PET-APPROVED SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST (INCLUDING SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT)
Spring is officially here! Do you know what our favorite activity to welcome this inviting season is? That’s right - clean. The world of decluttering and disinfecting is our happy place right now, and who can blame us? It’s safe to say, everyone loves a fresh Marie Kondo-ed living space that smells like flowers and happiness.
Our furry friends don’t want to be left out either! We’ve created a pet-approved spring cleaning checklist with things you might not always think about while tidying up for the season.
How often do you clean and disinfect those toys your pup chews on constantly? If you’ve never given them some lovin’, now is the perfect time to do so! The way to go about cleaning toys depends on how they’re made; hard, rubber toys can easily be soaked in soapy water. You can find more info on how to properly clean your dog’s toys here.
Our bed covers at FurHaven are totally washable! Just unzip the cover and remove it from the insert core and bolsters, shake to get rid of any loose debris, and pop the cover in the washing machine on a gentle cold cycle. Once you put the cover back on, that bed will be looking and smelling fresh!
Food & Water Bowls
It’s so important to clean what your dog eats out of! Hand washing with soap and water can definitely do the trick, but the dishwater is so much better at getting all of that bacteria cleaned. Pro tip: have a special sponge and towel used only for your pet’s dishes!
Unless they become noticeably stinky or dirty, collars probably get the least routine love. Fear not - giving your furry friend’s collar a little extra shine is super simple and easy. You can put it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle, and then lay it flat to air dry. You can also hand wash it by letting it soak in warm soapy water for 5-10 minutes. If it’s a little stinky, adding baking soda to the water and soap mixture can help!
Clean Out & Donate
Although sometimes it’s hard to get rid of things, when coming across products that your doggo has outgrown it might be best to give it to a new home where they'll be used. We’re willing to bet that your local shelter would be thrilled to receive anything that doesn’t quite “spark joy” anymore for you or your pup!
*When cleaning with doggos, it's best to use pet friendly supplies & cleaning agents. Need some help identifying potential dangers and alternatives? We have a blog post that can help a bit here. If you ever have any concerns or questions about your pet or products ask your vet for advice.*