Safer Cleaning Alternatives
While certain chemicals might have a negative effect on your dog, most cleaning products are okay to use in homes with pets as long as you follow the directions on the package, according to the ASPCA. More pet-friendly alternatives do exist, however, and can be simple to make with products you probably have in your home.
Alinovi uses apple cider vinegar to clean her home. Using a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water, the mixture can be used in laundry, on windows and to wipe down counters, she says. Tougher messes might need a less diluted ratio, but that might lead to a stronger vinegar smell in your home.
Baking soda is another product that can be used for cleaning when mixed with water, and is good for areas where scrubbing’s required, like the toilet, Alinovi says.
Of course, you don’t need to make your own cleaning products to get safer ones these days. In general, newer cleaners that claim to be environmentally-friendly are also pet-safe because they’re made from vinegar-based solutions, Alinovi says. She adds that it’s important to keep in mind that any cleaning product, even natural ones, may cause your pet to have an unexpected reaction or allergy. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if you have questions about any specific cleaning products.