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Oct 17 2014

Animal & Baby Safe Homemade Cleaning Products

I treat my dog like a newborn baby, so I am always conscious about the cleaning products I use around the house.

Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner was one that I love because it is all natural, and baby and animal safe. However consistently purchasing specialty products, although worth it to keep my loved one safe, was like an itch that kept coming back. I could deal with it but after reading the label on the cleaning products, it seemed like products I could find at my local grocery store. After testing and mixing different solutions, I found mixtures to clean almost every surface of my house and keep it safe for my dog to roam everywhere she wants.

Most of the ingredients include baking soda, and vinegar. I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about these two ingredient, but I honestly can’t begin to rave about how safe and effective they are. Both ingredients have antibacterials  properties that allow them to clean many areas.

I use an All Purpose Cleaner for almost every surface of my home. It’s easy to go from the floor to table tops with one product but since I use it frequently on the floor, I had to make sure the solution I used was both a cleaner and safe for my dog. The baking soda mixed together with the vinegar creates bubbles or carbon dioxide to really cut through grease. The lemon juice can be substituted with essential oils but lemon is always a nice clean smell.

 

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 gallon or 8 cups of hot water
  • 1 lemon or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

 

My bathroom is the one place I hate to clean and when I do, I use several chemicals to properly sanitize and scrub. Then I noticed that my dog loves to roam inside, I think because there’s always a cool breeze. I started to use the all purpose cleaner to clean the floors but now I was stumped at ways to naturally sanitize my bathroom. Coca cola was something I learned about in college, but I never knew if it actually disinfected. I tried a solution of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. You sprinkle the baking soda around the toilet bowl and then pour the vinegar on top. It should react by bubbling. Use your toilet bowl brush and scrub but a natural disinfecting clean.

Now my puppy can roam around where she wants with my peace of mind that she’ll be safe from harmful chemicals. If you’ve tried other homemade natural remedies, let us know!

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