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Best Pet Safe Cleaning Products for 2022

Keeping a clean house is important for both your health and the health of your pets. As well as the usual bathroom, kitchen countertops and hard flooring, it is also important to keep the areas your pet lives in clean using a pet-friendly disinfectant.

If you have a birdcage, small animal hutch or hard pet bed, disinfecting it regularly will keep viruses and bacteria at bay. Cleaning will also limit the spread of disease and any parasites such as fleas.

But cleaning pet areas isn’t as simple as it seems. You can’t use TikTok’s latest cleaning craze disinfectant everywhere when you have pets.

It isn’t just the obvious places your pet goes that you need to be wary of, either. If your dog walks on hard flooring in the kitchen or bathroom, toxic products could get on their paws. Does your cat jump on the kitchen bench or sleep in the bathroom sink? You will have to use pet-friendly products.

Although you might have come up with a brilliant scheme to segregate pets from rooms you’ve been spring cleaning, it can often be easier just to purchase pet-safe products to eliminate the stress of having to constantly watch your pet post-clean.

From carpet cleaners to hard surface sprays, we’ve rounded up some of the most effective pet-friendly products on the market which will allow your animal to safely intervene while you clean!

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    Our Top Picks

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    Zoflora Pet-Safe Fresh Home Odour Remover Disinfectant
    • Big brand and great smell
    • Really concentrated so lasts for ages
    • Safe on carpets and with children too
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    Trade Chemicals Fresh Pet Kennel/Cattery Cleaner & Disinfectant
    • Fights bad odours, stains and bacteria
    • Flexible - can be sprayed, mopped, wiped etc
    • Dilutes so lasts for ages
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    Johnsons Clean and Safe Disinfectant for Small Pet
    • Quick and easy spray solution
    • For hutches, cages and animal bedding
    • Kills bacteria and viruses
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    The Top Pet Safe Cleaning Products Reviewed

    1.
    Zoflora Pet-Safe Fresh Home Odour Remover Disinfectant

    We used to have a line in our introduction to this page that said: “step away from the Zoflora”. So imagine our delight when Zoflora released a pet-safe version of their popular disinfectant.

    There is a reason original Zoflora is a bestseller. Great choice of fragrances, powerful cleaning action and really concentrated so a little bit goes a long way.

    This new disinfectant is pet-friendly compared to the original. So Zoflora really listened to the owners who were sad they couldn’t use the original version. It will work on any surface, including carpets. This may come in handy if your pet has had accidents on any rugs, blankets or carpet areas.

    It is also an odour-remover as well as a disinfectant, so it will eliminate those horrible wee/mud/damp smells that seem to otherwise not budge. It can also even be used on fake grass.

    Now you don’t have to miss out on TikTok’s favourite cleaning craze! But do be mindful that we still recommend you let surfaces fully dry before your pet has access to them again, and rinse the product away after leaving it to sit for a while if you’re using it in cages or hutches.

    Features

    • Big brand and great smell
    • Really concentrated so lasts for ages
    • Safe on carpets and with children too

    Specifications

    • Size: 500 ml

    2.
    Trade Chemicals Fresh Pet Kennel/Cattery Cleaner & Disinfectant

    When looking for a cleaner that will disinfect your kennels, cattery, birdcage or outdoor area, getting something which is dedicated to that area may be crucial, especially if it is not a home environment where you need something suitable for all around the house.

    You dilute this cleaner, disinfectant and deodoriser in a ratio of up to 100:1 so it should last for ages. This also means you can make up as much as you need without feeling like you’re using the whole bottle straight away. Better for your purse and carbon footprint/plastic use.

    There are over 20 fragrances to choose from, so while we think you can’t go wrong with a Lemon or Alpine scent when it comes to cleaning, you can also pick something like Berry, Fresh Linen or Orange Citrus.

    If you have public kennels or cattery, this scent will be ideal. Not only is it still safe for animals but any visitors and customers won’t be over faced by a horrid chemical bleach scent either. There is no need to fully rinse the product away – just any remaining dirt – which will save you precious time.

    You can also add it to washing machines if you reuse blankets, and it will get rid of any odours. It will even be safe to use on carpets if you have any. Even though it is an ideal product for professionals, don’t be put off if you’re just using it for home – it’s still perfect.

    Features

    • Fights bad odours, stains and bacteria
    • Flexible - can be sprayed, mopped, wiped etc
    • Dilutes so lasts for ages

    Specifications

    • Weight: 5kg
    • Size: 5L

    3.
    Johnson's Clean and Safe Disinfectant for Small Pet

    While there’s plenty of solutions out there helping cats and dogs stay safe, there’s few disinfectants that advertise their non-toxicity when it comes to smaller creatures.

    So for lovers of rabbits, guinea pigs and other rodents, we suggest seeking out Johnson’s Clean and Safe Disinfectant spray, which features versions for every type of animal.

    This specific spray is designed for small animals and is a fantastic fast action disinfectant for cleaning the home and living areas of your little fluff ball.

