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Old 01-15-2013, 01:16 PM
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Definitely a humidifier. It makes a huge difference for my dogs and myself in the winter.

Vinegar is awesome at cleaning most things. At the zoo we used Nolvasan to clean pretty much everything, but it's expensive stuff (but you can probably find a generic for cheaper on Amazon...it's chlorhexadine acetate, NOT chlorhexadine gluconate). We use nolvasan because it's safe for all our animals, even the amphibians.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:28 PM
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Vinegar is awesome at cleaning most things. At the zoo we used Nolvasan to clean pretty much everything, but it's expensive stuff (but you can probably find a generic for cheaper on Amazon...it's chlorhexadine acetate, NOT chlorhexadine gluconate). We use nolvasan because it's safe for all our animals, even the amphibians.
I clean crates with Vinegar.

LOVE Nolvasan, it's the best.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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Are you sure it's allergies and not dry skin? Have you considered a humidifier?
It could even be a combination of both, and the dry air just exacerbates the other symptoms. If you don't have a humidifier, I'd make that my number one list item for environmental change.

I agree with those who have mentioned vinegar-mix stronger or weaker depending on job (I use stronger for cleaning shower/tub hard water.....weaker for mopping/mirrors/laundry rinse), essential oils-for nice smelling vinegar, soap, baking soda, and I use bleach but I'm not concerned about anyone with allergies here. Those are about the only cleaners I buy anymore.....except of course borax, super washing soda, and felsnaptha (all to make my laundry soap)
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:47 PM
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While I am not a dog - I am allergic to basically everything. YAY.

Anywho, I mostly use 7th generation cleaners as well as laundry soup & softner.

Vinegar essence works great too. I use it to clean the bunny's toilet and it takes all the urine (smell and color) OUT of the plastic.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:03 PM
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Put some orange peel in vinegar in a jar for a few weeks then you have nice smelling all purpose cleaner!
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:55 PM
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I use vinegar and water for a lot of things - glass, floors, counter tops, dog crates, stove etc I use it for cleaning up raw meat mess on the counters and I've never had any issues - good disinfectant and odor killer for most things.

Health food stores usually carry all natural laundry detergents as well if you want something really gentle. You can make your own with borax, washing soda and castille soap (or I've heard ivory soap works too) to like someone else mentioned.

My dogs are dry and itchy right now too - just the time of year!
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:20 PM
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I use it to "mop" (does it count if there's no soap?) constantly, and it does a great job. They make a hand held version for countertops and shower walls and such too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:23 PM
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Oh yeah, I have a Hahn Steam mop and a handheld steam cleaner too..LOVE them
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Yeah vinegar is pretty great. I don't do much cleaning in the first place lol, but I'll use vinegar to clean stinky spots in the rat cage, and I use it in place of fabric softener when I do the dog/rat laundry. It neutralizes odor, which is much needed because I use gentle laundry detergent for their stuff, and I feel like everything still smells like animal if I don't add in the vinegar.

That's the extent of my cleaning knowledge.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:41 PM
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Does a humidifier help with nasal congestion? We both have been having horrible problems with no working nasal passages :/ I think if I blow my nose one more time I will die :/.

I have used rubbing alcohol, I also got curious & googled "natural cleaning alternatives" & variants of that & a bunch of stuff came up ... But I'm on my phone & it's too had to copy/paste links
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