Do you have pets? Cats and chickens need their poop, beds, nest boxes and coops cleaned up.
All pets require cleaning up after. I have cats and chickens that I clean up after every day. Instead of it being drudgery like it used to be, I have turned it into a mini workout routine, which gets me out of the house every day at dawn. I love being outside at dawn and now I have something that gets me doing something I love every day, even if it does involves poop.
Too many deep cleaning house tasks involve a lot of garbage. One time use sponges and wipes, single use plastic bottles, paper towels, plastic bag litter box liners, etc. This is just a fraction of the waste that result from our chosen cleaning products and cleaning methods.
This article takes the mundane pet poop cleaning tasks, and turns them into mini workout routines, using as close to zero waste methods as possible.
Mornings are all about cleaning.
The cats and chickens in my family, need to go out at first light, or as close to that as possible, and their poop needs to be cleaned up. I take care of all of these things before I eat breakfast. You would think we were farmers instead of taking care of our home and pets. We like this routine. It definitely clears my head and gets me ready for the rest of the day.
In Summer, I add weeding and removing slugs from my potato garden bed and watering greenhouse plants at the end of my poop cleaning tasks. In Winter, dumping the compost is an added task.
The chicken coop is easy to clean daily with Go Soap (formerly known as Waterless Hand Soap), a no rinse hand soap. Please see the dilute ratio explanation below.
This way my chickens can happily and comfortably lay eggs during the day in a clean nest box, and roost in a clean coop at night.
Click here to read about my easy chicken coop cleaning method
Go Soap (aka Waterless Hand Soap) dilute ratio
We have renamed Waterless Hand Soap to Go Soap.
You have an empty Waterless Hand Soap 2 oz. spray bottle and want to refill it. Make a Go Soap refill.
Dilute one bag of Instant Liquid Soap into one quart of liquid soap (32 oz.).
Follow the instructions on the package.
Pour 1/2 of the quart of liquid hand soap (16 oz.) into a one gallon container and fill it SLOWLY with water. This makes 1 gallon of Go Soap, aka waterless hand soap, that you use as hand sanitizer replacement and general cleaner.
Refill an empty spray bottle to use on everything. Click here for more uses
Roosters are funny birds. They crow at almost any light, anything different, and anything they deem dangerous. If there's a bright full moon, Peridot might crow in the middle of the night. As soon as the sky hints at sunrise, he's crowing. It's time to get up and greet the day.
Since the chickens put themselves to bed in the coop each evening at dusk, and we make sure the cats are inside, everyone is ready to go out at first light. All of the water dishes are emptied and washed with Instant Liquid Soap, which you can purchase here.
As the sun comes up, Andy brings the chickens fresh water, opens up their door (the coop also has a people door), and he plays with them over their breakfast treats. The roosters are usually out first so they can inspect the new day for predators before letting the girls out. It's invigorating and a terrific happiness trigger. Who knew that cleaning up poop first thing every day would make us all happy.
We have a geriatric old cat, Bisou, pronounced beezoo. A bisou bisou is those French air kisses on each cheek, for those of you who do not speak French, and it's 2 kisses counted as a single bisou bisou. So our Bisou is a light kiss and a little sweetheart. It's hard getting old and as our pets age, making their lives comfortable and clean is essential for their happiness and ours as pet caretakers.
Sometimes, in the middle of the night, Bisou will miss the litter box, making a mess on the basement floor. No worries, though. I easily clean it up with our Liquid Soap Refill, aka Instant Liquid soap, that I diluted. (for diluting instructions, click here) It kills any bacteria and the smell instantly. I spray a pet odor neutralizing enzyme over the cleaned up area, as an extra precaution to keep things fresh and clean. You would think our house "smells like cats", but it most certainly does not.
In case you don't have a definite routine for cleaning up after your cats and chickens, or are looking for a better way to deal, my detailed litter box cleaning method is below.
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Cleaning a cat's litter box in the modern conventional way, involves a lot of plastic garbage.
Here's a technique using zero waste methods and a cleaner litter box. Say no to filling up land fills and polluting the water supply with toxic perfumes and soap like products made out of petroleum industry oil by products. Use all natural hand soap instead for a cleaner life style for you and your pets.
Click here for instructions for how to clean a cat litter box and what to clean a cat litter box with..
If I have to scrub the floor from a cat mess, while I'm outside cleaning the chicken coop and other cleaning tasks, the floor dries.
By the time I bring the cleaned litter box back in the basement, the floor is dry, and I put it back in its place. Then I wash my rubber gloved hands with the bar soap and water, hang the gloves to dry, and wash my actual hands with soap and water.
Cleaning with Ithaca Soap Instant Liquid Soap refill is anti bacterial, so there's no need to microwave anything to kill germs. The soap does it for you. If you are using a soap like product that recommends that you microwave your sponges and other cleaning tools to kill bacteria, this soap like product doesn't work at killing or cleaning anything invisible to the naked eye. I would recommend using real soap that does kill bacteria and other pathogens and getting rid of your false soap product immediately.
Cleaning up a hairball using the zero waste method.
I have a specific medium weight linen rag specifically for this task. It's rugged and does this job well.
Tools: Rubber gloves, my handy linen rag, Waterless Hand Soap
Zero Waste hairball cleaning method:
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