    Helping to clean away surface dirt, it’s a spray which effectively destroys harmful bacteria and viruses whilst also deodorising unpleasant smells and leaving in its place a much fresher fragrance.

    Perfect for sprucing up hutches and cages, it’s an incredibly versatile, non-toxic product which ensures the protection of your small animals!

    Features

    • Quick and easy spray solution
    • For hutches, cages and animal bedding
    • Kills bacteria and viruses

    Specifications

    • Weight: 699 g
    • Dimensions: 28 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm
    • Size: 500 ml

    4.
    Simple Solution Extreme Pet Stain and Odour Remover

    Simple Solution’s Extreme Stain and Odour Remover has been made three times as strong in the latest instalment and is the only formula that combines both pro-bacteria and enzymes effectively to eliminate pet problems at a super-fast rate.

    A professional strength formula, it’s specially designed to be able to tackle pet-created messes such as vomit, urine and faeces as well as discouraging repeat marking.

    Certified as both safe and effective, it contains no bleaching agents or optical brighteners and is non-flammable and non-hazardous. This means when used as directed, they are safe to use in the vicinity of your pets and family!

    Perfect for carpets, upholstery, bedding and any other water-safe surface, it utilises a handy trigger spray action for easy, targeted use that kills bacteria in just ten minutes.

    Because sometimes simple solutions are the best ones!

    Features

    • Enzymatic cleaning solution
    • Discourages repeat marking

    Specifications

    • Weight: 1.03 Kg
    • Dimensions: 11.4 x 7 x 28.2 cm
    • Size: 945 ml

    Buying Guide

    How we chose the best pet-friendly disinfectants

    Obviously, the first thing was to eliminate any which didn’t sell themselves as being pet-friendly. We avoided any which used harsh chemicals like bleach.

    But we also wanted to find products that could be used across the board. A pet-friendly disinfectant marketed for use on kitchen worktops can’t necessarily be used to clean a parrot’s cage, as some “pet-friendly” bathroom and kitchen cleaners bank on your pet not actually having much access to a bathroom floor or kitchen sink.

    So, products that can be used on human and pet surfaces were the only ones to make our list. You may still prefer to use Flash to clean your hob and close the kitchen door until it dries, but something like a pet-friendly Zoflora won’t only make your life easier but will also give you peace of mind.

    Such a flexible product also means you can cut down on your use of plastic bottles. Dilute into a spray bottle and spray mop and you have enough cleaning solution to clean your whole home with just two items.

    We looked for products which were multi-surface too, so can be used for floors, carpets, worktops, sinks and appliances. This again makes life easier for you.

    The whole reason people use non-pet safe products when cleaning is because the harsh chemicals used in these sorts of products can often guarantee a bacteria kill rate of 99.9%. So we looked for pet-safe products which match this rate – and this meant some were actually eliminated from our list.

    Chances are, if you’ve got a pet at home, a lot of your cleaning involves battling against some of the funky smells they leave around your home too. It’s therefore important that we chose a solution which can wipe out the organically made smells and in particular urine to discourse remarking.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How do I use concentrate disinfectant?

    When searching for pet-safe products, it’s easy to be put off by cleaning items that need dilution, as it sounds like an extra hassle. But they can be the best as they often work out as far cheaper and more eco-friendly than splashing out on new plastic spray bottles every few months.

    Most concentrate solutions will describe a ratio in their instructions such as 30:1, and all you have to do is determine how much mixture you want to make.

    Let’s say you’re using a bucket and you need 500 ml of diluted solution to get cleaning. To make this 500 ml of formula, you need to split it into 1 part disinfectant and 30 parts water (30:1 ratio).

    To find out how much 1 part is, take the total required (500 ml) and divide by all the parts in the ratio (in this instance 30:1 = 31 parts)

    500ml divided by 31 = 16.12 ml.

    This means one part is around 16ml.

    So for 500ml of diluted disinfectant, you would take 16ml of solution and then add 484ml of water!

    How can I keep my pets safe from cleaning products?

    Other than using pet-friendly products, there are several other ways of keeping pets away from toxic chemicals.

    Firstly, always store your products well out of reach of your pets, as animals are inquisitive creatures and so if you leave them lying around, there’s no reason why they couldn’t end up knocking over and spilling bottles full of toxic material.

    You should also always pay very special attention to the instructions for cleaning products. A pet may only be ‘safe’ for pets once a product is dry so it will still require you to be vigilant when cleaning.

    Finally, if your pet can’t be trusted not to get themselves into trouble, why not try homemade cleaning solutions such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice?

    How much should I pay for pet-safe cleaning products?

    For a standard 500 ml spray bottle, you don’t really want to pay anything more than £10. They can be pricier than non-pet-safe alternatives, but it isn’t worth the risk of opting for the cheap pick.

    However, a concentrated bottle of Zoflora or similar could be around the same price, but will actually make several 500ml solutions, so we’d always recommend concentrate.