The Best Pet & Baby Safe Floor Cleaner
Our pets and our babies spend a lot of time on the ground, so it’s important to clean the floor with products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. We’ve found safe floor cleaning options that work to clean your floors without any harsh chemicals.
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Both pets and babies have two things in common – they’re naturally curious and they’re closer to ground level than the rest of us. We just got a new puppy, and there’s a lot of licking the floor, lying on it and putting his nose right to the ground to sniff. The same was true when my kids were babies – they were crawling all around on the floor, putting their little faces close to the flooring, and even licking the floor – gross!
With our most precious little ones (furry or not) so close to the ground, it’s important to not expose them to harsh chemicals from floor cleaners. Your floor cleaner shouldn’t leave behind a harmful chemical residue. It also shouldn’t release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), an off-gassing of fumes produced by cleaning products.
A 2020 Canadian study found that chronic low-level exposure to cleaning products triggered asthma symptoms and caused chronic inflammation (1). With this in mind, there are ingredients in conventional floor cleaners that you’ll want to skip. Review the list below of ingredients to avoid:
The following two floor cleaners have minimal ingredients that get your floor sparkly clean without exposing babies and pets to harmful chemicals – Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner is vinegar-based, and Eco-Me Floor Cleaner has a plant-based formula.
Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner
- From Aunt Fannie’s website: Pet-friendly, kid-friendly and leaping Bunny certified. For floors clean enough to eat off. Contains only vinegar, fresh essential oils & plant-based ingredients. Grabs even tough dirt and grime. Use with buckets, floor cleaning machines or spray bottles. Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner gives new life to tile, linoleum, sealed hardwood, sealed stone, concrete and more. EWG A-rated for your safety.
- Scents: Sweet Mandarin, Bright Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender
- Ingredients: Distilled White Vinegar, Sugar Surfactant (Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside), Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Juniper Berry Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil