Pet owners know the importance of effective and pet-safe cleaning products. Without them, they’d be at the constant mercy of mud, food and the unpleasant array of smelly messes our four-legged friends are known to create.
But identifying pet-safe cleaning products can be a challenge. Chemical lists are hard to understand, and even ‘all-natural’ products aren’t always a guarantee of safety. Plenty of dangerous things occur in nature, after all. And many ingredients considered non-toxic can still be life-threatening if ingested in large quantities.
First: Always check the label
It’s important to note that every cleaning product is only safe when used as directed. Reading the label and following all directions is key to keeping people and pets healthy.
Of course, our pets can’t read. So reading the directions and creating a safe environment for them is the responsibility of pet owners. Keep all cleaning products, even those deemed relatively safe for pets, secure and out of reach. And if you spill any product, clean it up promptly to avoid any risk due to ingestion.
Alright. With that out of the way, here are 5 pet-safe cleaning products and ingredients you should know about.
1. Acetic and citric acid
Acetic acid is, essentially, vinegar. Citric acid is found in citrus fruits. As such, acetic and citric acid-based cleaning products can be generally considered quite safe to use around pets. Of course, just like humans, ingesting too much vinegar or lemon juice is going to cause a seriously sour stomach. So it’s still essential to keep these kinds of cleaning products well out of reach and clean up any spills immediately.
At Nature Lake, acetic and citric acid are both core ingredients in our tablet-based cleaners.
2. Sodium bicarbonate
Sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known as baking soda. It’s a popular cleaning ingredient thanks to its ability to break down dirt and grease in water. In the relatively small amounts used in many cleaning products, sodium bicarbonate is considered quite safe to use around pets.
Sodium bicarbonate is another core ingredient for many Nature Lake formulations. It’s natural, non-toxic and environmentally friendly — exactly the qualities we love!
3. Enzyme solutions
An enzyme solution is essentially a series of bacteria and other microbes suspended in liquid. When sprayed on an organic mess, the microbes excrete specific enzymes that break the organic material down.
These solutions are generally considered non-toxic and biodegradable.
4. Unbleached, organic cotton cleaning cloths
Fabric, in general, can cause blockages if ingested by dogs or cats. So keep your washcloths out of reach when you’re not using them!
But so long as it’s not eaten by your pets, unbleached organic cotton is a very pet-safe material to use during your cleaning routine. It won’t release any harsh chemicals or dyes, even if your pet ends up chewing on it.
5. Plastic container alternatives
Finally, products that use glass, paper or cardboard for their packaging mean fewer bits of plastic packaging floating around your house. That means fewer potential choking hazards and fewer synthetic materials that can end up being chewed on, potentially releasing unhealthy chemicals your pet then ingests.
It’s also important to note that these more sustainable alternatives are good choices for a healthy environment in general. Something humans and pets alike benefit from the world over!
Got some messy pets of your own? Check out our tablet-based cleaners for a safe, environmentally friendly means of getting things clean!