Lake Wales Veterinary Hospital

Are Your Spring Cleaning
Supplies Pet-Friendly?

Everyone has their own strategy for spring cleaning, but if you have a pet or two, you need to be extra careful about the products you use around your home, and how you use them.

When stored properly and used as directed, cleaning products will likely be harmless for your pet. Make sure all containers are tightly sealed and stored where your pet can’t reach them. Chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, and isopropyl alcohol can make your pet very sick if ingested.

Portrait of cute little kitten outdoors in flowers

Cleaning brands that are not pet-friendly include:

  • Mr. Clean
  • Clorox
  • Pine-Sol
  • Windex
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Tide
  • Cheer
  • Formula 409

Pet-friendly cleaning brands:

  • Simple Green
  • Eco Me
  • Nature’s Miracle
  • Oxiclean
  • Puracy
  • Seventh Generation
  • Better Life
  • Bean & Lily
  • VetriCure
  • SpotAway

If you prefer the DIY approach, baking soda and vinegar are also safe to use!

Lavender essential oil in the amber bottle, with fresh lavender flower heads.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a fast-growing trend. They make the house smell great, and they have therapeutic properties as well. However, cats and dogs can become very sick if they inhale or ingest essential oils. Tea tree oil is especially dangerous for cats, who can be at risk of developing GI problems, liver and kidney issues, and even pneumonia.

There are some essential oils you can safely use around your pets. These include:

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Clary sage
  • Myrrh
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