If you're anything like me, you get *random* bursts of cleaning inspiration after scrolling through Pinterest and social media, consuming all of the new organization tips and cleaning hacks around this time of year...
Which is great, but it's important to pause and take a look at the cleaning products we actually use during these projects.
So I did some research, and it turns out, not all of the products that we use are pet-friendly. And often times, it can be hard to find some safe alternatives.
Here are some popular, yet toxic, cleaning products that you'll want to avoid.
5 Common Toxic Cleaning Products
Bleach - This is actually unsafe for dogs, and humans. It is commonly in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, basic bleach, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and sometimes in all purpose cleansers.
Ammonia - This is a toxic cleaning product. It can be found in oven cleaners, window cleaners, stainless steel cleaners and wax for hardwood floor.
Glycol Ethers - This is a toxic ingredient found in many products. It can be found in all purpose cleaners, spot removers, carpet cleaners, glass cleaners, and liquid soaps.
Formaldehyde - This can be found in some shampoos, soaps, and is actually recognized by the FDA as a carcinogen. It has also been found in plug-in fragrances and some paper towels.
Phthalates - This one can be difficult to spot. It's typically found in the fragrance of most household products. It can be found in artificial fragrances, laundry detergents, shampoo and conditioners, all-purpose cleaners, vinyl and plastics.
Here are some brands and products that have some unsafe ingredients in them, based on Dogster.com.
Clorox Bathroom Cleaners
Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners
Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose
Windex & Glass Cleaners
Swap out some of these products for a more pet-safe alternative.
Pet-safe cleaning products:
And if you're on a budget, baking soda and vinegar make for a great DIY cleaning solution.
It feels great to clean, but it feels even better knowing your fur-baby is safe.
See you next time!
Carina & Lido