Going Green: Wax Floor Cleaner Ingredients Toxic for Children and Pets

It's tempting to purchase commercial wax floor cleaner products, but these can be very toxic when used around children or pets. There are alternatives to choose from. Here are a few of the more toxic ingredients found in floor wax cleaning products.


Formaldehyde is an extremely toxic substance, but it's still found in many commercial floor wax cleaners. This has been linked to cancer, asthma and reproductive dysfunction. It can also be lethal to many animals. You should stay away from cleaners with this ingredient listed.


Cresol is dangerous when it's inhaled. Many wax floor cleansers use this to create the shine that is desired on floors. This substance has been shown to cause kidney and liver damage in people, and can cause a myriad of health issues for animals.


Xylene is commonly used in commercial wax cleaners because it creates a shine and protects surfaces from attracting dirt. The problem is, this is a very sweet smelling substance that pets love. It can cause severe neurological damage in pets, and is just as unhealthy for children.


There are many companies that produce safe cleaning products. You can use anything from beeswax to natural resin pastes to clean your floors. Always be sure to check the ingredients before you purchase a floor wax cleanser.