15 cleaning products that aren’t safe for dogs
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Cleaners with strong smells and harsh chemicals should alert pet owners as many are dangerous to dogs. From toilet bowl cleaners to bleach sprays, one of the most common causes of pet poisoning is household cleaning products.
“Many daily housekeeping products, even those advertised as environmentally friendly, can contain toxic chemicals that can cause disease in animals,” says Maids.com. “From strong cleaning agents to synthetic fragrances, the ingredients that make commercial cleaning products so popular also make these cleaning products toxic to dogs, cats and other pets.”
When cleaning your home, always check the ingredients before you buy them. While it can be difficult to keep all toxic chemicals away from dogs and cats, the team advises owners to avoid using ammonia based cleaners, bleach based cleaners, and a lot carpet and floor cleaners.
“Ammonia can create gases that can make pets sick and even kill small animals if exposed enough,” adds Maids.com. “You will find ammonia in many commercial products, so it is essential to read the labels before using them. “
Making your cleaning routine more durable and dog friendly doesn’t have to be difficult: you can easily make green cleaners using lemon, white vinegar, baking soda, and used coffee grounds. There are also many chemical-free products out there that work just as well – and in many cases smell much better, too.
Take a look at the full list of cleaning products to avoid below …
15 cleaning products that are dangerous for dogs
- Tile cleaners
- Window cleaners
- Wood cleaners
- Vinyl cleaners
- Multi-purpose cleaners
- Toilet bowl cleaners
- All Purpose Cleaners
- Grout Whiteners
- Air fresheners
- Anti-mold and anti-mold products
- Perchlorethylene (a common dry cleaning solvent)
- Butoxy Ethanol (a solvent used in resins, varnishes and paints)
- Naphthalene (often found in pesticides and mothballs)
- Commercial Floor Cleaners & Carpet Cleaners
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