Don’t worry about your cat or dog with these pet-friendly floor cleaners and other natural cleaning techniques

Written by Audrey Swanson

From the soft meows of kittens to the barking of dogs whenever the doorbell rings, everyone with pets knows the joys and challenges they bring to a home. And while millions of Americans regularly use natural cleaning products to protect their family’s health, these products matter just as much to our pets’ health.

Just ask Puracy Co-Founder Sean Busch. He found this out the hard way a decade ago when one of his adorable pet beagles got terribly sick.The culprit? His furry friend licked the floor after it had been “cleaned” with a popular wet mopping product. This scary incident, combined with a desire to keep his young family safe from toxic chemicals, was one of the many reasons why Sean decided to launch Puracy back in 2013.

From cleaning off muddy paw prints to getting rid of pet hair, there are plenty of safe, natural ways to make your home a clean oasis for two-legged humans and four-legged friends alike. Whether you have hardwood, tile, concrete, or carpeted floors, we’re breaking down natural pet-safe and pet-friendly floor cleaners that will get the job done.

Why are natural products better for pets?

It’s great to spend time combing through home products that are the safest for our families, but it’s just as important to do the same for our pets. From the condition of their fur to the function of their digestive system, pets benefit from natural products free of harsh chemicals and fragrances just as much as humans do. Whether they’re taking a snooze on the rug or chewing a peanut butter treat on the floor, making sure that their environments are free of harmful chemicals is important to ensuring a healthy lifestyle for your waggy-tailed friends.

The best natural techniques for cleaning your floors

If you live in a home with pets, then you’ll likely need to clean your floors a few times per week. Whether you’re consistently running the vacuum over that same corner with dog hair everywhere or scrubbing that spot where pawprints seem to congregate, there are plenty of natural ways to do it.

Hardwood floors

Cleaning hardwood floors can seem difficult -- you want to give them a nice scrub while still making sure they shine. However, natural cleaning remedies abound for fresh hardwood floors.

  • First, sweep or vacuum to pick up any hair and dust.
  • Next, fill up a bucket with warm water and squeeze in a small amount of Puracy Natural Dish Soap. A quarter cup of soap in a bucket of water is the perfect amount.
  • Soak a mop in this solution, then wring it out until it is mildly damp.
  • Mop your hardwood floors and watch as all of the paw prints and mud disappear naturally.
  • For hardwood floor types that are only semi-resistant to water, we recommend using Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner. This will gently remove any marks or spills, without resulting in damage to the floors.
  • Do not use water-based cleaners on oil-treated hardwoods. For more specific instructions on how to clean hardwood floors based on surface type, please see our blog post: How to Clean Hardwood Floors.

Tile floors

Cat on Tile Floor

Tile floors can be a little tricky, since they basically have two surfaces: the tile and the grout that holds the tiles together. There are plenty of natural ways to scrub them shiny.

For an all-purpose cleaner that works well on tile, Puracy Natural Multi Surface Cleaner is fantastic. You can spray it straight on the tile and wipe up with either a microfiber towel or a microfiber mop. Voila!

For particularly dirty or grimy grout, baking soda and vinegar does the trick. Simply mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part water to make a paste, then apply this paste to your grout. Next, spray a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part warm water directly onto the baking soda, wait five minutes, and then use a toothbrush to scrub the fizzy solution into your grout. Finish by mopping your floor or buffing it out with a clean, damp microfiber cloth.

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To prevent mildew growth on your tile, a spray mixture of lemon juice and baking soda returns shine and brightness to even the grimiest of tile. (However, do not use lemon juice on marble or granite, as it can stain and etch the surface.)

Concrete floors

While concrete is one of the most durable floors you can have in your home and it’s gaining popularity as a contemporary style, it can still stain (especially when you have pets) and can benefit from a regular wipe down. To make sure your concrete stays smooth and polished, try these natural techniques.

For indoor concrete, hot water and dish soap works wonders. In a bucket or in the sink, mix together hot water and ¼ cup of Puracy Natural Dish Soap. Although gentle, it does the trick if you want to get your concrete floors squeaky clean.

For pet accidents, we recommend Puracy Natural Multi Surface Cleaner. Follow the directions as normal, but let the solution sit on the affected area for at least a minute before wiping away with a clean microfiber cloth. Repeat the same process one or two additional times to ensure no germs are left behind.


Dog on carpet with Puracy Natural Upholstery Shampoo

Soft carpet is the best for cold feet… and a pretty cozy place for pets to take long naps. Since it’s hard to see what gets in the carpet, stains can set in quickly, and keeping carpet fresh can be tricky. To make sure your carpet is clean while still being comfortable, these natural cleaning techniques work wonders.

To freshen up carpet from pet odors and normal life events, sprinkle baking soda, let sit for 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up.

Sometimes your carpet needs a thorough cleaning, which is where a natural, gentle product like Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo comes in handy. You can use it in a carpet cleaning machine, or go to town on your carpet by hand. Pre-treat any soiled areas (it comes in really handy for pet accidents) with Puracy Natural Stain Remover, and then mix 1 part carpet shampoo to 100 parts warm water in a bucket. Next, soak a clean microfiber cloth in your cleaning solution, then use this wet cloth to gently blot any stained areas of your carpet. Be careful not to rub or scrub, as this can damage the fabric and make stains look worse. Next, soak a second clean microfiber cloth with plain warm water. Blot the stained area to help remove the remnants of the cleaning solution. Repeat until the stain and odor are gone and you are not producing foam. Finally, use a third clean, dry microfiber cloth to blot the area again until dry.

Cleaning with natural products is one of the easiest ways to keep harsh chemicals far from your home. Whether you have a house full of people or four-legged friends, our natural and gentle dish soap, multi surface cleaner, stain remover, or carpet shampoo will keep your home safe and clean for furry babies and humans alike.