How to Keep the House Clean When You Live with Pets

Living with pets is both a blessing and a curse.

Pets bring unimaginable joy to our lives. There is never a dull moment with them around.

However, taking care of pets is also a full-time job. They need round the clock grooming, feeding, cleaning and monitoring to make sure they don’t wreak havoc in the home.

Of course they don’t do it intentionally but pets can often end up creating a lot of mess. This might include stained carpets, broken flower pots, damaged furniture or upholstery. If you have more than one pet, they can also fight and go about breaking valuables around the house during one of their tantrums.

Often, the little critters leave bad odors and fur around that linger for a long time afterwards.

How can you keep the house odor-free and clean when you have pets?

What to Do About That Stink?

Keep Your Pets Clean

Brushing and Grooming

If you have an indoors dog or cat, it’s important to brush them regularly. Brushing prevents involuntary shedding of hair in unwanted areas and keeps your pet’s coat clean and tangle-free. Not only will it keep furniture, carpets and other surfaces clean, but it will create a great bonding session with your pet, too.

Cleaning them

Give your pet baths ever so often. This will keep them odor-free and prevent them from dirtying other items in the house. Remember to apply a flea spray on them monthly so they’re free from pests and your home free from dangerous microorganisms.

Keep Your Carpets Clean

Vacuum Regularly

Yes, vacuuming can be a chore but it really does keep your carpets and floor clean. It prevents dust, hair, fur and allergens from accumulating and creating bad odors in rooms.  

Deep Clean Once in a While

Of course vacuuming keeps the carpet clean superficially, but not for very long. Every six to twelve months you will have to deep clean. For that immaculate-looking, fresh-smelling carpet, it’s always best to invest in professionals that will deep clean your carpet to perfection.  

Try Baking Soda

What can baking soda do for your carpet? Well, if you sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming, let it sit for half an hour and then vacuum, it will absorb bad odors. Don’t attempt this with your pets or little kids around though. It’s not safe for them to inhale baking soda and ensuing vapors as you vacuum.

Keep the Rest of the Environment Clean

Upholstery and Furniture

The furniture and upholstery in any room will play a major role in its aesthetics. Make sure you dust your furniture daily and clean it on a weekly basis. If cleaning upholstery sounds like too much of a hassle, get professional cleaners to help. Once the fabrics smell good, the rest of the house will, too.

The Air

If your pet has made a bit of a mess, you know a quick dose of air freshener will mask the odor after you’ve cleaned it. But if you’re thinking long-term, get scented candles and a vase full of freshly picked flowers. Constant ventilation also really helps to get rid of bad smells in the house.


If you are a pet owner, you’re likely familiar with the mess they can make. Pets can make the house dirty and stinky if you’re not careful. To keep the house clean when you live with pets, remember to bathe and groom them regularly and keep your carpets and upholstery spotless with scheduled cleaning.