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7 Clean Up Essentials for Pet Owners [Slideshow]

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Every pet owner out there is battling the same fight every day – keeping their home clean. If you’re a pet owner, you’ve most likely tried every life hack out there to keep your home smelling fresh and looking picture-perfect, only for your dog or cat to come back with dirty paws and that distinct pet smell to ruin everything in less than a second. Keep reading for some of the best clean up essentials every pet owner should keep around.

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1. Extra-Sticky Lint Roller

As the proud owner of a German Shepherd, I have lint rollers hidden everywhere. I even have a small one in my purse! Whenever you need to quickly clean up all the fur lying around your home a lint roller will do the trick for you. Every pet owner out there knows that even after buying the most expensive and hi-tech pet vacuum out there, those pesky stray hairs never go away. A lint roller will help.

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2. White Vinegar

Pets and carpets don’t get along too well, even when we try. You could possibly try every carpet cleaner out there, but none compare to the effectiveness of white vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar and spray any stain. Let the area dry and wait to see how the white vinegar removes the smell and the stain.

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3. Baking Soda

Hopefully your pet bed has a removable cover. Whenever you wash them, add a cup of baking soda to the mix to keep it clean and fresh. Baking soda is the best tool to neutralize odors, not to mention, it’s a great anti-bacterial agent. If you don’t have a removable cover, sprinkle a cup of baking soda over your pet’s bed. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum.

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4. Wet/Dry Vacuum

Countless vacuums are marketed as pet-friendly vacuums. The best style for pet owners? A wet/dry vacuum. You can use it to dry your pet after a bath, remove pet hair from furniture, and clean up any liquid accidents.

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5. Air Purifier

While scent fresheners are a must-have for pet owners, having an air purifier is key for your health. Whenever you have a hairy animal, an air purifier should be on your shopping list. They can help remove allergens from the air, including pet hair dander. An air purifier is particularly important if someone in the household is prone to allergies.

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6. Pet Stain Remover

Even the most well-trained pet is bound to have an accident at one point or another. Pet accidents, though, tend to be on the smelly end. Without the right cleaning products for pets, these accidents can make it impossible to mask the smell or get rid of the stain, no matter how many aromatherapy candles you have in your house. A must-have to keep around is an enzyme formula cleaner that can be used on carpets, floors, furniture, clothing, and more.

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7. Pet Wipes

The last thing you want after cleaning your house, is for your pet to come back with their dirty paws. Make sure your cleaning efforts don’t go to waste with pet grooming wipes. Clean their paws right before they step into your home. Keep them around the house for instant cleaning on the spot.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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