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The Greener Guide to Spring Home Harmony Amid Messy Pet Moments

Apr 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Patti Beres

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Spring heralds chirping birds, blooming flowers and outdoor adventures with beloved pets. Muddy paws, wet fur and unwelcome guests like ticks are part of the package, too. There’s no need to worry as nature offers gentle solutions to tackle an array of messy challenges.

Natural Pet Grooming: Opt for organic grooming products for a healthy shine and fewer allergic reactions. Choose ingredients like oatmeal and aloe vera to soothe and nourish skin.

DIY Paw Balm: With regular application, a simple mixture of shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax protect paws and prevent dryness and cracking during outdoor excursions.

Herbal Repellents: Essential oil-based flea and tick repellents such as cedarwood and neem oils are effective for pest control, offering peace of mind without harsh chemicals.

Eco-Friendly Cleanup: Mix vinegar and water to neutralize stains and odors. Use baking soda to absorb dampness for fresh carpets.

Reduce and Reuse: Minimize waste of disposable products by keeping reusable cloths near the door for quick cleanup.

Homemade Treats: Reward good behavior with natural pet treats that are healthier and reduce packaging waste.

Usher in the wonders of spring by embracing eco-conscious practices that foster harmony at home and a healthier planet for people and pets.

Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC, in Delafield. For more information, call 262-361-4034 or visit