Meet Lynsey. Self confessed 'Queen of Clean'. Instagram star (with over 50,000 followers) and one of the key cleaners on Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Here, Lynsey charts her story of being a new dog owner and gives us her honest review of Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver... (PS - You can read more about Lynsey and her cleaning tips on her blog, www.queenofclean.blog)
Lynsey 'Queen of Clean' gets a dog.
Can a clean freak like me cope with a dog? Well so far the answer is YES. I have had a few wobbles I won’t lie to you but overall I am proud of the way I am handling this situation and I am enjoying my new-found friend. I really am not much of animal person and was always scared of dogs as a child but the rest of my family love them and the children have always wanted one. So it was time for me to put myself aside, forget my OCD and anxieties and do this for the rest of the family.
Research. Research. Research.
I am not a silly person and I didn’t go into the whole idea of owning a dog lightly. I did lots of research and spoke to many dog owners. I also borrowed a few dogs for the day to see if having a dog was something I could cope with. My home is spotless and everything has a place and the thought of a dog coming in and messing up my home and routine was very daunting. Muddy foot prints, spit and saliva on my glass doors was really not something I wanted and I certainly didn’t want my house to smell. Not to mention the poo!
Back in October I arranged to borrow a few dogs, the borrowing was on separate days and surprisingly I coped very well. Both the dogs that I let into my home were very well-behaved and everything was still clean and in its place.
After these two borrowing days. I said to myself I can do this!
Finding a dog.
Well this was easy for me - Hetty literally just fell right into place with no real effort. We visited Hetty back in November and we were the first family to see the puppy litter. Hetty looked up instantly and I knew she was the one. So so cute and when I picked her up she fell asleep in my arms and the breeder said this was a really good sign. Surprisingly I was very relaxed. So again was this another sign that Hetty was meant to be.
How to maintain order and cleanliness with a dog.
I am a very routined person and I put a routine into place with Hetty before she even came home. This book has been a great help Guide to raising a puppy. I literally studied every single page and the kids all had a good read too so we were all following the same advice.
My home is still very clean and my cleaning routine has not been broken. When I want a deep clean Hetty goes into her cage to allow me to get on. I do not allow Hetty to go upstairs and she is only allowed in the lounge in the evenings when we are also in there. I have created a little space in my office for her so she can sit with me in the day and her crate is lovely and cosy with lots of blankets. When I go out I leave her in here so she feels nice and safe. The longest we have left her at the moment is 2 hours.
Things that have helped...
I have bought 4 baskets and endless amounts of blankets. The basket she sleeps in is washed along with her blanket in the morning and a new set goes into her crate. I cover the sofa when she comes into the lounge and the rest of the time I encourage her to sit in her basket. Lucky for me there are some amazing products on the market that help keep your home clean tidy and pet hair free - and Vamoosh is one of those amazing products. I absolutely love it and now wouldn’t be without it, Vamoosh is so easy and simple to use and amazing at breaking down all the pet hair that can be found in your pets bedding. Since discovering Vamoosh I now rarely have a hair is sight.
You can follow Lynsey Queen of Clean and her cleaning tips on instagram @lynsey_queenofclean and also on her blog www.queenofclean.blog