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Your pet is the life in your home. Their presence in the house increases the cleaning job. But do you know that many of the cleaners used in routine are actually harmful to your pets? You don’t have any idea which of these cleaners are pet safe?

No worries! We have got you covered with our list of cleaners that made their place on this list after trial and error. You can be a clean freak now while keeping your pet safe and sound.

1: Bleach containing cleaning products

Bleach has a very strong smell and pets are also hypersensitive about smells. The strong smell along with the chlorine can irritate and possibly cause breathing problems to your pet.

So if you need to use bleach, make sure to wash out space effectively afterward. It’s better to keep your pet away from that place while working.

2: Ammonia-free cleaning products

Most of the famous cleaning agents contain ammonia. Ammonia is a very effective cleaner and stain remover. However, it is very dangerous to your pet animals. It can irritate their eyes and skin. It can cause burning in the nose, stomach, and throat if licked.

You can use all-natural cleaning agents for cleaning purposes. They are more expensive but they are pet safe. If you need to use ammonia-containing cleaning products, keep your pets in a different room and later clean that place thoroughly to avoid them licking and getting harmed.

3: Benzalkonium Chloride

In this COVID-19 pandemic times, sanitizers and disinfectants are used widely. Most of the disinfectants contain this ingredient. It is not harmful to pets in small quantities. But it can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and skin of pets in large quantities.

Disinfectants cannot be avoided so it’s better to completely dry the area and products before letting your pets come close to it.

4: Phthalates containing cleaners

Phthalates are industrial chemicals that are commonly found in carpet fresheners, linen spray, and air fresheners. This chemical can efficiently reduce the odors in your house. But it is very dangerous for your pet friends even if used near them.

Make sure that your pets are not around when using phthalates containing cleaners. Or you can make use of natural ways to freshen up your house and linen.

5: Natural ingredients

You can make use of natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. They are 100% pet safe, non-toxic, and are very effective for cleaning purposes. Baking soda doesn’t only absorb the odors but also great for removing stains and cleaning. When combined with baking soda and lemon, vinegar serves as the best natural scrub for cleaning.


It is simple and easy to keep your home clean without these harsh cleaners. Just make sure your cleaning agents are free of ammonia, phthalates, benzalkonium chloride, and bleach to keep your pets safe and sound. Look for pet-safe alternative cleaners in the market to keep your home clean.

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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