Many pet owners will be taking their pets to work with them tomorrow, as a way of honoring homeless pets and the shelters who are hoping for people to come in and adopt a new family member. We are lucky to share our lives with two big dogs and three lazy cats who can all cause a mess every so often. There are many common household cleaning products that can be harmful to our pets, as well as, young children and adults. Here are a few green cleaning tips to help keep you and your pets safe:
Vinegar can be used for removing dirt and stains on carpeting and is a good all natural cleaner, you can mix it with a little salt or cornstarch for a little scrubbing power, if needed. Be sure to check with the carpet manufacturer or test on a small surface to ensure colorfastness and resiliency. Vinegar is also a great all-purpose cleaner, combine 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and pour into a clean spray bottle for an inexpensive way to cut through most dog related messes. You can also use it to clean your dog's plastic and rubber toys, brushes and combs.
Baking soda is a great inexpensive substitute for scouring cleansers, and it can deodorize as it cleans. Tubs, sinks and floors will shine after using it and you can even sprinkle a little on carpets and upholstery to remove pet odors. It also helps cut cat box odors by sprinkling a little in the bottom of the box before you put cat litter in it.
Check the Ingredients
Cleaning products that contain such ingredients as: bleach, chlorine, ammonia, gycol etheres or formaldehyde (Just to name a few.)put pets, children and adults at risk for liver or kidney damage, anemia and can be carcinogenic. These can be found in floor cleaners, bathroom cleaners, all purpose cleaners, drain openers, glass cleaners, laundry detergent, as well as, a few dog shampoos.
There are many pet safe products out there, if you do decide to use toxic cleaners, be sure to put them away, preferably in a high spot away from nosy kids and pets. Use them only when your pets and kids are not in the same room and make sure there is not any residue left behind.
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