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Cleaning with Vinegar

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puppy-globe-725094Let’s face it: pets mean pet messes. We have both dogs and cats so we’ve got a multitude of messes to clean up, from muddy pawprints (from the dogs…the cats live indoors) to hairballs.

To reduce our impact on the environment, we’ve been using vinegar as a cleanser as much as possible. White distilled vinegar is very inexpensive and disinfects as it cleans. We keep a spray bottle filled with a mix of about 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water to clean our kitchen counters (which the cats have a habit of walking across).

We mop with vinegar as well, adding about a cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water (some people also add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid). Not only does it clean without chemical fumes but you don’t need to worry about your pets getting it on their feet.

Vinegar also discourages ants so it’s a great product to spray around your pet food bowls during the summer months when ants might invade.

We also use apple cider vinegar as a cleanser. It’s slightly more expensive than white vinegar but still far less costly than products packaged as cleansers. Apple cider vinegar helps deter fleas so we mop the area where the dogs like to sleep with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water (it also smells better than white vinegar, we think) and add apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle when we wash their bedding. We also like to rinse the dogs after their baths in an apple cider vinegar/water solution to help deter fleas.

Vinegar products are easy on the environment–and on your pocketbook–so they make a great choice for pet households!

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits DogTipper.com, CatTipper.com, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.