Home is where the heart is, and the kids, the dog, and all the mess that gets left behind.
Having a dog is wonderful but it can feel like cleaning is a never-ending task, so we reach for anything that can help us, including a variety of different cleaning products. However, there are unseen health hazards to these common household items that are often overlooked.
Many cleaning products from shampoo to oven cleaner contain toxic ingredients such as:
These substances release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air causing indoor pollution. VOCs are implicated in almost 30,000 premature human deaths each year in the UK (2018 study in the journal Science) and can put pets at risk for cancer, liver and kidney damage.
Pets are more vulnerable than people to exposure to toxins around the home due to their height and their toys and bedding being close to ground level where vapours may linger.
Animals also have faster metabolisms and smaller lungs than we do, so their bodies must work harder to try and eliminate toxins and they are breathing them in more rapidly.
A dog’s natural curiosity makes them at greater risk. Any bottles left out, however dangerous, could be a lethal toy to them.
We believe in keeping things as natural as possible, from the food we cook to the cleaning products we use. So, we have done some research and sniffed out our top 5 household products that are safe for our pets and still leave your home looking and smelling delightful!
The best way to ensure your pet isn’t coming into contact with any harmful chemicals is making your own cleaning products. This is also much cheaper as you will more than likely already have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard!
Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to create a fantastic cleaner for your home, from the kitchen sink to the bathroom floor. If you need to remove any odours, leave the mixture on the desired area for 5-10 minutes and then wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
To get rid of any puppy accidents or muddy paw prints, mix one cup of distilled white vinegar, with one cup of water and 2 teaspoons of bi-carb. Shake up the ingredients, and then spray on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then blot with towels until clean.
Here in the office we absolutely love Cooper & Gracie products. They offer a range of cruelty free products to keep your pet feeling pampered and are safe for both your dog and the ecosystem.
They have a range of different shampoos to suit your dogs needs. They cleanse and restore hair, remove odour and leave your dog’s coat clean, soft and refreshed. All the ingredients are 100% plant based and ethically sourced.
Pets unfortunately can’t clean up after themselves but to make it that bit easier, Cooper & Gracie have a pet stain remover which is perfect for cleaning up any pet stains or smells on carpets, floors, furniture, pet beds and many more. Tough on stains with antibacterial and antifungal protection, and totally safe to use around pets and children, it certainly is a must have in your home.
Method have a fantastic range of 100% cruelty free household cleaning and laundry products that guarantee they are safe for the environment, people and pets.
We particularly love their floor cleaner for those mucky pet paws or inevitable puppy accidents. It is non-toxic and biodegradable, packed into recyclable packaging.
739ml – £ 3.00
All Ecover products are safe to use around pets and certified by Leaping Bunny and Cruelty Free International.
We love their laundry liquid and fabric softener, perfect for washing dog beds, blankets and towels without the worry of your dog coming in to contact with any nasty chemicals. Full of naturally derived plant-based ingredients and packed into recycled plastic bottles, you are helping the environment out too.
Ecover Non- Bio Laundry Liquid: 1.5L – £6.50
Ecover Fabric Softener – 1.5L: £3.00
We hope this helps you find the perfect pet safe products for your home. As with any product, always make sure you check the label and follow the instructions for correct use.
After all this cleaning, put your feet up and enjoy a rest and treat your dog to some Different Dog food, we can guarantee they will lick their bowl empty…and it’ll be one less thing to clean!