First, A Second (Expert) Opinion



Consider choosing cleaning products that can be used around pets whenever possible. Erin Chase, the 5 Dollar Dinner mom of four boys and two dogs, and “Cleanfluencer” for AlEn USA, recommends naturally-derived products that can be used around pets and kids, when used as directed, and never tested on animals.


“Pets are like family,” Erin says, “and just as we choose carefully what we feed them, it makes sense to use healthy cleaning products around them as well.” Two of her favorites: 1) Art of Green® multi-purpose cleaning wipes and sprays, available in two great scents, Citrus & White Flowers and Lavender Eucalyptus, and 2) Ensueño Naturals®, a plant-based fabric softener that is both safe for sensitive skin and effective with providing long-lasting fragrance and freshness. 



5 Tips for Keeping Your Home and Pet Haven Clean



We can teach our doggos to sit, shake, and fetch, but we can’t expect them to clean up after themselves. Dirt, germs, shedding, fur balls, carpet stains, and potty accidents just to name a few things to look out for. 


Here are some quick and easy, cleaning tips to keeping your home fresh and spotless. 



1. Read Product Labels



Thoroughly read cleaning product labels and follow use instructions carefully. Dilute products according to package instructions. Also remember, that using more than recommended is not necessarily better.



2. Focus on the Floors



That’s the part of the house that your pet has the most contact with on a daily basis. Some pets may even suffer from contact dermatitis that can be caused by carpet and floor cleaners. 


Choose products that are gentle and naturally derived. Erin recommends using Art of Green® cleaning wipes. They are durable, fresh scented, non-toxic when used as directed, not tested on animals, and effective against mud, grime, and the occasional pet accident. 





3. Keep Your Pet’s Toys Squeaky Clean



Pet toys can harbor some serious dirt and grime. 


Spray with Art of Green® cleaning sprays, wipe clean with a paper towel, rinse with water, and let dry. Don’t put toys in the washing machine or dishwasher unless the tag specifically states otherwise. Hot water can leave the toys fragile and misshapen. Also, be sure to spot check toys regularly for loose pieces that could pose choking hazards.





4. Regularly Wash Bedding, Pads & Crates



Bedding covers and potty mats should be washed in the washing machine. Make sure to read the labels beforehand as they may need to be washed cold, warm, in a delicate cycle, or by hand. 


We recommend using the new Ensueño® Liquid Detergent for fighting stains and eliminating stubborn odors. Available in Spring Fresh and Violet Bouquet scents. 


For crate cleaning, spray with Art of Green® cleaning spray from about 8 inches away, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then wipe clean. They are formulated free of parabens, phthalates, glycol solvents, phosphates, and artificial colors. Best part, the scents are amazing and long-lasting. 



5. Don’t Forget the Pet Food Bowls



Dogs and cats can come in contact with all kinds of nasty germs and bacteria, especially when going out for walks or to the dog park. Regular cleaning of food and water bowls is key to a healthy pet.


Rinsed out the bowls every day. They should also be sanitized in the dishwasher on the hottest setting at least once a week. 



Take Extra Precaution When Cleaning Around Pets



When cleaning around the house, there are a few things additional things pet-parents should keep in mind when it comes to your furry companion’s health and safety.



Be Extra Vigilant When Cleaning with Strong Solutions



For example, if you are washing the floor and get distracted because the phone rings, your dog or cat might decide to play with that water, knock it over, or lick it. Instead of needing to rush to the emergency room, take preventive measures to ensure you’re not putting your pet at risk.


When you are finished using a concentrated cleaner, rinse out the buckets and mops thoroughly. Toss any used cleaning wipes immediately, and make sure that your household garbage bags and cans have secured lids at all times. Shut and secure the doors of closets or cabinets where you store cleaning products, equipment, and medications. 


If you’re using a household disinfectant, keep pets out of the room while you are cleaning. Do not leave disinfectants unattended. After you have used them, store them in a place that pets cannot reach. If you wet your floors or counters with disinfectants and cleaners, keep pets away until they dry. Afterwards, rinse your floors with water.





Cats Are at Higher Health Risks than Dogs



Remember that, while both cats and dogs are at risk, cats can be particularly vulnerable to cleaning products. This is because cats are smaller, their bodies do not handle toxins as well, and they are constantly licking their fur. Cats are also curious, inclined to crawl into tight spaces, and will explore new items with their nose or paws.



Save Emergency Numbers in Your Phone



Keep emergency numbers handy should you suspect your pet has been poisoned.


Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and seizures. Seek veterinary medical help right away. Call a local emergency vet for advice and to find out whether they should see your pet. If they are not immediately available for advice, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.



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