Non-Toxic Pet Clean Up Solutions
Unfortunately, no matter how well-trained our furry family members may be, there can always be “accidents” that need taking care of. Toxic cleaners should never be used around your pets for obvious reasons. Of course they are also not good for the humans as well. So what natural and safe solutions or homemade alternatives can be used? Here are a few:
Vinegar has quickly grown in popularity even though it is really an old solution. You will find that it will become your best friend when cleaning up after your pet.
For spill or urine stains, first dilute the stain with a damp cloth. Then, clean the stain with a dilution of white wine vinegar in water. About one tablespoon vinegar to a quart of water should do it for most stains.
If the stain is old or particularly bad, there are enzymes that you can purchase at a pet store designed to digest pet bacteria. Follow the instructions given if you need something more than vinegar.
Before vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and wait 20 minutes before vacuuming. This should render most odor issues obsolete. Just remember to keep your pets out of the room during that time or you’ll be following their powdery white tracks around the house with the vacuum. Another sign that an odor is present, even if you can’t smell it, is if your animal returns to the same spot in the house to urinate. If this is the case, it might be time to ask your vet what you can do about such behaviors.
In many cases you might want to use a disinfectant but most commercial brands can be toxic… so, you can skip the bleach and make a homemade germ-killer instead. Just mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and Voila! – spray where needed. NOTE: On fabrics/carpet spray a little on a small patch to make sure that this doesn’t discolor…
Need an air freshener?
Pets can at times add an odor of their own to your home – along with kitchen smells, your kids dirty sports uniforms, etc. To make your own non-toxic air freshener: Fill a jar with a screw top, about ¼ of the way with baking soda and mix in 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, depending on how strong you’d like the scent to be. You can use any jar you’d like and it is also a perfect way to re-purpose a few of those spaghetti sauce jars! Once you have added the baking soda and essential oil place the lid that you have poked a few holes in to allow the fragrance to get rid of those smells.