The winter of 2013-14 has been filled with ice, snow, sleet, and subzero temperatures. With spring now upon us, it is time to freshen up the house and that includes the pets.
Wash all the blankets and pet bedding with a one cup of white vinegar to two cups of water solution. Anything that cannot be thrown in the washing machine should get a thorough wipe down. Make sure to wipe down the flooring area where the pet beds sit.
Bowls and Pet Place Mats
I run the pet bowls and pet place mats through the dishwasher on a short cycle. Then I wipe them with my vinegar/water solution. My dogs are repelled by the vinegar smell, so I then wipe the items with plain water with a bit of lemon juice (two-three drops) to remove the aroma.
My pets all have allergies and they all hate the smell of vinegar. Vinegar seems to soothe their skin, but they are not happy about the odor. I fill the tub half way and add a half a cup of white vinegar. I then bathe the pets. After I bathe them, I rinse them with plain water (about five-six cups, but my pets are small) that has two-three drops of gel aloe in it. The pets feel good and smell nice. I swab out their ears with vinegar to remove dirt and dog-ear odor.
I remove all the pet toys from the toy bin. I throw away the toys that have seen better times. Then wipe down the inside of the bin with water and vinegar. While that is air-drying, I throw the leashes and toys (that I kept) into the washing machine with ¼ cup of dishwashing detergent. I use the gentle cycle. I air dry all of these items.
Spring-cleaning would not be complete without including the pets. Clean pets equal happy pets!