13 Ways to keep your house clean with a pet

May 6, 2019 | Cook, Tips and Tricks

Happy belated Cinco De Mayo everyone!  Hope you enjoyed your day.  Thomas and I hung out with Jake and Maggie this weekend.  On Saturday we took them to their 4th training session and they got A+’s again!!  Woo hoo.  We played ball in the yard and I totally missed a great shot of Jake carrying his ball through the yard.  Well, it’s not actually his…it’s the neighbor’s son’s ball but anywhooo…it rolled into our yard and Jake took it!  Haa haa!!  Thomas worked on the truck and the bike.  Oh, we have a 2005 Harley Springer and it’s up for sale!  If you know of anyone looking for a bike…feel free to contact me for more information. I made a Cinco De Maya dinner and am sharing the recipes with you below.  Then we watched Holmes and Watson and A Star Is Born.  Let’s just say that I’m glad we did not pay a fortune at the movies to see Homes and Watson but I loved A Star Is Born!  Soooo good!  

So I’m walking through the house this morning thinking about how badly my hardwood floors need waxed and thought I’d do a post on cleaning your house with pets.  I bought a hand held vacuum made by Black and Decker at Walmart for $50.00 and it’s been the best tool for cleaning our steps.  We have hardwood on our steps where the dogs love to play and let’s just say, we have a few hair balls on a daily basis :-(. 


“Maggie laid in the same spot while I talked to her and just wagged her tail”. LOL!  

  • Keep your pets clean – Keep them groomed on a regular basis.  Make sure they are contained in an area to wipe them off after going outside before allowing them to run free in your home.
  • Upgrade your sofa – The wrong material can act like a hair magnet, hold smelly odors, and show stains easier.  When looking for furniture for our new house, I wanted a lighter fabric but thought about having a chocolate and black lab and went with something darker.  If you can’t spring for a new couch or are not in the market for one at the time, use blankets and throws to cover your couch so they can be changed and washed frequently.
  • Buy a quality vacuum – When we bought our vacuum, the first thing I said was…we have two Labrador retrievers and I need something that will grab the hair and have a good filter.
  • Set up a dog cleaning station – Thomas and I are talking about building another garage and if we do, we are putting in a pet washing station!!!  But, not everyone wants a pet laundry station, so creating a space to keep fresh towels and wipes for clean your pet will help.
  • Clean your pets things – I wash all the dog beds and blankets on a regular basis.  I also wash all of their toys and even their Nyla Bones.  I read that if you allow your dog items to dry in the sun, it will also help with eliminating odors.
  • Raid your cupboards to fight bad odors – If your not interested in buying chemical treated cleaning products, use natural products found in your kitchen.  For furniture and upholstery that isn’t easy to clean, a light spritzing of vodka will help remove odors. Baking soda is also great at neutralizing odors; you can shake over rugs and carpets before vacuuming or leave pots of it in offending areas to absorb odors. Vinegar is also perfect for removing bad smells; use it when washing toys and beds.
  • React quickly to accidents – Let’s face it…pets have accidents.  As soon as ours do, I jump up and take action.  I’ve used Woolite for Pets, Resolve with Oxyclean, and even baking soda and vinegar.
  • Buy a sensible dog bed – Buy one that is water resistant that you can wipe down once a week.  I also cover mine with blankets.  I’ve also thrown the whole bed in the washer on the bedding cycle and hung out to dry.
  • Air out your house – Open up your windows and doors and let the fresh air in.  Even 10 minutes in the winter can help keep odors at bay.
  • Burn candles, essential oils, simmer spices, and charcoal – if you have a pet that is sensitive to chemicals, you can find a more natural approach by burning Beeswax or Soy candles, putting essential oils in a spray bottle, simmer spices on the stove, or use Charcoal which absorbs odors with a product like the Moso Natural Air Purifying bag, which contains sustainably sourced bamboo charcoal.
  • Use a lint brush – use a lint brush to roll over pillows, pads on chairs, furniture and even your clothes and coats to collect pet hair.
  • Use a Swiffer – Swiffer makes all kinds of cleaning products to help with dust and dander.
  • Use rubber shoe trays – If you have a messy eater or a dog that dribbles when they drink, use a black rubbermaid shoe tray under your pet’s food and water dishes.  I have used these for years and it really helps to collect food and water left behind by your pet.

I would be interested in hearing about your cleaning tips and how they have worked for you.  I’m always up for trying new cleaning techniques!  Now on to my Cinco De Mayo recipes!!  If you try them, let me know how they turned out!!

“I was telling Jake we had to clean today and got this look”.  LOL!


Homemade Pico De Gallo

5 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced finely
 1/2 large red onion, diced finely
 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 tablespoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
 salt and pepper to taste


Con Queso Cheese dip

1 (8 ounce) block regular cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 pound Queso Quesadilla Cheese
1 Tablespoon salted butter
½ Tablespoon jalepenos, minced fine (optional) – I chose to put mine on top this time
1 1/2 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine 

Melt in a pan on medium heat until mixed well.  

Note:  I chose to mix my cheese and my salsa together in a separate bowl to give it even more color and flavor.


Spicy Cilantro Garlic Shrimp

5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of lime juice
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound large shrimp, cleaned, peeled, tails on

Mix all ingredients together, add shrimp, and cook in cast iron skillet until shrimp are pink.  Make sure not to cook to long, otherwise your shrimp will be tough.  Add rice or noodles to make it a meal.  This can also be made as an appetizer.

​Note:  If you want to make it hotter, add some habanero peppers!  


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