Torn newspapers, tipped-over food bowls, questionable odours, and blood stains on floors and furniture. This is not a crime scene—it could be your home. 😆 Because fur babies? They're little darlings, but they create massive messes!
Cleaning up after your furry friend: Reader poll
Speaking of messes, let's have a show of hands! Which of the following do you struggle handling the most?
- Pet hairs
- Dirt and mud
- Other: Don't leave us in the dark; tell us about it in the comments
Perhaps it grosses you out. Maybe it happens far too frequently. Or you don't know the best way to deal with it. Either way, we hear you. We feel you. And, most importantly, we got you. After all, friends don't let friends drown in household chores! 😉
The best products for cleaning up after pets indoors
Avert pet messes like a pro with our expert tips for preventing and managing the 5 most common pet chaos—without harsh chemicals.
From housebreaking to marking and accidental soiling: Urine is an unavoidable, inevitable, and most likely imminent mess. Sorry!
Prevention: Proper potty training, a consistent routine, and a stress-free environment.
Management: Skip the homemade "cleansers", harsh chemicals, and cleaning products with ammonia—they don't work. Enzymatic cleaners are the only way to go when dealing with protein-based stains. (PetLab's E.N. Zyme Solution Stain & Odour Remover works best.) Opt for the Home Cleaning Value Pack for a full 6L of the good stuff!
Tools: It depends on where the crime happened.
- Microfibre cloths to soak up and wipe away urine.
- A toothbrush to get into the piles of your carpet.
- The mop of your choice.
Tip: Act fast to avoid surface damage and the build-up of harder-to-eliminate urine stains. Also, be thorough.
Faeces ranks pretty high on "the list of things I'd rather not touch". (Oh, you know it's a real thing.) Sadly, it can't always be avoided.
Prevention: Regular toilet breaks, a healthy diet, and watch out for lactose intolerance if you don't want a case of Turbulent Tummy!
Management: Like urine, poo is protein-based. But it also comes with the added ick factor of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. For the love of all things sanitary: Treat this mess with PetLab Stain & Odour Remover—a potent combination of naturally fermented, enzyme cleaner, and odour neutraliser that leaves your home clean & smelling fresh!
Tools: No one wants to get their hands dirty, so arm yourself with poop bags to pick up the "deposit".
Tip: Pre-treat soiled fabrics (like rugs) with PetLab Stain & Odour Remover, then double down with the deep-cleaning power of Eco Laundry Liquid in the wash.
Some of us will deal with vomit more often than others. (Cat owners can expect thrown-up hairballs several times a month!)
Prevention: Two-pronged approach: Keep table scraps, allergens, and household toxins out of reach. Brush cats regularly!
Management: Vomit can contain harmful germs like E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, so a disinfectant like Healthy Habitat is required after the enzyme treatment to kill harmful germs left behind!
Tip: Pet vomit is acidic and can rapidly cause regrettable damage (discolouration) to hardwood and natural stone floors like marble. Speed is of the essence!
#4: Hair & dander
This inescapable duo is enemy #1 for individuals with allergies and/or asthma:
- Pet hairs trap other baddies like dust, mold, and pollen.
- The proteins in dander (dead skin cells) are what actually trigger allergies.
Prevention: Regular pet grooming and surface cleaning.
Management: The best way to keep a stuffy nose, watery eyes, and hives at bay is to take your housekeeping seriously. We're talking "Spring Cleaning" levels of seriousness year-round.
Tools: Get this versatile, lightweight, and durable rubber broom! It attracts and lifts pet hairs and dander from dry and wet surfaces; on floors, walls, windows, and furniture—indoors and outdoors.
Tip: Did you know you don't need pets for your home to test positive for animal allergens? You can bring them in from your daily activities. But once they're in your home, pet allergens cling to all surfaces and fabrics—and stay in the air for months! Our range of protein-tackling enzymatic cleaners (and some air-purifying plants) can help minimise exposure.
#5: Dirt & mud
This mess can feel like a nonstop Groundhog Day of sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping!
Prevention: Place our heavy-duty, dirt-trapping Grubby Paw Mats on either side of all entrances.
Management: Trust Healthy Habitat Ready to Use Formula. It's your everyday eco cleaner for a wide range of hard and soft surfaces—no rinsing required!
Tools: Your typical broom, vacuum, and mop trio.
Tip: Rushing to wipe mud stains off carpets and couches? Doing that will cause smudging. Let the mud dry, then use a toothbrush or plastic spoon to scrape it off dirtied fabrics.
See? Told you we got you! 😃