Dogs & Cleaning

Keep dog stains and odor off the couch and carpet for good.

Isn't it amazing how the cuddliest creatures on earth can also leave the smelliest messes inside our homes? We're talking old puppy pee stains, liquid messes only an upset canine tummy can cause and pet hair everywhere. We know cleaning up after our pets isn't anyone's favorite thing, and that's where our dogs and cleaning section comes in. We've compiled lists of the best products and home remedies to help arm you in the face of doggie clean-up disasters!

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Consider a Towel Near the Front Door

Clean your pet's feet before letting him into the house. For dirty feet, try a water dip, then a towel. Any caked mud will turn into muddy water and will be easier to wipe off. (Better the towel than the carpet!) Use a damp towel to wipe the floors, one that's big and reusable. Maybe get a large towel as the dog way station by the door, then dip, wipe, release?

Kathy Y., owner of a Mixed Breed

Getting the Stink Out of Your Carpet

When hunting for an odor eliminator for your carpets, look for a product that advertises itself as "enzymatic" or one that contains enzymes. Off the top of my head the two I can think of are Nature's Miracle, and Biokleen Bac-Out. Anything that is not enzymatic may cover up the odor with a stronger more pleasant smell, but it won't get rid of it (and your dog can still smell the original odor). Enzymatic cleaners actually break the source of the odor down using enzymes.

Cressida M., owner of a Coonhound