Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts
Monday, 22 July 2019
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DIY Water/Pee Resistant Furniture Pads and Dog Bed Toppers

Senior Dalmatian dog lying on blanket on sofa with pillows

As shared last week, senior dog Oli's increasing issues with bladder leakage have lead to us upping our game on making his favourite places around the house more pee-tolerant so he can continue to enjoy his golden years (pun totally intended...hehe...) in comfort.  I spent so much time looking for suitable bed sheets and protectors that Facebook and Google ads started serving me targeted ads for incontinence products.  There are some great products out there, but I couldn't find the sizes/shapes I wanted to suit Oli and his nesting places. So I decided to make my own by adapting some simple ready-made products to perfectly sized (and styled) custom water/pee resistant toppers for the sofa and our two non-waterproof dog beds (pretty, but vulnerable). 

Monday, 15 July 2019
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DIY Reversible Cotton Flannelette Absorbent Dog Blankets

Elderly Dalmatian dog lying on a flannel blanket and waterproof bed sheet

This post is the second of today's special flannelette DIY double-up, first with a simple single layered flannel blanket and now our reversible double layered blanket . The same techniques can be used on very small pieces of cotton flannelette (or other absorbent material) to make washable reusable cosmetic wipes, "non-paper" towels, etc. or upsized for bigger sheets/blankets. These special blankets were made to be cute and cosy (of course!) but specially sized and created to use as a topper on our senior dog Oli's nightime bedding to help with moisture control.

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DIY Single-Layer Cotton Flannelette Blankets and Dry Cloths

Dalmatian dog wrapped in a grey and white plaid flannel blanket

We've shared our snuggly fleece dog blankets and stylish layered fleece/microflannel blankets, and now here are our comfy cotton flannel (flanelette) blankies. Our cotton flannelettes, unlike our quick dry synthetics, were made to  be cute and cosy (of course!) but also to help soak up moisture as a layer in Oli's bladder leakage bedding and to help get the boys warm and dry after wet winter walkies. Today's post is another special double-up, first with a simple single layered flannel blanket and then a reversible double layered flannel blanket, which I would argue is actually quicker and easier than edging a single layered blanket. The same techniques can be used on very small pieces of cotton flannelette (or other absorbent material) to make washable reusable cosmetic wipes, "non-paper" towels, etc. or upsized for bigger sheets/blankets.

Monday, 8 July 2019
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DIY (Cosy Quick Dry) Layered Dog Blankets with Bound Edges

Dalmatian dog lying down with stacks of cosy plush dog blankets

This is the second part of today's snuggly double post, showing how basic bound edge DIY blankets can be easily adapted to layered blankets and much more. It is winter in our part of the world, and I've been busy replenishing our (ripped, smelly, worn out) dog blankies with lovely new blankets that are easy care and look great around the house. As shared in our previous post, making blankets is an easy DIY and a great way to customise the size, materials, and style of pet (or people) blankets.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016
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Tips for Keeping a (Mostly!) Clean Dog-Friendly Home

Collage of dogs making messes and ways to clean the house

As a cat loving neat freak, amalgamating households with a dog owner meant plenty of changes and compromises.  Even Oli wasn't too keen on sharing with his "evil step-mother" at first, but times have definitely changed. Now with two dogs and a cat, there is even more pet chaos and all the mess that goes along with the love. Here are my experiences and a few tips for trying to maintain some semblance of order in a (very) pet-friendly home.