Hey, fellow pet lovers!
I hope you’re all staying safe at home during these uncertain times. The girls, my partner and myself, have all been following the vital guidance given by the UK government to stay at home. Today I’ve decided to share with you my all-natural cleaning spray which I’ve been using for a good while now, and it works great! I thought with everyone stuck in at home; a pet-friendly cleaning spray would be a useful post to share. 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.
DIY Pet-Friendly Cleaning Spray
Today’s post is 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 natural spray uses a small handful of ingredients and is excellent for ensuring your pets are safe from the many harsh chemicals that make up mass-produced cleaning sprays.
What you’ll need to make this simple cleaning spray?
- Distilled White Vinegar or Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional Lavender or Lemon Grass Essential oil
- Spray bottle to store the finished cleaning spray
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 harm the health of yourself, family members, as well as your pets. Think about where your pet goes within 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 in the sitting room. There is nowhere in our home where Nia, little Lily and Pooss aren’t allowed, and 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 get all over their coats and to lick off their paws is not an option! Which meant I 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. However, I came across a super simple, three-ingredient and three-step method which I liked, that uses white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, water and a dash of lemon juice or essential oils which is what we’ll be making today.
Four harmful cleaning ingredients!
1, Bleach (Chlorine)
First on the list is bleach which is a popular 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. For if your pet manages to consume bleach, say you left a bottle out for a brief moment and your lovely puppy decided to bite through the container, consuming a small amount, this could be very serious for your pet. Potentially 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, found in many household cleaning products such as everyday cleaning products, toilet cleaners and kitchen cleaners 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 dyes as it is a very versatile chemical. However, just like we mentioned with bleach, ammonia can also have serious adverse 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 have heard of before as an embalming agent, it is also commonly used in many household cleaning products around the world. Just like the other items in the list this chemical can harm 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 used as solvents in many cosmetics, as well as various consumer products can cause multiple health problems/defects. 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 are generally under fragrances, and shockingly they 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
Step one is simply to mix your water and vinegar in your chosen spray bottle. If possible, opt for a glass spray bottle.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
Mix your one cup of distiller water and distilled vinegar together and then it’s time to move onto the second step which is to add some lovely essential oils.
Step Two: Add A Drop Of Lemon or Lavender Oil 🍋
Step two is always my favourite, as you can get creative by adding a variety of essential oils. Below is I’ve listed my two favourite oils which you can opt for, but if in doubt and you wish to use something else, have a quick search online, as there’s ample information out there. However, here is an excellent article to check out from the PDSA that lists toxic essential oils for our feline friends. Also, here is another excellent post from Dogs Naturally Magazine, which talks about oils that are safe for our canine companions.
Pet-Friendly Essential Oils
I say pet-friendly essential oils in the subheading above, but essential oils are something that you need to treat with caution when it comes to pets; especially cats. Which is why I’ve only listed two oils below which are the two ones I alternate between in my cleaning sprays. As mentioned above, there is so much information online regarding what oils are safe and what ones are harmful to pets, just be super careful before trying anything new and always do your research.
By only using a few drops, your chances of harming your pet are very slim, and it beats spraying harsh chemicals around your home. However, as mentioned above, essential oils can cause our pets harm as they are sensitive to them, so always do your research and never spray directly onto a surface when your pet is on it. Always store your essential oils in a closed container, so your pets are unable to get them. I think I might do a post on essential oils and our pets, as that is something I’ve never written about on epoch.pet.
Step Three, Shake & Store In A Dark Cupboard
With the essential oils added, its time to give everything one last shake to ensure all the components are nicely mixed; and then store in a dark cupboard and use when needed. I hope you enjoy making this natural cleaning spray and if you do decide to give it a go, then let me know in the comments below or share your creation on our Facebook page.
Thanks for reading today’s post, I hope you decide to make this simple and cost-effective cleaning spray which lasts a long time, but more importantly, it ensures your house is safe for your canine and feline friends. On another note, I’ve officially broken up for my easter break from university. Though it seems I won’t be going back for the remainder of my first year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, this means I have more time to work on epoch.pet and get some new content on the blog, something I’ve intended to do for a little while now. This month is epoch.pet’s 2nd birthday so stick around for a birthday post coming up next week. To conclude today’s post, I just wanted to say that I hope everyone is safe and well! These are uncertain times for all of us, but we need to remain positive and help each other out; however, we can. I have a post coming up about how to keep our pets occupied during this lockdown, so be sure to follow us on our many social accounts, or subscribe to epoch.pet. ❤️