This is not to be confused with Sterilizing or Disinfecting, which are different things all together.

Cleaning is what you do around your house to remove dirt, dust and other gross things to keep your home fresh and hygienic. This is scooping your litter box daily and washing it out weekly (or monthly at the very least). This is clutter control, poop scooping, vacuuming, dusting, bowl and pet bed washing routine that adults must just wrap up into their day.

My go to every day cleaners are:

Why? Because I’m a rushed person. I wipe and go. There isn’t time for anything else. Find your go to’s and keep things tidy an nice. It’s easier to do a little everyday than a muck out when you can’t cross the floor anymore…

Sometimes I just go through my normal morning routine with a Clorox wipe in my hand so I know what knobs, railings and walls I touch and keep things disinfected, especially when I’m sick. Just remember to wash your hands before you touch your face or eat anything.

Baby wipes clean fur, paws and butts nicely in-between baths. They are also surprisingly good at cleaning up cat vomit, but Clorox wipes work for that too. (Just never ever use the Clorox wipes on you or your pets.)

Soap and water really are the best for everyday cleaning. Relying on disinfectants all the time has helped create super bugs. Clean regularly, disinfect when needed.

Baking Soda can also be used as a cleaner and deodorizer. If your couch or huge, un-washable pet bet is musty or smelly you can sprinkle baking soda on it for 15 minutes and then just vacuums the soda and stench away. If your garbage can wreaks of pet odors, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of it, on the stinky layer of trash or better yet, always bag your pet waste. If your pet had an accident on the carpet, clean it well and then once dried, sprinkle the baking soda on for 15 minutes to take out the smell. If you like the smell of coffee, you can use coffee for this as well. Mmmm… coffee…


**Cleaning is also the step you have to do before Disinfecting. Disinfecting doesn’t do what you want unless the surface is clean first.