Keeping your apartment clean is one of the hardest challenges when owning a pet. If you’re a dog or cat owner, you know what I’m talking about. It’s easy to feel like your apartment has been carpeted by animal dander and hair. Here are four helpful hints to keep your place from becoming a fur kingdom.

Get the Brush Out Regularly

Hair is the biggest challenge to maintaining cleanliness for nearly all pet owners. While there are some breeds of dog and cat that don’t shed, most tend to shed—and some shed a lot. It is important to keep up a regular cleaning and grooming schedule, not only for the comfort and health of your animal but also to lessen the amount of dander and hair around your apartment. Dedicating times a couple of days a week can make a huge difference.

Get out the White Vinegar

One of the best apartment remedies for removing those awful scents and even stains on your carpet is white vinegar. It’s cheap and easy to use: just pour some in a spray bottle and go to town on those stains. Be careful not to let it soak the stain too much, though. Then, let it dry. You’ll be shocked at how well the vinegar picks up those pesky smells!

Use a Lint Roller 

While it is important to have a vacuum on-hand, a lint roller is a cheap, quick way to pick up all that fur for those moments of quick cleaning turnaround—like when you have guests show up on your doorstep unexpectedly, or you want to make the couch in the background of your virtual conference call look a little cleaner. Lint rollers are a must if you own a pet, hands down, no exceptions.

Get out the Baking Soda for Pet Beds

When choosing a bed for your pet at the store, make sure that it comes with machine-washable removable covers. Any bed that doesn’t is going to have to be tossed in the trash within a few months or so. Having this removable cover makes it so much easier to clean! You can use a mild soap or normal detergent or wash your pet beds, but by adding a cup of baking soda to the wash mix, you can really up the ante. Just like white vinegar, baking soda is an amazing tool for neutralizing odors. It’s also a good antibacterial agent.

We love our pets, and we know you love yours as well—even if they smell and shed. With these four tips, you can keep your frustration down and your apartment clean.