Cuteness Picks: 7 Essential Cleaning Products For Pet Parents

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Life with pets: pretty hecking great! But it's not without challenges.

Like poop, pee, and puke, all of which can unexpectedly beset your four-legged pal, both young and old alike.

dog standing next to bucket of cleaning supplies
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But if things do take a sudden turn from cuddles to cringes (and trust us, they will), it's best to be prepared for the aforementioned maladies.

Fortunately, there's a host of great cleaning products out there developed specifically for pets. Here are 7 of our faves.

1. Bissell BOLT Lithium Max Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum

Bissell BOLT Cordless Hand Vac cleaning up mess next to dog food bowl

With up to 25 minutes of cordless suction and an easy-to-read battery power light, the Bissell BOLT cordless hand vac makes pet cleanup a breeze. The Bolt's Rubber teeth hoover up everything from hair tangles to food debris, while a crevice extension helps reach into tight spaces.

A must for pet owners in compact spaces and apartments!

2. Rocket & Rex Premium Reusable Puppy Training Pads

two dogs sitting on puppy pad

Ideal for both house-training puppies and easing life for seniors with leaky bladders, Rocket & Rex Premium Reusable Training Pads keep floors and rugs mess-free with 4 durable layers and a waterproof baking. Durable enough to stand up to multiple uses, they're also machine washable and better for the environment (both yours and the world at large).

Plus, that bone print tiled across them is pretty fetch if we say so!

3. Bissell Oxy Stain Destroyer Pet Pretreat Spray

woman using Bissell Oxy Stain Destroyer spray on carpet

A breath of fresh air for pet owners, the Bissell Oxy Stain Destroyer removes any evidence of an accident. No, it's not magic—it's science, aka special enzyme agents that get to work ASAP putting stains and odors in the no-fly zone!

As a bonus, the scent Bissell Oxy Stain Destroyer leaves behind actively discourages pets from re-soiling the same spot!

4. Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector

dog sitting behind Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector

Sometimes the best defense really is a good offense. Take, for example, Scotchgard's Fabric & Upholstery Protector, which is applied before accidents even happen [cue the fog horn from _Inception_].

Pretreating everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and upholstery creates an anti-stain barrier that helps, in turn, repeal drools and muddy paws before they sink in. With a simple, one-step application, it's a no-brainer for proactive cat and dog parents.

5. Skout's Honor Toy & Bowl Cleaner

woman cleaning dog toy with Skout's Honor Toy & Bowl cleaner

You wouldn't want to eat from a dirty bowl—and neither do your fur kids. Keep their bowls free from slime and grime with Skout's Honor Cleaner. Simply spritz and wipe with a fresh cloth, and voila!, their dishes have been restored to like-new condition.

Recommended uses for this versatile pet cleaning essential include plush, rubber, neoprene, ceramic, stainless steel and any other water-safe surface!

6. Kurgo Shed Sweeper Dog Hair Remover

Kurgo Shed Sweeper Dog Hair Remover cleaning dog hair off furniture

If dog is your copilot, you need a tool to keep the cockpit dander-free. Enter the Kurgo Shed Sweeper Dog Hair Remover, an ergonomic tool crowned with silicone bristles.

Use it with different hand motions to collect fallen hair and keep your upholstery as clean as a quarterback's jersey on a non-sack Sunday.

7. Pet Odor Exterminator Cool Cucumber & Honeydew Candle

Neutralize animal smells with the Pet Odor Exterminator Cool Cucumber Candle

Wired: pets lingering by your side. Tired: pet odors lingering where you don't want them.

Knock down unwelcome stinks with the Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, which employs a special enzyme to remove them from the air (unlike other candles which just cover them up) and leaves, in their place, a refreshing potpourri headlined by hints of cucumber, honeydew, jasmine, apple and vanilla.

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