Brisbane is pet crazy! It is no secret. Go for a walk anywhere in Brisbane in the afternoon and you will see someone walking their dog. Take a walk at dusk time and you will cats sleeping on top of their owners cars (“Oh, how cute” you say. “No, it leaves scratches all over my car!”. Thanks Garfield)

Note: At Maid2Match provide house cleaning but unfortunately not pet grooming or clean up service. Yet!

Over 60% of houses in Brisbane have pets. Pets certainly create plenty of mess themselves in your house. And our furry friends need their areas of the house cleaned just as well as we do. It is unfortunate that most cleaning supplies can contain ingredients that are toxic to pets. The use or even storing them incorrectly can cause serious harm to our animals and put them in danger.

The Queensland Poisons Information Centre receives hundreds of calls every year due to the number of pets which have accidently (or intentionally knowing my pets!) ingested household cleaning products.

Our professional house cleaners in Brisbane have shared a number of pet friendly cleaning tips.

Clean Regularly

The big clean we do as it changes from winter to summer and back again might be ok for some areas of our house. It is not like every surface needs to be wiped down each week. But this is not often enough to clean our pets toys, bowls and litter boxes. Most items your pet owns should be cleaned each week or fortnight.

When washing your pets blankets, be sure to use a hypoallergenic, unscented detergent and be sure to get all of the cleaning agent out after washing so as not to irritate their skin. An alternative is to use a baby safe cleaning product.

If You Have A Cat – The Litter Box Is A MUST DO

Your cat’s litter box should be emptied each week regularly. The last thing you want is a cat with a litter box problem. It is the main reason why cats are given away to the shelter in Brisbane!

Once you empty out the litter box, it needs to be washed with bleach. Now there are two things to remember with bleach:

Bleach needs to be diluted with water to clean. Stick to the ratio of 1:32 of bleach to water.
The bleach cannot be expired.

This second point sounds funny to some people who bleach their white clothes but when it comes to using bleach as a cleaning product the expiry date matters. Once bleach expires it’s cleaning properties no longer work the same. So be sure the bleach is used within one month of opening or the used by date on the bottle.

The litter box should be cleaned in this way each week and the litter box itself should be thrown away and replaced four times each year.

Keep The Pets Away While You Clean

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As you can imagine by their nature cats are more prone to being sensitive to cleaning products than dogs. Exotic pets are the most sensitive of all. Birds as an example can even be killed by some of the fumes given off by some house cleaning products.

If you are cleaning the house it is best to keep the pets outside while you are doing so. If this isn’t an option it is a good idea to lock them away in a separate room which is not being cleaned. Just be sure it is a room which is well ventilated. Once the surfaces you have sprayed with cleaning agent have dried off, it is safe for them to return to area – provided you are not using dangerous chemicals.

Avoid Dangerous And Toxic Products

Pay careful attention to the labels on cleaning products, in particular whether the product has a danger or caution / warning label. If it says warning or caution it is probably not so bad, just pay attention to the instructions. However, if the label says danger, it is not a product that is safe to be used around pets.

There are a plethora of house cleaning agents which dangerous to your pets. If your pet either inhales, ingests or their skin comes into contact with some of these products it can cause serious injury.

Cleaning products can be corrosive or caustic, have too much alkaline or acidic or contain alcohols. If when reading the back of the label you find a product has Sodium Hypochlorite or Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or anything that ends with “phenols” or “phenolics” you need to steer clear.

Sometime injuries from the cleaning products can be internal and are not noticeable on your pet until days afterwards. That is why it is so important to take your pet to the vet to get checked if you think there has been exposure.

Try This Safe And Inexpensive Pet Friendly Home Made Cleaning Product

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Baking Soda:

  • Pour a layer in the litter box before adding fresh litter to get rid of odours.
  • Add ½ cup to ⅔ cup into the laundry to keep your pets bedding or clothes fresh.
  • Can be used as an abrasive cleaner for bowls and sinks.

White Distilled Vinegar:

  • Use to disinfect feeding dishes, the litter box, and toys.
  • Add 1 cup to the wash cycle to freshen and soften pet bedding.
  • Apply a diluted solution to help remove the appearance and odour of urine stains from carpets. (If your house is anything like mine you have puppy pee on your carpet weekly!)

It can be overwhelming the amount of information about how to best care for your pet while keeping your house clean. The basic rule when it comes to pet friendly cleaning, is treat your pet like you would a toddler. If you don’t have a toddler you do have Google. And if you find yourself looking for a pet friend house cleaner in Brisbane, feel free to get in touch with us at Maid2Match.

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