Embrace the power of vinegar.
Vinegar and water has long been a favorite eco-friendly cleaning standby. Did you know that it’s also pet-friendly? A 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water is a great cleaning solution for floors and countertops. Vinegar and water is also ideal for cleaning windows. You can add a little castile soap to the solution as well.
Make your own non-toxic furniture polish.
The chemicals in commercial furniture sprays would make any dog or cat cringe. You can make your own wood furniture polish with a little bit of white vinegar mixed with a few drops of olive oil or mineral oil. Ubiquitous lemony scent is optional, but you can always add a couple of drops of natural lemon essential oil if you want.
Kill mold with baking soda.
Have a little mold and mildew fest going on in the shower? Baking soda is a safe mold killer, plus it has the added benefit of absorbing moisture to help keep mold at bay. Dissolve a small amount of baking soda in water, put in a spray bottle, and spritz on moldy areas. Scrub to remove the mold, then rinse. As a final step, re-spray with the baking soda solution and let it air dry to prevent future mold growth.
Whip up some homemade pet stain removers.
Pet stains on the carpet can be tough. Some commercial pet stain removers are so harsh they can bleach out the carpet. You can make your own pet stain remover with common household products. Baking soda is a great stain remover and deodorizer. Sprinkle some on the area, let dry, and vacuum it up. Then treat the stain with either vinegar and water or hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little dish soap and baking soda.
Heavy duty cleaning can be pet-friendly.
Cleaning the oven and unclogging drains doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to be exposed to toxic fumes. You can make your own pet-friendly cleaners for even the toughest jobs. Clean the oven by applying a paste of baking soda and water to the inside of your oven. The next day, scrub away the residue for a clean oven. For clogged drains, pour some baking soda and then vinegar down the drain. They will begin to foam and dissolve the clog. Run hot water when finished.
Whisk away pet fur for less money.
Pet fur around the house is always a problem, but it can be worse this time of year when some long-haired dog and cat breed go through their spring molt. Swiffers are great, but the refills get expensive. Cut some old t-shirts or other old clothes to the size and shape of the refills and insert them into your mop.
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- Aaron Seminoff