Saturday, 13 August 2022

Keeping Your Home Clean, but Safe for Pets Too!

For many of us, our pets are like family—we shower them with love, and they give it right back! We take our pets out for walks, or to the vet when they’re not feeling well. Sadly, when they feel sick, they can’t tell us what’s bothering them. All we can do is observe their symptoms, which can range from abnormal itching to fur loss, to appetite changes, to skin rashes.

Usual suspects like food, soap, and shampoo can trigger sicknesses and allergies; however, sometimes we unknowingly use products at home that can do the same. It’s easy to overlook the home environment as a contributing factor, but you should always pay close attention to the cleaning products you use because they can be dangerous for your pets.

Do you notice your pets scratching themselves more than usual? It could be the product you use to clean your floor.
Just like us, our pets can have sensitive skin which is prone to irritation. Whether you share your home with a dog, cat, or any other kind of animal, pets are also affected by harmful chemicals often found in household cleaners.

Commercial household cleaning products containing harmful chemicals may be even more hazardous to your pets than they are to you. Our pets are especially prone to irritation from the products we use to clean our floors. They spend time sleeping, laying, and rolling around on the floor, exposing their sensitive skin to harsh chemicals from cleaning products. Prolonged exposure to contaminated areas can trigger allergies, which can pose great risks to their health.

Observe your pet’s behavior—when you finish cleaning the floor and your dog or cat lies down on it, do they itch or lick their feet more than usual?

What toxic chemicals are common in floor cleaning agents?
Ethoxylate Alcohol is a non-ionic cleaning agent commonly found in floor cleaners. Although it’s intended to clean and eliminate stains, it can be toxic at high levels. In this substance’s production process, there are risks of 1,4-Dioxane contamination. This human carcinogen is harmful to everyone, and exposure at high levels can severely affect long-term health.

What are the adverse effects of fragrances and preservatives in floor cleaning agents?
Synthetic fragrances and preservatives are often found in floor cleaning agents, and they cause more harm than good as they are amongst some of the most common causes of allergies. Manufacturers add preservatives to their products to extend shelf-life to around two years. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Benzalkonium Chloride (BAC) are preservatives frequently used in floor cleaners; the former is known to cause skin inflammation and rashes, and the latter can cause severe allergic reactions such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, burning in the throat, or bleeding in the digestive tract.

It’s time to go all-natural with your floor cleaner.

Choosing a floor cleaning product that is safe for your family and pets should never be overlooked, especially if your pets are experiencing allergy-like symptoms. Your floor cleaning product could be what’s causing the problem—so to keep everyone at home safe (including your pets), choose carefully. You can avoid these problems by relying on safe, natural products. When buying home cleaners, read the product labels to make sure there are no harmful substances, like those mentioned above.

One option sure to keep your home both clean and safe is PiPPER STANDARD Floor Cleaner. Our hypoallergenic floor cleaner is made from naturally fermented pineapples, is rich in bio-surfactants and natural enzymes, and ensures a perfect clean. It’s eco-friendly and has a neutral pH level, making it great for cleaning homes with babies, small children, and pets. Its rinse-free formula also leaves no chemical residue, which means no more sticky floors! Lightly scented with lavender from natural essential oils, cleaning will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Our pet-friendly floor cleaner works well on all surfaces, including wood, marble, tiles, rubber, laminate, glass, and more. U.S. FDA testing has certified it to be free from harmful chemicals, toxins, and known allergens.

Whether you have crawling children or clever pets exploring your home, be sure you create a safe environment for them to do so. Prioritize the health of everyone in your home—children, adults, and pets alike—and start using our floor cleaner today!

PiPPER STANDARD products are available for purchase online here and are sent straight to your home!