Hey, fellow pet lovers!!
Today’s post is a little different than our previous ones and is a three-step DIY pet-friendly cleaning spray for your home. I’ve been making this easy all-natural cleaning spray for the last year now and it really does work. My partner and I won’t use harsh chemical sprays in our home and want something that we know is pet-friendly and also eco-friendly. So today’s post is a simple homemade cleaning spray recipe which you can use with peace of mind that it won’t harm your canine or feline friend.
Let’s jump straight into today’s post!
DIY Pet-Friendly Cleaning Spray
Today’s post is a super simple three-step all natural DIY pet-friendly cleaning spray that I make each month as we don’t use any harsh chemical sprays in our home. This easy spray uses a small handful of ingredients and is great for ensuring your pets are safe from the many harsh chemicals that can make up mass-produced cleaning sprays.
What you’ll need to make this simple cleaning spray?
- Distilled White Vinegar.
- Optional Drop of Lavender, Peppermint or Lemon Grass Essential oil.
- A spray bottle, reusable plastic or glass spray bottle to store your finished cleaning mixture in.
The problem with everyday chemical cleaning sprays?
Before getting to our simple three-step recipe I wanted to quickly mention a few of the problems of using everyday harsh chemical cleaning products around our homes and why this can be dangerous for our canine and feline companions. Most mass-produced commercial cleaning products use a mixture of harsh chemicals that can have a negative effect on the health of yourself, family members, as well as your pets.
Think about where your pet goes in your home, my girls like to go everywhere, they sleep on the bed, are allowed on the sofa and love to sunbath on the rug and floor in the sitting room. In fact, there is literally nowhere in our home where Nia, little Lily and the Pooss aren’t allowed. This means that every week the floors need to be washed, as well as all the surfaces, pet water bowls, bedding and lots more…
The idea of spraying harsh chemicals around our home for the girls to lie in and get all over their coats and lick off their paws is not an option! This meant we had to find a pet-friendly cleaning spray to use around our home and thankfully, after a quick search online I found many recipes to try. I like this super simple, three-ingredient and three step recipe using white distilled vinegar, water and a dash of lemon juice or essential oils which is what we’ll be making today.
Four cleaning ingredients to watch out for!
1, Bleach (Chlorine)
First on the list is bleach and is a very common household cleaning item, however, if you have pets, small children or simply want to live a long and healthy life then staying away from bleach, also known as chlorine is a good idea. If your pet manages to consume bleach, say you left a bottle out for a brief moment while cleaning and your lovely puppy decides to bite through the bottle consuming a small amount, this could be serious for your pet and potential result in seizers, vomiting, diarrhoea and burns inside their mouth and throat depending on much much they’ve consumed.
Bleach is harmful to both ourselves and our pets and breathing in the fumes can result in respiratory problems. Bleach is found in many household cleaning products such as everyday cleaning products, toilet cleaners, kitchen cleaners and can also be purchased as basic bleach.
2, Ammonia (Ammonium Hydroxide)
Number two on our list to watch our for is ammonia, also commonly found in many cleaning products, as well as hair dye it is a very versatile chemical. However, just like we mentioned with bleach, ammonia can also have serious negative effects on not only yours but also your pets respiratory system if inhaled. Ammonia is commonly found in cleaning products such as oven cleaners, window cleaners, floor cleaners and lots more.
Third, on our list is formaldehyde which I’m sure many of you will have heard of before as an embalming agent, however, it is also commonly used in many household cleaning products around the world. Just like the other items on the list this chemical can have a negative effect on our pets and cause skin and eye irritation, as well as respiratory problems due to it being released into the air once it has reached room temperature. Formaldehyde can be found in many household products such as everyday cleaning sprays and wipes, pet shampoos, plug-in air fresheners, cosmetics and lots more.
The last to mention is phthalates which I’d never really heard about until writing today’s blog post. According to animal studies, phthalates which are a family of chemicals used to soften PVC plastics and are used as solvents in many cosmetics, as well as various consumer products and can cause various health problems/defects. Apparently, phthalates can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems, particularly the testicles according to animal studies. Phthalates may not be listed on the bottle but can be listed under fragrances and have been anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals, to learn more follow this link.
Now that we know about a small handful of potentially dangerous chemicals used in everyday household cleaning products its time to move onto making a safe and effective pet-friendly natural spray for your home. For the original recipe as well as other natural cleaning recipes head over to Dogs Naturally Magazine.
Step One, Mix Your Vinegar & Water
- 1 Part Vinegar to 4 Parts Water.
The first step is to mix your vinegar and water together in your spray bottle. Distilled white vinegar is great for cleaning due to it containing acetic acid which acts as a natural disinfectant so is essential in our pet-friendly natural spray. Thankfully, you can purchase distilled white vinegar for pennies at all supermarkets. Also if you want or need too you can make this spray a little stronger if desired which I do when cleaning the floors each week.
Simply mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and add to your spray bottle.
Step Two, Add A Drop Of Lemon or Essential Oils
- Add one drop of lemon juice or a drop of pet-friendly essential oils.
I’m not too bothered by the smell of vinegar and much prefer it over the smell of harsh chemical sprays. However, I still like to add a little lemon to my homemade spray to make it smell a bit fresher. I love the smell of citrus fruits and think adding a dash of lemon to this natural spray works really well, however, if your not a fan of lemon then you can add a drop of some pet-friendly essential oils listed below.
- Lemon Grass.
Step Three, Shake & Store In A Dark Cupboard
- Mix everything together and you now have a pet-friendly household cleaning spray.
Once you’ve added your white distilled vinegar, water and some lemon juice or a drop of essential oils if desired it’s time to give everything a final shake then place the lid on your spray bottle. Once everything has been mixed together, simply place your cleaning spray in a safe cupboard away from children and dogs and use when needed.
Thanks for reading today’s super simple post and I hope you decide to make this pet-friendly cleaning spray. It’s really cheap to make, lasts a long time but most importantly it ensures your house is safe for your canine and feline friends. Remember if you read our weekly content but haven’t joined our new Facebook group Canine Play, Fitness & Nutrition then follow the link to join and I hope you have a great week!!
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