As a pet parent, keeping your house clean and fresh smelling can be a challenge that requires you to have multiple cleaning products on hand for everyday cleanups and a few super-duper specialty ones for those little disasters...just in case.
Your cleaning toolkit likely runs the gamut from floor cleaners to carpet cleaners and disinfectant sprays to enzymatic odor eliminators, and if you steer clear of harsh household cleaners, you may opt instead for a multi-purpose pet-safe cleaner that does the job with no harmful residues or noxious fumes.
Since more than 42 million families in the U.S. have at least one cat, and over 63 million have a dog or two (or more), savvy manufacturers of household cleaners, disinfectants, and air fresheners have risen to the occasion to meet the increasing consumer demand and dedicated a slew of products targeting those nasty stains and odors that are an inevitable part of life with dogs and cats.
But one popular, long-established brand, Lysol, doesn't have a specifically pet-centric product or one that is labelled as pet-safe; however, it does manufacture a number of multi-purpose cleaners, disinfectant sprays, and air fresheners that has made them the 7th most popular household and personal care brand and the 15th most famous, according to YouGov, an international research data and analytics group. It says, Lysol is described by fans as, "reliable, trustworthy, good value for money, important, and good quality." But still, you may be wondering, is Lysol truly safe to be used around pets?
What are the ingredients in Lysol Daily Cleanser?
Reckitt Benckiser North America (RBNA) the makers of Lysol and over 40 other well-known brands including Easy Off, Mop & Glo, and Woolite, have created a website in the interest of transparency to provide full details on the safety and efficacy of all their products, which includes downloadable safety data sheets for each product, lists of ingredients for each product, and the function of each ingredient within the product. In addition, the website gives full disclosure of dyes and preservatives and 99.9% disclosure of fragrance components. It also lists a toll-free consumer hotline at (800) 228-4722.
On their ingredient page, the company says, "whether you have children or pets in your home, you want only the best for you and your family…and to ensure that these products are safe, as well as effective."
Lysol produces several products, but one of them, a multi-purpose cleaner called Daily Cleanser, as an example, contains hyperchlorous acid serving as an antimicrobial active ingredient, the same substance your white blood cells produce to fight infection. It's as effective as bleach, says Science Daily, killing microbes without leaving behind harmful residues. It's USDA approved for use in organic crop production and used to preserve fresh produce. The other ingredients in Daily Cleanser are water and sodium chloride, the chemical name for salt, which is used as a thickener. The label reads, "Free from harsh chemical residue."
Is Lysol Daily Cleanser safe to use around pets?
In a nutshell, while each and every one of the Lysol brand of products bears in-depth research before using in a home with pets, breaking down the ingredients for one particular Lysol product shows that based on the ingredient list, Safety Data Sheet, and strictly used as directed, Lysol Daily Cleanser is safe to use around pets.
Alternatively, you can decide to use household cleaning and disinfecting products that are promoted specifically for their non-toxic ingredients. Green, eco-friendly, and pet-friendly products include those made by Force of Nature, Puracy, Simple Green, and many others. Another option is making your own non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner by mixing one part vinegar, four parts water, and a little bit of lemon juice together.
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- Science Daily:Experiments Show Very Weak chlorine Solutions Can Kill Noroviruses
- RBNA Info: Lysol Daily Cleanser
- Force of Nature
- Puracy: Home Essentials