"But they're sold in my favorite store, how can they be bad?" I hear this all the time in consults.
Truth is, many commonly used chemicals have been shown through government studies to produce respiratory problems, tumor growth and brain damage in laboratory animals. And yes, they find their way into household products and into the organ tissue of our 2 and 4-legged loved ones anyway. Why? Because manufacturers put profit before well-being.
Therefore, it is up to us to be informed and vigilant. You've got a computer- it's easy to do a little research. Start googling and substituting. Things like fresh lemons and white vinegar can effectively replace many chemical-laden products. So far, I doubt lemons have ever caused tumor growth or brain damage.
That said, I would never use:
- Fabric softener
- Dryer sheets
- Most carpet stain remover and a fourth bonus one:
- Plug-in air freshener
What substitutions have you made recently to ensure a safer environment for your pet? (no product names, please)