Golden Retriever sitting on the couch looking out the window.
Must Haves for Cleaning
Stain and Odor Remover
“No matter how well-trained our pets are, sometimes accidents happen," says Jeneva Aaron, founder of cleaning site The House Wire. “They [may] pee when they are excited and we cannot deny that dog pee's smell clings to the furniture and floorboards."

To combat this common pet mess, Aaron recommends a DIY solution of mixing equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle. But these store-bought options work well, too.
Best Odor Eliminator
Best Odor Eliminator
Angry Orange 24 oz Ready-to-Use Citrus Pet Odor Eliminator Pet Spray
Best Odor Eliminator
Angry Orange 24 oz Ready-to-Use Citrus Pet Odor Eliminator Pet Spray
Angry Orange 24 oz Ready-to-Use Citrus Pet Odor Eliminator Pet Spray
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Angry Orange 24 oz Ready-to-Use Citrus Pet Odor Eliminator Pet Spray
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Best Budget
Nature’s Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover Spray, 24-oz bottle
Best Budget
Nature's Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover Spray, 24-oz bottle
Nature's Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover Spray, 24-oz bottle
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Nature’s Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover Spray, 24-oz bottle
Best Scrubber
Best Scrubber
Drillbrush Power Scrubber 4-Piece Stiffness Pet Stain & Hair Removal Kit, Medium Bristle Drill Brush
Best Scrubber
Drillbrush Power Scrubber 4-Piece Stiffness Pet Stain & Hair Removal Kit, Medium Bristle Drill Brush
Drillbrush Power Scrubber 4-Piece Stiffness Pet Stain & Hair Removal Kit, Medium Bristle Drill Brush
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Drillbrush Power Scrubber 4-Piece Stiffness Pet Stain & Hair Removal Kit, Medium Bristle Drill Brush
Toy Storage
A simple way to keep your home looking put-to-together while having a playful pooch is to arrange one or two toy bins in your living space. Sure, there will be times when your pet may decide to take out every single toy, but generally, you can house the majority away neatly as they play with a select few.
Best Toy Storage
Best Toy Storage
Bone Dry Bone-Shaped Hyacinth Storage Basket, Large
Best Toy Storage
Bone Dry Bone-Shaped Hyacinth Storage Basket, Large
Bone Dry Bone-Shaped Hyacinth Storage Basket, Large
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Bone Dry Bone-Shaped Hyacinth Storage Basket, Large
Best Budget
Best Budget
Park Life Designs Naples Cotton Rope Dog & Cat Toy Storage Basket
Best Budget
Park Life Designs Naples Cotton Rope Dog & Cat Toy Storage Basket
Park Life Designs Naples Cotton Rope Dog & Cat Toy Storage Basket
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Park Life Designs Naples Cotton Rope Dog & Cat Toy Storage Basket
Most Durable
Most Durable
Spectrum Diversified Macklin Basket, Dog Bone Design, Industrial Gray
Most Durable
Spectrum Diversified Macklin Basket, Dog Bone Design, Industrial Gray
Spectrum Diversified Macklin Basket, Dog Bone Design, Industrial Gray
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Spectrum Diversified Macklin Basket, Dog Bone Design, Industrial Gray
Flea Prevention
The worst kind of mess is the one that's alive! Fleas are the truest form of pests and can burrow into your carpets and fabrics, not to mention your pet's fur which can cause discomfort and possible illness. Ward off the potential of an infestation by following a flea prevention plan. You can order a flea product that requires a prescription or check out these over-the-counter options.
