Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Household cleaners that you can buy at your local grocery store or retail store are typically chock full of harmful chemicals that are quite toxic. If you have used any such cleaners in the past, then you can likely recall the toxic fumes that came off the cleaners when in use.

These toxic cleaning products are not good for you or your pets. Fortunately, there are some great non-toxic cleaning options that work just as good (or maybe even better!) than those brands you are used to using at home.

If you’re looking for additional reasons to consider making the switch, then think about this – toxic household cleaners are bad for people, pets and the environment. They lead to allergies for about a third of the population, according to the US National Center for Health Statistics. And they cause a lot of environmental pollution in both their manufacturing and disposal.

You can contribute to a sustainable economy and help keep your family and the planet healthy when you use one of these non-toxic cleaners as an alternative solution in your home.

COMMON NON-TOXIC CLEANERS ALREADY IN YOUR HOME

There is a good chance that your home already has plenty of the things needed to start cleaning with non-toxic items. Check out this list of items you can use to clean with:

  • Baking Soda
  • Soap
  • Lemon
  • Borax
  • White Vinegar
  • Washing Soda
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Cornstarch
  • Citrus Solvent

The most versatile of the bunch is baking soda, which can be used to scour, deodorize, clean and soften water. And when used in conjunction with vinegar, you can even use it to unclog drains. (Remember those baking soda volcanoes in elementary school science class?)

Vinegar is another great multipurpose option. It is good for cleaning glass and mirrors, getting rid of mildew, cutting grease and removing some odors, wax build-up and stains.

If you need some additional ideas, check out our non-toxic household cleaner recipes below.

NON-TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANER RECIPES

If you are ready to toss out all those store bought cleaners and use natural ingredients from your home, you might now know where to begin.

Sure, you can use things like baking soda or vinegar by themselves for a variety of cleaning jobs and get good results. However, the best results can sometimes come from mixing a few of these things together to make your own super duper cleaning product.

To get you started, check out some of our recipes below for your non-toxic household cleaner formulas.

GENERAL ALL PURPOSE NON-TOXIC CLEANER RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
  • 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water.

Take your vinegar and baking soda and mix it in with the water in a resealable container. You can store and keep this mixture for later use. This cleaner can be used to remove water deposit stains on your shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc. And it is perfect for cleaning your cat’s litter box, feeder and/or bowls, and carrier.

BATHROOM MOLD NON-TOXIC CLEANER RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • water
  • spray bottle

Mix together one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Then, spray on the areas with mold. Let sit approximately one hour before rinsing off.

NON-TOXIC CARPET STAIN CLEANER RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • white vinegar
  • water
  • spray bottle

Mix together equal parts water and white vinegar in your spray bottle. To clean, spray the mixture directly on the carpet stain and let it sit for five minutes. Then, clean as normal with a sponge and soapy water.

If you have a grease stain, just sprinkle some cornstarch on it and let it sit for up to 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.

HEAVY DUTY NON-TOXIC CARPET CLEANER RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/4 cup salt

Mix the ingredients together until you get a paste. Then, rub the paste into the problem areas on your carpet. Let the paste sit for several hours, then vacuum it up.

NON-TOXIC COFFEE AND TEA STAIN REMOVER RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • white vinegar
  • sponge

You can remove any tea or coffee stain simply by using a sponge with vinegar. Just simply wipe or dab away the stain.

For a coffee pot or tea kettle, you can add 2 cups of boiling water into the kettle or pot with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Dump the mixture once it cool and wipe clean with a clean cloth.

NON-TOXIC DISHWASHER SOAP RECIPE

Required Ingredients:

  • washing soda
  • borax

Mix together equal parts of the two ingredients, unless your water is hard and then you need more washing soda.

What You Should Remember When Buying New Kittens

What You Should Remember When Buying New Kittens

When you’re bringing a new pet into your home, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement. After all, kittens are adorable. When you see one, it’s hard to think about anything except for how cute it is.

However, owning a cat is a big responsibility. You will be the person handling this pet’s care. You have to make sure that you’re up for the challenge. Before you bring a new kitten into your home, make sure you take all of these things into consideration.

1. Cats Won’t Stay Kittens Forever

While your kitten may be tiny and adorable now, in time, it will grow to be much larger. Make sure that you’re aware of how your cat will grow and change. If possible, find out how big the kitten’s parents were. This will give you a better idea of how large you can expect your cat to be in the future.

2. It’s Not Too Early To Get Your Kitten Fixed

Because kittens are so small, a lot of people don’t even think about getting them fixed. After all, they’re still babies. However, cats are able to become pregnant at a very young age. In addition, a cat that isn’t fixed may have behavior issues early on. Vets are usually willing to get a cat fixed even if it’s only six weeks old. Have your cat fixed while you get it all of the shots that it needs.

