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    SAFE AND NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTIONS

    Ok going to try this again

    Safe Cleaning

    Most parrot owners are well aware of the common hazards that endanger our parrots, such as overheated Teflon, forbidden foods, poisonous plants, toxic metals and others. There are many lists of poisonous plants and many articles about the various hazards to be avoided.

    One other means of frequent exposure to toxins that have not been covered extensively is cleaning.
    Here are some suggestions for safe alternatives to chemical solutions that normally are used to clean the home.

    NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTIONS

    Add 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to a 32 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Use on all surfaces around the house and to clean sprouts, fruit and vegetables before being feeding to a parrot.

    Baking soda with water is a good all-purpose cleaner (1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart water)

    Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces to be cleaned or make a paste with baking soda and liquid soap. Scrub with a damp nylon scrubbing pad, soft cloth, sponge or very fine steel wool. White distilled vinegar diluted in water removes baking soda residue. Dry with a soft cotton cloth. Recycled cotton serves as a good cleaning and drying cloth.

    CITRA-SOL natural cleaner and degreaser is a concentrated solvent made of citrus oils, surfactants, and limonene (from citrus peel oil) that safely cleans chewing gum, ink, oil, grease, tar, gummed labels and even sticky fly paper "goo". It is the oly safe solvent for use on bird feathers, but it should be removed after it does its work. Using a thumb and first finger, rub a few drops of the Citra-solv thoroughly into the sticky goo or grease on the feathers. Remove it with a washcloth. Then rub Dawn liquid detergent into the feathers. It is crucial NOT to add water until straight detergent has been worked into the feathers. ONLY after you have throughly worked the detergent into the feathers should you add warm water. This applies to cleaning grease from feathers. If you cannot locate a source of Citra-solve, call the distributor at (800) 343-6588 from 9-5 EST.

    Carpet Care

    Products like "Carpet Fresh" have been linked to bird deaths. Ther is no safe way to use it as every time you vacume the carpet, leftover particles will become airborne.

    For odors, sprinkle carpet with plain baking soda, Let stand 15 min. and then vacume.

    Carpet shampoos may contain toxic ingredients such as ammonia and perchlorethylene, a known carcinogen. Plant based cleaning products such as citrus cleaners are preferable. Use a steam cleaning machine with 10 - 15 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract per gallon of water. Many hospitals now use GSE for carpet cleaning.

    Non-Toxic Window Cleaners

    Recipe for window & glass cleaner : 1 gallon water, 1 cup white vinegar. Apply with cloth or spray bottle and clean with a linen cloth.
    For extra sparkle, polish clean windows with a crumpled piece of newspaper when nearly dry.

    Natural Air Freashners

    The use of commercial air fresheners and candles is dangerous to parrots.
    The oly way to really freshen the air is to open windows and ciculate fresh air with a fan or air conditioner.
    Set out a dish of cut lemons or baking soda to absorb orders.
    Simmer on the stovetop or in a slow cooker for holiday season - water, slices of ginger, spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, vanilla and almond extracts and lemon and other fruit slices to make your house smell fresh.<br><br>Post edited by: Dave007, at: 2008/10/29 22:05

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Very nice article Carolyn! Thank you so much for writing this!!

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Thanks for all this great cleaning information!!! Carolyn can you come on over and give me a demonstration, I learn much quicker with the show me method{Feel-good-000200BB}{Feel-good-00020069}

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Thanks for the great post Carolyn, Very handy!! I will definately use it for reference.

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Great write up on safe cleaners Carolyn!!!

    Thanks for posting this. :-)
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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Great Information Can we sticky this for use when we need reference?? Thanks Carolyn )

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Thank you I am glad you are enjoying these tips, sorry this is taking so long to complete BUT I am running a copy by my Vet before I post

    Wood Furniture Care

    To remove water stains on wood furniture, dab white toothpaste onto stain. Allow the paste to dry and then gently buff off with a soft cloth.

    Furniture polish can be made by mixing 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply the mixture to furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry.

    Nicks and scratches can be covered by mixing granular instant coffee with a little water and applying with a clean, cotton cloth.

    Use your hair dryer on the cool setting to dust pleated lamp shades and other hard to reach areas.

    Safe Drain Cleaner

    When drains are clogged by hair or debris, make a solution of equal parts of baking soda, vinegar and salt. Place in the drian and let it foam for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with pouring boiling water down the drain.

    In the Kitchen

    Ovens - For lightly soiled ovens, make a thick paste of water and baking soda. Scrub with a nylon scrubbing pad. In a oven that is greasy, add a small amount of liquid soap. To remove spots, use very fine steel wool.

    To clean underneath the refridgerator, tie a sock around the end of a yardstick, when one side is dirty, turn the sock inside out and repeat.

    For the bathroom

    Lime deposit remover, spray a solution of 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons salt and 1 cup water - spray on all lime deposits and let stand overnight - rinse with cold water.

    Mildew remover : Spray mildew with hydrogen peroxide

    To disinfect bathroom serfaces spray with a solution of 1 quart water and 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract from health food stores.

    Floor care

    For vinyl floors, damp mop with a solution of a gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.

    To cut grease on vinyl floors, dilute a small amount of liquid soap with the water.

    To remove black heel marks on floor, rub with a pencil or typewriter eraser.

    To prevent water spots, dry with a cloth after mopping.

    Well guess thats all for now, I have some other tips but need to wait till I receive them back from the vet.

    Happy and safe cleaning:laugh:

    Carolyn & Mika<br><br>Post edited by: Carolyn, at: 2008/10/29 19:30

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    I sure hope that the higher ups will take Carolyn's post and put it up somewhere here so that people will have easy access and be able to see it immediately. It's an important list and it needs to be easily seen. She's a doll for posting it.
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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Thanks so much Dave

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    Re:Health Wise Cleaners

    Thanks for adding more info. This is so helpful to me.

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