(Closed) Cleaning using Essential oils and pets

posted 3 months ago in Pets
Post # 2
10548 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I don’t use essential oils myself but I do know they can be toxic to not only pets but humans when used incorrectly. Even things like scented candles, wax warmers and air fresher plug ins can also be harmful to pets (from what my all natural crunchy friends have educated me on). I would do some more research online if that’s something you’re concerned about.

ETA: Certain oils are a no no with cats/dogs, you can find a list online of oils that are on that list. I just did a quick google search and apparently the oils can soak into the skin/paws of your cat an cause illness. I personally would not take the risk.

Post # 3
2615 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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futuremrscat :  I hate two cats and avoid MOST oils. Cats livers cannot break down the toxins from many of the delicious smellling ones (eucalyptus and tea tree being DEADLY) and pine, citrus, and mint are also not good for cats. I would never use them to clean because it’ll get on their paws and in their mouth etc. 

You can use Jasmin, sandlewood, and a few others to diffuse ultra diluted into the air… but I’d never use them to clean. To much risk for so little reward. 


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slomotion is right. Stuff like pinesol and airwick/glade plugins are also not great for cats and shouldn’t be used small in areas where cats frequent. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

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futuremrscat :  

I stay away from essential oils but I have had success getting difficult smells out of carpet.  My husband’s grandmother was a hoarder and when I dehoarded her apartment while spent some time in the hospital, I uncovered nastiness you wouldn’t believe.  Cat pee, mouse droppings.  It reeked.  I had a Bissell steam cleaner and I used vinegar in hot water then I followed up with just clear water. It doesn’t sound like you’re dealing with anything that bad so a small amount would be sufficient.

Just a small amount of vinegar can eliminate odors and if you follow up with clear water you won’t have any vinegar smell lingering.  Cleaning with diluted vinegar is safe all around.

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