Whether it’s a ritual you eagerly anticipate or a chore you dread, it’s the time of year to grab the mops and restock the supplies for a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Before you dust off your duster, keep in mind that many of the products we use in our homes can end up getting into the mouths and onto the skin of our pets. Every time Fido grooms himself, licks his paws or snuggles up on the freshly laundered towels, he could be ingesting trace chemicals that may be toxic with repeat exposure. But don’t throw in the towel just yet! To make the annual deep clean a breeze, we put together an eight-step spring cleaning plan using only pet-friendly cleaning products that are safe and non-toxic for
Step 1: Start With a Clean Fido
After the doggone cold days of winter have cleared out, it’s time for a spring cleaning for Fido. Wash away the winter blues with a soothing shampoo and conditioner that uses natural ingredients, like this Oatmeal and Aloe Vera Combo Pack. Get those toes ready for spring break vacations with a nail trim, and pick up a fresh toothbrush/toothpaste kit to keep his oral hygiene in peak health.
Alongside regular bathing and grooming, adding a dietary supplement with omega-3 fatty acids to his daily intake can also combat spring allergy symptoms, like dry skin, eye irritation and itchiness, from the inside out. Try these Super Pure Omega 3 Bite Size Chews from PetMeds.
Everything you need to provide a spring cleaning for your pup in the comfort of your home, from nail trimmers and brushes to dietary supplements for pets, can be found at PetMeds.com.
Step 2: Use a Top-Down Approach
We all know when you have a dog, pet happens. Spots, stains, dust, dander, fluff and fur can all gather inside, especially during cold months when Fido may be spending more time indoors. Start at the top and wipe down the vents, ceiling fans and walls using Swiffer Pet Dusters to trap and remove irritants.
Next, spot-clean your upholstery using the revolutionary BARKBATH 2-in-1 Portable Dog Bath and Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner from Bissell. This system can be used to bathe your pup with virtually no mess (replacing the need for a trip to the groomer or dog wash) and then easily converted to a carpet and upholstery cleaner.
Step 3: Let in the Sunshine
One of the simplest things you can do to kick off spring cleaning is to air things out and let in the sun, so start by getting your windows and glass doors spic and spa, vinegar and water removes smudges left by noses and paws on windows, glass doors, mirrors, stainless steel and anywhere else your pup manages to leave them. The all-natural, pet-safe window cleaner was awarded the highest health & safety rating for cleaning products by the Environmental Working Group. Made with essential oils and white vinegar for a streak-free clean without the use of dangerous chemicals, it smells bright and fresh without expelling irritating fumes.