Spring is in the air and that means nature walks, dog park days, and romps at the beach outside… but that also means muddy paws, rolling in the dirt, and sand everywhere. Dogs are family, so their mess is your mess. You want things squeaky clean, but you also want to make sure cleaning supplies are safe for the pupper. Get a jump on spring cleaning with the 6 best dog-safe cleaning products that will leave your house sparkling and your pup’s tail wagging.
Why Use Dog-Safe Cleaning Products?
Fido doesn’t have thumbs, so he’s gotta use his mouth to hold everything. Toys, socks, and probably a few other things he’s not supposed to be getting into. Some cleaning products on the market use harsh chemicals, so the last thing you wanna do is use something that isn’t good for their puppy bellies.
For example, bleach in large, undiluted quantities can be the big T-O-X-I-C, but if you dilute it and give it a thorough rinsing and airing, buddy should be okay. Fabric softeners can contain cationic detergents that can cause ulcers. The below products are non-toxic and proven to be safe for Fido, even if he’s the one making messes you gotta clean.
1. Nature’s Miracle Carpet Cleaner
Your carpet is soft and Buzz called dibs. Unfortunately, his way of dibs may be of the pee variety. While you may think urine trouble, Nature’s Miracle is a brand known for cleaning up pet messes, even if they’re on purpose. You can use this product alone, or with a carpet cleaner or steamer for those really tough stains.
Get it from Petco for $19.99.
2. Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent
There’s a fine line when it comes to dog smells–there’s nothing better than puppy breath, but when you have wet dog smell… no thanks. Practice your part of fetch and throw Buddy’s bedding, towels, and favorite softies in the washing machine and wash with this detergent that’s 96% made of plant-based ingredients. Throw your bedding in there too; you know that’s the place he’s really hanging out.
Get it on Amazon for $13.99.
3. Puracy Dishwasher Detergent Pods
No one is trying to replace pupper as the #1 dishwasher in your household. But sometimes that tongue needs a break, and that’s where these dishwasher detergent pods kick in. This plant-based detergent has no harsh ingredients and promises no spots and residue; pup can’t guarantee that, especially if veggies are involved.
Get it on Amazon for $16.99.
4. Biokleen Fabric Refreshers
Just because it’s spring cleaning doesn’t mean everything has to be a deep clean. You’re a busy pet parent! There’s no shame in just spritzing some of your harder to clean fabrics like your couch, curtains, or car upholstery.
Get a two-pack on Amazon for $15.98.
5. Cleanwell Bathroom Cleaner
Some of us don’t have the luxury of calling the great outdoors our bathroom. For those who have a bathroom to clean, Cleanwell’s bathroom cleaner uses a plant-based Thymol antibacterial formula. It’s friendly for the three Ps–people, pets, and the planet.
Get it on Amazon for $8.99.
6. Bissell Steam Mop
If you have hardwood floors, this steam mop will be your new best friend (second only to your dog). It can kill 99.9% of the germs and bacteria on your floors and is powered by steamy water, so no harsh, harmful chemicals are involved.
Get it on Amazon for $89.99.
Just So Fresh, So Clean
While your personal motto may be “dog hair, don’t care,” keeping a clean house is possible when you have a pup. And don’t forget that clean is subjective! It’s up to you to decide if the windows need to sparkle. What’s important is that you feel good and you’re using things that will leave pupper feeling good too.
What dog-safe cleaning products do you use when pupper makes a mess? Woof at us in the comments and tag us with #SidewalkDog to show us how your dog is helping (or not helping!) with spring cleaning!
Featured photo by Vinicius Amano