Cleaning around the home is essential to keep tidy and remove harmful germs. However, many cleaning products contain chemicals that may cause more harm than good. Whether its the kids or the dog running around, they will indirectly come in contact with the cleaning product you use. Therefore, it becomes even more important to only clean with family or pet safe products. With this inclusive and in-depth list of the best, you can feel confident that harsh chemicals are a thing of the past.

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A quick look at the best pet friendly cleaning products

     Here is a snap shot of the best pet friendly cleaning products. From non-toxic household cleaners to odor eliminators, they were chosen based upon safe ingredients, real customer reviews, price point, and effectiveness. For an in-depth look at each, keep scrolling!

cleaning supplies toxic to dogs

      Unfortunately, a variety of cleaning supplies are toxic to dogs. From bathroom cleaners, to household polishes, and even soaps. We recommend keeping all of your cleaning supplies locked away just in case. unfortunately, even small doses of some chemicals can prove to be toxic to your pets. In our opinion, finding cleaning products that are safe to use around your furry friends is worth the trouble! 

Chemicals to Avoid

     It’s important to keep an eye on the ingredients inside your daily cleaners. The following chemicals are toxic to both animals and kids, and should be handled with extreme care:

  • Amonia
  • Chlorine
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glycol Ethers

     In the end, we realize that sometimes it’s hard to avoid purchasing toxic chemicals for household chores. If you do have to purchase any of the listed ingredients, make sure they’re completely out of reach for your pets and children. All it takes is one curious dog to unleash a major catastrophe. 

Indirect Exposure

     While you may be thinking, “my dog doesn’t lick my floor or drink my cleaning supplies, so I don’t have to change my routine,” in actuality, your dog is more exposed than you think. For example, if your detergent contains harmful chemicals, your dog may ingest it by chewing on their beds, or apparel. Additionally, many dogs like to lick food off of the floor as well; needless to say your floor cleaner could very easily end up in your dog’s mouth.

     While some chemicals are spread so thin it may not hurt your pooch, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, we highly suggest raiding your cleaning pantry; making sure to read each label and dispose of any products with the above harmful chemicals.

The Best Pet Friendly Cleaning Products

#1 Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner

     Deemed “The Best All- Purpose Cleaner” by The New York Times, this particular cleaner is tested and proven to be completely safe for children, pets, and the environment. Plus, it absolutely works! Our team personally order and used this product in a household with five furbabies running around. We ended up loving it so much that we used it until the last drop! The Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner comes is just one product in an entire line of Puracy home cleaning, but it is your best value because you can use it on anything. It does not even leave streaks on glass!

     The formula was developed by doctors (PhD holders) and is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and certified Cruelty Free. Not to mention, all of the ingredients are plant-derived. No synthetic chemicals here! It has a slight scent of Green Tea and Lime. However, the scent is very light and we did not see any signs of sensitivity from our pets. For the human nose, it gives off a clean and refreshing aroma that blends well with natural air. 

     This is our number one pet friendly cleaner recommendation and we simply can not praise it enough. From customer reviews to our real-life experience, it gets two thumbs up! Use it on practically any surface from the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, baby room, and more. From our experience, we used it daily on many surfaces and the entire bottle lasted about a month and a half.

#2 Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner

     Mrs. Meyer’s is another great brand for households with children or pets. It was founded by Thelma A. Myers. She was passionate about the environment, and her family. That’s why she founded a company that doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, or anything that’s bad for the environment.

     None of Mrs. Meyers’ products are tested on animals, and they’re free from the harsh chemicals found in the name brand products. Their cleaners are made with essential oils, and are all phosphate free. You can rest easy knowing your house is clean and safe for your dog to lick, chew, and play around in. 

     Mrs. Meyers has a multi-surface cleaner that’s perfect for households with pets and children. This spray is made from 98% naturally derived ingredients to not only clean your house, but keep your pets healthy, too! They basically reinvented everything we know about household cleaners. Instead of using harsh fragrances, they use vegetable proteins to fight odors. The ingredients are also biodegradable, making this product just as good for the environment, as it is for your pup!

     This multi-purpose cleaner has a relaxing lavender scent that smells as good as at cleans! What you won’t find in this spray? Formaldehyde, artificial colors, phthalates, parabens, and glycol solvents. ALL of the toxic chemicals we noted earlier, are kicked out of this product. That means it’s safe to use on your children’s toys, your dog toys, and of course, all of your messy surfaces!

