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8 Pet-friendly Products to Add to Your Spring-cleaning Arsenal

By Sarah Sypniewski

Pet-friendly cleaning products

Spring is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I always get super antsy around this time every year. I want to get rid of a bunch of stuff, throw open the windows, and scrub, scrub, scrub. Since I have 4 dogs (and now a 4-month-old human), I have to make sure the products I use are safe for my pets and family —and I know I’m not the only one. I took stock of what we use here at home, asked around to my fellow (human and dog) parents, and did a bit of poking around online. The sheer amount of information and number of products available can be extremely helpful, and other times it’s overwhelming. On the other hand, I have been disappointed by the lack of information I’ve found — specifically regarding ingredients. I encourage you to go out there and do your own shopping and research, but here are some ideas to help get us both started.

1. Thornell Products

Thornell has been making pet cleaning and odor eliminating products since 1980, and primarily serves the professional pet industry, like veterinarians, groomers, and the like. They now offer their non-toxic formulas to pet owners in several varieties that focus not so much on the general household, but rather, on the pet’s supplies (like kennels and crates) and even the pet himself! This is another company that doesn’t list its ingredients though, so you have to take their word for it that they are safe.

2. Fizzion

Fizzion is a CO2-based concentrated tab that fizzes in water. It seems to be well-loved, and is even endorsed by everyone’s favorite Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy, but I cannot find a list of ingredients anywhere. Many pet parents I know swear by it, and there are reviews of it all over the web, but the fact that there’s nothing more than “non-toxic and safe for children and pets” listed anywhere on their labels or website means you have to trust them completely. Their products are primarily designed for use on floors and carpeting. They have the Jackson Galaxy line specifically made for pet stain and odor removal and also a general house-cleaning line, which includes a formula especially for wine stains!

3. Puracy

Puracy offers an extensive line of household cleaning and personal care products. Puracy is not only pet, baby, and earth-safe; it is also cruelty-free (no animal testing here!). Puracy lists ALL ingredients on ALL of their products, so you can use their stuff confidently. They have rave reviews and offer different bundles and subscription services.

4. Sal Suds by Dr. Bronner’s

Dr Bronner’s has been making natural soaps and cleaners since 1948. Their products are made for general housecleaning, and are made of safe, natural ingredients (all of which are listed on the labels). For pets, you should stay away from the products that contain tea tree or eucalyptus oils, but there are many options that don’t have them. Sal Suds is a great one for general cleaning.

5. Bean & Lily

Bean & Lily’s household cleaning products are pH-neutral and cruelty-free. They have a stated mission to do no harm to people, animals, or the planet, and they offer a range of cleaning sprays and solutions, as well as laundry and personal care products in line with that goal. They list their ingredients on their website and labels, which sets them apart from most, but of concern to pet owners is that they don’t get specific enough about the “natural fragrance” they use. They say it’s a blend of essential oils, and since some can be dangerous to pets, you’ll have to contact them directly or use in moderation. And definitely take a pass on any of their products with the eucalyptus scent (like the bathroom cleaner).

6. Skout’s Honor

California-based Skout’s Honor is a relative newcomer to the pet-focused cleaning scene, but the company’s offerings are wide-ranging. They have everything from urine stain/smell treatments, to laundry soap and patio cleaner. They even have a special cleaner for pet toys and bowls! Plus, their “Paw Pledge” proclaims: “Every purchase of a Skout's Honor® product provides three meals (one day's worth) for a rescue animal. We partner with Rescue Bank® who handles all distribution and logistics to get food to the animals in need. Together we can nurture more adoptable pets and make a greater impact!” *NOTE: they do not list all of their ingredients on their labels.

7. Nature's Miracle

Nature’s Miracle uses an enzymatic formula of pet and family-safe ingredients that effectively remove pet stains and odors. They’ve been around for over 30 years and have expanded their product line from one solution to a variety of different products to help with various needs around the home.

8. White Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Other DIY Mixtures

It’s pretty troubling that even many of the so-called “pet-friendly” or “natural” products out there don’t list all (or any) of their ingredients. Luckily, it’s easy to make a safe, effective cleaner on your own. All it takes is a little bit of research, a quick shopping trip, and a few minutes in your kitchen laboratory. Most recipes come down to some mixture of white vinegar, water, and maybe some soap, oils, and/or baking soda. Wellness Mama has a bunch of great, easy recipes!

After all of this research, I’m mostly left feeling amazed at how hard it is to really know what’s in the products we use. What about you? What do you use?

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