Dog owners can tell you a thing or two about it: their four-legged friends produce quite a lot of dirt over time – which of course, you are happy to accept if you love your animal. Nevertheless, it is just around the corner every year: spring cleaning. With these practical tips, however, it becomes child’s play.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s scratched on the door, urine stains on the carpet, or saliva residue on the wall: dog owners have long been used to these sights. Nevertheless, all of this must be eliminated at the latest during the obligatory spring cleaning – and preferably without swinging the chemical club. The following tips show you how to get rid of some things with typical home remedies.
Tip 1: Walnuts against scratches in the wood
Especially when playing between dog owners and four-legged friends, scratches can quickly occur on the floor, on the door, or in the cupboard. Such accidents can be remedied with a walnut: rub it in a circle over the scratch and then wait several minutes so that the oil contained in the nuts can penetrate the wood. Then carefully wipe off the residue with a dry cloth and polish the surface. The scratches should now be noticeably less visible, if not completely gone.
Tip 2: Spring cleaning: Remove urine stains with baking soda
It can quickly happen that the four-legged friend has a minor mishap, and – for whatever reason – he urinates on the carpet, even if he usually is already housebroken. You must react in good time and remove the stain. And with soda. Sprinkle some of it on the mishap, leave it on for about 20 minutes, and vacuum it up. Not only does the baking soda disappear from the carpet, but there is also no ugly stain, and even the formation of odors is nipped in the bud.
Tip 3: Clean carpet for dog owners
Carpets, in particular, are very susceptible to musty dog smells. No wonder, after all, the four-legged friends constantly walk over it and also like to make themselves comfortable on it. Since it is difficult in most cases to put the entire carpet in the washing machine, a home remedy is needed – but chemical-free. The solution is commercial white vinegar. Please put it in a spray bottle and then pour it evenly over the carpet. However, do not soak the textile thoroughly! Don’t be surprised if your carpet smells strongly of vinegar at first – once the liquid dries, the smell will disappear along with the dog smell.
Tip 4: It’s magic!
The so-called magic sponges, which you can buy in the supermarket, are not entirely chemical-free, but they are effective in the fight against saliva stains. The sodium mixture it contains gently removes the stains from walls, floors, doors, or shelves.
Tip 5: With rubber against dog hair
And last but not least, another practical tip for dog owners when spring cleaning: a window wiper! Its rubber side is the ideal hair collector. Moisten it slightly, pull it over a wide variety of surfaces, and the sofa, carpet, or bedspread will be freed from dog hair that has fallen off in no time. And cleaning is just as easy: the practical helper can easily be washed under lukewarm water.