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3 Surprising Pet Cleaning Tips

These tricks will help you focus on the things you love about your pet, not the things you don't

grey-haired man hugging a long-hair, large dog on a couch in a living room
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When you're a pet owner, you get love, companionship—and fur and odors. Right? Right.

Fortunately, TOH has rounded up a few cleaning tips so that you can get rid of the latter and concentrate more on the former—tails wagging and kitties purring.

1. Fur Fighters
Nobody wants layers of pet fur on the sofa, especially if you have visitors arriving. One easy trick: Run an all-natural dryer sheet over the fabric to easily grab errant hairs. Another option: Don dishwashing gloves, dip them under water, and caress your couch until the fur lifts away. Easy with a capital E.

2. Litter-Box Smell-Be-Gone
One downside to indoor kitties: the dreaded litter box. Keep yours fresh by scooping it out at least once a day and dusting the litter with a bit of deodorizing baking soda. Felines of America, rejoice.

3. Urine (and more!) Cleanser
Accidents happen. You can make a pet-friendly spray to remove holdover odors by mixing 3 cups of distilled white vinegar, 3 cups of water, and 6 tablespoons of baking soda. Spray it on the area, let sit for 10 minutes, and blot dry.

grey-haired man hugging a long-hair, large dog on a couch in a living room
Photo by LWA/The Image Bank/Getty

When you're a pet owner, you get love, companionship—and fur and odors. Right? Right.

Fortunately, TOH has rounded up a few cleaning tips so that you can get rid of the latter and concentrate more on the former—tails wagging and kitties purring.

1. Fur Fighters
Nobody wants layers of pet fur on the sofa, especially if you have visitors arriving. One easy trick: Run an all-natural dryer sheet over the fabric to easily grab errant hairs. Another option: Don dishwashing gloves, dip them under water, and caress your couch until the fur lifts away. Easy with a capital E.

2. Litter-Box Smell-Be-Gone
One downside to indoor kitties: the dreaded litter box. Keep yours fresh by scooping it out at least once a day and dusting the litter with a bit of deodorizing baking soda. Felines of America, rejoice.

3. Urine (and more!) Cleanser
Accidents happen. You can make a pet-friendly spray to remove holdover odors by mixing 3 cups of distilled white vinegar, 3 cups of water, and 6 tablespoons of baking soda. Spray it on the area, let sit for 10 minutes, and blot dry.

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