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Tidying Up After Pets and Kids

August 24, 2018

Your filthy and adored dependents excel at making messes of your home and car. It's a good thing they're cute.



How to wash stuffed animals: Plush toys, whether they belong to the family pet or a child, can be laundered, either in the machine or by hand. Most toys can take a spin in the washer, but in the case of especially beloved or fragile plush companions, washing by hand will provide a gentler experience for precious friends.

When machine washing, use the gentle cycle, cold water and a mild detergent. Place small toys, or ones with hair or embellishments, in a mesh wash bag to prevent tangling and snagging. Add towels to the load when washing toys that have hard parts, to prevent damage to your machine and a horrible racket.

How to wash plastic toys: Cleaning hard plastic toys is as easy as washing dishes: You can put them on the top rack of the dishwasher or wash a big load of them by filling the sink with hot water and a few drops of dish soap. If the household includes a child or an adult with a compromised immune system (or if the idea of commingling your dinner plates with your pet’s water bowl grosses you out), wash pet items in a separate load.


The first rule of fluid cleanup is to absorb as much liquid as possible using paper towels or dry rags.

Are fruit juice and wine stains common problems in your household? Get a bottle of Wine Away. Do pets or children have frequent accidents? Nature’s Miracle is indeed a miracle at eliminating urine stains and smells, regardless of origin. Do you have toddlers who are prone to frequent vomiting? Super-Sorb will greatly improve the process of cleaning up those messes.


Frequent vacuuming goes a long way in keeping tumbleweeds of dog or cat hair from drifting around the home. You don’t need a specialty vacuum if you have pets, but if they’re especially furry, avoid bagged models.

Is pet hair on the couch or bed driving you mad? Try running a rubber glove or grooming mitt over fabric surfaces, which will pick up clumps of hair.

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