We all want the best for our furry friends, right? So, it’s super important to ensure they stay safe from things that could hurt them, like certain cleaning products. It’s all about figuring out which stuff is safe for your pets and family.

A bunch of cleaning stuff can be pretty harsh. The American Lung Association says they can bug your eyes and throat, give you headaches, and even worse. And guess what? Pets can get sick from these things, too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that cleaning products, laundry detergent, and paint are often why pets get sick.

Dr. Branson Ritchie, a vet expert, says if something’s bad for you, it’s probably bad for your pets, too. Especially birds and reptiles – they’re really sensitive to stuff in the air. He’s like, “Protect your pets just like you would your kids.”

Just because something says it’s “natural” or “green” doesn’t always mean it’s safe. For instance, there’s this natural flea thing called pyrethrin. It’s okay for dogs, quite bad for cats, and awful for fish.

If there’s a chance your pet (or anyone, really) could eat or breathe in a cleaning product, it’s best to find something else.

And hey, not all “green” cleaners are pet-friendly. Some of them can still be bad for your furry buddies. You have to check what’s in them to be sure they’re safe.

Many pet owners go for safe green cleaners for both pets and the environment. There are loads of these eco-friendly, pet-safe cleaners out there.

Remember, pets clean themselves with their mouths so that they might swallow harmful stuff from any residue left by chemicals.

Dr. Ritchie advises using non-toxic stuff, especially in closed spaces. If you must use chemicals, read the label and keep the area well-ventilated for everyone’s safety.

Using non-toxic, pet-safe cleaners is great for your pets, the environment, and home.

For outdoor messes, products like Simple Green outdoor odor eliminator are awesome. They’re made from natural stuff that removes pet waste smells and is great for grass, decks, and patios.

Plant-based cleaners are another cool option. They’re made from natural stuff and don’t leave behind the nasty residue you get with regular cleaners.

Biokleen Bac-Out Stain + Odor remover is one of these. It doesn’t have fake scents or colors and uses enzymes, citrus, and plant-based things to clean up after pets.

Enzyme cleaners are a top choice for pet messes like pee, puke, poop, blood, grass, and dirt. They break down these biological messes and are safe and biodegradable.

Pets can get sick from cleaning products, but it’s uncommon. Still, they’re closer to the ground and might breathe in more chemicals. Pets with breathing problems might be more sensitive.

Keep your cleaning stuff where your pets can’t reach them, no matter how curious they are.

Dr. Ritchie says to watch for signs like runny eyes or nose, sneezing, coughing, itching, skin trouble, or diarrhea. If your pet shows these signs, tell your vet about any chemicals you’ve used at home. And remember, you can always call the Animal Poison Control Center if you’re worried.