Australians and their pooches spend around 90% of our time indoors, leading to concerns about the way that indoor air quality can impact our health and that of our petsJust a few indoor pollutants we face on a day-to-day basis include formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, carbon monoxide, benzene, etc. Often, toxins come from the most unexpected places. For instance, laminate wood flooring can contain formaldehyde, which can cause a number of adverse health effects for our pooches and the rest of the family (including eye, nose, throat, and skin irritations and allergic reactions). Studies thus far, moreover, have shown that long term exposure to this type of toxin is associated with cancer in lab studies and in humans.
Purifying Your Home Naturally
Forego commercial air purifiers (which contain high levels of chemicals) and try to reduce toxin levels in your indoor environment by growing plants such as anthuriums, 'Song of India', and bamboo. First check that any plants you keep indoors are not toxic to dogs, since ingesting just a small amount of common plants such as daffodils, can result in digestive upset or worse, for your dachshund.
To add a beautiful fragrance to your interiors, feel free to use an essential oil diffuser, using therapeutic-grade essential oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, or lavender, which are not harmful to dogs.
Vacuum instead of Dusting
Feather dusters can be a quick, tempting way to rid furniture of dust, but most of the particles we remove circulate in the air, potentially causing respiratory problems for your pooch. Protect your health and ensure optimal indoor air quality by using a good steam cleaner to kill germs on furniture (hard and soft furnishings), and dust on a daily basis with a damp cloth, picking dust up rather than simply spreading it around.
Cut Down on Bleach and other Toxic Cleaning Products
Bleach cleans stubborn dirt and stains, yet it is a potential carcinogenic for pets and human beings. Consider natural cleaning products such as Young Living's Thieves, which contains clove oil and which successfully kills a plethora of bacteria without emitting toxic fumes. For stubborn grease in ovens, a blend of baking soda and lemon juice works well. As mentioned above, the right steam cleaner will eliminate the need for most cleaning products, since it can be used on various surfaces.
Smoking is a No-No
The chemicals in cigarettes smoke can cause your dog to develop respiratory infections. Ensure your home is a smoke-free zone.
HEPA Filters are Ideal
To really improve indoor air quality for all, consider using a HEPA filter, which traps 99.97% of dust particles.
Changing the way you clean your home and keep it fragrant will benefit your own health, as well as your dachshund's. Since pets tend to spend even more time than we do indoors, we owe it to them to ensure our indoor air quality is always optimal.
Written by Sally Writes