Not all Cleaners are Safe for Pets
I’ll admit that I haven’t always worried about how safe the cleaners I use around the house for pets. I guess I always just assumed that things will be clean after I use them, so what’s the problem. But after I took a second to think about how the safety of my pets relate to the cleaner I used, I became more concerned.
What I had overlooked in my thinking is that while cleaners will remove dirt, grime and kill bacteria, they are still chemicals. When used these chemicals are still left on the surfaces you clean, after you are done. Now take a second and think about all of the surfaces you clean: floors, toilets, counter tops, furniture, and the list goes on. Now think of all the surfaces your pets come in contact with, sleep on, lick, sniff, and roll around on. Also think of the surface that their toys, treats, and possibly food comes in contact with. It’s clear that your pet, is exposed to many surfaces that you use cleaner on, and have a high likelihood of ingesting the residual amounts of these cleaners.
I came across this article Pet Safe Cleaners that mainly talks about commercially sold cleaner, but many standard items can be used to clean, while being safe for your pets as well. Here is a list of some things I have found:
- Baking Soda
Baking Soda can be used as an abrasive cleaner, and can replace the commercial cleaners like “Comet”. It also helps to deodorize, by removing smells and pet odors.
Isopropyl Alcohol can be used to remove grease, dirt and stains. While you wouldn’t want you pet to drink it, after it dries it won’t leave any harmful residue. Alcohol will dry quickly, and you can also dilute it with water to reduce the concentration.
While I haven’t tried this yet, I have read that cornstarch can be used to clean windows.
Salt can be used as an abrasive element for scrubbing.
Steam cleaners are avilable that can be used to kill bacteria and clean stuck on stains. The heat helps break stains down so they can be removed easier, and are completely pet safe.
Vinegar is great in removing bathroom scale. It is usually used by diluting it with water.
- Mineral Oil
Mineral Oil can be used to replace dusting sprays and wood polish.
Borax is a laundry detergent that has been around for some time and is a naturally occurring mineral. While it’s designed for washing clothes and pet bedding, it can also be used on carpet by sprinkling it on the carpet, going over it with a broom and then vacuuming up. It can also be used as an abrasive cleaner.