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Safe Home Cleaning For Families With Pets


When you have pets, it's important to clean regularly in order to keep your house tidy. However, if you have furry friends around, you'll need to be aware of what kind of cleaners you use. Certain types of chemicals can be harmful to animals; so considering your options when it comes to cleaning supplies can make a big difference in the health of your pet.



Chemical Cleaners

Cleaners that contain chemicals such as bleach or ammonia can be used safely with some modifications. The most important thing to remember when using these cleaners is that they are very strong. These chemicals can harm your pet if they get it on their skin or fur, and can be fatal if ingested.

Whenever possible, dilute the amount so the fumes won't be as offensive to your pet. Whether you are using a diluted chemical cleaner or not, always keep your pet out of the area being cleaned, at least until the cleaner has dried. This will keep them from getting the solution on their paws or into their mouths.

If you do decide to go with chemical cleaners, remember to always keep them out of your pets' reach. Pets can be sly, so if you keep them in a lower cabinet, consider using child-locks to keep them out.

Natural Cleaners

A better option for pet owners is natural cleaners, such as those made with vinegar, essential oils, and enzymes. Natural cleaners can be used in the same way as chemical cleaners, and come in a variety of similar options, including glass cleaner, bathroom spray, and more. You can purchase natural cleaners at a store, or you can make your own at home with fairly simple ingredients.

These products typically don't have ingredients that are toxic to animals, so you can use them without worry. They also tend to have less fumes and odor overall, so it's more comfortable for your pet's delicate nose. Although you still don't want your pet to eat these cleaners, there's no need to panic if they do get it on their paws, or if they happen to give your freshly cleaned surface a lick.

Once you get your cleaning routine down, picking up after pet can be pretty easy. Part of the initial hassle is finding the right cleaners for your home and budget; once you decide on the safest cleaners for your home, you'll find cleaning to be less of a time-consuming chore. If you find yourself needing a company to clean your residence for you, make sure to hire pet-friendly cleaners like Clean Conscience.

Let's discuss: If you're a pet owner, do you consider the products you use around your pets?

Annmarie John
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  1. I clean with vinegar. I literally use it for everything. It works and it's as safe as it gets.

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    1. You are absolutely right. That is true indeed.

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  2. I do a lot of cleaning with vinegar. I like that it is safe to use around kids and pets.

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    1. I also use a lot of vinegar for the same reason since I have both dogs and cats.

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  3. I never used to think about what went into cleaners and how it would affect my pets until one day I cleaned the floor with one of those spray mop deals. My poor dog's paws broke out and got all red! =(

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    1. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that. We do need to be careful about what we use around our pets.

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  4. Definitely. Just the same way we child-proof, we keep a lot of those things in place for the pets! I don't clean much, but I hire someone to do it and she brings all natural products.

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    1. That's awesome! Your cleaner is thinking not only about you but about your pets as well.

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  5. We use natural cleaners in my home. So much safer for pets and kids!

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    1. It really is and when you're choosing a cleaning company, be sure to use one that also uses natural cleaners as well.

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  6. When it comes to cleaning, it is certainly important to consider pets. We keep our cleaning products secure under our kitchen sink and try to use as many natural products as possible around our home.

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    1. Way to go Marcie, seems like you're a responsible pet owner. :)

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  7. WOW. I have a cat and can honestly say I have never payed close attention to how the cleaning products would affect her. I will surely pay closer attention when choosing cleaning products from now on.

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    1. Yes Melissa you do need to pay attention to the cleaners that you use around your animals. Now that you know, you'll do better.

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  8. Thanks for the tips. This can definitely help save the life of our fur babies.

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  9. I should definitely try using some pet-safe cleaning products for the area the cat has access to. I worry about her getting chemicals on her paws.

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    1. Yes you most certainly should. Consider your animals when you clean.

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  10. It's easier to go with natural cleaners than most people realize!

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    1. Yes it really is. I hope you're using them in your home.

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  11. Nice post, I will share this to my friend. She lover her cats too much so she will be thrilled about this.

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    1. Thank you for sharing and stopping by Nicole.

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  12. I just go with natural cleaners. I feel like stuff like vinegar, which I don't doubt its usefulness, don't belong to any activity that involves spreading it out.

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    1. Happy to hear that you use natural cleaners. I actually do clean with vinegar and have never had any issues.

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  13. Great list I always make sure when I clean it's safe for our pets and our kiddos.

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    1. Awesome! Not everyone does so it's great to hear that you're a responsible pet owner.

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  14. This is a very good point regarding cleaning products and pets.
    The natural type cleaners seem to be a better option.

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    1. It actually is and not just for your pets but for you too.

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  15. I prefer natural cleaners not only because of pets, but small children. Chemical cleaners can be dangerous in more ways than one!

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    1. Oh yes they sure can be and that's why we have to put them away from our children and pets too of course.

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  16. When the kids were younger, I would make my own cleaners. Now that we have pets, it is even more important to do so.

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    1. That's great! I don't make my own cleaner but I do buy natural cleaners since I do have pets.

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  17. This is very informative. There are many toxic cleaning products that are not suitable for pets.

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    1. Yes there are a lot of toxic cleaning products available on the market that aren't suitable for pets or children. When you get a cleaner also make sure that they're using natural cleaners as well.

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  18. I love to use essential oils when cleaning. They also make the house smell great and vinegar is another go-to for me.

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    1. I just recently read that essentials oils aren't that great for pets either. You might want to look into that.

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