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Pet safe cleaning products that work

Christina Ottaviano

I am extremely sensitive to scented items.  Certain perfumes, air fresheners, plug-ins and other deodorizers give me an instant headache, nausea and sometimes migraines.  I don’t have this problem with Method products to the rescue!  Their air freshener is environmentally friendly without propellants that are harmful to your family.  Did you know those petroleum based propellants are mixed with the product to make it spray continuously?  No wonder they make me feel so sick, and I don't want those chemicals around my pets, nor my pregnant self.

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I love all Method products I’ve ever used because they do what they say they will.  I was lucky enough to try (and share!) their air fresheners a couple of years ago and loved them.  On their website, they talk about why these new innovative products are so...refreshing. “Our range of planet-friendly air refreshers is designed with revolutionary pressurized air technology. Unlike many traditional aerosol sprays that are powered by petroleum-based propellant mixed in with the product, method continuous spray air refreshers are packed in an airtight chamber powered by compressed air. So when you spray, you fill your room with one of our nature-inspired scents. There’s nothing dirty about that.”  When I opened the box, and saw that there was a Fresh Clover scent I was ecstatic.  It smells exactly like fresh cut grass and if you know me, you know that this is my favorite scent in the whole world and not many companies have been able to replicate it.  I liked the way the bottle continuously sprayed with no constant squeezing of a trigger even though I didn't need very much at all to freshen the room.  Did I mention it smells just like fresh cut grass (I just can’t get over it)?!  I tried the Sweet Tangerine, and the French Lavender, and loved them too!  But my absolute favorite was the Fresh Clover so I decided to keep one other and donate one to a very good cause. My good friend and fellow animal lover and rescue advocate, Marcy’s Grey Muzzle Manor fundraising event.

They also sent me their limited edition Kelly Moss liquid gel hand soap, which I love.  It smells like a cross between greenery and lavender, and their sweeter scented foaming hand soap in Rice Milk and Mallow, which smells a little bit like marshmallows.  I love all Method products for the way they smell, how they perform and how they rinse clean without leaving my skin feeling itchy, dry and irritated. Method was kind enough to send me additional gel hand soaps for the rescue mission in Rice Milk and Mallow and White Cranberry which I in turn also donated to the above fundraiser.  This season's new scents feature a Rebecca Atwood design and include Pink Persimmon, Pumpkin Clove, Wild Violet and Blue Sage fragrances.

Method also makes body wash and my long-time favorite is Olive Leaf.  Tony and I both like it a lot and as with everything else Method, a tiny little bit goes a very long way.

I get my Method supplies on either Grove Collaborative, or on Amazon for the best selection of products and available fragrances, and usually free shipping.  Sometimes Amazon carries fragrances that were limited edition from seasons before, like the Honeycrisp Apple - which I ended up LOVING and wanting more of last year.  It's actually back, permanently in their hand soap collection...after many requests from adoring groupies like myself.

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Homemade pet safe cleaners + my favorite essential oil supplier

Christina Ottaviano

One day a short time ago, an article was posted to NPR’s Facebook page with a caption that stated: “More than 1,000 sick and dying sea lion pups have been found stranded since the beginning of the year, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As scientists try to figure out why, one animal rescue worker says that in nearly three decades on the job, he's never seen anything like it.”  The question central to the investigation asks why these adorable little sea mammals are seemingly starving.  The answer seems to be that there are not enough fish for them to eat.  But why is the fish population decreasing so alarmingly?

There isn’t just one answer, but a complex web of cause and effect that has rendered our oceans incapable of sustaining life to its fullest capability.  In previous articles, there has been discussion about plastic bags, chemicals in household cleaners (and alternative products to use instead), and recycling of plastics into new items such as colanders, park benches and dog beds.  None of these things will happen though, if the plastics don’t get to the proper venue for recycling or consumers do not use environmentally friendly cleaning products.  All of this leaches back into the water supply and eventually, the ocean.  If everyone does their part by making the effort to be sure the plastic gets to its proper destination for recycling, or uses plastic alternatives, the oceans may suffer less. In the meantime, I am very careful about what cleaning products I use, especially on the floors where my animals lay and walk, and then clean themselves.  Homemade is the best because I get to customize it.

These recipes are borrowed from Mountain Rose Herbs (and you can purchase all of the ingredients needed on their website):

Super Surface Spray

• 16 oz. spray bottle

• 14 oz. – 1:1 solution of distilled white vinegar and water

• 7 drops of tea tree essential oil

• 7 drops of lavender essential oil

• 7 drops of lemon essential oil

Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

Herby Soft Scrub

• 12 oz glass jar with lid

• 1/2 cup baking soda

• 1/2 cup castille soap

• 15 drops of antimicrobial essential oils like rosemary and sage

Mix well until you have a nice consistency like cake frosting. If you have leftovers, add 1 tsp vegetable glycerin to keep the blend nice and moist.

Antibacterial Soap Spray

• 16 oz spray bottle

• 14 oz. water or rosemary hydrosol

• 3 tbsp castille soap

• 15 drops of tea tree essential oil

• 15 drops of oregano essential oil

Use this cleaning spray to disinfect your bathroom surfaces. You can use the Super Surface Spray to rinse away any residue left behind by the castille soap.

Refreshing Linen Spray

• 16 oz. spray bottle

• 3 oz. unflavored vodka

• 12 drops lavender, ylang ylang, peppermint, orange or your favorite smelling essential oil

• 12 oz. organic hydrosol of your choice

Spray to refresh your mattress, pillows, bed linens, couches, and fabric covered chairs, or spritz clean winter blankets before storing for the year. Also makes a wonderful ironing spray.  I've also ordered this set from Calily Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Kit, and have been extremely happy with the quality of the oils.

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