How to keep your home sparkling clean yet safe for pets.
Whether you own a house or a flat, or share an accommodation, taking care of a furry (or non-furry) friend can be one of the most rewarding experiences. But as any responsible pet owner knows, having an animal often requires extra time dedicated to housekeeping in order to keep your home sparkling clean. It is often overlooked, that while trying to clean our homes, we are using products that can be unsafe for animals. As cats and dogs are often the most curious ones (and therefore highly exposed), we are going to explore which cleaning products to avoid, be extra careful with, or replace with the safe ones.
Exposure to most of the surface household products (glass, kitchen, bathroom cleaners) might (only) result in vomiting or diarrhoea but should not have bigger health implications on your cat or dog. However, there are some very dangerous chemical cleaners, that can pose a serious threat to their health (and yours, for that matter). Carefully reading the usage labels on the product should provide you with more information on the level of threat. If possible, you should either avoid using products these, or always keep them out of reach:
- Drain cleaners
- Pool chemicals
- Concentrated dishwashing chemicals
- Lime-removal products
- Oven cleaners
- Concentrated toilet cleaners
These products can cause chemical burns if indigested or exposed to the fur and skin. In the unfortunate event of this occurring, you should seek veterinary help immediately. Alternatively, there are plenty of healthy home-made options to be used (vinegar, alcohol, baking soda, essential oils etc.). Furthermore, quite a few household brands have dedicated themselves to develop pet safe products (while still maintaining efficiency). You can find them in any bigger supermarket or specialized stores.
Eco-Friendly cleaning products
A lesser known fact is that not just cosmetics, but also cleaning products are being tested on animals during production. Luckily nowadays, there are household brands abandoning such cruel practices. Look out for Leaping Bunny sign at the back of the packaging. Most pet safe products should also be cruelty-free, however, this is not the general rule.
A good understanding of what is and what isn’t is will require thorough research. A lot of today’s conversation in media regarding cleaning products are a marketing talk and a lot of the terms are just that. Most of the mean the same thing, some are just new terms to say the old thing and some are terms invented to cover those products that swim in the grey area. Do you get what we mean? You can check this article for more info on that. Don’t be surprised if in a few weeks you become one of “those” people who check every label and take half an hour extra in the store to find what you are looking for.
To help you keep your home furrtastic (or fur fantastic) MyHomeLovely is carefully choosing a range from Method and Ecover products for cleaning your homes. Feeling stuck? Don’t worry, go to our website and hire the best house cleaning service in south-west London. Your furry buddies will thank you with a head bump or a paw here and there.