Pets and a Clean House: Can They Coexist?
Of course you love Fido and Fifi, but is it possible to keep pets, and keep a house clean too?
General Cleanliness to Keep Your House Clean With Pets continued...
“Always wipe your counters down with a cleansing wipe, or paper towel and
cleaning solution, before and after you put food on the counter,” advises Donna
Duberg, MS, an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at St. Louis
University in Missouri. “Keep things like cutting boards and cutting knives,
and other food preparation tools, inside cupboards or drawers.”
Cats and dogs can also develop intestinal parasites that can spread to
people -- especially children, with more vulnerable immune systems -- so
keeping your house clean with pets also means keeping them free of these
critters. Regular use of medications like Interceptor, which prevents parasites
like heartworm, hookworm and roundworm, and Frontline, which combats fleas,
protects not only your pets but your human family as well.
Of course, cats and dogs aren’t the only pets people keep. Reptiles and
amphibians are also popular pets. While they don’t expel fur or climb on the
counter unless you put them there, these animals can be carriers of viruses
like salmonella and shigella. To avoid spreading them, wipe down cages and
habitats daily and clean once a week, wearing gloves. Don’t wash habitats
in the kitchen sink, says Duberg. If you have a laundry sink, use that; if not,
try the bathtub.
Finally, keep pet food supplies in covered containers -- left open, they can
attract rodents and other pests.