How to Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Pets

Dear Davi,

Daily life with dogs and cats can make staying tidy difficult. The struggle for cleanliness in a cloud of dust and fur is real. How can I keep my home feeling fresh while protecting my pets from harmful cleaners?



Muddy paw prints tracked across the floor and nose art on the window help make a house a home, but they also make a home dirtier, so dusting, mopping and scrubbing are a must. Still, your household chores don’t necessarily need to be a pain when you have the right supplies. The stressful part is trying to choose products that are harmless to pets.

Some of the products that clean and disinfect homes pose a danger to dogs and cats. Topping the list of hazardous cleaning products are bleach, laundry detergent pods and phenol-based disinfectants, such as Lysol and Pine-Sol.

Bleach is a powerful disinfectant, but it’s also a strong alkali-the opposite of an acid, which means it can erode paw pads if a pet walks through it; bleach can damage mouths and throats swallowed. Like foolish teens seeking internet fame, pets can also mistake laundry pods for food. The pods’ concentrated detergent can irritate the stomach and cause vomiting or coat the airways and prevent breathing. Phenol-based disinfectants effectively kill bacteria and viruses but they’re toxic to both dogs and cats. Cats are especially sensitive to phenols-even small amounts absorbed through the skin can be deadly.

That said, there are many products on the market aimed at keeping your house squeaky-clean which also free from noxious chemicals. These pet-safe, non-toxic cleaning products will clean up those messes safely and keep your home looking as good as new. I cut through the clutter and rounded up a list of products that are safe for use around animals. These picks will keep your home sparkling without harming your sweet floofs!

Method: These cleaning products are powerful, planet-friendly and handle big messes beautifully. Method’s entire product line is safe for use around pets; it’s specially formulated to put the hurt on dirt without harming your four-legged friends.

Mrs. Meyer’s: Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products are free of ammonia, chlorine, bleach, paraben and phosphates, so they’re as safe as can be for your furry ones. They’re based on aromatherapy, which is what makes the products 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 home.

Puracy Natural All-Purpose Cleaner: This pet-safe cleaner works on multiple surfaces and cuts through grease, grime, nose prints, wet food residue and any other unwanted surprises pets might leave. Plus, it smells mighty nice.

Green Works: This company’s line of plant-based cleaning products is 97 percent natural. It even offers chlorine-free bleach for spills that can only be made better with bleach.

The secret to safety is checking the product’s list of ingredients and the instructions for use. If the package directs you to keep the products out of animals’ reach, you can expect it to be harmful. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.


Davi’s poison of choice is bacon-kosher, of course!