#3 seventh generation All purpose Cleaner

     Seventh Generation is a fairly new company (28 years old), founded to create safe plant-based cleaning products. They strive to create products that are safe to use around your family, and yes, that includes Fido! They clearly display all of their ingredients on their products, and even work to help you understand what those chemicals mean for your family. As we all know, it can be nearly impossibly to decipher some of the ingredients found on the back of your cleaning supplies. Seventh Generation started the #comeclean campaign to encourage other companies to come clean about what chemicals they use in their products. You can trust the ingredients used in their products. They’re plant-based, powerful, and if you have any questions about the ingredients, you’ll find an explanation on their website, seventhgeneration.com. 

     Looking for a new all-purpose cleaner that’s safe to use around your kids and pets? This is a great place to start! Seventh Generation’s all-purpose cleaner is strong, without all of the harsh chemicals. It’s free from harsh fragrances, petroleum based solvents, phosphates, strong acids, and dyes. Which means there is no strong odor or chemicals that can irritate or harm your dog. Even better, they don’t test this product on animals. You can use this all-purpose cleaner on just about any surface; mopping your floors, cleaning off your counters, or even your bathroom. 

     We highly recommend Seventh Generation to anyone with animals in the house. It’s safe to use around animals, and all of their products are cruelty free. The ingredients are good for the environment, and your house! 

     The all-purpose cleaner is fluten-free, USDA Certified Biobased, and kosher, and is tough on grime, grease, and dirt. In our opinion, it’s a no-brainer. It costs about the same as a traditional household cleaner, and works just as hard. 

#4 Sunny & Honey Pet Stain & Odor Miracle

     The Pet Stain & Odor Miracle enzyme spray is one of the best odor removers that you can find. We love this product because it offers a safe and healthy way to remove just about any odor that can linger including urine, drool, vomit, and feces. Any unruly smell your pup brings into your car can be removed with this spray. It’s also safe to use on hardwood, carpet, dog crates, upholstery, and on dog beds. This particular spray is also safe to use around your pets and children. This is truly a product you can feel good about buying for almost any area affected by your pup.

Ingredients: Water, enzymes, nonionic surfactant, fragrance, opacifier. 

      Honey & Sunny is a very unique cleaning company. They never test on animals, and they even donate 10% of every sale to animal organizations. Additionally, their products really work! Before you throw out that smelly dog bed or re-upholster your couch, try their  products. In our households, it’s a staple. They use powerful natural bio-enzymes to safely get rid of just about any pet stain or odor. Their unique formula even prevents future marking! If your pup seems to mark their territory everywhere they go, give this a try. It’ll get rid of the old stains, and prevent Fido from using your carpet as a fire hydrant. 

     This particular product also made our list of the best pet odor eliminators. To see our other top picks that specifically tackle pet smells, check out this article on Must-Have Odor Eliminators for Pet Owners.

#5 Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator

     Febreze is a pretty popular brand, and fortunately, it’s good for your pets, too! This odor-eliminator is designed specifically for fabrics. It’s great to use on dog beds, kennels, couches, and even your bed. Unlike many air fresheners, this pet odor eliminator doesn’t just mask odors, it also cleans them to completely get rid of them. That means, you don’t have to keep spraying your furniture through out the day to keep them smelling fresh. 

     The pet odor eliminator is completely safe to use on your pet’s furniture.The below ingredients are all perfectly safe to use around Fido; however, if you have any small birds, we suggest keeping this out of their air as their lungs are super sensitive. 

Ingredients: Water, Cyclodextrin, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Maleic Acid, Benzisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Diethylene Glycol, Polyamine Polymer

Safe Pet Hair Removal Methods

     These top recommended cleaning products are safe to use in pet friendly households, but what about other methods of cleaning? For example, you are undoubtedly battling pet hair as well. Especially during shedding season, dog or cat fur can pile up on the couch, bedding, clothing, and floors. So how do you clean it up in a safe and effective way? To learn how, head on over to this article on The Best Pet Hair Removers. There, you will find easy-to-use, innovative hair removal products to keep your home clean and reduce allergens that may be causing you to sneeze.