Cleaning for COVID-19 with pets in the house

I don’t know about you but I am feeling really powerless during this COVID-19 time period.  The world and being in public is scary right now.   One of my coping mechanisms is cleaning.  It makes me feel like I can control one small piece of my world and do something to protect my family.

As you know, we have 3 dogs in our household and many other guest dogs come through as well.

According to PBS, they possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours. Dogs’ noses also function quite differently than our own.

So what I am trying to point out here is that harsh cleaning products can be overwhelming and harmful to our pets.  You probably already know this, having pets of your own, but sometimes we forget and need a gentle reminder to stay away from harsh chemical cleaners while living with pets.  For specific guidelines from the CDC, click here.

I did a quick Google search for pet cleaners and there are hundreds to choose from.  I don’t think it is necessary to go out and buy a bunch of specialty products when Dawn soap and warm water will do the same job.  I know you have heard it a million times in the last few weeks:  Wash your hands with soap and water because the soap breaks down the walls of the cells of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

I have been wiping down the walls, doors, door casings, baseboards and furniture in my home for years.  It’s on my calendar to do at the beginning of each season, but honestly, it probably only gets done 2-3 times per year.  Of course, the furniture gets wiped down a little more often because of muddy paws.  Dawn is an effective and mild cleaner that will work just as well and not harm your pets.  I just use a washcloth or sponge, warm water and Dawn dish soap.  I empty out the dirty water and refill as needed.  I only fill my bucket with water until it is about a quarter of the way full and use about a quarter size pour of soap. 

Dawn is not as harsh on your hands either.  I wouldn’t recommend doing this after giving yourself a manicure though.  

I don’t know if the local gyms have closed due to all the “abundance of caution”, but if they did, this is a great way to get in a good workout.  You are using your arms, legs, and core to get everything wiped down.  And you are getting your house clean.  Two Birds – One Stone.

Rather than trying to take on your whole house in one day, I have broken down the task into manageable pieces.  I clean one room each day, that way I don’t get overwhelmed and give up.  Yesterday I did the kitchen, today it was the hallway, tomorrow the living room.

What are you doing to keep sane during this trying time?  Please stay safe and healthy.  Take care of yourselves if you do get sick.  And if you need any help, please reach out!!

Terri

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