When you share your home with doggies, you need to be ready to take on some extra tidying-up responsibilities. Whether there’s shedding or the occasional accident, it’s going to be a lot easier to keep on top of the housecleaning when you have a few helpful hacks to lean on. Here’s a quick list of our favorite ways to maintain a less-messy space so you can enjoy your doggie and your home, too.

Fur-Free Solutions
If you’re noticing hair and fur build-up on your rugs and carpets, or couches, these tips require simple household items and will make clean-up a breeze.

  • Did you know dryer sheets are like man’s best magnets for pet hair? One sheet can collect a big wad of fur, simply by wiping down the surfaces of your chairs and couches.
  • If your doggie’s been brushing up against you, it’s likely your pants are covered in fur. Use packing tape to pull dor hair off your clothes easily, just be careful not to use on delicate fabrics such as silk or intricately woven items.
  • If you have rubber gloves in the kitchen, give them a break from the dishes and get a hold of your upholstery. When you wet down rubber gloves, pet hair will stick to them.
  • Scrap down your rugs with a window squeegee and watch how much doggie hair you can collect with each go.
  • Of course, covering your couches and chairs with blankets, towels, or specially-made sheets would also help keep your furniture clean if shedding is a problem. Simply remove the covering, shake outside, and wash before replacing.

Urine Luck
Need new solutions to puddles of pee? Clean-up the mess, and take care of the smell with these easy tips.

  • If your excitable doggie has an accident in your arms, or somehow you wind up with urine on your clothes, don’t stress. Add some apple cider vinegar to the soiled load of laundry to clean away the mess and smell.
  • Find a wet spot on your rug? Pour over some baking soda, let it sit for 10-30 minutes, then vacuum it up. Baking soda is a great natural cleanser, and it neutralizes odors, too.

Scrape – Not Scoop – The Poop
Alas, cleaning up after number two is twice as involved as cleaning up urine. Still, a couple household items will make it easier. Put on those rubber gloves we talked about above, and get a dustpan, as well as something to scrape the poop – maybe a paint scraper? Try to scrape as much poop into the dustpan as you can, and dispose of it. Then, try to get the rest with wet paper towels or cloths. Once the area is clear of visible poop, using laundry detergent or carpet cleaning to treat it along with warm warmer and a scrub brush. Lastly, to nip lingering odors in the bud, blot the area with vinegar and pour over some baking soda. Let that combo sit overnight, then vacuum it all up.

Vomit Victory
Speaking of all the bodily functions, let’s not forget this one. It’s not fun to find a pile of throw-up anywhere, let alone inside your home. And while your gut reaction might be to burn the place down clean it up right away, it’s actually easier to clean up once dried-out and firmer. You can vacuum it up, then spot-treat the stain as you normally would.

How do you clean up after your doggie? Tell us your ideas in the comments below.