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Pets, Allergies, and Household Cleaners

petsBelieve it or not, pets can have allergies too.  And trying to find what is triggering those allergies can be overwhelming.

If your pet suffers from allergies, one of the best things you can do for your pet is to try and limit his exposure to environmental pollutants, especially in your home.  This means switching your toxic household cleaners to safer, non-toxic, green cleaners.

Natural green cleaners will lessen the number of toxins your pet is exposed to and help reduce potential allergen triggers.

Because pets are close to the floor, cleaning your floors with non-toxic ingredients is very important.  To clean wood,vinyl, linoleum, or ceramic floors, add one cup vinegar to one gallon water.  Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or mop.

For window and mirror cleaning, add four tablespoons lemon juice to one gallon water.  Pour into spray bottle and spray.  Wipe with a microfiber cloth.

To clean surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, sprinkle baking soda on surface and wipe with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge.  For tough spots, add salt to the mix and scrub.

For  grease or mildew stains, spray the area with lemon juice.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Scrub and rinse.

Make your own natural disinfectant by mixing together two cups water, three tablespoons liquid soap, and 10 – 15 drops of tea tree oil.  Pour into spray bottle and spray!

To clean your oven, make a paste of baking soda and water and spread evenly throughout your oven.  Let it sit overnight.  Rinse off with a warm microfiber cloth.

To unclog drains, pour a half cup baking soda into the drain, followed by two cups boiling water.  For tougher clogs, pour a half cup vinegar after the baking soda.  Cover drain.  Wait a few minutes.  Rinse by pouring one gallon boiling water down drain.

For polishing wood furniture, add two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice. Apply it to your furniture with a microfiber cloth.

Use Borax to clean your laundry.  For whiter whites, use vinegar instead of bleach.

When vacuuming, ALWAYS use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Switching your household cleaners to non-toxic green cleaners is an important step in reducing allergens in the home for your family and for your pets.

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