Cost-Conscious Canine Cleaning: User-Friendly Tips for Homeowners

Posted by Lucy Reed on Sep 28, 2018 9:03:18 AM

Being a dog owner can put a strain on your household budget if you’re unable to find cost-effective ways to keep all that hair, dander and saliva under control. Keeping a house clean when you have a four-legged shedding, drooling urinating machine in the family is a lot harder than for non-dog owners. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-impact ways to stay ahead of the mess without spending heavily on equipment and commercial cleaning materials. Consider the following tips for inexpensive canine cleaning.

Dog-cleaning station

Where dogs are concerned, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A few minutes spent cleaning your pooch on his way inside after a romp outside can help cut down on the mess you’ll have to attack later. So set up a dog-cleaning “station” inside the back (or front) door, using a thick mat, plenty of towels, a doggie brush and water for cleaning off muddy paws. 


A quality vacuum cleaner is a fact of life for dog owners. Hair and debris tend to accumulate quickly and it can be difficult to reach, depending on the kind of vacuum you have. Consider getting a versatile cordless appliance that’s easier to handle and store and doesn’t present a tripping hazard. Dog ownership is a lot easier when you have the capability of cleaning up dog messes quickly and efficiently.


Dog owners who have upholstered furniture often find to their dismay that even the best vacuum cleaner may not get all the dog hair that piles up on the couch, loveseat and recliner. Don’t worry - no need to go out and buy a new leather living room ensemble. Try out a simple hand tool like a lint roller or use damp rubber gloves, which can be purchased for less than $5, and makes it surprisingly easy to gather up piles of dog hair and keep it off your pant legs.  

Budget-friendly cleaning substances

Some dog owners, especially those with big dogs, automatically default to high-priced cleaning substances and supplies believing that a big pooch equals a big cleaning budget. While it’s true you’ll need a plentiful store of cleaning supplies to stay ahead of the mess, it’s easy enough to avoid spending top dollar for them.

There are natural alternatives that can do the job just as well as pricey cleaning fluids. Sprinkle baking soda on a soiled, smelly section of carpeting, wait a few minutes and vacuum it up. If dog odors are a major issue, try cleaning the offending surface with a baking soda/water solution or use a water/vinegar spray.

Invest in a good brush

One cost-effective way to keep your house clean is to brush your dog’s fur on a regular basis. Get yourself a good doggie brush and get all that fur undergrowth that gets trapped and collects dander and other allergens. Brushing is good for your pet and it’s a great way to mitigate the masses of hair that even a short-haired dog can leave behind.

The more you can do to pre-empt the mess a dog can make, the cleaner your house will be and the more you’ll save on cleaning expenses. Deal with a dirty situation before your pet comes back inside, keep his fur well-brushed and make liberal use of your vacuum cleaner and all its easy-to-use attachments.

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