We recently talked about why eco-friendly cleaning products are better for your baby, reducing the effects of harsh chemicals in your home and providing a safer environment for your kids.
Keeping your home free from toxins is just as important for pet owners, with animals being at risk from many household chemicals in just the same way we are.
One of the best things you can do for the health and wellbeing of your pet is to reduce the number of chemicals in your home. With so many cleaning products on the market aimed specifically towards pet owners, it can be easy to introduce toxic chemicals into your home, without even knowing what they are.
The best way to avoid these harsh and harmful chemicals is to go green with your clean, by using natural and non-toxic cleaners that are less damaging to your family, as well as the environment.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of choosing environmentally responsible pet-friendly products for your home.
Safer Surfaces for Cats and Dogs
Our pets spend most of their time close to the floor, where larger amounts of dust, pollutants and chemicals can generally be found, even in the cleanest of homes.
Using chemicals to clean the ground level surfaces of your home can be very harmful to the health of your cat or dog – just think about your pet lying on the carpet or licking food off the kitchen floor. For cats and dogs, the pads of their paws in particular are very sensitive and will absorb any chemicals used around the house.
Changing to eco-friendly cleaning products will reduce the risk of chemical burn to your pet’s skin, fur and eyes. Check the ingredients of your cleaning products before purchasing and be sure to avoid using anything around your pet that contains phenols, isopropyl alcohol, formaldehyde, phthalates or bleach.
Better Air Quality for Your Pets
Sharing your home with your beloved feline friend or canine mate means sharing everything – from the couch to the end of your bed. Melbourne pets are even likely to steal the blanket in winter to stay warm!
Using cleaning and laundry products laden with chemicals and strong fragrances can cause respiratory problems and breathing difficulties in cats and dogs, as well as being very unpleasant for them to live with.
Switch to washing powders or liquids that are free from all chemicals and fragrance. You’ll be doing yourself a favour at the same time.
Controlling Pet Aromas in Your Home – Naturally
With pets in the home it can be challenging to get rid of certain odours, whether they’re from kitty litter, pet food or your dog’s wet and smelly coat.
As much as we love our pets, it’s likely you want to remove these odours from your home. However, most supermarket cleaning products will be full of harmful toxins and strong synthetic fragrances that simply mask any offensive smells with even worse ones.
By using eco-friendly cleaning products, instead of harsh chemical sprays and cleaners, you can control pet aromas in the home – naturally and effectively. Best of all, you’ll find these items are already likely to be in your pantry, making green cleaning comparatively low in cost.
With just water, white vinegar and baking soda you can clean just about anything from the kitchen sink to the windows, leaving your home looking and smelling fresh. For more helpful tips and tricks on eco cleaning products, be sure to read our previous post on 3 great eco-friendly cleaning products for your home.
Better for the Environment
By committing to eco-friendly cleaning, you’ll be contributing to better health and wellbeing for your pets, while also creating positive change for the environment.
Switching to greener home care will help reduce pollution to our planet’s waterways, while minimising your impact on ozone depletion and climate change. With many eco-friendly cleaning and household products being made from recycled and recyclable packing, you’ll also be contributing to less waste and landfill.
Sounds like a winning combination for the Earth and your family, including your pets.
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.