Keeping your car clean with dogs

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Dogs make great company, especially during joy rides! It’s always a uniquely fun experience each time when they’re around.

By Guest Blogger, Mariam

However, just like most pet owners, you probably have this major issue all the while: keeping your car clean and odor-free.

Undoubtedly, traveling with pets can be messy and smelly, so check out these tips and useful hacks to deal with the clutter and odor:

Keep Your Dogs in One Area of the Car

The golden rule when traveling with pets is that the smaller their space is, the smaller area you have to clean.

Therefore, do not allow your pets to go walking or crawling inside your car. Better yet, restrain them. It’s best to place them in a crate where the mess is easier to manage, and more importantly, where your pet is safer.

Make sure the crate isn’t too skimpy. Look for a crate where your pet should be able to stand, sit, and turn around inside.

Use Seat Covers

If you want to do away with vacuuming and wiping down your car seats all the time, use seat covers. They are cheap, easy to install, and will protect your beautiful leather car seats from getting scratched or wetted by your pet. Seriously, car seat covers are a lifesaver!

Consider buying a padded cover, so your pooch gets additional comfort and protection against bumpy roads.

Don’t forget to protect your car carpets too. Consider covering them with a quilt. This helps keep pet hair from getting embedded into the carpet fibers and protects it from mud, dirt, and moisture when your dog gets back into the car after a hike.

Brush Before & After Travelling

Pet dander is a common nuisance in homes and cars. And really, it takes so much time to deal with it!

That said, when it comes to removing pet hair from your car, prevention is better than cure.

It’s best to brush your pet before letting them in the car and before going home. Stick a pet brush in your compartment so you can give your pooch a quick brush during stopovers.

Another hack, which works extremely great for heavy shedders, is to put an oversized T-shirt on them. Tie a loose knot, so it gathers around his waist. Okay, this won’t catch all shed hair, but it certainly helps keep them from flying around inside your car.

Assemble a Cleaning Kit

Make your life easier by gathering all your car cleaning must-haves in an easily accessible bag. Your ‘cleaning kit’ should include paper towels, alcohol-free disinfecting wipes, microfiber towels, and a sober cloth for drooling dogs. You should also pack a dog brush, lint brush, tweezers, and plastic bags for easy disposal of clutter.

It’s also nice to have a spare bottle of water on hand, whether you need to quench his thirst or scrub off stubborn stains from your car interior.

Keep the Odor Under Control

Effective odor elimination is all about addressing the cause of the bad smell, which is usually the yeast and bacteria molecules that evaporate from your pet’s fur and burrow into the fabrics and carpets inside your car. The odor may also be caused by pet urines which are difficult to deal with.

Here are other tips to control pet odor in your car:

  • Use a pet-safe deodorizer. It’s an effective way to reduce the musty smell that comes with owning a pet.
  • After your trip, leave a bowl of baking soda on your car dashboard or floor overnight to absorb the odor. Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda on the floor and seats.
  • Vacuum your car. Vacuuming your car interior from top to bottom is the best way to deal with pet urines and molecules.


An enjoyable road trip with your furry friends is possible without a great deal of mess, odor, and stress!

Again, it’s best to restrict their area to make cleaning and deodorizing your car a lot easier. It’s also helpful to invest in inexpensive items like seat covers to make cleaning easy-peasy. Lastly, make sure you have a cleaning kit anywhere you go so you can address any filthy issue before it gets worse.

That’s it. Enjoy the ride!

about the author

Mariam is a Hygiene Specialist working with SONO Healthcare. She has been interested in health and cleaning issues since she was young and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others who are not indifferent to cleanup. Mariam is deeply convinced that house cleaning is a critical part of hygiene. Regularly, she delivers new cleaning expert advice on how to treat products, tools, different items, which sometimes include medical instruments and equipment as well.

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