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13 Spring Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

It’s officially the first week of spring! In spite of the late cold snap, I’ve been enjoying throwing open the windows and getting more fresh air and sunlight into our house.

However, with more sunlight and fresh air comes the realization: everything we own is currently buried under a nice layer of dust and animal hair. The hairballs in the corner might be gearing up to claim the guest bedroom once and for all. Combine this with the unreal levels of pollen beginning their usual spring build up and it’s a miracle my allergies haven’t permanently swollen my eyes shut.

Time for a little spring cleaning? Sounds about right.

Spring cleaning is always a little different when you have pets. Even with a daily or weekly cleaning schedule, the dirt, dander, and fur from our animals builds up over time, creating smells and films that are less than pleasant in the bright springtime light of day.

We’ve compiled a list of cleaning problems unique to pet owners, and we’re giving you 13 cleaning tips for dog owners to tackle each one and leave your home looking and smelling amazing.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears: 5 Things You Should Know

As the weather here becomes more unpredictable, so do Topher and I’s allergies. While it’s sometimes pretty amusing that the pair of us suffer through allergy seasons together, it’s less so when Topher begins to itching his ears enough to put little scratches all over his forehead. We do a number of things to keep both of our allergies under control during season changes—from keeping the house clean to making sure we wipe off Topher’s paws after walks. Another way can keep our dog way more comfortable and less itchy is to regularly clean his ears, something that we tend to overlook when it comes to grooming.

Because a dog’s ear canal is more curved and twisted than a human ear, it’s very easy for parasites and bacteria to hide in the ear and thrive. Infections can easily result from dirt trapped in your dog’s ear, and this is especially true of dogs with allergies, or dogs whose ears fold or flop over and completely cover the ear canal.

Getting Rid Of “Dog Smell” Between Baths

We don’t bathe Topher very often. However, even when we do bathe him, he finds some way to get smelly as soon as possible. I think that’s just the nature of dogs—they constantly trend towards smelliness.

I decided that I would try out some measures towards getting rid of that dog smell in between baths. Just wiping Topher down with a damp cloth didn’t really do much, so I looked into dog-safe ingredients that I could make into some kind of spray, and found a few options. Now, Topher smells as fresh as a daisy! Well, a lavender-scented daisy.

Here’s what I used to get rid of Topher’s dog smell between baths.

Pet Owner Hacks: Use A Fitted Sheet For A Quick & Easy Dog Couch Cover

When we first adopted Topher, I was adamant that there would be No Dogs On The Couch. This was mostly for the sake of my allergies, but also for the sake of our couch—newly purchased and nice-looking, I feared the abuse it would potentially take from our very slobbery, muddy-almost-all-the-time new addition. So, the rule stayed. It stayed for a full year…and then I went out of town.

I won’t blame my husband for being weakened by the pitiful sad eyes of our adorable dog while I was away, but suffice it to say that since Alt Summit, Topher has become a couch dog. Which meant that we needed an easy way to keep a barrier between our lovely grey couch and all the white hair that Topher sheds daily (so much hair, it’s bananas). Topher loves to nest in blankets, so a simple fix like that had little to no chance of actually staying on the couch.