3. Make Sure You Have Everything Your Kitten Needs

Don’t bring your kitten into your home without ensuring that you’re fully ready for it. Do you have a food and water dish? Do you have a litter box? Do you have a place for your cat to climb? Make a list of all of the gear that you’ll want your cat to have. This should include essentials, like a bag of food, as well as fun items, like a few small toys. Go down the list and buy everything before you pick up your kitten. You want to make sure you’re fully prepared for your new family member.

There’s more to kittens than cute eyes and soft fur. Cats are living creatures that require care. Make sure that you have everything that your new pet needs. You want to make sure that they’ll be able to stay safe and healthy in the years to come.

Tips for Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

Tips for Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

Congrats, you’ve decided to add a new four legged friend to your family! If this is your first time adopting a pet, then the video below will help you to know what ot expect of the process. And remember, there are a lot of cats (and dogs) at shelters who need new homes and by adopting one of them, you are doing a great service.

Looking to adopt a cat or kitten? Caitlin Lewis from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton discusses everything you need to think about and do before, during, and after a cat adoption to ensure your new cat or kitten transitions smoothly into it’s new home.

A Discussion On Cat Toys

A Discussion On Cat Toys

Pets are a true joy to many humans and act as furry companions and the cutest therapists you’ll ever meet. Most animals can make great pets, but cats are definitely at the top of that list. These independent felines are certainly strong willed, but will love and cherish their human. So with that said, when you have a pet cat, it is essential that you take good care of him or her. This means that you should have a regular feeding schedule, ensure that they always have water available to them and that they have a space to call their own. However, this isn’t enough. You need to ensure that your cat is happy and entertained throughout the day, especially when you’re not home. You can do that by providing a variety of cat toys for them to play with.

Cat toys are a great way to play with your cat and keep their minds and bodies active. An active and interested cat is a healthy cat and by providing stimulating toys, your cat will definitely be much happier. So, what type of toys should you get?

One toy that I think your cat will particularly enjoy are chew mice. Cats are natural predators and by proving a chew in the shape of a mouse, will activate their predator instinct. They can enjoy hours of fun chewing on the mouse and pretending that its alive.

Another interesting toy that you can buy is a cat feed exercise ball. This ball allows you to store food or snacks inside of it and the cat has to roll it around so that the food is slowly released. This is a great way to get your cat more active and they will definitely be motivated to play with that ball.

Most cats love to climb and as a result, you should consider getting a cat tower and scratch post. This tower won’t take up much space and it allows your cat to jump and climb whenever he/she feels like. By satisfying their urge to jump and climb, you don’t have to worry about them getting into too much trouble elsewhere.

In closing, we have just covered a few different cat toys that your cat will enjoy. There are hundreds of different toys available, so make sure to buy different types to see which ones your cat prefers. There is nothing more beautiful than a happy and satisfied pet and by providing pet toys, you will definitely enrich their short lives.

Why Not Consider Adopting A Cat Or Dog?

Why Not Consider Adopting A Cat Or Dog?

In many countries around the world, most people are known as animal lovers. Although there are stories of mistreated pets, they are in a very small minority. Luckily, the human race is caring when it comes to looking after animals that come into our lives. Most folk have their first close contact with animals when they are young. This may be a family pet dog or cat, or even a rabbit or guinea pig. A number of kindergartens also have pets, usually of the rodent kind, such as hamsters and gerbils. Although pet stores sell live animals, adopting a cat or other animal is by far the best option.

There are many animal rescue centers around the country, and whether you are looking for something small like a guinea pig, or a large creature like a horse, there will always be an animal waiting to be adopted by a loving and caring owner. The reason why animals like cats can be put up for adoption are many. For instance, an owner may own a large dog, but when they find themselves unemployed, they can no longer afford to keep it. Sometimes the previous owner of the animal may have died. For some animals, they have been rescued due to mistreatment.

When buying from a pet store, the sale is usually quick, as the business involved is selling animals for profit. This means that the dog, cats and other animals are mass bred for the pet trade. Not all breeders have the animal’s interests at heart, and nor do pet stores check if the owner is suitable for the animal. When looking to adopt a pet, the rescue center will not only go through all the details of the animal to ensure it is the right pet, but they will often do a home visit to make sure that the premises are suitable for the animal.

There is one thing about adopting a pet, and that is the owner feels like they have more responsibility for the animal. If the cat or dog, for example, has been neglected by its previous owner, then the new one will ensure that the adopted pet receives a lot of care and love. There are thousands of unwanted pets across the country looking to be adopted, and taking on the responsibility to look after one gives a person a sense of pride.