This post is in partnership with BISSELL®
One of the big reasons that we enjoy being a part of this home-loving community is because so many of us also share the love of pets. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times that you’ve said, I’m here for the dogs! Isn’t it a funny but wonderful thing that complete strangers can form a bond, simply for having a dog (or a cat or a bunny or a lizard or…)? It warms our hearts to know that you, like us, have a hard time imagining a home without these loyal best buds – with their cold noses, bubblegum paws and warm bellies. Our pets are family, they bring our house to life, and, well, if we’re being honest, they bring the mess, too.
We wish we were kidding when we say that every single decision we make in our home is a direct result of being pet parents. This will look different for everyone, of course, depending on your own pets’ behaviors, habits and quirks, but for us, we’re mindful of the rugs we lay, the weave of a throw blanket and the upholstery on the sofa. It’s important for us that the items we bring into this house can withstand a busy family, muddy paws and an upset belly from time to time, because accidents can and will happen! We always say that nothing in our home is too precious, and when it comes right down to it, we love these pets of ours more than we care about a mess.
But you know what helps? Being prepared. Last year, we shared with you how the CrossWave Pet Pro® changed the game, and it’s still our go-to for an overall deep clean as a part of our healthy home routine. We loved it so much, that a few months later, we purchased a BISSELL® SpotClean Professional, a powerful portable spot cleaner for upholstery, carpet and car interiors – to name just a few things!
This thing works. Scott and I get giddy when it comes to trying out new-to-us cleaning products, and we were so impressed with the performance of the SpotClean Pro, that we couldn’t help ourselves but to clean All the Things! (And then boast our love on the blog, too.) We love that it’s compact in size, but the 5′ hose and power cord are long enough to scrub a sofa, the stairs and the seats in our car with ease. The tank is large enough to handle multiple cleanings, and only a small amount of BISSELL’s concentrated cleaning solution is needed for the deepest clean. In other words, we’re not pausing in the middle of a job to refill a tank.
There’s a small trigger that releases the cleaning solution in a fine spray, and we’ll scrub the brush over tough stains before applying pressure to lift away the excess moisture through the hose:
No matter how many times we’ve used it, we’re always raving about how clean and fluffy and new our furniture looks when we’re done! It’s the perfect companion to our CrossWave for when we need to refresh the sofa or clean up a small accident quickly.
It’s no secret that Scott and I are over-researchers (to a fault, at times!), but in this case, choosing a BISSELL brand cleaner was an easy decision. Not only are their concentrated cleaners earth, family and pet friendly, but did you know that BISSELL donates $10 of your registered purchase towards animal welfare organizations around the country? The BISSELL® Pet Foundation™ was founded by Cathy Bissell as a way to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. BISSELL wants every pet to find their forever family, just as our pets have chosen us and our home as theirs. Note: If you already own a BISSELL product, you can give back to the pet community by registering your product here!
As a bit of backstory, Scott adopted Libby from a clinic after she was surrendered by her owner for being “problematic” (I say, in air quotes). She had asthma and intestinal issues, but Scott fell in love with that tail-less behind and sweet personality on the spot, and he welcomed her into our family without hesitation. Her issues subsided with medicine and love, and over time, we completely weaned her off of medication! A few years later (and almost ten years ago to the day!) we adopted Jack, and he completely changed our lives. He submerged us head-first into what it meant to be the responsible owners of a Pit Bull, and many of the friends we have today are a result of joining community groups to advocate for the breed. Jack is gentle and stoic and minds Libby no business, but he also has an excitable side and loves to greet every person who walks through our door.
When we moved into our current home, we wanted Jack to have a companion, and he chose CC. She was everything we thought we didn’t want. We worked through a local rescue, requesting a white Pibble with a pink nose (pretty please, as if we had a say in the matter), and they said, sure thing, we have just the dog for you! The rescue owner immediately texted me a photo of a rotund chocolate chunker, and she said, trust me, this is Jack’s soulmate.
Our days tend to be full of chaos, cuteness and cuddles – and yes, a lot of messes. But by now you know, we’re not too worried about that.
Here’s the thing. We can’t imagine our home without our pets, and the BISSELL SpotClean Pro helps us to have our pets and our clean home, too. And because we couldn’t love their helping hand any more, we asked BISSELL if we could share that love with you, and they were enthusiastically on board. So together with BISSELL, we’re giving away a SpotClean Professional to two lucky readers! Here’s how:
- Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like.
- You must be located in the United States to be eligible.
- Giveaway runs through Tuesday, February 6th, and the winner will be contacted directly. Good luck!