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10 Tips to keeping your car clean with a dog

Dogs make excellent travel companions, but they can also bring a lot of mess into your car. From shedding fur to muddy paws, keeping your car clean can be a challenge. Here are ten tips to help you maintain a tidy vehicle while enjoying road trips and daily adventures with your furry friend.

1. Use a Seat Cover

Invest in a high-quality, waterproof seat cover to protect your car seats from fur, dirt, and scratches. These covers are easy to install and remove, and many are machine washable. Look for a cover that fits your car's interior and is designed to withstand your dog’s activity level. I personally use the below seat cover and it does a great job protecting my car despite carrying multiply pups on a daily basis.

2. Groom Your Dog Regularly

Regular grooming can significantly reduce the amount of loose fur and dander in your car. Brush your dog frequently to minimize shedding, and consider scheduling regular baths to keep their coat clean. Keeping your dog well-groomed will help reduce the mess they bring into your car. I keep one of these brushes in the car. It comes really handy and gives you access to brush your pup outdoors, creating less mess inside your home

3. Keep a Travel Kit

Create a travel kit with essential cleaning supplies such as wet wipes, towels, a lint roller, and a small handheld vacuum. Having these items on hand will make it easier to clean up spills, muddy paw prints, and loose fur on the go. These items save the day (and my car) regularly after a muddy walkie. These microfiber towels are lightweight, easy to pack and do a perfect job drying those wet paws

4. Use a Crate or Carrier

Using a crate or carrier can help contain the mess your dog might make. It also provides a safe and secure space for your pet while traveling and often helps them relax. Make sure the crate is well-ventilated and comfortable, and consider placing a washable mat or blanket inside for added comfort and easy cleaning. I'm using the below travel crate and I absolutely love it - so handy!

5. Protect Your Car's Flooring

Place a durable, waterproof mat in the backseat or cargo area to protect your car’s flooring from mud, water, and fur. These mats are easy to clean and can be removed and shaken out or hosed down as needed. I am using the bellow waterproof cover for the car booth and I absolutely love it! It's machine washable which makes it so easy to keep it clean.

6. Clean Paws Before Entering

Keep a towel or pet wipes in your car to clean your dog’s paws before they jump in. This simple step can prevent a lot of dirt and mud from getting into your car, especially after walks or outdoor activities. After those super muddy hikes, mud daddy is your best friend! It's portable and easy to use, helping you to clean those muddy paws in minutes

7. Maintain a Regular Cleaning Routine

Establish a regular cleaning routine for your car. Vacuum the seats and floors weekly to remove fur and dirt buildup. Wipe down surfaces with pet-safe cleaners to keep your car smelling fresh and looking clean. Consistent maintenance will make it easier to keep your car in good condition. Having a cordless vacuum cleaner is a great help to keep up with the routine

8. Use Odor Eliminators

Dogs can leave behind lingering odors in your car. Use odor eliminators such as baking soda, activated charcoal, or pet-safe air fresheners to keep your car smelling fresh. Avoid using strong chemical scents that might be unpleasant or harmful to your dog.

9. Provide Comfort and Distractions

Make your dog comfortable by providing their favorite blanket, toys, or chew items during car rides. Keeping your dog entertained and relaxed can reduce anxiety-related behaviors that might contribute to messiness, such as excessive shedding, scratching or drooling.

10. Take Breaks During Long Trips

During long trips, take regular breaks to let your dog stretch, relieve themselves, and burn off some energy. This will help minimize accidents and restlessness in the car, leading to a cleaner and more pleasant journey for both you and your pet.

Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to mean a messy car. By taking a few preventative measures and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy road trips and daily outings with your furry friend without the hassle of constant cleanup. Implement these tips to keep your car clean and ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog.


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