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Like a lot of things in life, there isn't a yes or no answer to that question. Let's look at both sides of the coin.
No, Pine-Sol Isn't Inherently Pet Safe
No, Pine-Sol is not safe for pets. It contains benzoic and sulfonic acids, alcohol, and used to contain pine oil—substances that can cause skin irritation, kidney failure, respiratory problems, and even worse.
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The most toxic part of Pine-Sol was probably the pine essential oil, but even before the company stopped using it (to keep down costs) a bottle contained less than 10% mixed with all of the other toxins and water. (The original formula, which may have been more toxic to your pet, is still available online.)
But It Can Be Used Safely Around Pets
Yes, Pine-Sol is safe around pets as long as they are not allowed to drink it or bathe in it. The product is meant to disinfect floors, so it needs to be kept out of reach of children and pets. When using it, we make sure that our pets are not in the house to walk around on the wet kitchen floor.
For those of you who do not live in heavily trafficked areas and find that Pine-Sol use is not worth the potential risks, there are some other products that are more natural. It is also easy to clean your home with other products like white vinegar.
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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