Day 8 of our is all about the right kind of detergent for your pet’s skin.
All pet bedding—including any blankets or cushion covers a pet may come in contact with—should be laundered at a temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit using detergent and chlorine bleach, if the fabric can stand it, said Sally Bloomfield, an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
If your washing machine doesn’t gauge temperature, choose the highest setting to help kill as many germs as possible. And for pets with sensitive skin, opt for a natural detergent and an extra rinse cycle. Dry your pet’s bed at the highest possible temperature setting, being careful to hang-dry fill or matting so that they don’t clump in the dryer.
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Few companies do sustainable packaging better than Method Products, which specializes in earth-friendly cleaning products and packaging design. Case in point: Method’s new 4X Concentrated Laundry Detergent comes in a sculpted bottle made of 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET.White vinegar is an excellent addition to your homemade dog shampoo since it has antibacterial, as well as deodorant properties. Along with the dish detergent, vinegar will also contribute to your pet’s coat looking shiny and healthy., which supplies the 53-oz. stretch blow molded bottle, claims it is the first liquid laundry detergent bottle to be made of 100% PCR PET. The category historically has been dominated by opaque high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers.The reason for the increased severity between pets exposed to laundry pods and pets simply licking product off the floor or off their fur is thought to be due to the way the product is formulated in the pod. When a pet bites into a pod, the product is both highly concentrated and under pressure from the bite. Therefore, when the pod is punctured, the detergents are forcefully expelled and may be easily aspirated or swallowed, often in large amounts. Theoretically, ingestion of multiple packets also pose a risk for a foreign body obstruction and erosive lesions from prolonged contact in the gut.Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. When a small amount of such products are ingested, it is possible for pets to respond to the unpleasant taste or to have mild, self-limiting gastrointestinal upset (drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea).There are other pet safe detergents out there that will get the job done, too. Check out a few that I found, and share your own pet laundry secrets with me when you