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I believe that feeding my dogs a raw food diet will give them a better shot at living longer, healthier lives; but this is only part of my plan. I also work to remove toxins from their world by choosing natural alternatives for flea and tick repellents, laundry detergent, and more.

I clean my dogs' dishes in the dishwasher and by hand, however, lately I'm trying out safer options, including essential oils and white vinegar.

DIY Dish Cleaner for Dog Dishes with Essential Oils

 

Essential Oils for Cleaning

I buy the bulk of my essential oils from Plant Therapy. This is a brand that I trust, and I don't have to place a monthly order to be a customer. While there are many essential oils that can be used in cleaning, I prefer to order lemon and other citrus oils, and I really like a blend Plant Therapy offers called Germ Fighter.

I originally purchased the Plant Therapy Organic Germ Fighter to protect me during cold and flu season. However, I now use it when I'm cleaning the floors and counters and when I'm cleaning my dogs' dishes.

“Organic Germ Fighter is jam packed with everything you need to fight off outside threats. Contains the 100% pure, undiluted USDA Certified Organic essential oils of Lemon, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus Globulus, Cinnamon Cassia, and Rosemary 1,8-Cineole. Organic Germ Fighter is a Plant Therapy favorite and for good reason; it does its job and will continue to support a healthy immune system by helping your body get back to its natural state from the seasonal threats that have you down.” ~ Plant Therapy

Plant Therapy also has a blend called Germ Destroyer, which is their kid-safe blend.  It's equally as effective as Germ Fighter while using gentler oils.

Essential Oil Recipes for Cleaning Dog Dishes

These recipes can be used for all-purpose cleaning as well.

DIY Dog Dish Cleaner by Keep the Tail Wagging

 

Germ Fighter Oil and Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (the brown bottle) or white vinegar
  • 1 cup of distilled or filtered water (to decrease the chance of bacteria growth)
  • 1 teaspoon of unscented castile soap
  • 35 drops of Germ Fighter by Plant Therapy
  • 10 drops of lemon or sweet orange (optional)
  • Add all of the ingredients to your spray bottle and shake well before each use.

Sweet orange or another citrus essential oil is added to sweeten up the scent. However, it's not necessary.  If you choose not to add another oil, use 45 drops of Germ Destroyer.  Please note that when cleaning hardwood or stone floors with vinegar, be sure to dilute the vinegar well.  I use 10 parts water to every 1 part vinegar when mopping our floors.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner - for Dog Dishes and more by Keep the Tail Wagging

 

Citrus Essential Oils and White Vinegar Cleaner

 

I've been told that it's better to stick with these amounts to avoid having to add a preservative (something I don't have experience with) to your cleaner.

More Essential Oil Posts

If you have any recipes, please feel free to share in the comments.  I'm new to using essential oils and love learning how others use them in their lives.  Thanks!

Thank you, Allie and her dogs Buster and Hunter, for the idea for this blog post.

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