Messy little pups

How to keep the kitchen clean when you live with dogs

Make Magnet part of the family

The results are in…

We recently asked our Twitter followers to tell us their favourite pet, and with 58% of the vote it’s official that dogs take the top spot.

But as anyone who’s ever lived with a pup will tell you, energetic dogs can’t help but leave a little mess and mischief in their wake, which is not exactly what you want in the kitchen. So to help you live in harmony with your pawsome pet, we’ve put together this handy guide to keeping the kitchen clean and clutter free when you live with dogs.

Everything it its place

From a hygiene perspective, it’s a good idea to reserve one cupboard solely for pet supplies to keep them separate from ingredients and kitchenware involved in preparing food. If your dog is prone to exploring, make sure to include locks on lower food cupboards and keep any dangerous ingredients or cleaning products out of reach to avoid potential hazards, not to mention mess!

While food and water bowls need to be easily accessible, they can easily lead to trip hazards and irritating puddles if messy eaters knock them out of place. To avoid this, place a tray underneath food bowls to catch overspill, and consider including an open shelf at one end of your kitchen cabinet where bowls can be cleverly concealed yet remain within reach.

Muddy monsters

It’s amazing how quickly muddy paws can turn a clean white kitchen into a disaster zone! Contain the mess post-walkies by placing an old towel and bowl of water next to the door before you go out, ready to clean off mucky paws before entering the house on your return. Of course it’s not always possible to completely avoid muddy paws from entering the house, so make sure to choose flooring and cabinets that are easy to wipe clean, and avoid decorating with rugs that stain easily or aren’t suitable for the washing machine.

Paws not claws

The last thing you want when you invest in a beautiful brand new kitchen is to see ugly scratch marks on your pristine cabinet doors, so choose hard-wearing materials that can stand up to the tests of a persistent pooch and have your pup’s nails trimmed frequently. Dogs have a tendency to scratch at doors and furnishings when they want attention or to be let into a room, but resist responding when they do so to avoid reinforcing destructive behaviour.


Accidents happen, so to keep your kitchen a sanitary environment, clean up the mess quickly with anti-bacterial cleaner and spritz with lemon water solution afterwards to prevent smells from lingering. Likewise, toys, bedding and pet bowls should be washed frequently to keep them smelling fresh, while sprinkling baking soda over rugs before hoovering is a great way to lift out lingering pet odour.

Furry friends

While we love cuddling up to our pups and stroking their soft fur, unfortunately dog hair isn’t quite so pleasant when it’s shed all over your kitchen! Floor sweepers with replaceable static dust sheets are a great investment as they quickly pick up fur from hard floors and prevent it from blocking up the hoover. Similarly, rubber rakes are brilliant for removing loose hair from deep-pile doormats and a lint roller is a useful tool for upholstery if your dogs regularly jump up onto seat cushions round the kitchen table. Finally, even if your dog can’t reach the kitchen worktops, always wipe down surfaces with antibacterial cleaner before preparing food as pet hair can easily drift into places you wouldn’t expect it.

Category: Advice