Earth Day, Eco-Friendly Pets!

by Mary Haight on April 22, 2010

27jour650.2NepalIn honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I thought I’d toss up a short list of things you and your dog or cat might do to step a little lighter on Mother Earth, save a little cash, and take a few more of the toxic or otherwise unhealthy things out of you and your pets lives. Many of these may be familiar, but are worthy of a second look:

1.  If you are weary of worrying about the toxics in flea and tick medications, you may want to try Shootag.  It’s an electro-magnetic tag you put on your pet’s collar, weave into your horses mane, pin to your clothes that repels fleas, ticks, flies, and mosquitoes for up to four months!  They run $24.95 each, but a family pack of four is only $59.95. It won 1st Place at the Global Pet Expo in 09, so they must have had a great demo showing it to be a successful repellant. 

 I use natural repellants, sometimes over the counter, but have made my own “tea” of lemon peel, adding things like lemongrass stems and/or rosemary. Citrus kllls fleas and the smell of that and strong herbs act as a natural barrier.  Now you can compare prices on ready made natural products and the cost of lemons:)

2. The pet stain cleaners with enzymatic action have been the real winning product over the past couple of years, as have shampoos without the parabens, phthlates and the rest. I have reviewed Clean + Green spray cleaner here which is targeted for a certain stain or specific odor and works very well. From $6.99 to $9.49 according to a sale at their website, with free shipping on orders over $25.

3.  Vinegar, salt, baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide are all really cheap items and all of them will clean all parts of your house for pennies on the dollar of what’s spent on chemical cleaners.  Go ahead, add it up the next time you go replace your bathtub cleaner, bleach, your shower door cleaner, your tile cleaner, your stainless steel cleaner. Enough to make you choke, isn’t it? And speaking of choking, guess what all the chemicals in those products do to your indoor air environment? Something to consider from a couple of different angles.

If this is just not enough information for you, check out my pets go green to save green post. You’ll find a baker’s dozen ideas and helpful links. Enjoy your day!

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