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How to Keep Cleaning Safe for Pets

May 15, 2020

How to Keep Cleaning Safe for Pets

Millions of people around the world are currently home in the midst of constant cleaning, and with spring well underway, now is also the perfect time to give your home a thorough spring clean. Sprucing up your house for spring is something many of us do, but if you have pets around, you may want to rethink which cleaning products to use. Read our blog for more details on how to keep cleaning safe for pets.

If you're using harsh chemical cleaning products in your home, it is always very important to check the labels carefully. Follow the instructions and be conscious of the strength of the product. Both cats and dogs are at risk, but believe it or not, cars are actually more vulnerable as their small bodies cannot handle toxins as well as dogs. Cats are also curious pets, and can often be inclined to exploring new areas with their nose and paws. So if you are an owner of a friendly feline, it is more important than ever to ensure you are encouraging safe cleaning in the home.

Toxic chemicals to pets

Most households have various cleaning products, which often contain toxic chemicals. The following chemicals are most harmful to pets, so always be aware when using them:

  • Chlorine
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phenols
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol

Our tips

There are many ways you can ensure safe cleaning methods in the house, which will prevent your beloved pets from getting sick. See below for our top cleaning tips.

  • Use water to clean - A no brainer. Cleaning with safe, environmentally safe cleaning products will ultimately minimise the risk of your pet getting ill. With e-cloth, you can simply clean with just water. Cleaning with water is completely safe and will also kill 99% of bacteria. It's a win-win!
  • Once finished, rinse everything - Once you’ve finished with your cleaners, make sure to wash out any buckets, mops and cloths that you have used. If you’ve used disposable cleaning wipes, throw them away immediately, and keep rubbish lids and bags closed at all times.
  • Clean pet bedding safely - Suppose to using harsh cleaning agents, a small dash of laundry detergent will work just fine.
  • Carefully store products - Some pets will explore new areas and chew bottles and boxes. Keeping cleaning products out of reach and in a secure space will immediately minimise risk.
  • Ensure ventilation - When you are cleaning your kitchen, for example, ensure that plenty of windows are open. Also, ensure that your pet is not in the room that you are cleaning.

What to do if your pet gets ill

If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned by chemical cleaning products, it is vital to seek immediate veterinary medical help. Simply call a local emergency vet for advice. You can also call the Animal Poison Helpline on 01202 50 9000.

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