Are you concerned about the health of your pet? You're not alone. Pets are increasingly becoming victims of the same types of illnesses and diseases as humans, and many of these problems can be traced back to toxic chemicals in their environment.
But don't worry, there are things you can do to make your home a safe and healthy place for your pet. And when it comes to your bedding, Bare Home has you covered. Read on for tips on how to create a chemical-free, pet-friendly home (featuring the adorable dogs of our employees).
Choose Organic, Non-Toxic Materials
If you're like most pet owners, your four-legged friend is more than just a pet–they're a member of the family. And just like any other family member, you want to make sure your home is safe and healthy for them.
One way to do that is to choose organic, non-toxic materials. Everything from the paint on your walls to the carpeting on your floors can contain harmful chemicals that can be released into the air or ingested by curious pets. Encountering these chemicals can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from skin irritation to respiratory problems.
As a result, it is important to choose pet-friendly products when furnishing your home. There are now several companies that offer sustainable and nontoxic alternatives to traditional household items, making it easier than ever to create a safe and healthy environment for your pet.
Instead, look for products made from natural, sustainable materials. For example, instead of a VOC-emitting synthetic rug, try an eco-friendly version made from a natural material, like jute or wool. These rugs are not only safe for pets, but they are also durable and stylish.
Don't forget your sheets! If your pet sleeps in bed with you, they will also benefit from healthier bedding. Bare Home offers bedding that is free from harmful chemicals and dyes, including several organic cotton options. Plus, our Faux Fur Throws are pet favorites!
By choosing pet-friendly products for your home, you can rest assured knowing that your furry baby is safe and healthy.
Nix the Toxic Cleaners and Air Fresheners
Many of us are guilty of reaching for the nearest bottle of cleaning product when it comes time to tackle a mess. However, what we may not realize is that many of these products contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous for animals. For example, bleach is a common ingredient in many household cleaners. However, it can cause irritation to an animal's skin.
Ammonia is another common cleaning agent, and inhaling the fumes can irritate an animal's lungs and cause difficulty breathing. As responsible pet owners, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers of common household cleaners. By taking some simple precautions, we can help to keep our furry friends safe from harm.
The good news is that it's easy to find non-toxic alternatives to these products. There are many recipes for homemade cleaners that use safe ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. For example, you can use vinegar and water as a general-purpose cleaner or mix baking soda and lemon juice for a natural scouring powder. Check out our easy guide to learn more.
Keep it Fresh
Although air fresheners can be effective at masking unpleasant smells, many contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both people and pets. Dogs and cats have a much higher sensitivity to fragrances than humans, and exposure to strong scents can cause irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Fortunately, there are many nontoxic air fresheners on the market that are safe for use around pets. Some of these products rely on natural ingredients, while others use activated charcoal to absorb odors. Whatever the approach, nontoxic air fresheners offer a way to enjoy fresh-smelling rooms without putting your pet at risk.
Making your home safe for pets doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Just a few simple changes can go a long way towards keeping your furry friends healthy and happy. But before bringing any new products into your home, be sure to double-check with a resource such as a pet poison hotline to be sure it is safe.
Improve Indoor Air Quality with an Air Purifier or Plants
One way to create a healthier home environment for pets is to install an air purifier. These devices help to remove harmful chemicals and pollutants from the air, creating a cleaner, healthier breathing space for everyone in the house. But with so many different air purifiers on the market, how do you choose the right one?
First, consider the size of the room where it will be used. A smaller purifier may be sufficient for a single pet, but you'll need a larger model if you have multiple pets or live in a multi-story home. Second, consider the type of filters available. Some models use activated carbon filters to trap airborne contaminants, while others use HEPA filters to remove ultrafine particles.
Third, consider your budget. Air purifiers vary widely in price, so it's important to find one that fits your needs and your budget. By considering these factors, you can find an air purifier that will help create a healthier home environment for your beloved pet.
Another option is to fill your home with plants. Plants play an important role in our lives, providing us with food and medicine. They also help to improve indoor air quality by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Studies have shown that plants can significantly reduce levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air, making them an effective way to improve indoor air quality.
In addition, plants help to increase humidity, which can reduce the risk of respiratory infections. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that plants are becoming a popular choice for improving indoor air quality. If you do decide to add a few plants to your home, be sure to research which varieties are not toxic to pets.
Use Natural Fibers for Bedding and Upholstery
For pet owners, finding furniture and bedding that is both stylish and safe can be a challenge. Many traditional fabrics and materials used in home furnishings are treated with chemicals that can be harmful to pets. As with people, many pets suffer from allergies, making it difficult to find fabrics that will not trigger a reaction.
Luckily, there are several companies (like Bare Home!) that offer pet-friendly furniture and bedding made from natural, hypoallergenic materials. These products provide a safe and comfortable option for both pets and their owners. As a bonus, natural fibers are also much better for the environment.
So, if you're looking for a way to make your home more pet-friendly, consider switching to natural fibers. You and your furry friend will be glad you did.
Feed Your Pet Organic Food
Health-conscious pet owners are increasingly turning to organic food for their furry friends. Just as organic foods are free of harmful pesticides and other chemicals, so too are organic pet foods. This means that your pet will be less likely to suffer from health problems such as allergies, skin irritations, and digestive issues.
In addition, organic pet foods are typically made with higher-quality ingredients, which can lead to a shinier coat, healthier skin, and more energy. Best of all, feeding your pet organic food will help to create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone in your home.
And don't forget the food bowls! Many plastic bowls develop scratches that can harbor bacteria or worse. Opt for a ceramic or stainless-steel version that is easier to keep clean. By avoiding processed pet foods, you'll also be doing your part to protect the environment.
Avoid Chemical Pesticides and Flea Treatments
Many pet owners take care to choose healthy, natural foods for their pets and avoid exposing them to harmful chemicals. However, when it comes to pest control, many people are not as careful. Chemical-based pesticides and flea treatments are widely available and considered effective, but they can also be dangerous to your pet's health.
These products often contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic if ingested or inhaled. In addition, they can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. If your pet must be treated for fleas or other pests, opt for a natural product that is safe and gentle. And be sure to follow the instructions and apply them correctly.
For general insect control, diatomaceous earth can be used around the perimeter of your home. This powder made from fossilized aquatic organisms is harmless to pets and people, but it's deadly to most insects. With a little effort, you can keep your home free of insects without putting your pet at risk.
Don't Forget Your Vet
Regular vet check-ups and preventive care can help to keep your pet healthy and avoid potential health problems down the road. A trusted veterinarian can be a valuable resource regarding pet safety as well. Ask them for product recommendations based on the latest pet health research. By taking these simple steps, you can help create a healthy home for both you and your beloved pets.
Pets are an important part of our lives, and we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and safe. Making your home into a safe environment for your pets doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Just a few simple changes can go a long way towards keeping your furry friends happy and healthy.