By Guest Blogger, Courtney Heitter
Spring Cleaning–For the Dogs
It’s time to take on a year’s worth of dirt which your dog has almost definitely made worse. Your four-legged family member may produce a lot of dirt and hair, but he also produces a lot of happiness and love for your family. Be kind to your pet and utilize spring cleaning methods recommended by Rover.com that won’t harm him or the rest of your family.
Because residue from cleaning products can be picked up by your pet, it’s important to use products that won’t harm them. You likely have most of these products in your home already!
White vinegar and baking soda
These multi-purpose solutions are incredibly versatile and safe for your family, four-legged members included. If you desire a foaming cleanser, simply mix baking soda with lemon juice, and use it as a bathroom cleaner to make your tub shine. For a deodorizing cleaner, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, leave it for five minutes and vacuum it up. Accidents happen–for more in-depth information about safely cleaning your carpets, check this out.
If you need a wood floor cleaner, try white vinegar. Dilute a half cup of vinegar with one gallon of water to create an all-purpose cleaner for your countertops, windowsills, etc. To dull the harsh smell of vinegar, add lemon juice.
Bleach is harmful to humans and pets, so stick with a safe alternative. Try borax for cleaning stains in carpet and clothing. Mix a half cup of borax with two tablespoons each of salt and borax for a heavy-duty carpet-stain remover. For laundry, use borax instead of bleach for your whites.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe alternative to heavy chemicals; it breaks down quickly to water and oxygen when utilized for cleaning. This solution is great for germ killing–try the ratio of 25% hydrogen peroxide to 70% white vinegar and a bit of water to utilize this powerful cleaner.
There are numerous options found on the internet or at your local pet store. If you’re strapped for time and need a cleaner stat, these are a good option. Just be sure to double-check that the item is pet-friendly so that the whole family is safe during cleaning.
Your home is your sanctuary. Using non-toxic cleaners ensures that your home remains a safe haven for all of its inhabitants. Keeping your home comfortable and habitable doesn’t need to be an expensive or difficult endeavor. These methods also leave room for creativity, as you can experiment with different scents and uses (just make sure any scents used are pet safe, too). A safely clean home makes for a clean mind.
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