I used to be a meticulous housekeeper. Everything was in its place and I could probably pass the “white glove test”. As our furry family grew larger, I kind of lost track of that. More pets means more fur and dirt around the house. More pets means more ears to clean, baths to give, nails to trim, and fur to be brushed.
It might be one of the most challenging things about having multiple pets….finding time to do all that. I do my best to keep up on the grooming, though I could do better. I could do way better in the house cleaning department. We switched most of our carpets out for wood floors over the years, because they are so much easier to keep clean when you have pets. The running joke around here is that my cleaning technique is to open the front sliders and let the wind blow all the fur to the back of the house where I can scoop it all up at once.
That’s mostly not true, but somewhere along the line I went from being obsessed with cleaning, to learning to live with a little dirt and fur on the floors, and dog slime on the windows. I’ve learned that if you at least keep your home clutter free, people think it’s really clean anyway. My house isn’t as bad as I make it sound….we keep things generally clean though I could certainly be better. We go on a house cleaning frenzy only when company is coming, or when I just get in the mood to clean (which doesn’t happen often!). I’d just rather be playing with the dogs or working on my blog than obsessively cleaning the house.
Keeping up on brushing the animals can help keep the fur down. When we had two golden retrievers, I found it almost impossible to keep up with both of them. After losing Moses, I finally gave in and took Sheba to a groomer. Sheba can be timid so I never wanted to put her through the stress of something new like that (I wished I had taken both of them from when they were young). When one of the vet techs at our vet’s office started grooming, I was thrilled, because here was someone I knew and was comfortable leaving Sheba with, knowing they’d take good care of her and treat her right. She goes to the “spa” every 3-4 months and in between I brush her and trim her nails myself.
I also brush our cat Samantha, otherwise she just leaves a carpet of black everywhere she lays! Luke and Cricket don’t shed as much, and they are easier to keep up with. Luke won’t let me brush him anyway….he still thinks the brush is a toy!
I am also intent on using only cruelty free and chemical free products. I believe that the residues from harsh chemical products is one of the things that can lead to illness and allergies in our pets. When given the opportunity to try some new cleaning and grooming products from PL360 (“For Pet Lovers Everywhere”) I was excited! It motivated me to do some of that much needed cleaning, and to give Luke and Cricket the baths they were due for.
All of the cleaning and grooming products from PL360 are natural, plant based, and safe for pets. They are made in the USA and never tested on animals. I am sensitive to smells, and all of their products are pleasant smelling and not overwhelming. The cleaning products are non-allergenic and contain no ammonia, bleach, phosphates, phthalates or sulfates. The shampoos don’t have any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, toxins, lanolin, soap or alcohol.
Our elderly cat Conrad was having a lot of accidents around the house, and I wish I’d had these products long before we lost him. They are simple to use and work well. He had some bad accidents on the dog/cat beds and I sprayed the Stain & Odor Remover on the bed before throwing it in the wash, and it came out perfectly clean and smelling so much better.
When Samantha was not feeling well, we had put her in a room away from the dogs, it just happened to be the one room where we still have carpet. She was throwing up hair balls and having accidents as well, and even though I had spot cleaned the carpet it hadn’t come totally clean. Frankly, when you walked in our house, it was one of those houses where you knew immediately we had animals. I used the Stain & Odor Remover on the stains, and then the Carpet Powder on the whole room, plus our carpeted staircase which also needed it. The house smells so much better now! I even used the Multi-purpose cleaner and wipes to clean some of the smudges off the windows. It’s not even recommended for that, but worked great! Both cleaners can be used on all kinds of surfaces…just about anywhere, really.
I’ve come to enjoy giving the dogs’ baths. They’re pretty good about it, they try to escape some but mostly they don’t seem to mind so much. I just love having them clean and fresh smelling, and watching their antics when it’s over! PL360 has 7 different shampoos. We got to try the Oatmeal foaming shampoo – it’s made especially for dry and itchy skin, and even though Luke’s skin isn’t bad he does get some dandruff sometimes. I loved how this shampoo worked and how it rinsed out so easily.
We used the Daily Grooming shampoo on Cricket and it worked just as well and I love that scent too. Both dogs look and smell great, and every time we hug them we tell them how good they smell! Baths seem to energize them!
Yesterday I posted photos of Luke and Cricket being silly after their baths. Cricket had to roll in the grass and Luke had to romp around the yard with his bandana in his mouth. Even though Sheba didn’t have a bath, she wanted to get in on modeling the bandanas, seen below. She says she’s still clean from her last grooming!
Now you can enter to win a prize pack similar to the package we received to try, with $75 worth of PL360 products to try yourself!
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Disclaimer: We received products from PL360 to try free of charge, but were in no other way compensated for this post. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we believe will be of interest to our readers, and all reviews are our own honest opinion.