Let's be honest; we love our pets, but we do not love the dirt and grime that gets tracked into our homes after every adventure. As a pet wellness company that lives by the motto, "less is more," it shouldn't come as a surprise that we live by a similar motto when examining the products we use in our home around our beloved fur-babies. Now, just because we have a “less in more” philosophy does not mean we believe in cleaning less; we believe in using products with fewer, more natural ingredients. Here are some of our favorite eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe to be used around your fur-babies.
Baking soda is a versatile cleaning solution that can be used to clean many areas of your home. In the kitchen, baking soda can be used to clean dishes, counters and floors. It’s also great for cleaning your bathroom sink and toilet bowl. In the laundry room, baking soda can be used to freshen clothes as well as remove odors from those muddy towels you thought your pets permanently ruined.
Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that has been used for generations. It’s not only eco-friendly, but also pet-safe! You can use vinegar to disinfect surfaces around your home, clean your dishes and laundry, or even wash the floors. Vinegars are also naturally antifungal so they make an excellent cleaner in the kitchen. There are many different kinds of vinegars out there that can be used in different ways based on the type of surface you want them to clean (such as hardwood floor or stainless steel).
Borax is a natural mineral that has been used for centuries for its cleaning and disinfecting properties. It can be used to make homemade cleaning products, as it's a powerful odor eliminator and safe for pets.
Borax is often used in homemade laundry detergent, but you can also use it to remove stains from clothes or furniture, as well as clean dishes and floors. Borax mixed with white vinegar creates a natural chemical reaction that makes your home smell fresh without harmful chemicals or perfumes. Now, if only borax could mask the smell of those stinky dog farts!
Lemon juice and salt
Another eco-friendly cleaning solution is lemon juice and salt. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant, while salt has antibacterial properties. Together they make a powerful team that can help you clean your stainless steel appliances and surfaces!
To use this method, combine equal parts lemon juice and salt in a spray bottle. Then add some warm water to thin out the mixture if needed (you should be able to tell how much liquid you need by how thick or thin your mixture is). Spray the mixture all over your stainless steel, let it sit for 10 minutes or so (to allow time for the lemon juice/salt to work their magic), then rub with a soft microfiber cloth to remove any stubborn spots. You might have to do several rounds of this process depending on how dirty things are!
As the name implies, this detergent is made specifically for cleaning pets. It’s made of natural enzymes that break down stains and odors, so you can use it on both your clothes and your pet’s bedding without worrying about adding chemicals to their environment.
We’ve even started using the Nature’s Miracle Pet Safe and Enzymatic Laundry Detergent to clean our own clothes. To get the most out of this product, we recommend also using a half-and-half mix with water in your washing machine. This will give you a lighter load that won’t leave residue on your clothing or bedding (which may be especially important if your pet has allergies). If you want something stronger, try making sure all items are fully submerged before running them through an extra fast cycle with hot water—this should help remove any lingering odors from their coats or paws!
Cedarcide All-Purpose Cleaner
Cedarcide All-Purpose Cleaner is a pet safe natural cleaning solution made from essential oils that's safe for pets, children, and the environment.
This all-purpose cleaner is effective against those hard, stuck on messes, and nasty odors; leaving your home clean and smelling fresh. We’ve used this Cedarcide cleaner to clean our hardwood floors, countertops, and even our pets’ crates! It seems to clean just about everything!
Dog Mom Pro Tip while Cleaning:
During your next “deep clean”, try giving your sweet fur-baby the Homescape Pets Restful Pet Supplement. This dog supplement helps promote contentment and relaxation in your fur-baby, making it the perfect way to treat your pup while getting the house squeaky clean.
Find the cleaning solution that works best for you, and rest easy knowing you and your pets are safe from those harmful chemicals. We are always updating our "Favorites List" of pet-friendly products, so make sure you're following Homescape Pets on Instagram and TikTok for all-things dog!