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8 Quick Cleaning Hacks for Dog Owners

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Owning a dog is all fun and games until they splash around in a pool of water, cover themselves in mud, and decide to jump on your sofa for a snooze.

(My Sprocker Spaniel, Hugo, is only 4 months old and he’s notorious for it.)

A downside of owning a dog is that they can be mucky pups. Your white walls can be quickly covered in mud splashes, and you’ll probably be finding dog hair on every piece of furniture in your home.

…But all hope is not lost.

In this guide, I’m sharing 8 of the best cleaning hacks I’ve discovered since becoming a first-time dog owner.

Also make sure to check how to clean dog paws after walks to avoid any nasty stains in the first place.

1. Find Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

Before you start to use the products already in your cleaning cupboard, there’s one thing you should do first: Check the labels.

It goes without saying that your cleaning products need to be pet-friendly.

Some cleaning products have chemicals that can be hazardous or poisonous to your furry friend.

So, check whether they’re pet-friendly (or purchase a dog-friendly alternative) before using them in your home.

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Dog in washing machine

2. Use a Window Squeegee to Remove Dog Hair

You’ll likely have a window squeegee in your cleaning cupboard. It’s great for cleaning glass windows (such as shower screens), but you might not have realized that they can be used to remove pet hair.

Simply take your squeegee and run it over your carpet or doormat. It will pick up the finest hairs from your carpet, ready for you to move to the trash.

However, make sure you don’t do this too often. It can ruin your carpets if you’re constantly attacking them with a squeegee! 

I personally hoover every few days and get the squeegee out for finer hair twice a month.

3. Clean Walls with Fabric Softener and Water

You might have mud, dirt, or scrapes on your walls where your pup has touched them. Yet when you try to clean them, the paint comes off with the mud.

Prevent this from happening--and only remove the mud--by mixing: 

  • 1 part liquid fabric softener
  • 2 parts of water

Pour the solution into a spray bottle, and apply some to your dirty walls. Use a small sponge to rub the dirt away, and keep your paint looking perfect.

You won’t know it was ever dirty!

4. Train Your Dog to Wipe Their Feet

Training is a superb way to bond with your puppy, and make sure they’re fully house-trained.

In fact, you could prevent muddy paw prints all over your home by training them to wipe their feet before they come in.

You could do this by popping them onto a doormat and giving the command “wipe your feet.”

Praise your pup when they’re on the mat, and encourage them to move around to remove the mud from their paws.

It’s not a foolproof way to prevent paw prints, but it’s a great way to house-train your dog! For some detailed training steps, watch this video below:

5. Prevent Dirty Paws with Orange Peel

…What happens while you’re training your dog to wipe their feet? 

You can get rid of muddy paws from happening in the first place by keeping some orange peel in your garden.

Simply bury a small piece of orange peel in the spots they’re digging. The smell will deter them from digging.

(There’s another health and safety warning coming your way: Be careful that your dog doesn’t eat the orange peel.

If they’re anything like my Hugo, they’ll eat anything they set their eyes on. But ingesting orange peel might upset their stomach.)

6. Use a Tumble Dryer Sheet to Remove Odor

No matter how much you’re using room sprays, candles, or air fresheners to remove your dog’s smell, it’s tough to get rid of--especially where your dog’s bed is kept.

However, you can remove these tough odors with a tumble dryer sheet.

Simply pop a few sheets into your dog’s favorite room, and allow them to eat up any unwanted odors. Replace them every few weeks to keep the room smelling fresh.

(These tumble dryer sheets have multiple use cases; you can also use them to remove dog hair by swiping them over your carpets or furniture.)

7. Deep Clean Their Toys in the Dishwasher

Your dogs’ toys are in their mouth all day long. Not only that, but they’re probably throwing them around the garden, or sharing them with their doggy friends.

Unsurprisingly, your dog’s toys will be covered in bacteria.

Make a note to clean your dog’s toys regularly. You can run a cycle on your dishwasher to sanitize their hard toys (such as Nylabones or Kongs – check out Luna having fun with her Kong).

Or you can throw soft, cuddly toys into the washing machine for a quick clean.

8. Remove Inside Accidents with Baking Soda

As I mentioned earlier, it can take a while to fully house-train your dog

They might have the occasional accident inside your home. It’s pretty easy to clean urine from hardwood flooring. 

…But what happens when their pee absorbs into your carpet?

You can clean dog urine from your carpet by sprinkling baking soda over the area. Leave the power to absorb the urine and remove the smell.

Then, after a few hours, hoover up the baking soda. Your carpet will be as good as new.

(It goes without saying that you should keep your pup away from the pile of baking soda while it’s doing its magic!)

Which dog cleaning hack is your favorite?

As you can see, there are several cleaning hacks you can use to tidy up after your dog. 

Whether they’ve accidentally gone to the toilet in your kitchen or left a trail of hair on their favorite spot of the sofa, you’re covered.

The most important thing to remember? 

Don’t get mad at your puppy for making a mess--especially if they’re still young.

They need time to learn what’s right and wrong, and can’t help the fact their toys get dirty, or that they malt. 

Cleaning up after them is simply part of being a responsible pet owner!

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I am the founder of PawLeaks where I share weekly tips on dog training and behavior. Sharing a passion for dogs and helping owners to solve problems through understanding canine behavior and modification is my number one goal.


Monday 25th of January 2021

This is just what I needed! I adopted two dogs and already have a cat at home. Needless to stay, my home has begun to smell and look like a mess. I just got a professional carpet cleaning and that helped significantly with dog smell and hair. I'm going to have to stock up on baking soda and I will for sure be purchasing a window squeegee!


Monday 25th of January 2021

Hey Sarah, great to hear! Hope you're having fun with your two family additions :). If you've rescued a puppy or senior dog (can happen with non-potty-trained adults too), you might want to check out my article on how to get rid of nasty urine stains and smell.

Cheers, Danielle