Spring is a great chance to start fresh. You already know that keeping a clean kennel is essential, and spring is the perfect time to give everything that really deep clean and get organized. Did you ever think about your cleaning options? Some of the most common cleaning products on the market can contain nasty chemicals that can do more harm than good! We rounded up some of the best natural cleaning methods on the internet to bring you tips on how to clean your kennel naturally, the best part is they are safe for humans and pets alike.
SPRING CLEAN WITH VINEGAR
When a deep clean is required vinegar, or acetic acid, is a great choice. Vinegar is amazing for cleaning as it disinfects, cuts odor and grease, and it’s cheap! You can dilute it with water in a spray bottle (1/2 cup to 1 gallon water) and simply wipe down hard surfaces. You can also distill 1 cup of vinegar in a bucket of hot water to mop the floors –but don’t worry, the smell does go away! Vinegar is a safe cleaning solution for many hard things around the kennel, such as toys and dishes. Simply add the vinegar into the rinse-agent of your dishwasher to disinfect everything. Do you have utility or kitchen sinks at your facility that omit a less than fresh smell from the drain? Sprinkle baking soda liberally into the drain, followed by a straight dose of white vinegar, then run hot water down the drain for 60 seconds. You now have clean drains and fresh smelling sinks naturally!
BAKING SODA…FOR MORE THAN BAKING!
Baking soda is a great tool to cut down on the hound-odor that you may experience from time to time in your kennel. Liberally sprinkle on carpets, utility mats, and bedding (that can’t be washed) and vacuum thoroughly. Make sure to remove all the baking soda when you vacuum, we don’t want any pets getting into it!
A great tip for dusting hard surfaces, such as your front desk, without any chemical laden sprays is to slightly dampen an old sock and use it to gently dust the area –but make sure to stay away from electronics! Microfiber cloths are another great option for dusting without chemicals as they pick up dust and dirt very well and can be thrown in the wash when they get dirty. Green and clean!
FRESH AIR DON’T CARE
If possible, open up those windows! After giving them a good cleaning using vinegar and hot water (wear rubber gloves!) opening the windows to let outside air into the common areas of your kennel is a great option to make everything fresh again. Disclaimer! We obviously don’t recommend opening windows anywhere near pets due to the escape risk, or opening windows if it will mess with your internal air circulation system. If you have a closed-off entry area and no customer/pet traffic for a few minutes opening a window can do wonders for your air quality. Another great option is to stash a few cotton balls with a few drops of Lavender essential oil sprinkled on them around the desk area where pet parents are checking in. Ensuring that they are off of the floor and out of reach of any pets, this is a nice way to freshen the space without offending any sensitive noses. Just make sure that nothing fragranced goes where the pets are! Their noses are much more sensitive than any human sniffers.
Getting organized can be one of the toughest things that you face during your spring cleaning. Piles of paper, customer files, vaccination records, and receipts can add up fast! ProPet Software is a great way to manage all of your files and bookings with ease and allow your customers to book online. As a complete kennel management system, it can really save you time and make running your business more efficient this spring!
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