Pets are great sources of unexplainable joy. There is something with the way they make eye contact with you that sends a message of love that is pure. Love that does not demand, and one that has no expectations or judgment. When snuggling up to you, the comfort felt by your pet seems to rub off on you, making both of you feel that all is well with the world; even for just a brief spell.
Perhaps that is probably why research studies show that pets, even the kind that lives in a fish bowl, make us feel happier. Although like in any relationship, not everything is perfect. You will get hold of the monthly bills and soon enough, a terrible weight seems to drop on your shoulder.
After, or even while you are still figuring out how to juggle your budget, your beloved pet comes in all muddy. Just thinking about the cleaning up that comes after can be stressful. In fact, it will get you thinking on how intensive cleaning after every mess brought on by your pet, can spike your utility bills.
Do not think any further as here are some tips on how you can save not only on energy and water use, when taking care of your pet and every mess it adds to your cleaning chores.
Put some cleaning stuff ready in your entranceway
If your pet is a habitual gallivanter, it would best to keep some cleaning stuff like paper towels, dog wipes, disinfectant and a bottle of water spray ready in your entrance way. Give your pet a quick clean before it enters the house to soil the carpet, a couch, its bed, and every space it treads on, to save on the amount of energy used in vacuuming large areas.
Regularly Giving Your Pet a Thorough Washing
Do not think infrequent washing or less thorough bathing of your dog will lessen your utility bills. Think of the amount of dirt, stain and odor your pet will accumulate, and eventually deposit elsewhere to require intensive cleaning. This is especially true if your carpet or if the fabric covering your couch acts like a fur magnet. Regularly giving your pet a thorough washing will cost you less in utility charges, compared to regular thorough cleaning of furniture and floors.
Cover Couches or Upholstered Furniture with Synthetic Fabrics
Synthetic fabrics are stain and fur resistant since their fibers are tightly woven; giving it less propensity to absorb stains or retain fur strands. Covering upholstered furniture or quilted mats with throws made from synthetic fabric will make it easier for you to get rid of stain or fur. That way, only the synthetic throw will require thorough brushing, washing and drying, which requires less frequent vacuuming, and less electricity and water usage in removing stains, fur and dander.
Replace a Foam-Stuffed Pet Bed with a Hammock Type Bed
If your dog is currently wallowing in a foam-stuffed bed that you bought because your pet looks cute in it, you are probably washing the bed every now and them. Otherwise, pet odor will fill the living room area, while bugs and fleas will have found a way to hide in the stuffed bed. A highly recommended replacement is a pet hammock as it is a mounted piece of stain-resistant or scratch-proof fabric suspended by way of adjustable straps, a few inches above the floor. Aside from being lightweight, the hammock fabric requires only thorough wiping, and exposure to air and sunlight to get rid of odor-causing bacteria.