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Keeping your home clean when you have domestic animals

They may be little or they may be fluffy. Either way, they’re cute, and we adore them. Our pets are part of the family, but even so, they should never prevent us from keeping our homes clean.
These little balls of fur are one of our greatest joys. But we have to set aside a little time to clean up after them. It’s essential to consider ways to make life easier so we can enjoy those special times with our animals.

With a little advance planning, you can spare yourself from having to spend hours cleaning and scrubbing later on. First of all, avoid rugs. Animals like to sprawl out on them, and their fur gets trapped in the fibers. Along with the odors, which are easily absorbed by the synthetic materials. It’s better to get rid of the rugs in the rooms where the puppy likes to flop down on the floor. Otherwise, weekly vacuuming with baking soda will be essential.

Clean and brush…frequently

Domestic animals don’t necessarily like baths. But baths are necessary if you want to be able to breathe easily in your own home. It’s important to use the appropriate type of shampoo for your animal, whether it’s a canine, feline or rabbit. Scrub, rinse, brush and dry. And don’t forget the paws, which shouldn’t remain wet.

The same goes for your furry friends when they come in from outdoors. Brush the pads of their feet to prevent spreading germs, dirt and blades of grass. If you have a cat that stays indoors all the time, make sure to clean the litter box regularly. While you may be used to the smell, visitors definitely won’t appreciate it.

Air out the rooms

Make sure to freshen the air in your home or apartment often. Scented candles and air fresheners will do the trick temporarily, but to really make sure the air is clean, you’ll eventually need to open the windows. Weather permitting, you should open your windows and patio doors for 10 to 15 minutes to let in some fresh air.

That smell you’re so used to can easily become trapped in your furniture and mattresses. As much as possible, you should try to prevent your furry little tenant from sleeping on them. You can arrange a little corner for him, where he’ll be sure to enjoy a nice peaceful nap after a long walk.

A healthy diet

A healthy animal in a clean home will give you plenty of reasons to smile. You should feed your pet the food that is intended for it. This means avoiding feeding it table scraps as much as possible. Most importantly, you should put a container under its bowl to catch any crumbs that might escape, making a mess and smelling up your home.

When it comes to your pets’ toys, frequent washing is essential. It’s a question of health for every member of your family, including the one who’s so near and dear to everyone’s heart. They’ll appreciate it all the more if it doesn’t leave any unpleasant traces behind.

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Cleaning Tip: Baking Soda!

The many virtues of baking soda

While it’s true that it comes in handy for baking, baking soda does much more than just help you make desserts. It can also help you make your sink shine, clean your refrigerator, freshen the air and even settle your stomach by neutralizing excess acid.

Baking soda can be used to disinfect numerous surfaces, as well as your essential beauty and grooming aids. You can soak your combs, brushes, nail clippers, makeup brushes and makeup remover sponges in a solution of water and eight tablespoons of baking soda. Just rinse them the following morning, and they’ll be bacteria-free.

Clean and shine with baking soda

To remove stubborn stains and hard water deposits from your stainless steel sink, you can clean it with baking soda mixed with a little bit of water. When you’re ready to dispose of the mixture, just add some vinegar to clean and deodorize your drain pipes.

The same goes for your refrigerator. You can clean and sanitize it using a mixture of water and baking soda with a clean sponge. To restore its vitality, just wipe it down with a chamois that’s been previously treated with baking soda and you’re good to go!

Baking soda for personal hygiene

Are your teeth stained from coffee or tobacco? As a mild abrasive, baking soda applied on your toothbrush two or three times a week will help get rid of them. Using it this way—or better yet, diluting it in a glass of water and using it as a gargle—will also help freshen your breath. It’s a time-honored method for eliminating chronic halitosis.

While we’re on the topic of benefits for your body, as spring approaches, baking soda can also help enhance your enjoyment of the warm season. It can soothe irritation caused by sunburn, campfire and barbecue burns, and even insect bites. Just make a paste of baking soda with a little bit of water, apply it to the affected area and let it sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.

In the bathtub, baking soda promotes relaxation, aids recuperation after strenuous physical activity and helps eliminate toxins. It’s also wonderfully soothing to the skin after shaving.

An ally throughout the home

In the bathroom, a mixture of baking soda, liquid detergent, water and white vinegar in a spray bottle can help get rid of stubborn soap scum deposits and mildew on all kinds of surfaces.
In other rooms, it can be used to get rid of stains on your rugs and carpets. It’s even effective at eliminating disagreeable odors coming from your garbage disposal. Just mix one cup of baking soda, one cup of vinegar, some warm water, some ice, a cup of rock salt and a lemon, pour it down the disposal while it’s turned on and say goodbye to that unpleasant smell.

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