Dogs fill your home with love—and muddy paw prints, smelly toys and globs of fur stuck to your floors and all your furniture. For the sake of your sanity, and general sanitary reasons, cleaning a home with dogs is not optional. Whether you have a new pet or you’ve been a dog owner for years, you may not have considered how your cleaning products affect your pets. Learn more about the products that can cause your dog harm and some simple, dog-friendly solutions that work just as well.
1. Floor Cleaners
Where does your dog spend a lot of time? On the floor. It’s probably an area you use various cleaning products on, too. If the product is something you wouldn’t put in your mouth, then you need to make sure it’s not anywhere dogs will lick. Sometimes, dogs tend to lick floors too.
These include Pine Sol and Mr. Clean. Even if you manage to get all of the residue off the floor, the vapors linger and are dangerous to your pet. Try a non-toxic, pet safe cleaner instead.
2. Toilet Bowl Cleaners
If your dog has a habit of drinking out of the toilet, you should consider what you use to clean it. Toilet bowl cleaners that clip on to the edge of the toilet or cleaners that are put in the back of the tank both pose a risk because the chemicals could burn your dog’s mouth and throat.
These include Clorox Bathroom Cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles. Try a product such as Ecover Bathroom Cleaner instead. Never use a continuous toilet bowl cleaner such as Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It is very dangerous and the temptation to drink out of the toilet is a quirk in many of our pups.
3. Fabric Softeners
According to the ASPCA, fabric-softening sheets, especially unused ones, contain detergents that could harm your dog. If too many are ingested, oral ulcers, vomiting and intestinal blockage may occur.
It’s easy to assume that choosing a laundry detergent isn’t that important because the rinse cycle rinses it away. But there is residue left behind on clothes and pet blankets that can be harmful to your pet, especially those that chew on their bedding. Avoid detergents with toxic ingredients such as Tide and Cheer and try something like Down East’s Liquid Laundry Detergent.
4. Counter Cleaners
Cleaners used on counters are potentially harmful, especially if your dog is known for counter-surfing. Additionally, kitchen cleaners that come in a spray bottle have the potential to travel through the air and get into your pet’s water bowl.
For use in the kitchen and around the house, the most common toxic all-purpose cleaners that scream “Danger!” are Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Spray and Formula 409.
5. Air Fresheners
Although not technically used to clean your home, air fresheners can unfortunately have a negative impact on your dog. This includes candles, air freshener sprays and plug-in air fresheners, which can all cause problems for dogs with allergies.
Instead, make your own potpourri out of cloves, dried rose petals and fruits, or squeezing lemons or limes to give your home a fresh citrus scent. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet and it’s good for the nose.
Faith Courtney is a dog lover who can’t get enough of K9 love. She’s had dogs around her home since she was 8 years old. Many years on, she still keeps dogs around her home. Her family likes nothing more than to take the dogs out to the a dog park where they all can stretch their legs.
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Our Bella is a Service Dog. She is a 6 yr old Doberman who works like a queen helping up stairs and curbs. She is a gem for a mobility animal. However, when she is not working she is a family member who thinks that anything on the floor is fair game for her to eat. While shopping one day I saw garbage disposal cleaners. There were 6 in the pack. I used one when we got home and put the rest in my “junk” drawer. My grand daughter was staying with me for a couple of days ad found them. She was intrigued by the ball shape. I told her what they were and she put them back immediately. I didn’t know that one had fallen out of the pack. A couple of days later Bella was carrying around what looked like a squashed ball. In horror I realized what it was and rushed her and the remains of the ball to her Vet. . She was fine after treatment but it taught me a huge lesson. We need to be on top of the poisonous cleaning products, inside and out, in order to protect our animals. Making sure that Bella has no access to food or chemicals that she could get in to.
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