Best Flea Prevention
Best Flea Prevention
Seresto 8 Month Flea & Tick Prevention Collar for Large Dogs, 1 count
Best Flea Prevention
Seresto 8 Month Flea & Tick Prevention Collar for Large Dogs, 1 count
Seresto 8 Month Flea & Tick Prevention Collar for Large Dogs, 1 count
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Seresto 8 Month Flea & Tick Prevention Collar for Large Dogs, 1 count
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Best Budget
Vet’s Best Dog Flea + Tick Home Spray, 32-oz bottle
Best Budget
Vet's Best Dog Flea + Tick Home Spray, 32-oz bottle
Vet's Best Dog Flea + Tick Home Spray, 32-oz bottle
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Vet’s Best Dog Flea + Tick Home Spray, 32-oz bottle
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Most Durable
Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Large Breed Dog Treatment, 45 – 88 lbs, 6 treatments
Most Durable
Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Large Breed Dog Treatment, 45 - 88 lbs, 6 treatments
Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Large Breed Dog Treatment, 45 - 88 lbs, 6 treatments
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Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Large Breed Dog Treatment, 45 – 88 lbs, 6 treatments
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Stuffing-Free Toys
Our pets love to play, and pet owners won't let the threat of a mess get in the way of their fun. Still, an overwhelming amount of stuffed toys may cause more clutter than necessary. Not to mention the stuffing that winds up everywhere. To keep your home tidy and fun, opt for stuffing-free toys and durable rubber playthings that are less messy.

To keep the actual toys clean, you can use a natural solution of warm water and vinegar, says Ana Andres, co-founder of Tidy Choice.
Best Stuffing-Free Toy
Best Stuffing-Free Toy
MewaJump Cactus Dog Chew Toy
Best Stuffing-Free Toy
MewaJump Cactus Dog Chew Toy
MewaJump Cactus Dog Chew Toy
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MewaJump Cactus Dog Chew Toy
Best Budget
Best Budget
ZippyPaws – Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy, Fox, Raccoon, and Squirrel – Large
Best Budget
ZippyPaws - Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy, Fox, Raccoon, and Squirrel - Large
ZippyPaws - Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy, Fox, Raccoon, and Squirrel - Large
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ZippyPaws – Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy, Fox, Raccoon, and Squirrel – Large
Most Durable
Most Durable
Ruff Dawg Indestructible Big Dawg Barbell Tough Dog Chew Toy, Regular
Most Durable
Ruff Dawg Indestructible Big Dawg Barbell Tough Dog Chew Toy, Regular
Ruff Dawg Indestructible Big Dawg Barbell Tough Dog Chew Toy, Regular
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Ruff Dawg Indestructible Big Dawg Barbell Tough Dog Chew Toy, Regular
Pet Hair Remover
If people can guess you have a pet without actually seeing them, chances are you have a shedder. Truthfully, simple lint rollers and brushes can help a bunch, especially those that have been designed with pets in mind.
Best Pet Hair Remover
Best Pet Hair Remover
Brellavi Pet Hair Remover Brush with Self-Cleaning Base, Double-Sided Pet Hair Remover Brush, Best Pet Hair Remover Brush for Removing Pet Hair
Best Pet Hair Remover
Brellavi Pet Hair Remover Brush with Self-Cleaning Base, Double-Sided Pet Hair Remover Brush, Best Pet Hair Remover Brush for Removing Pet Hair
Brellavi Pet Hair Remover Brush with Self-Cleaning Base, Double-Sided Pet Hair Remover Brush, Best Pet Hair Remover Brush for Removing Pet Hair
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Brellavi Pet Hair Remover Brush with Self-Cleaning Base, Double-Sided Pet Hair Remover Brush, Best Pet Hair Remover Brush for Removing Pet Hair
Best Budget
Best Budget
Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
Best Budget
Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
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Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
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Most Durable
ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover
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ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover
ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover
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ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover
Pet Odor Eliminator
If it's not a day that they're fresh from the groomer, our pets — and their things — can tend to develop a slight smell. Pet owners may even become so used to it that they don't even notice an odor. Keep your home smelling clean for guests and yourself with air fresheners and candles specifically designed to target common pet stenches.
