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Pet Cleaning Supplies Checklist

By Caitlin Ultimo


We love our pets, but let’s face it—they’re messy. Whether you have a puppy who hasn’t quite grasped the concept of house training yet, an adult dog who can’t resist a mud puddle, or a cat with litter-box odor that smells up the entire house -- their messes can be difficult to prevent and even more challenging to clean up after, especially without the right pet cleaning products. Tackle pet messes head on by creating the ultimate pet cleaning supplies list, plus get a few pet-minded tidying tips from Meg Roberts, president of international cleaning company Molly Maid. 

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Paper Towels


Pet messes: Potty accidents, dog food crumbs and muddy paws prints


How it works: For pet urine puddles, you should first, “soak up as much as possible with a paper towel,” says Roberts. For other messes like vomit or muddy clumps, first remove solid material with a paper towel, says Roberts. Once you soak up or free the area of solids, you’ll have an easier time addressing the area for stains and odors. 



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Dish Soap


Pet messes: Potty accidents and pet stains


How it works: After you soak up excess liquid from a pet accident, rinse the area with cold water and dab a paper towel dampened with dish soap over the spot. Most dish washing solutions are also pet-friendly and can effectively wash pet accidents before they set in and become stains. If the accident occurred on something like a blanket that can be thrown into the washer machine, first dilute the spot with cold water and dish soap, and then wash in warm water. 


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Soda Water


Pet messes: Potty accidents and pet stains


How it works: Instead of using sink water you can also dilute a pet potty accident and keep stains from setting by using soda water to rinse the spot, says Roberts. You can use soda water alone or with dish soap. 

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Baking Soda


Pet messes: Pet odors and pet stains


How it works: A multi-tasking pet-mess buster, baking soda can address smelly pet beds, blankets and litter boxes. For a bad smelling bed, “get rid of odors by sprinkling it with baking soda,” says Roberts. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes to deodorize the area and then vacuum it away. To deodorize an area where there was a potty accident, like on your carpet or couch, Roberts recommends coating the area with an equal mixture of baking soda and salt, then letting it dry. Finish by vacuuming and blotting with club soda. If you want to help kick any odor coming from your cat’s litter box, go directly to the source and sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom of the box.


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Pet Odor Neutralizer


Pet messes: Pet odors and pet stains


How it works: After soaking up excess liquids and diluting a spot with soda water or dish soap, “Follow up with a multi-action enzyme formula to eliminate odor and prevent future accidents,” shares Roberts. Most pet stores carry a variety of effective odor neutralizing pet cleaning products.

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Pet messes: Pet stains


How it works: When a ½ a cup of vinegar is mixed with quart of warm water, the combination can help prevent a pet stain from setting. Bonus: It is an easy solution most pet parents already have in their cupboards.

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Pet messes: Muddy paws and wet dogs or cats


How it works: “After a fun romp in the yard, pets often drag the outdoors in,” says Roberts, who suggests keeping a towel by the door to wipe paws immediately after being outside. The towel may also come in handy if it is wet outside from rain or snow. With a towel at the ready, you can quickly dry off your pet when you let him in and prevent any wet dog or cat smells from filling your home. 

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Other Pet Cleaning Supplies to Consider


For existing pet stains on carpets that have already set, consider renting a wet vac to get a deeper clean. If you have wood floors, you may want to replace or add a top layer of varnish—as acid in dried up pet urine spots can stain your floors and smell.  Also, if your pet is accident-prone, look into refreshing your walls with washable paint or wallpaper, so that your pet’s accidents are simpler to clean and less likely to leave their mark in the future. 



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