My Favorite Cleaning Tools [for surviving pet parenting]

*This post is sponsored by Swiffer*

Adopting from shelters has always been a no-brainer for my family. Every animal I grew up with was a rescue and I’ve continued rescuing animals in my adult life. When my husband and I were thinking about getting a second dog last Fall, we knew she would come from a local shelter. This time we decided to adopt a female Pit Bull and made it a family affair. After all, the American Pit Bull Terrier is the number one breed up for adoption in shelters. These dogs face overwhelming discrimination and misrepresentation in the media, and I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant about bringing a four-year-old dog home instead of a new puppy. We had no idea why she was in the shelter or what her background was, so it was a bit of a gamble, especially with two small children, two cats and an older dog already at home. Before heading to the shelter my husband, the kids and I looked up some dogs online so that we didn’t have to walk the halls looking at all the sweet pups up for adoption. When the staff brought Winnie out to meet us, we all fell in love with her right away, even Sammy, our older dog who we brought, immediately loved her. Once we knew that the dogs were okay to be around each other, Winnie was ours. After that, I also got her a pet insurance since all out other pets had one (check it out here).

We are no strangers to pet hair around our house because #ShedHappens. With 4 fur babies, sometimes it seems like the pet hair and shedding is never ending. I also despise cleaning but come on, who doesn’t? If you’ve been around the blog for a while than you know I am all about doing what makes your life easier so you can be happy. I don’t want to spend my entire day vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, and picking up after the kids, so gadgets and tools that can help cut down that time are my favorite. I was hesitant to add another animal to the mix because I thought it would be one more living thing to have to clean up after, but finding the right cleaning tools has made all the difference.

The Swiffer Sweeper and Swiffer Dusters are the fastest and easiest ways to help me tackle pet hair. The sweeper dry cloth conforms to the surface of my floor to trap + lock dirt, dust and hair which makes sweeping floors a breeze. Half of our house has hardwood floors and the last thing I want to be doing is trying to sweep pet hair into a dustpan. The Swiffer Dusters are literally my favorite cleaning invention ever created. I keep several throughout the house so I can easily dust in nooks and crannies. It can fit into virtually any space so my house can get a 360° clean.

No matter what pets you may have or if you’re thinking about adopting a new pet, don’t let the fear of pet hair hold you back from giving animals the love they need and deserve. Swiffer makes cleaning quick and effective, allowing pet parents to spend more time enjoying their furry friend’s company!
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  1. Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


  2. Your site is beautiful and relevant.
    Props to you for Promoting pet adoption and especially adopting an older pup! ???
    In a world overflowing with designer dogs you’re sensibility and compassion in this area puts you above other bloggers who use pure bred dogs as objects and status symbol. I have no time for someone’s advice when they are so ignorant, insensitive and insecure that they pay for a pure bred animal; choosing to completely ignore the fact that there is worldwide pet over population issue.
    Thank you for being a rescue Mom!
    Can you do a piece on your pet adoption experiences and how people who want a purebred can use on line resources, as well as local shelters to request specific age/breeds, etc. when they adopt? ??

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