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4 Pet Safe Cleaning Recipes You Can Trust
Taking a holistic approach for your pet’s health should always account for the living environment the pet is in. This does include the cleaning substances that go towards cleaning the house and the implications it could have on your furkid because they tread on the floors with their bare paws, and smell the chemical smells more keenly from the cleaning products.
It is always easiest to walk down that supermarket aisle and pick out one of the market’s best cleaning agents, or better at the very least, as long as it is one that gets the job done. After all, if it is your go-to cleaner, that means it works, does it not? However, are you someone who considers and believes in pet-safe cleaning? If so, have you truly checked it out for being pet friendly? Have you ever looked at the ingredient list and wondered if it is “safe”?
Pet Safe Cleaning Matters
As a growing number of studies show and confirm that our furkids have a higher likelihood, than people, of being at risk from the negative effects of the chemicals and fragrances present in the home, you should start to be concerned about where, when and the close proximity of these cleaners are to your furry friend. This has become particularly important since there is an increased usage of disinfectants around the house in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
These are some of the most common chemicals found in today’s cleaning products that are harmful, not only to us but to our furkids too:
Phenols – typically found in cleaners with the word “sol” in the name
Ammonia – common in the floor, drain cleaners, oven, and multi-surface cleaners
Phthalates – often used with scented products, like air fresheners or fabric spray
Formaldehyde – common in general household cleaners
Perchloroethylene – typically found in rug and carpet shampoos
Breathing in the harsh fumes of the chemical products, or ingestion of the ingredients, could result in a range of issues, from skin, nose, and eye irritation, nausea and vomiting, to respiratory issues, among other things.
In one way or another, our pets become our guardians. They keep things happier and healthier for us, and we should do so in return. Just as much as it is not good for them, the same cleaning chemicals are not good for us, what more walk around them, inhale them, touch them, and so on. Thankfully, your pet’s daily exposure to harmful chemicals through cleaning products could be easily eliminated with a few simple ingredients.
Pet Safe Cleaning Recipes
When it comes to pet-safe cleaning, these four recipes have your whole house covered! You never have to worry about using them around your pet or be concerned if your pet accidentally licks the newly washed floor, even drinking out of the toilet bowl if your furkid has a strange drinking habit!
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
This all-purpose cleaner works for the bathroom or kitchen, or really any room in the house, not only does it work great, it smells great too.
All you need is 3 ingredients for an effective, pet-friendly disinfectant:
apple cider vinegar
Mix one part vinegar and four parts water in a spray bottle. Throw some lemon juice into the mix, and give it a good vigorous shake.
2. The Magical Tough Stain Cleaner
When the multipurpose cleaner fails to work, you could get a little tougher without adding chemicals to the mix. This particular recipe is good for cleaning the grout in the shower, baked-on stains on the stovetop, and even giving tough grease a kick out the door!
In a bowl, stir these magical three ingredients together till a thick paste is formed:
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of warm water
Add more vinegar if you need a little more liquid to make it a usable paste. Use a sponge or old rag and scrub those tough spots using a circular motion. Rinse off well with warm water.
3. Glass Cleaner
When most of us think about cleaning those grimy windows or dirty mirrors, our minds automatically run towards that blue liquid… but this chemical cocktail is just not safe for your pet. Instead, try this simple blend of lemon juice and water that easily does the trick.
Add 5 tablespoons of lemon juice to 2 liters of water, and mix well. Pour into a spray bottle, then wipe the surfaces clean with a clean lint-free cloth or old cotton shirt.
4. Floor Cleaner
This is a biggie. This is where your furkid spends most of his time for the fact that his paws come in contact with the floor all day long. If you are using a chemical-based cleaner, do worry, because that stuff is getting onto his fur, into his skin, and on his paws.
For this failsafe alternative, pour 1 cup of vinegar, either white or apple cider will do its job, and 1 liter of water into the mop bucket, give it a little stir, and mop away.
Pet-Friendly Cleaning Tips
Not ready or unable to go 100% natural when it comes to your household cleaning? Do not fret, nothing a little effort would not resolve. There are still various ways to reduce your pet’s risk to those harmful cleaning chemicals.
Chemical-based products used for cleaning and disinfecting should be left out to dry fully before letting your pet near the newly cleaned area.
Rinse those floors well with warm water after cleaning with a chemical-based product.
Make sure your pet is not within the vicinity of the cleaning area. Let them out, or put them in a different room to keep their exposure to the fumes minimal.
Always keep the toilet seat lid closed when using a chemical toilet bowl cleaner.
Store chemical-based cleaners in an area your pet cannot get access to.
As Dr. Julie Anne likes to say: “As always, our animals guide us to a happier, healthier life.”
Happy (and safe) cleaning everyone!
Julie Anne Lee, DCH, RcsHOM, is a qualified veterinary practitioner and graduate of the Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy, having studied with some of the world’s leading homeopaths, and is an Associate Member of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, BAHVS. Aside from being the founder and owner of the Adored Beast Apothecary, where she formulates holistic pet care products and is currently working on a canine cancer research project, she has also been the owner and practitioner of some of the busiest and long-standing holistic veterinary hospitals and clinics in North America, while regularly teaching on veterinary courses.
Julie Anne is also a pioneer in studying the dog’s microbiome and developing protocols for optimizing gut health, which plays into the health of all our furry friends and us. In furthering a truly holistic approach to pet care, Julie Anne continues to work with vets and practitioners from all over the world.
Growing up helping in her mother’s animal rescue shelter was what contributed greatly to Julie Anne’s life purpose - protecting and caring deeply for animals and their health while educating the public and fellow veterinarians to empower them to make the best choices for the ethical treatment and natural holistic approaches to their pets’ healthcare.
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