Safe Cleaning Solutions to use with Pets
It's important to use safe cleaning solutions around pets, as many conventional cleaning products can be toxic if ingested or inhaled by animals.
Safe cleaning solutions that you can use around pets!
- Vinegar: A solution of equal parts water and white vinegar is an effective and safe all-purpose cleaner. It can be used to clean floors, countertops, and even windows.
- Baking soda: Baking soda can be used to deodorize carpets and upholstery. Sprinkle it on and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it. It can also be used to absorb oils or grease. You can make a paste using water to lift stains. I also use it to clean the bathtub or shower mixed with dish soap.
- Castile soap: Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that is gentle and non-toxic. It can be used to clean everything from floors to dishes.
- Or Mild dishwashing liquid: I use an Eco/Bio one to scrub and clean cages, toys, and perches using soapy water.
- Hydrogen peroxide: A solution of hydrogen peroxide and water can be used to disinfect surfaces. It's excellent for removing tough stains as well as killing mold. Just be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after using this solution.
- Lemon juice: Although not as potent as vinegar's acetic acid, lemon juice contains citric acid, which makes it an effective antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. When combined with vinegar, the increased acidity is perfect for eliminating soap scum and tackling lime and calcium deposits. Lemon juice alone is also effective in removing coffee and tea stains. In the absence of lemons, lime juice can be used as a substitute with the same effectiveness.
- Essential oils: Some essential oils, such as lavender and tea tree oil, have antimicrobial properties and can be used as natural disinfectants. However, it's necessary to use them in moderation and best to not use them if you have pets at home. If you don't have pets feel free! Grapefruit seed extract is an effective antibacterial cleaner and great for cleaning places like counters; it's also used to prevent mold and bacteria from growing when sprouting.
- Steam: It's a great cleaning method for bird toys and cage crevices. It's perfect for cleaning play gyms and porous perches and kills mold and fungus. Use a handheld model with only water.
- Laundry detergent: I use a bio, scent-free detergent with no microplastics for cleaning my bird's cage covers, my dog's blankets, toys and so on, or fabrics that my pets come in contact with - my clothes! And I don't use fabric softener sheets like Bounce.
It's always important to keep pets out of the room while cleaning and to ensure that cleaning solutions are stored safely out of their reach. If you have concerns about using a particular cleaning product around your pets, consult your veterinarian. Birds, amongst other pets, have delicate respiratory systems, so it's crucial to be mindful of the products used around them.
Avoid using freshening products like sprays or plug-in air fresheners; they are responsible for the deaths of many birds but are also unhealthy for us and our bodies! Likewise, any products with strong fragrances or that produce fumes are harmful to your pets! Birds often put everything they come across in their mouths, including their feet, after walking on freshly washed floors, so it's essential to ensure they don't come into contact with any chemicals or residue.
Keeping your house clean when living with pets, especially with birds, can be challenging, but we try! We also got a robot vacuum to help us with the floor daily - we only use water in the robot, which vacuums and washes the floors.
Lastly, never introduce chemicals into anything you use around your birds or dogs, such as spray bottles, steamers, or cleaning tools. Again, it's important to prioritize the safety and well-being of your feathered and furry friends.