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Cleaning Your Home the Pet Friendly Way

Did you know that, according to the Pet Poison Helpline, household cleaners were among the top ten toxins to pets for the year 2014? Household cleaners were the number one toxin for cats while following closely behind at number six for dogs. Additionally, toxins are bad for your health and are harmful to the planet. Many people think you have to ingest the chemical for it to be harmful. Those toxins are harmful to breathe in and pose a threat as we and our pets come into contact with the surfaces that have cleaned with those commercial cleaners, as well!

Have you ever considered going green?

There’s no time like the present. In fact, you can make your own natural products at home that will be safe for your family, including your pets. It’s quick, easy and cost effective! It saves you money in the long run. Many people don’t want to throw out the commercial products that they have on hand – and rightly so.

Start simple. As you run out of your commercial products, you can start replacing them with good ole homemade organic products.

“So, where you I start?” Start by shopping for a few of these products. You probably have most of these on hand at home, which will make the process of going green even simpler than you might think.

  • Spray bottle
  • Distilled water or boiled (then cooled) tap water
  • Box of baking soda
  • Table salt
  • Bottle of white distilled vinegar
  • Oils (almond, olive, vitamin E, mineral, coconut)
  • Castile Soap (bar or liquid form)
  • Fresh lemons.
  • Washcloths or old rags
  • Pure, essential oils (which are great for their antiseptic, antibacterial qualities and they smell so good. Rosemary, tea tree, lavender, rosemary, peppermint and lemongrass are just a few).

There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands of free recipes for making every single household cleaner you can think of. We came across a great book “The Organically Clean Home: 150 Organic Cleaning Products” by Becky Rapinchuk. It comes with simple instructions on how you can get started and also contains many practical hints along the way. This book has received great reviews on and even better, it’s FREE if you subscribe to kindle unlimited!

Here’s a sample directly from “The Organically Clean Home: 150 Organic Cleaning Products”:

Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

What you need:

1 cup of castile soap

¼ cup distilled water (or tap water but must be boiled and cooled)

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

5 drops of essential oil (lemon)

What next? Simply combine the ingredients and voila! Use one tablespoon per load and run your dishwasher as you normally would. Worried about hard water spot? In her book, Becky suggests putting distilled white vinegar in your dishwasher’s rinse compartment. By the way, this has a 3 week shelf life!

What are your “go to” natural cleaning products? We’d love to hear. Happy cleaning!