I wanted to write this post to talk about the not so clean reality of dealing with pets (and yes, children too). Especially towards the end of our dear Harry's life things got really ugly and I had to clean a lot. It was a huge part of my life that I kept hidden.
I've become a pet cleaning specialist along the way and tried out lots of things. This post is to share my experiences on how to deal best with poop, pee and vomit (there is just no nicer way to put it y'all). And face it toddlers and kids do that on our floors and rugs too at least it happened in my house. AND I PROMISE I'LL GO BACK TO DIY PROJECTS NEXT WEEK.
Having four cats created several issues. Especially when we introduced a male to our three ladies. Sh*t or pee literally hit the fan. Things went smoothly before he arrived. He was a territorial male and my oldest lady wasn't having it so both had marking issues. But I wasn't going to give any of them up so I tried to come up with a plan. These two following books helped me so much and I was able to change small things around the house to make everyone happy and the litter box issues stopped (at least until sickness arrived).
|Dr. Nicholas Dodman|
The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats
|John C. Wright and Judy Wright Lashnits|
Is Your Cat Crazy? Solutions from the Casebook of a Cat Therapist
Now, lets get to the cleaning part shall we? And yes it can get nasty and ugly but I take it seriously when it comes to stains and odors. I always ask family members and friends if it smells in our house and I get assured that it doesn't. Believe me my family would tell me, especially my mom. And I have been to several homes where it smells like a cat urinal. I have developed a good nose for it and my kids have too.
I want to share with you the products that I use and that have worked best for me and I have used so many especially since we are always on a budget.
This is what has worked best for me and I still think this should be a sponsored post or, yeah, I'd take coupons too if you'll send them my way. Are you listing my favorite companies?
The two litters I use (and I have tried many) are:
and Arm & Hammer Double Duty or Multi-Cat
I have tried non-clumping (which is the WORST) and store brands and they are not doing their job especially smell wise and my hubby agrees. I clean all my 5 boxes (one box for every cat and then an extra one (but now that Harry died I can eliminate one) every day at least once if not twice. The litter gets scooped into cheap zip-lock bags and when they are full I throw them out. Works like a charm.
If there are accidents then this is what works the best:
I was mostly lucky that Harry had accidents in our basement where we have a hard surface floor and leather couch. Everything was covered in plastic and clean up was easy.
Now here's the thing, I have used Nature's Miracle for my kids accidents as well. The one year we all had the stomach bug and they threw up everywhere. And to top things off our washing machine broke, it was a nightmare. There is nothing worse then human vomit smell at least for me. Yuck, but this stuff has helped so much. And on top of it, it removes stains. So I have purchased the "Miracle" at places like Dr. Foster & Smith on Black Friday with free shipping for pretty cheap. I received 5 gallons for $50 which was the cheapest price ever. And I don't like their new scents at all. The best is the original stuff shown on the above photo.
Lets move on to the carpet vomit stains and other dark stains, should we? (aren't you loving this post...NOT...but it's reality for a lot of people)
And this only works for white or cream carpets, I think. I mean you can try it on your colored carpets but please only in a hidden area.
I started to use CLOROX - Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
I'm not kidding. This post has been pretty disgusting so far right? And there needs to be some disinfecting going on too. Just think of the bacterias! So this works like a charm for me in addition to the steam cleaner, which was the best investment ever. I don't use hot water in it only cold water, because I don't want to set the stains. I spray the cleaner on the carpet and rub it in with an old toothbrush. Then I let it sit for a while before going over it with the steam cleaner to suck out all the liquids.
My carpet is 13 and a half years old and it looks really good for all the horrible usage it has gotten. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about if you have pets and kids.
I really hope that I was able to help someone with this post and that's the only reason I wrote it.
Cleaning can become a frustrating chore and I love to find things that make it easier. I also love having a home that people can come to for a visit and I don't have to be embarrassed to open the door. So far I have succeeded, I'm pretty confident to say that.
If you have any other questions, just ask, ok? If I can safe an animal from being shipped off to the shelter by helping you deal with the ugly side of pet ownership then I will. So please ask away!
And like I said earlier: I promise that I'll be back to my former DIYing self on Monday.
Have a great weekend.