We sure love our dogs – they are faithful friends and joyful companions. But we all know living with a dog can (and will) get messy. They are messy eaters, jump around, leave a lot of hair, and, during their potty training you can stumble upon small smelly puddles around the house. So, is it possible to have a dog and a clean home at the same time? The Happy House Cleaning specialists say ‘Yes!’.

Here ‘s how you can do it:

Green Cleaning is a Must

We have written series of articles on how commercial cleaning products can be a real threat to your health (you can read them here: part 1, part 2, part 3). If you clean your home, using toxic products take in mind that pets are more vulnerable to poisonous fumes and chemical residues than us. Dogs sniff around the house, lay on the ground, and stay home the whole day while we are at work. So, turning to green cleaning is a key step for the health of your four-legged friend.

Vinegar and Baking Soda for Urine Stains

Both vinegar and baking soda have powerful cleaning properties and does not affect your pet’s health. You can use this recipe to remove urine, poo and vomit stains and odours from carpets, rugs, upholstery and wood floors. Since this method includes vinegar, do not use it on marble, or waxed wooden furniture – two of the 8 things you should never clean with vinegar.


Get a cloth and blot up as much of the stain as you can. If you are cleaning vomit, scrape the residues with a dull knife. Sprinkle generously baking soda onto the spot. Leave it to absorb the smell from the stain for 10 min then vacuum. Mix 2 cups of lukewarm water and 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Pour into spray bottle and spray onto the spot. Wait for 2 min and blot the liquid using dry cloth.

Dogs doesn’t spill their water just to wet your floor. Their tongues are just built that way.

Clean Less after Messy Eaters

Most dogs – especially the big ones, eat as if they want to decorate your floor with food residues and granules. Not to mention that often half of their meal is left on their neck, then goes straight on your furniture and carpets. To prevent food dropping on your dog’s fur we recommend putting a dog bandana on your pet’s neck before every meal. As for food spills, you can place a plastic mat under your dog’s food and water bowls. When your four legged friend is done eating, just take the mat and rinse it with hot water. This way you will keep your floor clean without much effort.

Remove Pet Hair

When you have a dog, you must vacuum around the house on regular basis. Use the upholstery attachment to remove most of the fur from your furniture. However, vacuuming sometimes isn’t enough. Check this post to see how to remove pet hair easy from furniture and carpets and make your own DIY hair-removing tools with materials you can find around the house.

Keep Your Home Clean Longer

It’s very import make comfortable home for your pet, without the hassle of cleaning all the time. If you want to keep your home clean longer, and your four-legged friend it is best to establish some rules. Teach your pets that they are not allowed on your bed and on other furniture. Get them a nice, spacious be in the room. If however you want to let your dog cuddle on the sofa with you, cover the upholstery with blankets. It will be easier for you to wash these covers, than to clean the upholstery.

At last, but not least – that having a dog is having a friend for life. Enjoy the good moments with your pet and don’t let trifles like food spills or paw stains ruin your friendship. And don’t forget – you can always hire professional cleaners to deal with stubborn stains and dirty carpets and furniture. Just choose a company that uses eco-friendly products and procedures.