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Budget-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Clean with a Puppy

Nothing is more precious than a new puppy — until the first time they have an accident on your carpet and you have nothing on hand to clean it up. But keeping your house clean with a puppy doesn’t have to feel like a never-ending battle. With these tips, you can maintain a clean house, a healthy puppy, and do it all without spending a fortune.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your home clean. Basic puppy-proofing stops messes before they happen by limiting your pet’s access to trash cans, litter boxes, and other mess-centers. Compared to baby-proofing, puppy-proofing is cheap and easy. These steps cost next to nothing but will reduce frustration after bringing your new puppy home:

Dog-proof trash cans: The most inexpensive way to puppy-proof trash cans is to place them inside cabinets. However, if they don’t fit, a lidded trash can should do the trick. Look for a design that keeps its lid on even when tipped over.
Move chewables out of reach: From shoes to children’s toys, some things are just too tempting for a teething puppyto resist. Instead of dealing with the expensive aftermath of chewed-up belongings, store items out of reach. The same goes for toxic cleaning supplies and small objects that your puppy might decide look like food. If you’re short on elevated shelving, installing child-proof locks on lower cabinets is a budget-friendly compromise.
Close doors: It’s tough to puppy-proof every inch of your home. Instead, puppy-proof your most frequently-used rooms and limit access to the rest of the home by simply closing doors.
Restrict litter box access: Closed doors work for a lot of things, but what if you have a cat that needs to access their litter box and a puppy you’d prefer to keep away? A covered litter box with a top-entry or door flap keeps most dogs out, but if your pup is persistent, try installing a cat door or door latch that lets your cat access the litter box area but keeps dogs out.
Shopping for Your Pup

Accidents in the house are to be expected during housetraining. Instead of getting frustrated, be ready with a house training response plan and plenty of cleaning supplies. The price of pet urine cleaners might leave you with sticker shock, but don’t cheap out when it comes to cleaning products. Standard cleaning supplies simply don’t have the same odor-fighting power as specialized enzymatic cleansers. Instead, search online for sales, coupons, and cashback offers to save money on the right cleaning products.

Managing Shedding

Dog breeds vary in how much they shed, but if you have a Saint Bernard or other high-shedding breed, you’ll want a game plan for keeping up with pet hair. The smartest thing you can do to limit shedding messes is restricting your puppy’s furniture access. A dog bed with a washable cover or a comforting blanketis much easier to clean than your living room couch! If you know your way around a sewing machine, you can even sew your own to save money.


However, if you and your dog prefer to cuddle together on the couch, you can plan to increase the frequency of cleaning routines and brush your dog often to contain fur before it coats your home. Or, you can hire a cleaning service to remove pet hair from your furniture. Keep in mind that if you’re currently selling your home, it’s essential that you stay on top of removing pet hair and other cleaning tasks.

Keeping clean with a puppy in the house requires some reorganizing and new routines, but it shouldn’t require a ton of cash. Whether you’re looking for a way to curb shedding or keep pet odors at bay, there’s a way to do it without spending a ton. From zero-cost strategies to inexpensive fixes, these tips will help you live harmoniously with your new puppy.


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Jessica Brody

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