Cleaning up after your pets is a messy proposition at best. Plus, certain products used to sanitize pet messes contain bleaches or other chemicals you’d rather not use around pets and children. It’s a bit ironic, isn’t it? So, how can you clean up after and care for your pets effectively without the use of harsh chemicals?
Litter boxes are never pleasant, no matter what kind of litter you use. So why buy the kind with all kinds of additives? There’s no need to buy expensive all natural cat litter, either. Plain old clay cat litter works well if you take the time to scoop and change it when needed. Plus, surprise! It’s all natural without the high price tag.
Pet bowls get pretty disgusting. You might be tempted to clean them with bleach or other disinfectants to kill lingering germs. It’s just not necessary. Plain old vinegar is a wonderful disinfectant that won’t harm pets even if a bit is left on the dish. If you wish to go a step further, wash pet bowls in warm, soapy vinegar water, rinse, then toss in the dishwasher. The hot water will kill off any bacteria missed by hand washing.
It’s so frustrating when pets have accidents. This is especially true when the accident happens on carpet. The best approach is to get our your steam carpet cleaner and clean the mess right away. Letting it soak in risks permanent stains and accumulating odors that just won’t budge. What if you don’t catch it right away? Try using a natural enzyme based product.
Somehow, your dog picked up a case of fleas. You’re so careful. You have no idea where or how this happened. Relax. It happens to the best pet parents. Luckily, you don’t have to use chemical flea baths, sprays or collars. An apple cider vinegar bath will kill fleas and discourage their return. It may take several baths to get rid of all the hatching eggs.
It’s spring. Guess what? You weren’t as diligent at picking up pet waste in the yard as you thought over the winter. It can be difficult to do so when the lawn is snow covered. That’s OK. Let the sun dry what’s left. Then, scoop it up. Harsh chemicals won’t do any better of a job at cleansing your yard than a good spray with the hose. If there is an extraordinary amount of contamination, enzymes may help.
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