Having a home-dwelling pet does not have to equate to smelly untidiness.

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Almost 2 million American households own a cat, a dog, or both. And, although data are more difficult to come by regarding the number of other pets — ferrets, birds, fish, etc. — in U.S. homes, estimates are high.

Americans love their pets, as is evidenced by the staggering amount spent on them in 2017: $69.51 billion, according to the American Pet Products Association, which already shows higher expenditures for 2018.

But having a home-dwelling pet does not have to equate to smelly untidiness. “Your house is not a zoo,” asserted Parents magazine in July. The publication offers ways to keep messes to a minimum:

• Purchase a pet bed that can easily be laundered in the home’s washing machine and dryer, and wash on warm or hot separately at least once a week with a fragrance-free or pet-safe detergent. If bed is too large for washer, mollymaid.com suggests filling a bathtub with water and a little detergent. Also, some beds come with removable covers to make washing easier. Dry separately in a dryer or hang in a well-ventilated area or out on a clothesline.

• Brush pet regularly to remove excess hair.
• Vacuum upholstery and flooring often; use the “rubber glove trick” to remove excess hair from upholstery: Don a pair of rubber gloves (the kind used for cleaning or dishwashing), rub any furniture that’s covered in fur, then dunk your gloved hands in water. Hair will float to the top so it can be gathered easily for disposal.
• Clean crates regularly with a bleach-free cleaner; or, a DIY pet cleaner is equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water.
• Wash water and food dishes (Parents recommends daily) with hot soapy water.

Anyone who has an indoor cat knows that litter boxes are the worst. Parents suggests cutting down on foul odors by scooping litter at least twice daily and replacing all litter weekly. Either scrub the litter box weekly with soapy water, or use litter-box liners or a trash bag for faster cleanup. This litter genie keeps odors in, too.

Clean other confinements — fish tanks and bird cages, for example — frequently to avoid offensive smells.

Finally, apartmentherapy.com reminds to bathe and groom dogs regularly, especially if they enjoy the outdoors.