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    5 Simple Tricks to Clean Pet Stains and Messes

    Pets are cuddly and adorable, and they make great companions. Unfortunately, they can also make messes.

    Accidents Happen
    Even a housebroken pet can have an occasional accident, thanks to an upset stomach. For those instances, your two best friends in removing pet stains are timing and blotting. Get to the stain as quickly as possible. The fresher it is, the easier it will be to remove. No matter the surface, the best way to treat the stain is always blot it with a clean cloth and never rub.

    Furry Wonder
    Ever wonder how your pet has any fur left on his body when there's so much of it all over the house? Before you invest a fortune in an expensive vacuum, try a basic sponge. Dampen a clean sponge and run it across any surfaces that are tricky to remove pet hair from, like couches and bedspreads. The fur should clump together and collect easily.

    Bringing the Outdoors In
    Prevention is the best way to deal with muddy paw prints, and all the other fun things your pet likes to bring indoors to share. Keep some pet wipes or a towel by the front door, so you can clean your pets' paws and dry any wet fur as soon as your pet walks in.

    Carpet Odor No More
    You don't have to spend a lot on brand-name cleaners and odor removers to keep your home odor-free. Baking soda is a miracle worker. It's cheap, and it works in a variety of cleaning situations. To freshen up your carpet, for example, simply sprinkle some on the rug, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum the odor and baking soda away.

    Litter Box Blues
    Do you sometimes feel like you need a gas mask to clean your cat’s litter box? Skip the mask, and arm yourself with baking soda and vinegar instead. Before filling the box with fresh litter, line the bottom with a layer of baking soda to help absorb odors. Even if you use a liner, it’s still important to clean the box regularly. Bypass bleach, which can actually combine with the ammonia in cat urine to make the box smell worse, and use a water and vinegar mixture. Be mindful that some cats might not like the smell of vinegar and they may decide to eliminate outside the box! If you're interested in a more sustainable litter box, there are now environmentally friendly litter options.

    Don't let pet messes take over your home. Try these tricks to breathe easier — and say goodbye to stains and odor for good.

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