Many pet owners seek natural, chemical free cleaning options as they worry about how the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products may be negatively affecting their pets. Here are three pet friendly alternative cleaning solutions that could help you reduce the chemical exposure to you and your pets at home.
White vinegar is a cornerstone for many other natural cleaning products and it seems like vinegar is useful for just about everything around the home. Think of white vinegar as the “goddess” of natural cleaning products. A prime reason being that it has very high acidity so it can dissolve many types of other organic substances. Vinegar is effective in killing bacteria and excellent in neutralizing the alkaline found in pet urine. Pre-mixing water and white vinegar for cleaning around your pet areas can be a good idea, so that it’s easily accessible in case of an accident. It’s safe for pets as it does not contain any chemicals and it’s inexpensive. A tip to help make white vinegar smell a little less “vinegar-ish”: Squeeze some fresh orange or fresh lemon juice to your mixture. Some added benefits of lemon juice are that the enzymes it contains naturally break down organic substances.
Baking soda can be used in conjunction with vinegar when you are cleaning a pet “affected” area; although vinegar is great at breaking down the bacteria & neutralizing the smell – it has a smell of its own. Sprinkling some baking soda around the area you’ve treated with the white vinegar & water mixture and letting it sit for a couple of hours prior to vacuuming should lighten the vinegar smell. Baking soda is also a very mild abrasive, which helps when scrubbing pet stains off hard surfaces. Additionally, mixing baking soda with a little water, vinegar or salt can make a pet safe paste that you can clean your dog or cat dishes with.
This “oxygen water” compound has no toxic byproducts after use and is well known as a disinfectant, a bleaching agent and an oxidizer which is a great trifecta for a non-toxic cleaning solution for pets. Because it is a mild bleach, exercise caution if you apply it to any type of carpeted area. It can be added in to wash your pet beds and blankets along with some white vinegar. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean out the stale odor from your kitty litter boxes. Empty the litter, pour some hydrogen peroxide in the box & let it sit for a while (in an area where your pets can’t mess with it), then scrub the box and rinse thoroughly. One important thing to note about this solution is that some veterinarians recommend it as a vomit inducing agent if your pet has ingested something toxic (this should only be done at the advice of your veterinarian).