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It’s summer! That means more sun, more pool, more boys, more dogs, more… mess. Yes in a house of boys + dogs who are constantly in and out all summer, my job of keeping the house clean steps up a notch. I have a few tricks under my sleeve for making my care routine a bit easier so I thought I’d share some tips for keeping the house clean this summer!

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!

My favorite summertime cleaning tip is the “dog paw wash”. My dogs are (oddly enough) allergic to grass and I’ve found that cleaning their paws often helps the itchiness during prime time allergy season. Plus, they’ve been known to track in LOTS of “who knows what” on their paws. This simple tip is great for camping or rving too since they can bring in lots of extra dirt and dust on their paws, especially if you have a dog with long hair!

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!All you need are 2 plastic cups, some soap or dog shampoo, water and a towel. If you have dogs that tend to get their paws full on muddy, cut a scrubber sponge and wedge it into the bottom of the cup. Put some soap (just a small amount) and water in one cup, and just water in the other.

When it’s time to go inside put each paw in the soapy cup (scrub if needed).

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!Then rinse off in the clean water cup.

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!A towel for a quick dry and you have relatively clean paws ready to go inside. This works out SO much better than a hose method because my dogs think the hose means we’re playing and will get sopping wet in no time!

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!Even if you can’t see the dirt, it’s there. How do I know? Because this is where they usually head first.

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too! Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!Which leads to my “reminder” list of extra things to wash and keep clean throughout the summer with kids and dogs running in and out!

  • Wash dog bed covers
  • Wash duvet cover (I love duvet covers because I can wash them at home!)
  • Wash pillow covers on sofa (extra time at home means extra time cuddling on the couch right?!)
  • Dust
  • Mop

Man, caring for your family means a lot of extra work! But seriously – I’d do 20x more for these crazies.

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!

Keeping the house clean in summer with kids + dogs. Love the dog paw wash! Would be great for camping or rving too!Speaking of care, have you seen the latest from Whirlpool’s Every day, care™ project? I am loving their work with Habitat for Humanity and the awesome information they have up now about how simple things like dinner and clean clothes benefit our kids in a HUGE way. Go now and check out what they’re doing on the Every day, care™ website, to learn about their mission and celebrate the little things!

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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