Dogs are wonderful companions who bring joy into our lives, but along with that joy comes pet hair, mud, and the occasional stain. If you are ready to start freshening up your home, make sure that you use cleaning products safe for dogs.
If you are looking for cleaning methods that can keep your home clean and your pet protected, here are our three best ideas:
These machines work by heating water to boiling, then forcing the steam produced out in a directed stream. They can sterilize, remove odor, kill fleas and other pests, and eliminate deep and stubborn stains. Since they only use water, there are no toxic chemicals to worry about - the only potential danger comes from the fact that the hot steam could burn you if these devices are used incorrectly.
Raid your kitchen cabinets for this safe, inexpensive, and effective cleaning product. Baking soda can eliminate odors, and can gently scrub away stains without damaging most surfaces. Sprinkle it on your carpet and then vacuum it up to absorb pet odors, or make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water to scrub pet dishes, carriers, or stains on your dog’s bedding. To clean smelly pet food containers, rinse them out with hot water and baking soda. If the smell does not come out, let the container soak for a few hours in the baking soda and water mixture. Baking soda can even be used to remove "wet dog" odor: After a rainy walk, sprinkle your pet with baking soda and brush it out.
Vinegar is another odor eliminator that also has powerful grease cutting capabilities. Mix a half cup of vinegar with a gallon of water to create your own liquid cleaner that can be used on floors, walls, and other hard surfaces (make sure that you don’t use vinegar on marble, travertine or limestone floors, as the acidic mixture may damage these surfaces). Vinegar is particularly useful when removing pet stains from carpet. Skip the scented, chemical-filled carpet cleaners and try these two easy, nontoxic recipes instead:
For smaller, lighter stains:
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
Combine both ingredients and mix them until the salt dissolves. Soak a rag or sponge with the mixture and gently rub out the stain. Let the carpet dry, then vacuum the area.
For tougher, deeper stains:
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
Combine both ingredients to make a thick paste. Rub the paste into the stain using a dry rag. Leave the paste on the stain for two days, then vacuum.
In addition to being non-toxic, most of these cleaners are easy to make at home, and are also incredible affordable. When using any cleaning products around your pets, make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions, and keep your pet away from the area you are cleaning until the area is safe and dry.