Got Pets? Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Odor Free

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Odor Free

Owning a pet has become increasingly popular in American culture. According to a 2017-2018 study by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of U.S. households now own a pet. This number equates to approximately 85 million families nationwide and is up from 56 percent in 1988 when this survey was first conducted. As you can see, pet ownership in the United States is increasing every year.

Got Pets: Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Odor Free

The two most popular pets in America are cats and dogs. Coincidentally, at some point or another, you may need to bring your pet into the car with you. Whether you want to take them to a local park, the vet, or just want them to come along for a ride, chances are they will end up in your car at some point. Although most people don’t mind their pets coming along for a ride in the car, they do mind the odor or damage their pets can potentially bring.

In this article, I will be discussing five tips and tricks to help keep your car clean and odor-free while your pet is in it.

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Odor Free

Invest In Cabin Air Filters

A cabin air filter’s primary function is to clean all the “dirty” air that comes into the car through the heating or air-conditioning system. These filters catch dust, pollen, and any other materials in the air that can make riding in a vehicle a miserable experience, especially for those who have allergies. If you have a dog or a cat, this is something you should invest in, given that both cats and dogs shed. Not only do cabin air filters keep the air inside your car clean, but they also keep your interior clean as well by catching all those materials in the air before they can reach the seats of your vehicle. Investing in a cabin air filter is a very wise choice that will pay off in the long run.

Keep Your Pets In One Area

If you keep your furry friend or friends confined to one area of your car, then it makes it that much easier to clean up after them. Some ways you can do this are by putting your pets in a crate or a restraint. Although some people may not like this option because they do not want to confine their pet to one area, this makes cleaning up after them so much easier than if you were to let them roam freely around in the car to do whatever they please.

Invest In Seat Covers

If the above option doesn’t work for you, investing in seat covers is a great alternative. Seat covers protect your car’s interior from hair, furballs, saliva, and any other damage your pet can leave inside your car. The great thing about seat covers is that they are very easy to use and easy to clean up as well. Seat covers also give your pet mobility while in your car, because no matter where they decide to roam, there will be a seat cover in that area. This is personally my favorite option because it allows your pet to do whatever they want, and it enables your car’s interior to stay clean.

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Cover Windows With Clear Plastic Wrap

The odds are that you have seen a dog stick its head out of the window of a car which is in motion. It’s no secret that dogs love to do this, but in doing so, they can really dirty up your windows. One way to prevent your dog from doing this is by covering your windows with some clear plastic wrap. This is a straightforward and cost-effective way to keep your car windows clean!

Invest In Heavy Duty Floor Mats

Thus far in this article, we discussed keeping the air, windows, and seats clean. The next thing on the list is the floor. Just like when humans enter a vehicle, dogs can inadvertently bring in unwanted materials as well. One way to keep the floor of your car clean is to place some heavy duty floor mats on them. Heavy duty floor mats are usually made with extremely durable rubber and are designed to absorb any spills or accidents your pet may have while traveling with you. Regular floor mats are good enough for human beings, but if you have a pet in the car, I would highly recommend getting a heavy-duty floor mat because pets, by and large, are unpredictable creatures and a regular floor mat might not be efficient enough.

In summary, knowing how to pet-proof your car is something that every pet owner should be familiar with. Being able to transport your pet without the fear of damage to your vehicle can save you a lot of stress. If you follow the above guidelines, you should feel comfortable transporting your furry friends anywhere!

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“Got Pets? Tips to Keep Your Car Clean and Odor Free”

Guest Writer: Amber Kingsley

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