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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-27-2006, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

What types of cleaning products do you use? Our cat Willow got sick about 3 months after we got a cleaning lady, and I've often wondered if there was a cause and effect relationship there. The multiple vets we took Willow to seemed to think she was sick from some sort of virus, possibly FIP, but an unexplained illness and death makes one ask a lot of "why".

Even so, many of those cleaning products can't be good for us, our furbabies or the environment, so I started doing some internet searches.

Products I've found and liked:
Simple.Clean.Pure www.simplecleanpure.com. I like their line of products because you can order fragerance-free. I have major trouble with migraines, and scents are a big trigger. So, good for me and for the extra sensitive fur baby noses.

Earth Friendly Products www.ecos.com. I have used several of their products, including Shower Kleener, Toilet Kleener, Creamy Cleanser, Furniture Polish and Floor Kleener. The only of these I'm not thrilled with is the Floor Kleener because it leaves the floor sticky.

Seventh Generation www.seventhgeneration.com. I have so far only used the carpet cleaner. I've only used it in the car, but it worked really well and has a light citrus scent. They also advertise fragerance free products, but I haven't tried them.

I've included the company websites, but I've also ordered a lot of items from www.go-green.biz. If you can find everything you want there it means only 1 shipping charge. My local holistic/health food store also carries a limited stock of some all natural cleaning supplies.



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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 07:26 PM
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I have been using Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface cleaner lately. I like it. On the label it says it is gentle enough to use near pets and food.
I like it b/c it disinfects.



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post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 02:59 PM
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We clean with vinegar, Ecos laundry and dish detergent, Soyscrub toilet & sink cleaner, Soyscrub shower cleaner,Get Serious! for pet stains, Nature's gate shampoos for us and Nature's gate baby shampoo for the pets. I think thats it...



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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-07-2006, 01:35 PM
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vinegar and bleach are great also dish ditergent is good too. at the shelter i work at we use either bleach and dish ditergent or bleach and laundry detergent to clean EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!



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I use Healthy Habitat, I bought it at Petco. I like it because you can use it while the animal is still in the cage, and you don't have to rinse. Cuts the cleaning time down.



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http://www.melaleuca.com/

I know someone from work who recommends this. She said that the cleaners are safe to use around birds, so I'm thinking of trying it. Otherwise, I use Method stuff.



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http://www.melaleuca.com/

I know someone from work who recommends this. She said that the cleaners are safe to use around birds, so I'm thinking of trying it. Otherwise, I use Method stuff.
That link scared me for a minute...I was about to put up a big disclaimer "NOT FOR CATS", but it's just the name of the company, not the ingredient of their products, or at least as far as I can see (melaleuca is toxic to cats). I'll have to pass that on to my cousin, she's always looking for bird-friendly stuff!

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That link scared me for a minute...I was about to put up a big disclaimer "NOT FOR CATS", but it's just the name of the company, not the ingredient of their products, or at least as far as I can see (melaleuca is toxic to cats). I'll have to pass that on to my cousin, she's always looking for bird-friendly stuff!
WAIT! Melaleuca products are tea tree oil based. Most of their products DO contain tea tree oil which is HIGHLY toxic to cats and avians. I know this because I have used these products, and have since cancelled my account with them - I have four cats.

I have heard that bleach can cause liver failure in cats? Anyone confirm this info?

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we do most of our cleaning with simple green, and haven't had any problems with it... works well to clean the wood floors, great for cleaning cages, countertops, pretty much everything.
the down side to simple green is that its missing the "not tested on animals" label. The reason for that is that when the product was first introduced, animal testing was required by law. they no longer do animal testing, but they still can't put it on their label...



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My mom used to buy from Melaleuca. Luckily we didn't have cats. They claimed to be a cheaper alternative but they weren't and some of the cleaning products they sold didn't really work that well. But it could be different for others.



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I use nolvasan in my cages when im doing massive cleans. we use it at the zoo for everything.
im cautious about using household cleaners around my animals though. although some of those scented ones are tempting with those stinky critters haha.



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I am looking for something to use in the carpet now.I HATE carpet...but have to deal with it.Having foster dogs constantly here and two cats,the carpet gets stinky.I have tried a few things,but they didn't really clean the carpet.They left a nice odor in the air temporaily,but that was it.

So I need some advice on pet friendly,carpet cleaners THAT WORK! Any suggestions??

What about Nature's Miracle? I hear good things about it,but have not seen it around.Where would I find it?



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i've heard of something at wal mart called Green Works, it's made from plant based extracts, i hear it works great but i haven't gotten a chance to try it yet



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I will have to keep my eye out for it.
I am determined to find a carpet cleaner that works!

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