Many of the household cleaners we use in our homes daily are not safe for pets. Conventional cleaners contain dangerous ingredients like bleach, ammonia, chlorine, glycol ethers, and formaldehyde; these ingredients are not only toxic to us, but they are very hazardous for our pets. These harmful ingredients increase our pets risk for cancer, anemia, and liver and even kidney damage.
You might be thinking if you keep these cleaners safely enclosed in a cabinet or if put your pets outdoors when you clean they are safe. Unfortunately, you would be wrong: Studies measuring volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in three commonly used cleaning products showed the vapor pressure of various chemical compounds in these cleaners were registered close to a thousand times more vapor pressure than natural cleaners. What does that mean? It means that even when you place your toxic cleaners under cabinets, or even in the garage, their vapors are left behind harming both you and your pet.
Groom & Style shares some of their favorite DIY Homecleaners here.
This was one of my favorites especially when you add a few drops of essential oils.
If you’re not looking to create your household cleaners; let me share a few of my favorites:
Remove Unpleasant Odors Safely
Air Fresheners can be deadly and cause serious health problems for your four-legged friends and us. A quick, simple way to remove unpleasant odors is a few spritzes of Thieves Spray or if you have a little more time add a few drops of your favorite essential oils into a diffuser and in seconds unpleasant odors are a thing of the past.
One Bottle Does It ALL
Thieves Household cleaner is my goto for all of my daily cleaning. I use it literally on EVERYTHING and I am never worried about my family or the umpteen animals that live in our home:)
For my wood floors, I do add a little twist to my 1-gallon bucket. I drop in 5 drops of Orange Essential Oil and a 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Another favorite of mine is buying the unscented bottle of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar Spray and I add 12-16 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. My stainless steel products are looking amazing, and it helps prevent fingerprints too.
Our animals spend most of their lives enjoying the comforts of our homes, which can sometimes pose more of a threat to their health than the outdoors when we choose to use toxic chemicals. When we opt for either making our own non-toxic products or choosing plant-based products such as Thieves Household cleaner; we are not only making a huge difference in the health our pets but our families too.