What Does A Spring Cleaning Include? The Pet Parent Edition

What Does A Spring Cleaning Include? The Pet Parent Edition

Spring Cleaning with Skout's Honor 

At the heart of Skout's Honor is a commitment to products that are as kind to the planet as they are to our pets. With an innovative range of plant-based and highly effective cleaning solutions, Skout's Honor ensures that every corner of your home becomes a sanctuary of cleanliness and safety for you and your pets. From tackling stubborn stains and odors to giving your laundry a refreshing, stain-free boost, our products are designed to handle the unique challenges pet owners face while upholding the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

Join us as we dive into spring cleaning for pet owners powered by innovative solutions from Skout's Honor. We'll explore how to declutter, clean, and maintain a pet-friendly home, ensuring that your spring cleaning efforts lead to a healthier, happier life for you and your pets. Whether you're dealing with fur-covered furniture or odorous rooms or simply seeking a fresh start, Skout's Honor has you covered. Get ready to unlock the secrets to a truly effective spring cleaning, where safety and cleanliness walk paw in paw.

Skout's Honor Stain and Odor Collection for Spring Cleaning

Understanding Pet-Safe Cleaning

When the time comes to roll up your sleeves for a spring cleaning, the aisles of cleaning supplies can offer endless options. However, not all cleaners are created equal—especially regarding the safety of our four-legged friends and family members. Understanding the distinction between traditional cleaning products and pet-safe alternatives is crucial for pet owners who aim to maintain a clean, healthy home without compromising their pets' well-being.

Traditional vs. Pet-Safe Cleaning Products

Traditional cleaning products often contain chemicals that can be harmful to pets. Ingredients such as ammonia, chlorine bleach, and phenols are common in these cleaners and can pose significant health risks to animals if inhaled or if they come into contact with their skin or paws. Pets are especially vulnerable to these substances due to their size and proximity to the ground, where residues can accumulate.

On the other hand, pet-safe cleaning products are formulated with the health and safety of pets in mind. These alternatives typically use safer, natural ingredients that are effective at cleaning while minimizing the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. Pet-safe cleaners ensure thorough cleanliness and peace of mind, knowing that our pets are protected from potentially poisonous chemicals.

Black Lab with Skout's Honor Urine Destroyer

The Hazards of Common Household Cleaners to Pets

Using conventional cleaning products in homes with pets can lead to various health issues, from mild irritations to more severe, potentially life-threatening conditions. Respiratory problems, chemical burns, and poisoning are among the risks, especially for pets that may lick or ingest residues left on floors and surfaces. Furthermore, the lingering chemical odors can be distressing or harmful to pets with sensitive noses.

Skout's Honor: A Safe, Effective Solution

Recognizing the need for safe and effective cleaning solutions for pet owners, Skout's Honor has developed solutions that help pet families clean their homes better. We pride ourselves on our commitment to producing pet-safe, family-friendly, eco-conscious cleaning products that don't compromise on efficacy. Each product is designed with pets' safety in mind, from our range of stain and odor removers to our carpet cleaning solutions and laundry booster. These solutions tackle the toughest messes and ensure a safe environment for pets to roam, play, and rest. Plus, a huge bonus: they're safe for kids, too. Now that you have your products in hand, let's get to the good part:

Skout's Honor Urine and Odor Destroyer Bottle Label

Decluttering and Spring Cleaning with Pets in Mind Using Skout's Honor

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to freshen up your home and ensure it's organized and safe for every family member, including your pets. Pet-friendly decluttering involves more than just tidying up; it's about creating a space that supports your pet's health, safety, and happiness. Here's a list of pet-friendly decluttering tips to help you create a more organized, safe, and enjoyable living environment this spring:

Part 1: Decluttering

  1. Assess the Condition of Pet Toys:
    Inspect for Damage: Look for any signs of wear and tear on toys. Discard any items that are broken, have sharp edges, or could pose a choking hazard.
    Sanitize: For toys that are still in good condition, clean and sanitize them. Use pet-safe cleaning solutions to remove dirt and germs.
    Favorites vs. Forgotten: Notice which toys your pet actually plays with. Keep the favorites, and consider donating or discarding the ones they've lost interest in.
  2. Evaluate Bedding and Sleeping Areas:
    Check for Wear: Examine bedding for signs of excessive wear, such as holes, tears, and thinning fabric. Replacing worn-out bedding is important to ensure your pet's comfort and health.
    Clean Regularly: Wash and dry pet bedding according to the manufacturer's instructions to remove dirt, hair, and allergens. This is also a good time to assess if replacing rather than cleaning old, heavily used bedding is easier.
    Upgrade for Comfort: Consider whether your pet's bedding is still suitable for their age and health. Older pets, for example, might benefit from orthopedic beds.
  3. Organize Pet Accessories:
    Sort by Category: Group accessories by type, such as leashes, collars, grooming tools, and feeding supplies. This makes it easier to assess what you have and what you might need to replace.
    Inspect for Safety: Check leashes and collars for signs of fraying or weak spots. Safety comes first, so replace any items that might not hold up during use.
    Storage Solutions: Invest in organizational bins or containers to store pet accessories. Labeling these can help keep everything in its place and easy to find.
  4. Donate or Recycle:
    Give to Shelters: Many animal shelters welcome gently used pet supplies donations. Ensure that any items you donate are clean and in good condition.
    Recycle What You Can: Some pet toys and accessories can be recycled. Check local recycling guidelines or consider upcycling items into new pet toys or bedding.

