Pawfect Spring Cleaning

  • Did you know the air inside your house is often very unhealthy and can be dangerous to you and your pets. If your animals spend a good deal of time inside your home it is important to be knowledgeable about the fact that there are toxic particles and chemicals inside your home, such as paint, carpet, air fresheners, scented candles, fabric softeners, fabrics with flame retardants, and a variety of many many other products that put off harmful chemical odors into our air. So many of these products cause discomfort and major illness for humans and their pets. It is often undetected that products like these cause these issues. People and pets with allergies can be especially sensitive to these toxins. So how can you ensure the best indoor air? To start, good ventilation is a must in your home! A quality air purifier is ideal to help clean the inside air as much as possible. Do your best to not buy toxic products (scented candles/air fresheners, fabric softeners that are un-natural.) There are many products out there that now provide natural options for items mentioned above and with Spring Cleaning around the corner, switch to all natural cleaning products! You can now find a wide variety of healthy non-toxic cleaning products at natural health food stores. Many cleaners are easy to make yourself and are often less costly if you choose this route.

Here are some cleaning products you can replace with inexpensive and non toxic options that you may already have in your home.

  • Baking Soda – can help you clean and disinfect your kitchen and bathroom. Just dust surfaces and wipe off with a moist cloth or sponge. It is also a great air freshener for your refrigerator.
  • Tea Tree Oil – this is a good choice if you need a more powerful disinfectant for your kitchen and bathroom surfaces. You can try and mixture of two cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and about 25 drops of tea tree oil which is a natural antibacterial and antifungal solution.
  • Vinegar & Water – this is all you would need to tackle floors which you can use on wood, ceramic tile, linoleum or vinyl. Not for wood surfaces. It is recommended to add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. There’s no need to rinse after cleaning or saturate the floor while mopping.
  • Olive Oil & Lemon Juice – mixing these two solutions together can be used as a Polish for wood furniture and it will leave your home smelling citrus fresh. Use 2 cups Olive oil and 1 cup lemon juice. Go with the grain of the wood. You can also visit the link below for more information about a homemade wood polish and olive oil!
  • Air Fresheners – try simmering some mint tea or cinnamon and orange peels in water in a saucepan on the stove or you can diffuse pet safe essential oils.

There are many “green” (natural) products that are considered safe for animals but important to remember these are chemicals too even if they are natural. It is always a good idea to use precautions with them by reading the back label on the bottle and practice safe storage as you would use with toxic chemical products. Don’t allow your dog to lick freshly cleaned surfaces or chew on sponges or cloths that are used for cleaning when using other cleaning products. Think about where your dog hangs out most when inside the house and consider doing things differently in those areas first. Perhaps you give those areas an extra rinse or wiping down and then make sure you can crack a window or two to offer a good flow of ventilation as often as possible. Your furry family members are important and so are you! Clean pawsitively with pet safe products, it is the responsible thing to do for your family and the Earth who takes care of all our families. Happy Spring Cleaning!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Information provided by “The Essential Dog” magazine. Article written by Dr. Karen Becker

Paw Pedicures

Have you ever notice your dog walking around and you can hear all their toe nails tapping the floor with each step? This means their nails are too long and if you take time to closely observe you will often see that your dog will show slight or sometimes very pronounced signs of being sensitive… Continue Reading

Paw-some Hiking

Hiking with your dog is a great way to bond with them. All dogs love to get out on the trail and do some exploring but it’s important to know how long of a hike and how simple or technical it should be for your individual dog. Assessing weather conditions (hot and cold) are very… Continue Reading

Sleepy dogs

Every dog sleeps, but not one sleep fits all. Have you ever noticed your dog sleeping in different positions or the same position everyday? Do you think they like a specific position more than another or tend to move around multiple times during sleep? I would like to share some knowledge about why dogs sleep… Continue Reading

Pawsome Car Rides

Do you or someone you know have some sort of restraint for your dog in the car? Does the dog ride in a crate or is he or she harnessed and seat belted in? Does your dog even need one? I’ve noticed over the years that dog seat belts attached to a harness have become… Continue Reading

Dogs & Algae

During these hot summer months some of us make plans to take our dogs to the lake, the river or ponds to cool down and swim. While most dogs love the water and enjoy swimming, there can be precautions to take depending on where you go. Algae will grow in any water, warm or cold… Continue Reading

Dog Gone Cheat Grass

In most of North America we have an invasive weed known as cheat grass. It will take over fields and crops as it starts to grow earlier than most native plants in the spring and it can grow in cool weather. It can grow 6 to 24 inches, its roots systems are so extensive that… Continue Reading

Canine Cancer

When the word Cancer is mentioned in a conversation it can really get someone’s attention. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and is becoming increasingly popular among canines. According to WebMD’s latest statistics, the leading cause of death for dogs over 10 years of age was cancer. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in elder dogs,… Continue Reading

Online dog help

As much as I love talking about dog trainers and which ones can positively help humans and their dogs, there’s one in particular that specializes in dog aggression and he’s located across the country in New York. Some of you may know him or have heard of him, his name is Tom Davis and he… Continue Reading

If it’s love it’s love

When winter time decides that spring time is the best time to come you bundle up even longer during the cold weather. You’ll probably wear a jacket and some boots and possibly get a cold. But hey, your dog its just like your dog. Do they have a long enough coat to keep their bodies… Continue Reading