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Household Cleaning and Your Pet: What You Should Know

What you should know when it comes to household cleaning and Your Pet

Household Cleaning and Your Pet: A comprehensive guide to the Do’s and Dont’s when cleaning your house keeping your pets and family in mind

Cleaning is not an activity we associated with sickness, in fact you can argue that having clean surroundings actually promotes good health. We all want to do our part in ensuring our environment stays as safe and healthy as possible for our children, pets and future generations to come. However, we need to considering the dangers to people and animals when exposed to harsh chemicals, fumes and residue.

It has been reported that as much of 50% of all illnesses can be traced to indoor pollution, which can be directly linked to the use of household cleaners. Cleaning products with ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, glycol ethers or formaldehyde can put pets at risk for cancer, anaemia, liver and kidney damage.

For your home to be truly clean you must use effective products, however those products don’t need be toxic to generate the desired results. Pets are very vulnerable to the consequences of using cleaning products that contain ammonia or bleach. Since pets are smaller, they are closer to carpets, floors and restricted spaces which may contain chemical residues. Their natural curiosity and lack of awareness about toxic hazards, make them more likely to encounter substances harmful to their health. Animals also have faster metabolisms, smaller lungs than humans and their bodies have to work harder to try and eliminate these toxins. Not only are pets processing these chemicals at a faster rate, they are also breathing them in more rapidly. Natural, non-toxic cleaning products can clean and sanitize your home as good, or better than, conventional products and leave no toxic residue.

With some careful forethought, planning and effort, your home can be cleaned safely and effectively. When shopping for cleaning products, pay special attention to those labeled with the words “toxic”, “danger” “caution” or “warning” – all of which can be hazardous. Always read labels and follow the directions and never mix cleaning products, such as those containing chlorine with those containing ammonia.

Consider using biological cleaning products when cleaning your home. Cosmic Pets offers a range of cleaning and hygiene products that contains eco-friendly enzymes that digest organic debris and removes stain and odour causing molecules at the source. The Happy Pet Hygiene range is environmentally friendly, nontoxic, contains no ammonia, is bleach free, non-corrosive and safe to use around pets and children.

The following products are available through leading pet stores, veterinary clinics and pet care professionals, nationwide. Or contact for you nearest stockist!cosmic-pets-happy-pet-hygiene

  • Happy Pet 3 in 1 Odour Neutraliser can be used as an air freshener, or to permanently remove stubborn odour causing molecules from textiles or hard surfaces.
  • Happy Pet Stain + Odour Remover cleans tough stains and removes odours from any water safe textile or hard surface.

The benefits of using nontoxic, eco-friendly cleaning products go way beyond your health and that of your loved ones, just think about it, if each and every one of us used such products it would, in time, literally make the world a better place.

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Stefanie Bosman is passionate about improving the quality of life of pets, and the humans that love them – one fur kid at a time! She is the owner of Cosmic Pets™, offering a wide range of products that are pet approved and people friendly. For more information visit or contact
Stefanie Bosman
The bond that people have with their pets is very unique and each connection is different. No matter what that relationship may be, one thing is a given – pets are very important in the lives of those that have them. Developed out of the love and passion for the care of pets and their well-being, the Cosmic Pets™ range was born. This brand has captured the imagination of South African consumers since 2006 and prides itself on products that are pet approved and people friendly. With more than 10 years’ experience, the Cosmic Pets™ brand is known and respected within the industry and loved by its customers. Although Cosmic Pets™ do not sell directly to consumers, you can find the range of products in more than 300 respected retailers, pet shops , veterinary clinics and pet care professionals throughout South Africa. The range includes collapsible pet carriers, pet playpens, pet pods, Happy Pet Hygiene Solutions and a wide variety of cat trees – all items to keep your fur kid/s safe, comfortable and entertained. All products, excluding consumables are covered by an industry leading one year manufacturer’s warranty. In keeping with a premium product range you can be assured of exceptional customer service and outstanding after sales support from the Cosmic Pets™ team. Stefanie Bosman, the owner of Cosmic Pets™ is passionate about improving the quality of life for your fur kids and also actively supports worthy causes that promote pet health and wellness including pet shelters such as Kitty and Puppy Haven and the Cataholics Kitty Shelter.

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