Seasonal Considerations:

  • Rotate Seasonal Items: Store away seasonal items that aren't currently in use, such as cooling mats for summer or extra warm bedding for winter. This keeps your space clutter-free and organized.

Health Check:

  • Allergen Control: Regularly cleaning and sorting through pet items can help control allergens in your home. This is especially important for households with allergy sufferers.

Engage Your Pet:

  • Let Them Choose: Sometimes, letting your pet decide which toys stay is fun. Offer them a choice and see which ones they pick as their favorites.

Dog on leather sofa with toy - photo by: Karolina Grabowska

Deep Cleaning Pet Areas

Cleaning Pet Beds:

  1. Remove Covers: If the bed has a removable cover, take it off. Vacuum the cover and bed to remove hair, dirt, and debris.
  2. Wash Bedding: Wash the cover and the bed (if machine washable) in hot water using a pet-safe detergent. Skout's Honor Laundry Booster is an excellent addition to your washing cycle for removing tough pet stains and odors.
  3. Dry Thoroughly: Dry the cover and bed in a dryer or air dry completely to prevent mold and mildew growth. Ensure they are entirely dry before allowing your pet to use them again.
  4. Spot Clean: For beds that can't be machine washed, use a pet-safe upholstery cleaner for spot cleaning. Skout's Honor Professional Strength Stain & Odor Remover is perfect for this task.

Cleaning Crates and Carriers:

  1. Empty the Crate: Remove all bedding, toys, and trays.
  2. Scrub and Sanitize: To scrub the crate thoroughly, use a mixture of warm water and a pet-safe cleaner, like Skout's Urine Destroyer. Pay extra attention to corners and crevices where dirt and germs can accumulate.
  3. Rinse Well: After scrubbing, rinse the crate thoroughly with water to ensure no residue is left behind.
  4. Dry Completely: Allow the crate to air dry completely before replacing bedding and toys. This prevents the growth of bacteria and mold.

Cleaning Play Areas:

  1. Pick Up and Organize: Remove all toys and accessories from the play area. This is a good time to sort through and clean or discard toys as needed.
  2. Vacuum and Mop: Vacuum the area to pick up hair and debris. Then, use a pet-safe floor cleaner to mop the floors.
  3. Disinfect: Choose a plant-based, pet-safe cleaning solution for areas that need disinfecting. Skout's Honor offers chemical-free, plant-based cleaning solutions that are powerful and effective against germs but safe for pets.
  4. Dry and Replace: Ensure the area is completely dry before returning toys and accessories.

Skout's Honor Odor Eliminator on bedding for Spring Cleaning

Importance of Choosing the Right Cleaning Products

  • Safety First: Always choose cleaning products that are plant based and free from harmful chemicals. Pets are sensitive to strong odors and chemicals, which can lead to allergies or worse.
  • Effectiveness: Opt for products specifically designed to tackle pet stains and odors. Skout's Honor cleaners are formulated to be tough on dirt and odors but gentle on pets and the environment.
  • Environmental Impact: Consider environmentally friendly and biodegradable products. Skout's Honor is committed to providing products that are good for your home and the planet.

Skout's Honor Stain and Odor Remover for spot cleaning carpet

Spring Grooming Essentials for Clean and Healthy Pets

1. Shedding Management Tools:

  • Deshedding Brushes and Combs: Springtime often means shedding season for many pets. Using de-shedding tools can help manage loose fur and reduce the amount of hair around your home.
  • Grooming Gloves: For pets sensitive to brushes, grooming gloves can be a gentle alternative to removing loose fur while petting them.

2. Plant-Based Shampoos and Conditioners:

  • Skout's Honor Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner: This two-in-one product cleanses and moisturizes the skin and coat and supports a healthy microbiome. Its hydrating, soothing ingredients are perfect for spring, when pets may start to have more skin sensitivities due to allergens.
  • Fragrance-Free Options: Nonreactive fragrance-free shampoos are a must for pets with sensitive skin.

3. Tick and Flea Prevention:

  • Natural Preventatives: While many tick and flea treatments contain harsh chemicals, there are chemical-free alternatives that can be effective. Skout's Honor Flea & Tick Dog & Home Spray uses plant-based ingredients to repel pests without harming your pet.

