturb sensitive surfaces (like hardwood floors).

Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove hair and dander from carpet and upholstery.

Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove hair and dander from carpet and upholstery.

If you have pets in the house, you’ll want to make sure that you’re able to keep their fur out of the air. While vacuums can help with this, the most important part of this step is using one with a HEPA filter. These filters are capable of removing allergens from the air, including pet dander and other particles that may cause allergies or asthma symptoms in humans. So if your roommate suffers from allergies or asthma, it’s important for them to use one as well if they want to keep their home clean!

Keep grooming tools handy.

  • A brush or comb
  • A lint roller
  • A grooming glove
  • A nail clipper
  • A flea comb (if your pet is prone to fleas)
  • A hair brush (for long-haired animals)
  • Dog nail clippers (if you have a dog)
  • Dog brush (to get rid of loose fur before vacuuming)

A lint roller can be useful too; use it on furniture cushions and rugs and carpets.

A lint roller can also be useful for removing pet hair from clothing. The best ones are the ones you can write on, so you don’t have to buy a new one every time your pet sheds. If you want to be environmentally friendly and not use disposable razors or adhesive sheets, pick up some reusable adhesive sheets (also called sticky rollers) that will stick onto the top of any lint roller.

While some people prefer to cut their pets’ nails by themselves, others find it difficult because of fear or simply because they’re not comfortable with handling their pets in such a way. You might want to consider hiring a professional groomer who offers nail trims as part of his services; he’ll give your furry friend’s claws the proper shape and length while making sure she doesn’t feel any pain during this procedure.

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Wash pet bedding regularly to keep odors at bay and reduce allergens.

Washing bedding regularly is the best way to keep it fresh and reduce allergens in your home.

  • Wash pet bedding weekly on hot in a front-loading washing machine. Front loaders are better at getting out dirt, grime and bacteria than top loaders. Let the washer fill with water, then add detergent and start the cycle. Once it’s done, take your bedding out of the wash before it goes through its final spin cycle (in which tons of suds are created), shake off as much excess water as possible and place on drying rack or clothes line outdoors to dry thoroughly (do not use a dryer).
  • Don’t use fabric softener sheets or liquid fabric softeners on any item that will come into contact with your pets because these products can irritate skin and even cause allergic reactions like sneezing or hives in some animals.

Remove pet hair from hard-to-reach places (like under furniture) on a regular basis with a wand-style vacuum attachment or pet brush.

  • A pet brush is a must-have for anyone with an indoor cat or dog. It’s the perfect tool to keep your home free of pet hair and keep your clothes, furniture, and floors free from pet hair as well.
  • A wand-style vacuum attachment can be used to clean hard-to-reach places in your home such as under furniture, stairs and tight corners. Get one for each member of your family so everyone has their own!

Choose an appropriate litter for your cat’s needs, whether that means low tracking, disposable liner or allergen-reducing feature.

The type of litter you choose will largely depend on the needs of your cat. For example, if you have a kitten or young adult cat who still has a lot of energy, having to clean up after them can be stressful. In this case, you may wish to consider choosing low tracking cat litter with a high level of absorbency that is easy to remove from carpets and floors.

Another way to keep your house clean is by using disposable liner kitty litter. Disposable liners can be thrown away as soon as they get dirty and don’t require any scooping or cleaning up later on. This makes them easier for busy people who want something less labor intensive than traditional clay-based scented clumping litters that need continual maintenance throughout the week (and beyond). If your indoor pet has an allergy problem then you should also consider allergen reducing litters made from wheat or corn rather than clay which contain minerals known as silicates which many cats are allergic too!

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Leave the litter pan uncovered when you’re home so you can scoop it twice a day. This will allow you to spot any problems early.

If you’re going to leave the litter pan uncovered, here’s how to make sure your cat doesn’t use it as a bathroom:

  • Scoop twice daily. Use a large scoop (or an old spatula) and keep the pan clean so that you can spot any problems early. A clean litter box will have most of its contents on top of the litter instead of at the bottom, where they belong. This makes it easier to scoop out any solids, especially if you’re using clumping or pellet-style litter. Be sure not to throw away any urine-soaked items into your trash can—litter boxes are for poop and pee only.
  • Covering it up helps keep odors under control. Odor control is also what keeps cats from urinating all over their house when their favorite place is taken away from them! Some people prefer baking soda sprinkled at the bottom of their cat’s box; this absorbs some smells and helps neutralize them by breaking down into water vapor when sprinkled on damp areas like urine stains or spilled food pellets (but don’t use too much).
  • Put a lid on it! You can also just put a lid over your cat’s box so they don’t have access during certain hours while still giving yourself easy access when needed throughout the day/night cycle—just remember not to seal off the litterbox completely since some cats need ventilation in order to expel waste without suffocating themselves due to lack of oxygen buildup due to lack of airflow around drain holes near the bottom corners of the container. “

If your cat is using the carpet as his litter pan, use an enzyme cleaner to quickly break down urine odor molecules and make it less likely that he’ll relieve himself there again. Enzymes don’t work well on feces odors, but they’re great at removing stains and odors from urine.