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How to Keep Your House Clean When You Have Pets

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Swiffer at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

When my kids were little and I had a house full of pets, I remember thinking that once the kids grew up, I’d have a clean house.

cleaning scenes with Swiffer

Well the kids are gown and now I realize that they were just a part of the problem.

3 dogs by coffee table looking up

These cuties are the other part of the problem and they make keeping my house clean  quite the challenge sometimes. Since they are low to the ground, they carry in grass, mud, dirt, leaves and other debris from outside.

Plus they love to drag out all their toys, and tear up every little piece of paper or tissue they can find.

Ziggy my Yorkie doesn’t shed but Lucas and Lucy, my chihuahuas sure do.

face of black dog

But the real shedding queen is this 14-year-old girl. We believe she is a either a Border Collie mix or an Australian Shepherd mix.

Either way Roxy sheds constantly. If I don’t keep up with it every day, there are tumbleweeds of black fur floating around everywhere. 

10 Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

  1. Brush your dog daily. If the weather is nice, do it outside.
  2. Bathe your dog every few weeks.
  3. Have good, absorbent door mats by the front and back doors.
  4. Keep a towel by the door to wipe muddy paws.
  5. Wash their dog toys monthly.
  6. If your dog has a lot of toys, split them up in to 3-4 groups. Leave one group in their toy box but store the others away. Every few weeks, switch out to a different batch of toys. Not only will this cut the clutter but your dogs will think they are getting new toys.
  7. Wash their bedding every few weeks.
  8. Dust weekly.
  9. Take 5 minutes to use your Swiffer Heavy Duty Sweeper with dry mopping cloths every day.
  10. Use the wet mopping cloths with your Swiffer Heavy Duty Sweeper once a week or as needed.

I have been a long time Swiffer user. I’m pretty sure I was one of their first customers when their products arrived on the shelves many years ago.

They were life savers for me trying to keep my house clean when I had 3 little kids making messes everywhere, and they still make my life easier now with their Heavy Duty Pet product line. It’s the easiest way I know to stop shedding from spreading.

girl dusting with yorkie dog and chihuahua dog

Swiffer’s product line includes  their Wet/Dry Sweeper Kit and Duster Starter Kit  and is available at Walmart. These products are designed to trap and lock more hair so you aren’t dragging it all the place.

If you have never tried Swiffer products before, they are actually kind of fun to use. My 9-year-old granddaughter loves using them so I recruit her to help me when she’s here.

girl dusting ceiling fan with Swiffer duster

I love that the duster has an extender pole so I can reach the ceiling fans and the tops of framed artwork. And it picks up a LOT of dust and hair.

girl mopping with Swiffer mop while 2 dogs watching

I keep the mop in my pantry so I have easy access for quick cleanups. I find if I just do a fast 5 minute swipe over the floors every day, it keeps the floor pretty clean and keeps the grime and hair at bay. When I’m ready to do my weekly wet mopping, I can whiz through it very quickly.

I appreciate Swiffer at Walmart for letting me blog about my favorite cleaning products.

I’d love to hear your favorite cleaning tips. I’m always looking for new ideas to make cleaning faster and easier.

Also let me know if you give the new Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet products a try.





Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Hey I just checked at my Walmart this morning and didn't see the pet Swiffer stuff, just the regular swiffer stuff.


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

My Walmart didn't have them yet either Chuck, but you can order them online just by clicking the link in the post. It will take you to and show you all the Swiffer pet products. You can order it and have them ship it to your store or directly to your home.


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

I'll have to get me a new swiffer pet mop next time I'm at walmart. Lord knows I need it with 6 dogs.


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Let us know how you like it Jenni! Wow, 6 dogs!


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

These are great tips!


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Thanks Emily!