Question by lolal: Can anyone advise me what household cleaning products are safe to use around cats?
I’m in Ireland!
Answer by TSB
Dangerous Housecleaning Products
•Chemical cleaners containing phenol and phenol derivatives such as naphthol, wood tar, and creosote •Chlorine – A common ingredient in household bleach, chlorine is toxic if inhaled or licked.
•Toilet bowl and drain cleaners
•Baking soda – This is good for cleaning bathrooms, particularly removing soap scum, put in cat litter to make sure it doesn’t smell, and is far safer than chemical cleaners. However, it should be used with caution as a cat that eats baking soda may suffer a chemical imbalance. Baking soda residues should be thoroughly rinsed from surfaces.
•Environmentally friendly commercial products – Green cleaners are derived from plant extracts.
•Lemon juice – Lemon juice is safe, but citrus oil, often used in furniture polish, can be toxic to both cats and dogs. Furniture polish can be made from lemon juice rather than citrus oil: mix 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive or vegetable oil and apply with a soft cloth
•Stabilized chlorine dioxide – This kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi, but does not harm animals
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