Best Pet Odor Eliminator
Best Pet Odor Eliminator
Pet Odor Exterminator Lavender & Chamomile Deodorizing Candle, 13-oz jar
Best Pet Odor Eliminator
Pet Odor Exterminator Lavender & Chamomile Deodorizing Candle, 13-oz jar
Pet Odor Exterminator Lavender & Chamomile Deodorizing Candle, 13-oz jar
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Pet Odor Exterminator Lavender & Chamomile Deodorizing Candle, 13-oz jar
Best Budget
Best Budget
Arm & Hammer for Pets Air Care Calming Room Spray for Pet Odor Elimination
Best Budget
Arm & Hammer for Pets Air Care Calming Room Spray for Pet Odor Elimination
Arm & Hammer for Pets Air Care Calming Room Spray for Pet Odor Elimination
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Arm & Hammer for Pets Air Care Calming Room Spray for Pet Odor Elimination
Most Durable
Most Durable
Citrus Magic Pet Odor Absorbing Solid Air Freshener, Fresh Citrus, 8-Ounce
Most Durable
Citrus Magic Pet Odor Absorbing Solid Air Freshener, Fresh Citrus, 8-Ounce
Citrus Magic Pet Odor Absorbing Solid Air Freshener, Fresh Citrus, 8-Ounce
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Citrus Magic Pet Odor Absorbing Solid Air Freshener, Fresh Citrus, 8-Ounce
Splurge for Cleaning
Vacuum for Pet Hair
If you haven't experienced a “robot vacuum meets surprise poop" mishap, then consider yourself lucky. When it comes to keeping floors clean, consider one of these vacuums designed specifically for tackling stubborn pet hair.

“And after vacuuming the carpet, sprinkle baking soda over it, and leave for an hour. Baking soda will help loosen the pet hair as well as deodorize it," says Andres.
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Shark Rotator Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter, Crevice, Pet Multi-Tool and Power Brush.88 Dry Quarts, with a Bordeaux Finish
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Shark Rotator Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter, Crevice, Pet Multi-Tool and Power Brush.88 Dry Quarts, with a Bordeaux Finish
Shark Rotator Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter, Crevice, Pet Multi-Tool and Power Brush.88 Dry Quarts, with a Bordeaux Finish
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Shark Rotator Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter, Crevice, Pet Multi-Tool and Power Brush.88 Dry Quarts, with a Bordeaux Finish
Best Budget
Best Budget
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Purple
Best Budget
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Purple
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Purple
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Purple
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Most Durable
Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Bagged Canister Vacuum, Lotus White
Most Durable
Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Bagged Canister Vacuum, Lotus White
Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Bagged Canister Vacuum, Lotus White
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Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Bagged Canister Vacuum, Lotus White
Air Purifier
Pet dander is real, even if you can't see it. An air purifier will help keep your home's air quality as pure as possible so that you can all breathe easy — your pet included. Get one with a HEPA filter to ensure dander and dust get filtered through.
Best Air Purifier
Best Air Purifier
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
Best Air Purifier
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
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Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
Best Budget
Best Budget
Germ Guardian GG1100W Pluggable Small Air Purifier
Best Budget
Germ Guardian GG1100W Pluggable Small Air Purifier
Germ Guardian GG1100W Pluggable Small Air Purifier
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Germ Guardian GG1100W Pluggable Small Air Purifier
Most Durable
Most Durable
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier,White/Silver
Most Durable
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier,White/Silver
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier,White/Silver
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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier,White/Silver
Pet Gate
Perhaps your best line of defense against a pet mess is a pet gate. If there is a room or area you want to keep clean, simply designate that a pet-free area by utilizing a gate. There are many stylish choices to choose from, so you don't have to sacrifice the look of your home decor either.
Best Pet Gate
Best Pet Gate
Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish
Best Pet Gate
Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish
Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish
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Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish
Best Budget
Best Budget
Frisco Extra Wide Auto-Close Pet Gate, 30-in Height, Black
Best Budget
Frisco Extra Wide Auto-Close Pet Gate, 30-in Height, Black
Frisco Extra Wide Auto-Close Pet Gate, 30-in Height, Black
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Frisco Extra Wide Auto-Close Pet Gate, 30-in Height, Black
Most Durable
Most Durable
Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Home Decor Walk Through Pet Gate
Most Durable
Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Home Decor Walk Through Pet Gate
Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Home Decor Walk Through Pet Gate
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Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Home Decor Walk Through Pet Gate

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