Monday, July 25, 2011


"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:
  1. Fabric softener
  2. Dryer sheets
  3. Most carpet stain remover and a fourth bonus one:
  4. Plug-in air freshener

What substitutions have you made recently to ensure a safer environment for your pet? (no product names, please)


Foley Monster and Pocket said...

As always thank you for you helpful and wise blog

Kolchak Puggle said...

We use a natural laundry detergent, with white vinegar in the rinse cycle to work as a softener and anti-static. For anything that is still clingy, I put a tiny safety pin in the hem. We also make almost all our own household cleaners using no crazy chemicals. We might fool around when it comes to our own health, but when it comes to the dog's? NO WAY!

Nadine M. Rosin said...

Great, Kolchak Puggle! I also use vinegar in the rinse cycle. And instead of dryer sheets, some dried lavender flowers tied up in a cotton sock.