Alana and Crepes here today! We’d like to talk to you about cleaning supplies!
Two all-stars: both fastidious cleaners, but only one uses her tongue.
Crepes: Now, cats are very clean creatures, but sometimes you still need to clean house, especially if you have a dog.
Alana: Actually, our dog is cleaner than any one of you.
Crepes: As if. Now then, I’ve repeatedly told MomFOD to stop wasting paper towels and just lick up the stains, but she says –
Alana: Crepes, I’m not going to do that, and neither is anyone else reading this article.
Crepes: A cat would.
Alana: Moving along, although Crepes would like me to simply lick the floors clean, I’m not going to do that. However, what I also don’t want to do is use harsh chemicals in the house. Why? Because our little furry friends sit on the floor, drop their food on the floor, roll on the floor, play on the floor –
Crepes: Slide on the floor, puke on the floor, eat the puke that we just put on the floor –
Alana: Right. They get it. So, putting chemicals all over the house is not a good choice, we think, to keep the house clean. So what do we do? Well, years ago, we got rid of all our chemical cleaners and replaced them with very inexpensive ingredients that are safe for our little fuzzies to be around. Here’s what works for us:
Vinegar: An all purpose winner! It’s acidity kills bacteria, mold, and other beasties.
Baking Soda: Again, an all around amazing tool.
Borax: A powerful cleaning agent that we use less frequently but is still helpful to us.
Steam: disinfect with nothing but water!
Lemon: Delicious and helpful.
Don’t use lemons in a cat’s immediate area – they’re sensitive to citrus.
Consider these uses for the above-mentioned items:
Clogged drain: Sprinkle down some baking soda followed by a healthy pour of vinegar. Your drain will be cleaned out in a few minutes! It’s worked for us many times.
Smudged mirrors or windows: Put a bit of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and use like a glass cleaner.
Laundry: Borax is amazing for removing smells from laundry. Let it soak a bit before running the wash cycle and all your linens come out fresh! Works great for anything that may smell of mildew.
Floors: We use a steam floor cleaner. It disinfects everything and cleans up all sorts of stains. There’s no scent at all and it leaves nothing on the floor afterwards.
Mrs. Peabody is dangerously close to the floor.
Carpet Smells: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, let them sit for about thirty minutes, and then vacuum it up. (Cesar Milan suggests you can also do this for doggie fur! Skip the vacuum, though, and just use a brush.)
Carpet Stains: Mix a little vinegar and borax into a paste and rub it into the stain. Let it sit until dried and then vacuum.
Stains on counters, etc.: Mix baking soda and water into a paste and use as a scrubbing abrasive. It’s safe to use wherever you prepare food.
Cutting board: You can use the mix above to clean the board, and then rub it with a freshly cut lemon to neutralize odors from other foods like onions.
Toilet: Pour a few cups of vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for awhile. Brush thoroughly and flush!
Garbage Disposal: Toss some lemon down there and let it do its job! The lemon will help keep the disposal fresh.
Alana: Did I forget anything, Crepes?
Crepes: Yes. The tip about rubbing tuna juice into the floors near the cat tree-
Alana: Nope. I didn’t forget anything.
We hope you enjoyed these tips! We feel that natural cleaning is an important part of keeping our pets and families safe in a world that’s overloaded with chemicals. Everything listed above has been working for us for years and we hope you find it useful, too!
A few more resources for you: Dog Care Cleaning Tips from Cesar Milan; Vinegar Tips: 1001 Uses 25 DIY Green Cleaning Tips (This one suggests essential oils. Use caution because cats may be sensitive to certain oils like citrus and tea tree.)
Crepes & Alana.
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