Some dog owners, either due to ignorance or habit, keep house cleaning products around which have been proven to be harmful not only to humans but to dogs as well. What makes these cleaning products harmful is their ingredients.

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Always read the labels if you want to identify cleaning products that can harm your dog. Be wary of labels containing bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, ammonia, and glycol ethers.

These ingredients can trigger many health problems, such as kidney and liver damage, cancer, and anemia, in both children and adults. But the most susceptible to them are toddlers and, yes, your dog.

Cleaning Products That Can Harm Your Dog

Your nearby supermarket is a treasure trove of cleaning products that can harm your dogs. Here are some of the products which contain the aforementioned ingredients in varying quantities.

  1. Floor Cleaners – Using Mr. Clean or Pine-Sol on your floor will get rid of its dirt. Unfortunately, it can also introduce harmful vapors and fumes into your household. Your alternative is a pet-safe, non-toxic floor cleaner.
  2. Bathroom Cleaners – Refrain from using Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner, alongside Scrubbing Bubbles and Clorox Bathroom Cleaner. All of these products are extremely dangerous and if your dog is prone to drinking from your toilet bowl, you are basically feeding them poison.  
  3. All-Purpose Cleaners – Some of the most toxic all-purpose cleaners available in the market are Formula 409 and Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Spray. Using these products will keep your home sanitize at the expense of your dog’s health.
  4. Drain Openers – Although these drains are poured down the pipes, they nonetheless create harmful fumes that can permeate your house and harm your dog. For a safer option, choose a drain opener that is made from earth-friendly enzymes.
  5. Glass Cleaner – Windex is a seemingly harmless product but here looks are quite deceiving. This popular store find contains the hazardous chemicals we’ve mentioned above.
  6. Laundry Detergent – The reason why you need to choose a pet-safe and non-toxic detergent is this; although laundry detergent is rinsed off during the washing cycle, they still leave behind substantial residue on your clothes. If your pet tends to chew or bite on their crate sheet, they might fall at risk of the harmful chemicals in these detergents. And, always remember, to rinse your laundry well.

So, What Can We Use To Clean Our Homes?

Now perhaps you are a bit confused knowing most of your trusted cleaning brands proved to be dangerous. Do not fret. You do not have to suffer a dirty home just so you can keep your children and pets safe.

There are many pet-safe and non-toxic cleaning products available nowadays. All you have to do is look for them. For best results, you might want to conduct simple research as to which ingredients are risk-free.

Also, even if you are now using solely non-toxic and pet-safe cleaning implements, still ensure that they are kept well away from your children’s and dog’s reach.

Moreover, do not use them in the presence of your loved ones, including your pets. These products can still produce fumes that, if not hazardous, might prove unpleasant.


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As Wife, Mother of 5, and Nana of many more, I have known and loved many dogs who were treasured members of our family. My education, experiences in showing, breeding, and developing pedigree-based breeding programs for others gives me a strong background upon which to base articles of interest to most dog lovers. However, it is my great love for dogs that gives me the passion to share them with other dog lovers.


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