How to Efficiently Clean Up After Your Dog

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It’s no secret that owning a dog can be a very messy endeavor. But don’t worry! There are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you get ahead of your dog’s messes and keep your home fresh and clean.

Read on to learn how you can efficiently clean up after your dog!

Organize

It is no secret that organization is key when it comes to efficient cleaning. Knowing exactly where everything is at all times can allow you to clean any mess before smells or stains set in. Dog toys, food, and cleaning supplies are no exception to this. Not to mention, having a place to put everything when it’s not in use makes it much easier to keep items from staying on the floor in the middle of the hallway, or accumulating at the front door.

Doorside Dog Storage

It’s very easy for all of your pup accessories to end up all over the place. Having a cubby, bin, or drawer near the main door is a perfect way to avoid this. You can use this area to keep poop bags, collars, toys, leashes, and wipes. That way when you get ready for a walk, everything is right there. When you get back, simply put everything back in the same spot for next time. It’s as simple as that!

Pantry Dog Storage

Now that you have the perfect place for your dog’s accessories, you’ll need a place for his or her food, treats, medicine (if applicable), and cleaning supplies. For this, most people choose either their pantry or laundry room. Having a storage bin or door hanging organizer is a great way to keep all of these items while not in use. That way they are out of sight and easily accessible.

Prepare

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Another great way to clean up after your dog is to go ahead and prepare for messes in likely areas. This includes, but is not limited to where they eat, sleep, bathe, and come in after being outside.

Door and Food Mats

Everyone knows dogs can get pretty messy when they eat. Especially if the water bowl can slide around. They are liable to push it all over the place, splashing water on the floors and walls. This can lead to a big mess that ends up being tracked all over the house. A simple solution to this is a food mat. A silicone food mat can serve as a surface that not only keeps the water and food bowls in one spot, but also a protectant for the floor. Having a mat under the food will contain the mess so that all you have to do is wipe it when they’re done.

The same logic follows for door mats. Whether they have a doggy door or you let them in and out. Having some sort of mat to catch whatever kind of snow, dirt, leaves, and other miscellaneous objects that may be attached to their paws is very helpful. The ultimate goal is to contain messes before they even start.

Drain Filters

It’s funny how even cleaning your dog can leave you with a big mess. Obviously bathing them in some sort of tub is ideal. For many people their bathtub is the only option they have. This is a great place to bathe your furry friend, but you may want to purchase a drain filter first, especially if your dog has a long, thick coat of fur. If you don’t, you may find yourself spending more time trying to unclog the drain of all it’s fur. Drain filters will catch the fur and eliminate that problem all together.

Poop Bags

When you go on walks through the park, poop bags are a must have. It is proper etiquette to pick up whatever your dog disposes, and the best way to do that is with disposable bags. Purchasing eco-friendly dog poop bags that can fit in a travel container is a great environmentally conscious way to ensure that your walk through the park is easy and productive.

Conclusion

It is true, dogs can make a big mess. If you don’t stay on top of it, it can feel like their mess, toys, and supplies end up taking over your whole house. That is why it is so important to organize, prepare, and use the best tools in order to most efficiently clean up after your dog.

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