Phone calls to the pet poison hotline reporting pet injuries from household cleaners increased by 100% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, more than ever, people are using harsh chemicals to clean their homes. This leads to a higher incidence of pet injuries consisting of accidental ingestions, contact irritations, and inhalant reactions.

Irritated paw

We must keep in mind that our dogs are more susceptible because:

  1. They are much closer to the chemicals on the floor than we are.
  2. We wash our hands frequently and bathe more regularly.
  3. We wear protective clothing such as socks around the house.


The majority of conventional household cleaners, even though you won’t see them in the ingredients, contain glycol ethers such as 2-butoxyethanol and also formaldehyde (embalming fluid). These are carcinogenic, toxic to kidneys and liver, cause hematologic disturbances such as anemia and nervous system disturbances, along with irritation of eyes, nose, throat, and skin.

Synthetic fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLF) are also common ingredients in household cleaners. These can cause skin irritation, vomiting and can mimic skin allergies in dogs.

Puppy not feeling well

Study shows dogs contaminated with chemicals

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested! Dogs, in particular, had 11 carcinogens, 31 reproductive toxins, and 24 neurotoxins.

Check out this study…You will be stunned.

Here are a few safe DYI cleaners that you can make at home:

All-Purpose Cleaner
(not for wood or granite, stone or marble)

  • 6 oz white vinegar
  • 6 oz water
  • 5 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE)

Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Surface Scrub

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp colloidal silver

Floor Cleaner (not wood)

  • 1 ltr water
  • 6 oz white vinegar
  • 3 oz rubbing alcohol

Wood Floor Cleaner

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Castille soap