4. Paw and Nose Care:

  • Paw Balms and Wipes: Wet conditions in spring can lead to cracked paws and discomfort. Skout's Honor's soothing paw balm can protect and heal dry or damaged paw pads. Additionally, pet wipes can also quickly clean paws after walks to prevent tracking mud and dirt into your home.

Skout's Honor Prebiotic Pet Balm for spring cleaning

Tips for Regular Grooming Practices

Consistency is Key:

  • Establish a regular grooming routine that fits your pet’s needs and your schedule. Regular brushing, bathing, and inspections can prevent many springtime issues before they start.

Focus on Skin and Coat Health:

  • A healthy diet plays a crucial role in skin and coat health. Consider supplements or foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • After bathing, ensure your pet is completely dry to prevent skin infections, especially in breeds with dense or long coats.

Ear Care:

  • Springtime can increase the risk of ear infections, especially in dogs with floppy ears. Regularly check and clean your pet’s ears with a gentle, probiotic ear cleaner to remove debris and prevent infections.

Skout's Honor Probiotic Ear Cleaner and Chocolate Lab

Keep Nails Trimmed:

  • Long nails can cause discomfort and lead to problems walking. Regular nail trims help keep your pet comfortable, especially as they become more active in spring.

Stay Informed About Local Pests:

  • Be aware of the common springtime pests in your area. Regular checks for ticks and fleas should be part of your grooming routine.

Strategies for Keeping Your Home Clean and Pet-Friendly

Maintaining a clean and pet-friendly environment is a year-round commitment that benefits both pets and their families. A consistent cleaning and grooming routine keeps your home looking and smelling fresh and plays a crucial role in preventing common pet health issues. In this section, we'll explore effective strategies for keeping your home clean, the importance of regular grooming, and how Skout's Honor's can simplify the process.

Regular Cleaning Routine:

  • Daily Tidying: Quick daily cleanups can prevent pet hair, dander, and dirt from accumulating. Use a vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair and mop floors regularly with pet-safe cleaners.
  • Spot Cleaning: Address spills and accidents immediately with a pet-safe cleaner to prevent stains and odors from setting in. Skout's Honor Professional Strength Stain & Odor Remover is perfect for tackling these unexpected messes.
  • Deep Cleaning: Schedule monthly or seasonal deep cleanings for areas like pet beds, crates, and play areas to keep the environment sanitary and minimize odors.

Pet Area Organization:

  • Designated Pet Zones: Create specific areas for your pet to eat, sleep, and play. This not only helps with training and behavior but also confines messes to manageable areas.
  • Storage Solutions: Use bins and baskets to organize pet toys, grooming tools, and supplies. This keeps items accessible but out of the way, reducing clutter.

Air Quality Management:

  • Air Purifiers: Consider using an air purifier to reduce pet dander and odors in your home. Look for models with HEPA filters for the best results.
  • Regular Ventilation: Open windows and doors when weather permits to circulate fresh air and reduce indoor pollutants.

The Role of Regular Grooming and Cleanliness

  • Prevent Skin Conditions: Regular grooming, including brushing and bathing with Skout's Honor probiotic grooming products, can help avoid skin irritations, infections, and parasites.
  • Detect Health Issues Early: Grooming provides an opportunity to check for lumps, bumps, and signs of fleas or ticks, allowing for early intervention and treatment.
  • Reduce Allergens: Consistent grooming reduces the amount of pet hair and dander in your home, which is beneficial for family members with allergies.

Regular dog grooming reduces spring allergens in the home


Maintaining a clean, healthy environment for your pet requires year-round diligence, but the benefits to your pet's health and your home's cleanliness are immeasurable. Incorporating regular grooming and cleaning routines, utilizing pet-friendly organizational strategies, and taking advantage of services like Skout's Honor's subscription can make this ongoing task manageable and effective. By prioritizing cleanliness and grooming, you invest in your pet's well-being and ensure a harmonious home environment for everyone.

Grab your spring cleaning products today and get on your way to a clean and odor-free home.

Skout's Honor Cleaning Products

Additional Resources:

Being Mindful of Ingredients

Humane Society - How to Keep Your Pet's Safe

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Skouts Services

Published on

16 Mar 2023


Hi Karen, the Toy & Bowl cleaner has been discontinued and it is safe to say it has probably expired, although it may still function properly. Please reach out to us at services@skoutshonor.com if you have any additional questions.

Michelle T.

Hello, I am a retailer that sells your products. We have a bottle of Toy & Bowl Cleaner in stock that we are wondering if this is something that would expire. Code on bottom of bottle is A284-17 Lot 17-6121. I don’t see it on the distributor site or your page; has it been discontinued?
Thanks so much, Karen

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