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Keep Your Pets and Children Healthy

Keep Your Pets and Children Healthy

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that her dog has a tumor on his leg. Very sad indeed. When exploring different environmental reasons a dog might suffer from tumors or cancer, one issue—with an easy fix—jumped out at me in particular, and it leads me right into this month’s Healthy Home Tip: 

What are you cleaning your floors with?

There are a lot of floor cleaning products out on the market right now that have superb “smell good” status or “bacteria killing” status but that might actually be harmful to your dogs and children (and yourself, if you walk barefoot in your home, or tend to crawl around on the floor).

There are a lot of floor cleaning products out on the market right now that have superb “smell good” status or “bacteria killing” status but that might actually be harmful to your dogs and children (and yourself, if you walk barefoot in your home, or tend to crawl around on the floor).

When you spray a chemical onto the floor, the chances of a dog licking it up are highly likely. Most dogs lick up dropped food, spilled over dog food or water, or traces of this and that left about your home. Cleaning chemical residue goes into their system, but, obviously the substances are foreign and the body of your pet does not know how to handle them. Sometimes the foreign chemicals are stored in fat and surrounded with fatty tissue to try and protect the harmful matter from the rest of the body. Over long periods of time, the body of your pet can become overloaded from these toxins, and overwhelm the healthy cells.

The same is true with children and adults. I know that you and your children don’t go around licking your floor, but, my guess is that you, or they, walk around barefoot from time to time. Perhaps all the time. My children do. They also have a tendency to spread themselves out on the hardwood floor and color and draw. And, they also like to pretend to be puppies, snakes, or other wild animals. All of these activities involve hands, feet, and skin on the floor, and the skin can absorb these cleaning chemicals. (Remember, this is how nicotine patches or muscle creams work). 
Once inside the body, our systems do their best to handle the foreign substances and clean them out, but sometimes it can just be too much, especially if subjected to the toxic substances on a daily basis.

Here’s what I suggest for healthy cleaning of solid floors: 

A broom or vacuum combined with a steamer vac or mop. After you sweep, the steamer vac can work wonders—it kills bacteria with the heat, and all you have used is water!  A mop can do the job as well (without too much water in the sponge).

When I use a mop, I add some essential oils to the bucket of hot water, including: lemon and tea tree oil (for killing bacteria), eucalyptus oil (to get rid of dust mites) and lavender (or some other oil that smells yummy, for you or your house keeper’s pure enjoyment). Sometimes I add a tiny squirt of castile soap, for a bit of suds.

We are surrounded by foreign matter and toxins everywhere we go. Our bodies have been amazingly created and are designed to handle a lot. But, I think it is wise that, when we can, we eliminate as much of the assault of chemicals to our systems (and our pets!) as we possibly can. Today, explore a new way of cleaning your solid floor surfaces without chemical cleaners. You will be SO GLAD you did! Good luck!


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