Pet owners know that cleaning after their furry companions is just one of the joys (read: responsibilities) of having a cat or dog. Sharing your home means sharing everything from the couch and the blankets to the floors and the ceilings (if your pets can reach, which sometimes they can). It's tough work keeping everything clean and tidy for all members of the household, but it's even more stressful trying to choose products that are harmless for our furry friends.
Pet parents should check their cleaning products before purchasing. If any you currently own include the following chemicals, AVOID using them:
That said, there are many products on the market aimed at keeping your house squeaky clean and also free from noxious chemicals. Here are 10 non-toxic cleaning products that will keep your pets safe from harm, and your house looking as good as new.
Any pet owner knows that pet hair and dander can accumulate on floors and other hard surfaces of your home. Stay on top of this cleaning challenge with Swiffer Sweeper. Swiffer's trap and lock technology picks up pet hair and dander allergens on hardwood, tile and linoleum floor types.
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
This Vermont-based, green cleaning company is a leader in its market. That's because of the company's dedication to killing over 99.99 percent of bacteria with EPA-registered products made of essential oils. Seventh Generation's products are safer for your pets than many other leading cleaning brands.
Eco-Care Stain + Odor Remover
Eco-Care Stain and Odor remover uses pro-bacteria and enzymes to clean the smelliest of your pet's stains and odors. The solution is biodegradable because of the sustainable and renewable ingredients with which it's made. It also helps cover up the smell so that your pet doesn't repeat mistakes.
Method Squirt + Mop
This wax-free, almond-scented cleaning polish smells so good, your pets will want to eat it off the floor. Which is technically OK, since it's made with with an all-natural, non-toxic formula. This method is perfect for getting those paw stains off your wood floor and making it shiny and new again.
Nature's Miracle Laundry Boost
You may be familiar with Nature's Miracle's pet-odor-removal solutions, but their specially formulated laundry boost is maybe their best-kept secret weapon. Laundry Boost is the perfect additive to use when doing a load of laundry that includes items your pet has slept on, soiled or made messy. It helps remove odor and also breaks down urine, feces, blood, vomit, grease and oil.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Bathroom Cleaner
Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products are free of ammonia, chlorine, bleach, paraben and phosphates. So, basically, they're as safe as can be for your beloved furry ones. They are also based on aromatherapy, which is what makes this particular cleaning product smell so good. And just because this stuff is green and lemony fresh doesn't mean it can't kill the bacteria and odors soiling your bathroom.
Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach
Sometimes, life hands you spills that can be made better only with bleach. Luckily for your pets, Ecover makes a product that is strong enough to remove the toughest of stains and odors while being non-toxic (with absolutely no chlorine in it), making it OK for use around your pets. It's unscented and color safe. Even the bottle, label and cap are 100-percent recyclable.
Green Works Natural Biodegradable Wipes
Although many environmentalists are skeptical about Clorox's Green Works cleaning line, consumer scientists have given their seal of approval. They have also been endorsed by the Sierra Club, thanks to their products which are mostly made from natural ingredients, including coconut-based oils and plant oils. There's no bleach or phosphates and no harsh chemical fumes or residue, so it is totally safe to use around your cats and dogs. Lastly, Clorox's Green Works are biodegradable.
Nature's Source Glass Cleaner
The only thing that gets left behind after using Nature's Source Glass and Surface Cleaner is a fresh smell. It's made with plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, and contains no ammonia, bleach, phosphorous or dyes. The next time your pup licks up or puts his paws on those living room windows, use this to clean it all up.
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Caldrea Stain Remover
Caldrea's stain remover may be sweet (pea), but that doesn't mean it's not tough enough to take out those icky stains your mischievous, four-pawed pals leave behind. This delicious-smelling formula is made with oils from geranium, orange, jasmine, corinader, rose and bergamot.