Pets and Your Home
How to Frugally Get Rid of
by Nikki Willhite
Most people look upon their pets
(dogs and cats) as members of their family. Pets are adorable, lovable, loyal
and more, but they are not people. Eventually, in spite or your best
efforts to train them, they will make "mistakes", and the house will
smell. Just having them in the house will make it smell.
Dogs that play outside get dirty, and odors come into the house with the dog. Those with cats have to deal with
litter boxes. Both have hair that will shed all over your house.
Never-the-less, we love our pets.
The odor...not so much. How do you make a house as clean and sweet smelling as
possible when you have a pet?
First of all, try and stay on top of
it. Keep you cat's litter box supplied with fresh litter.
Self-cleaning litter boxes work well. Keep some disinfectant spray handy
to wipe the floor and walls around the litter box on a regular basis. Odors do
Clean air is good for everyone. Run a couple
air fresheners in your home. There are many models available at different
price points. We purchased our air filters at Costco. I consider
them frugal because the filters can be cleaned instead of replace.
Add some fragrance in your home. There are so
many ways to add lovely scent to your home. My favorite is the electric
wax burner. Walmart sells the wax at
a frugal price.
The most difficult thing to deal
with is your carpet. If you can, get rid of it. Carpet
holds smells for years. It is very difficult to remove the smell of urine
from carpet. Find an inexpensive flooring solution for your home that
doesn't involve carpet. Invest in some frugal pretty vinyl flooring or
It is work, and sometimes takes sacrifice, to keep your home smelling fresh and
clean when you have pets. Just having a pet is an extra expense and takes
up time. Love your pets and your home! Do what it takes to make your home comfortable for both
your family, your friends, and your pets.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
- where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal
Happy Families- more than just money!