May 30, 2013

Reduce Indoor Pollution With Safe Household Cleaners

Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola discusses many safe household cleaners to reduce chemical pollutants that aggravate pet (and people) allergies.

Generally, use white vinegar in water to replace ammonia for windows and floors. 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. Use baking soda instead of chemical-laden and abrasive powders to scrub kitchen counters, sinks, toilets.

A combination of mostly water with a little hydrogen peroxide is straight-up the best solution I've found to remove pet stains from rugs. It's the homemade version of Oxyclean. Use 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Sprinkle pet stains with baking soda to absorb wetness and odor. Then soak with water / hydrogen peroxide. Not lightly spray. SOAK. Use a soft, white cloth to blot up the moisture. Blot. Blot. Blot. Blot. Until there is no more stain on the cloth. Cover the area with a dry cloth until thoroughly dry to avoid attracting dirt when you walk. A color test in an unobtrusive corner of the room is well advised for any stain remover.

Your companion animals will thank you. So will your wallet.

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