We all know that keeping a clean house isn’t always easy—especially if you have cats or dogs. But did you know that some commonly used chemical cleaning agents are actually toxic to dogs and cats? In fact, cleansers that contain bleach, formaldehyde, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, and phenols are especially dangerous if ingested by animals, What are better safe cleaners for cats or dogs
Fortunately, there are pet-safe alternatives for nearly every home cleaning use—from laundry detergents and stain removers to carpet and surface cleaners! Here are 12 pet-safe, home cleaning products you’ll want to try.
12 safe cleaners For cats or dogs
1.Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent uses a combination of plant-based cleansers and triple enzymes that are tough on stains but gentle on you, your cats or dogs, and the environment. It contains no dyes, optical brighteners, or synthetic fragrances, and clinically tested to be hypoallergenic and effective at all temperatures.
2.Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner
Plant-based Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is made from biodegradable ingredients that have been carefully chosen to be safe for both cats or dogs and children. Puracy is hypoallergenic and free from harsh chemicals and fumes. Puracy is safe and effective for bathroom surfaces, glass, and even the baby’s high chair.
3.Nature’s Miracle Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo
If you have cats or dogs, you’ve probably heard of Nature’s Miracle—but did you know they make a deep-cleaning carpet shampoo that’s totally pet-safe? This low-foam, the phosphate-free formula uses bio-enzymatic odor locking technology to penetrate deep into carpet fibers and upholstery to remove stubborn stains.
4.Common Good Pet-Safe Laundry Detergent
Made from plant-derived enzymes—one that breaks down starches and another that dissolves fats—Common Good is safe for children, cats or dogs, and the environment. Fully biodegradable and hypoallergenic, Common Good contains no optical brighteners, synthetic fragrances, or harsh chemicals.
5.Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
Mrs. Meyer’s combines garden-inspired scents, essential oils, and plant-derived cleaning ingredients in an easy-to-use spray-on cleaner that tackles tough messes wherever they happen. Pet-safe, and effective on all non-porous surfaces.
6.Clean /Green Fabric Refresher
Clean / Green spray-on fabric cleaner fights tough stains and odors naturally. Perfect for those strong odors that linger on the sofa, drapes, cushions, and bedding.
7.PetSimplicity “Whizz Away” Stain & Odor Remover
When accidents happen, PetSimplicity’s Whizz Away has the answer. This spray-on stain and odor remover uses the natural power of enzymes to break down stains and erase odors. Non-toxic and pet-safe.
8.Spot Away Pet-Safe Glass Cleaner
Ideal for cleaning glass, plexiglass, chrome, stainless steel, mirrors, and more, Spot Away makes non-toxic, non-abrasive cleaners that are safe for the environment, your kids, and your cats or dogs. It contains no bleach, ammonia, or harmful chemicals.
9.Baking Soda & Vinegar
If your cleaning budget is tight and you want to go old-school, try the traditional baking soda and white vinegar. Effective as a thorough scrub or quick wipe-down for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, these two standards team up for a cleaning combination that’s both effective and pet-safe.
10.Simply Green Bio Dog Stain & Odor Remover
Simply Green’s non-toxic, biodegradable formula uses enzymatic bacteria and proprietary Fresh Bond® technology to remove stains, eliminate odors, and discourage resoiling or remarking. Also, great for cleaning litter pans, kennels, tile, finished wood, and laminate flooring.
11.Puracy Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
These cats or dogs-safe cleaner works on multiple surfaces (glass, stainless steel, floors, countertops, etc.) and cuts through grease, grime, nose prints, wet food residue, and whatever other unwanted textures pets might leave. Plus, it smells mighty nice.
12.Puracy Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo
Another one from the Puracy family of products, because they get it right and smell good doing it. Use this pet-safe shampoo on carpets, furniture—anything your dog can and will pee on.
Tips for keeping cats or dogs safe
When using cleaning products, read the labels carefully to check the ingredients, and follow use instructions exactly. Be conscious of the strength of the particular product, such as alcohol or bleach, and by how much you should dilute it. Using more than recommended is not better. The higher the accidental dose a pet gets, the more toxic.
When you are done with liquid cleaners, rinse out buckets and mops. When you are done with wipes, throw them out right away. Make sure your household garbage bags and cans have lids secured at all times. Shut and secure the doors of cabinets or closets or rooms where you store cleaning products, equipment, and medications.
When bathing cats or dogs, use only shampoos formulated for the particular species and follow the directions. Do not assume shampoos for dogs are appropriate for cats unless the label specifies both species. Do not use wet wipes on pets unless they are labeled as pet grooming wipes.
To clean pet bedding (or your own, if your pet sleeps in your bed), use regular laundry detergent; you do not need to use harsh cleaning agents.
Editor’s Note: The cleaning products mentioned in the article may be safe for typical, recommended use around pets. The article does not discuss ingestion or off-label uses. (For example, your pet chews the product container.) As always, we recommend discussing product use with your veterinarian. In the case of product ingestion, you should contact your veterinarian or pet poison control immediately.