Clean Pet, Clean Home

In the spirit of the upcoming Puppy Bowl, I thought I would share some pet friendly cleaning tips.

We all love our four legged friends, so it is important that we make our homes safe for them. Did you know that some chemicals that you may use around your home can harm your pets? For instance, bleach when concentrated can cause chemical burns to pet paws and products containing phenols are deadly to cats and can cause serious liver damage. Using a steam cleaner is a great way to help keep them safe, as well as kills dust mites, and other germs and bacteria that may be lurking on surfaces.

Accidents happen, hopefully not too often, but when they do here are some green tips for cleaning them up. To start, scrub the area with club soda as soon as possible and let it dry. Once the area is dry, sprinkle the spot with baking soda. After an hour vacuum the area. If the stain remains, apply a generous amount of lemon juice to the area and let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse and blot thoroughly. Another way to freshen up a soiled area is by using your steam mopon the soiled surface. Since we are on the topic of “accidents”, a stinky place that can be hard to clean is the litter box. When cleaning out the box remove soiled litter and pour in ½ inch of white vinegar, let it stand for 10 minutes, then pour out the liquid and let the box air dry. Before replacing the litter, sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda over the bottom of the box to help control future odors. If this is too time consuming, dump out the soiled litter and use your portable handheld steamer to sanitize and deodorize the container.

If your pet is anything like mine, they are not a fan of the bath. Not to worry, I have a “green” solution. You can dry wash your pet with baking soda, that’s right, I said baking soda. This is so simple and much safer and more enjoyable for your animals. All you do is sprinkle your pet’s coat with baking soda and give them a good rubdown with your hands. Then use a brush to spread the baking soda throughout the fur until it is gone. This works great in my home, since I can’t stand my beloved dog shaking herself dry all over my bathroom! When this happens, I use my portable handheld steamer to clean up the tub, sink and floor where dirty water has been flung.

Pets love a clean home just as much as we do, so try to keep it chemical free for not only your health, but theirs as well.

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2 Responses to Clean Pet, Clean Home

  1. Olivia Lane says:

    These animals are too cute! Also, I love all the tips you managed to squeeze in this little article. Totally sharing! I’ll also have to try cleaning the litter box with my steam cleaner. I never thought of that. Thanks!

    • haan says:

      Olivia, we are glad you enjoyed the tips and thank you for the compliment on the animals, they belong to HAAN employees.

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