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Effective, Pet-Safe Cleaning Products

We all love our pets, but invariably they land in the doghouse for wreaking havoc on our carpets, couches, and other home surfaces. Dealing with the mess can be tricky; the ASPCA reports that poisoning from household cleaners is one of the top reasons for emergency phone calls from frantic owners. "There are many effective products that clean and remove odors without putting your pet at risk," says Julia Szabo, columnist for and author of Pretty Pet-Friendly (Wiley). Here are great options that get the job done while keeping your animal out of harm's way.

By Cheryl S. Grant

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Panasonic vacuum model MCUL915
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Problem: Dirt and hair balls

Product: Panasonic vacuum model MCUL915

Why It Works: Removing pet hair from the couch, floor, and carpet can be frustrating. But thanks to the super-suction of this vacuum, which comes with a pet brush, the job just got easier. And if you're in doubt as to whether all the grime is gone, check out the dirt sensor; the light pops on if there's more cleaning to do.

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