Most pet parents do more housecleaning than normal, because living with animal companions means dealing with pet hair, food spills, water spills and more.
Since we clean more than normal, and because our pets are so important to us, it’s vital not to load up our indoor environment with potentially toxic cleaning chemicals.
There are several inexpensive, non-toxic, and even homemade cleaning solutions that can handle a wide variety of jobs just as effectively as chemical cleaning agents.
If you are using commercial “green” household cleaners, it is also important to know how safe they really are for households with pets.
A Word of Caution About Commercial 'Green' Cleaners
Many commercially available green cleaning products are thought to be safe for animals,
I recommend to use precautions before using them freely just as you would with chemical cleaners. For example:
Keep your pet out of areas where cleaning agents are being used.
Do Not spray or apply cleansers on or near your pet.
Do Not allow your pet to lick recently cleaned surfaces or chew on sponges or cloths used for cleaning. Store them in a safe place.
Keep in mind there are many different meanings of the word "green," so it's important to do your homework to determine which products are best for you and your pets.
Cleaners can be labeled "green" but still contain toxins. Also, some products labeled "green" or "natural" are not natural at all and could still be dangerous. Be a concerned pet parent to educate yourself on which cleaner ingredients are truly non-toxic and which pose a risk.
Consider Switching to These Non-Toxic, Household Cleaners:
Replacing chemical household cleaners with some simple and inexpensive non-toxic agents will lighten help your pet, and even yourself!
1. Bare floors.
If you have any type of bare floor- linoleum, vinyl, wood, or ceramic, you can use a vinegar and water solution. Since your pets are so low to the ground, this is an important tip to consider. I would recommend adding 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water to mop the floor.
There's no need to saturate the floor while mopping. Go easy and let the vinegar and water mixture do all the work. Plus there's really no need to rinse! To remove stains on your floor, dip a clean cloth in full-strength lemon juice (or just cut a lemon in half and rub it into the stain.
2. Windows and mirrors.
Try your hardest not to use ammonia-based products to clean windows and mirrors around your home. Instead, use a mixture of lemon juice (4 tablespoons) and half a gallon of water.
3. Kitchens and bathrooms.
For cleaning and disinfecting kitchen and bathrooms, dust the surface with some baking soda, then wipe with a wet cloth or sponge. For tough grime, add some salt and scrub.
To tackle grease, stains or mildew- spray the area with water or a mixture of water and lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff cleaning brush.
If you need to disinfect a surface, mix 2 cups water + 3 tablespoons of liquid soap & 25 drops of tea tree oil (a natural antibacterial and antifungal)
When you put pet items like bedding or toys into the laundry, do not use fabric softener sheets containing cationic detergents (chemical soap that kills bacteria).
In fact, any detergent, soap or other cleaner that has a strong scent is likely to contain chemicals that can make your pet sick.
***It's a good idea to bathe your dog or cat with an all-natural pet shampoo and conditioner rather than products containing chemicals and heavy scents.