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I volunteer with a human society. I have been using their mixture of bleach and water to clean and disinfect the dog crates and kennels. I personally do no use bleach in my home life, and would like to know if there is a recipe that I could make to disinfect the kennels.
Heidi from Salem, OH
It has been proven that vinegar and peroxide makes a great earth, people, and pet-friendly disinfectant. My husband and I own a cleaning service. We don't use bleach products and have recently switched to using natural cleaners. You can search the internet for proof, by using, "vinegar and peroxide as disinfectant".
You must not mix the two. Each must be in a separate bottle. Spray the first one, let it sit for a minute, then follow with the other. It doesn't matter whether you use the peroxide first, or the vinegar first. I use the vinegar first, then the peroxide. White vinegar has less of a smell (and is cheaper) than apple cider vinegar.
For added disinfectant and a fresher smell, you could add some essential oil to the vinegar and peroxide. Most essential oils will repel fleas as well, But essential oils are pricey. On the other hand, you only need a few drops of essential oil. I recommend eucalyptus, orange or clove, if you use the essential oils.
Bleach is an effective disinfectant when used properly but is not a cleaner. To clean and disinfect kennel environments using bleach, one must clean the area first using a soap or detergent, rinse thoroughly and apply a bleach solution (diluted 1:32) to the surface. The bleach solution must remain on the surface for at least 10 minutes before being thoroughly rinsed off.
Bleach is seriously inactivated (as a disinfectant) when it comes in contact with organic material such as urine, feces, blood, pus, or just plain old dirt, that is why you must clean all surfaces prior to disinfecting with bleach.
My 5 month old pup is in an outdoor kennel during the day. The ground cover is pea gravel. I clean up everyday, but was wondering if there was a home made antibacterial I could sprinkle or spray on weekly? Or any other suggestions to keep away unwanted bugs and flies?
Annie from Severance, CO
I use a product from Top Performance, it is an animal quarters disinfectant, detergent, and deodorant. It is what many vets and groomers use because it also kills parvovirus as well as others. I got an attachment for my garden hose, that I put the disinfectant in and it automatically mixes the solution as I spray. I have raised shelties for about 15 years and I have used this almost as long and love the results.
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