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Detoxing Your Home :: With Pets in Mind by Laura
June 3, 2009, 10:16 am
Filed under: Waggin' Wednesdays

We all want to make our homes clean and the least harmful to our health as possible. This is why we (hopefully) think about our environment inside and outside, but do we think about our pets environment? I know in my life, our pets stay home all day and night – so they see it more than the humans. Why not detox your home for yourself, but also for your pets?

Thanks for the “people against dirty” blog, created by the makers of method cleaners for these great tips.

1.  Read your labels – shop for pet food without artificial preservatives or chemicals.
2.  Clean cleaner – ditch toxins in your cleaning products. Ingredients with six syllables or more are usually man-made synthetics.  (See all of my product reviews!)
3.  Go phthalate free – choose 100% organic products when shopping for shampoos and soaps.
4.  Switch to HEPA filters – using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will eliminate a majority of airborne particles, including dust, dander, and other allergens, while you clean.
5.  Keep air conditioners, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers clean – regularly replace air-conditioning and furnace filters and check their manuals for cleaning instructions.
6.  Natural is nicer – choose natural textiles and opt for feather, cotton, wool, or recycled fill.
7.  Avoid that “new paint” smell – choose low-VOC (volatile organic compound) or VOC-free paint rather than regular paints which release low-level toxic emissions into the air.
8.  Avoid insecticides – be wary of fertilizers and herbicides that when ingested by pets can cause severe damage to the nervous system. (See my post on natural insect repellants!)
9.  Literally, go green – plants help clean the air by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen. Just be sure it’s not a species that’s toxic to animals.
10.  Open the windows – open those windows to let fresh air in and circulate. You and your pets will breathe a lot easier.

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