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5 Household Cleaners That Are Toxic To Your Dog

Cleaning products that are toxic to dogsCleaning your home is important, but it’s also important that you use cleaners that will not harm you or your dog. While some household chemicals and cleaning products are safe, there are others that are extremely toxic and can cause serious harm, or even death, to your pets.

If you have dogs in your home, you may want to avoid using the following household cleaners and products, as they are extremely dangerous to your pet’s health.

1. Chlorine

While you may not break out a bottle of chlorine to clean your home, you do break out other products that contain chlorine as a main ingredient. All-purpose cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, laundry detergent and dishwashing detergents all contain chlorine as a main ingredient. If you’re using a product that contains chlorine, your dog could suffer serious harm. Chlorine can irritate your dog’s skin and eyes. If you use products that contain chlorine, the vapors left behind can make their way to the ground level where your pets reside, and if they inhale the vapors or lick an area with residue left behind, it could cause them to become sick.

2. Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Along with chlorine, some toilet bowl cleaners contain other harmful chemicals that can cause irritation or illness to your pet. If your dog has a habit of drinking toilet bowl water, they could be ingesting chlorine and other chemicals, which could give them diarrhea, force them to vomit or even result in seizures. Make sure to use a safe and non toxic toilet bowl cleaner, and always be sure to put the lid down to keep your dog from getting into the toilet water.

3. Ammonia

Many people use ammonia to clean their homes, and while it may be effective at cleaning messes and killing bacteria, it’s extremely dangerous to your dog’s health. Even if you don’t use ammonia, it can be found in most oven and glass cleaners, and if your dog were to inhale the ammonia or consume any left-behind residue, it could cause serious damage to their nose, throat and stomach.

4. Drain Cleaners

If you have a clogged drain, you want to make sure your dog is not around when you use common products like Drano. Drain cleaners give off intense fumes that can be extremely harmful to your pet, causing them to become disoriented. Instead, you want to make sure that you use a non toxic solution to remove residue and build up from clogged drains.

5. Laundry Detergent

As mentioned above, some laundry detergents contain chlorine, which can be dangerous to your dog. But laundry detergents also contain other chemicals that can irritate your dog’s skin or even give them an upset stomach if they were to chew on a bed or blanket cleaned with that detergent. When it comes to washing items your dog will use, it’s always best to choose a detergent that is free of all dyes and chemicals.

Having a clean home may be important, but having a healthy pet is even more important. Make sure that you go through your household chemicals and check the ingredients. Replace any toxic or dangerous products with safer non toxic alternatives to give you a clean house and a healthy pooch.


Danielle Nottingham is a blogger for who often gives safety and health tips to pet owners.