What Is a Safe Disinfectant for the Whelping Area?

Written by susan lee | 13/05/2017
What Is a Safe Disinfectant for the Whelping Area?
Natural disinfectants are available for mom's and pups' safety. (mother dog with puppy image by Phaedra Wilkinson from Fotolia.com)

Any delicate area is difficult to keep clean, especially when trying to alleviate using a disinfectant with harmful chemicals and ammonia. There are some simple ways to keep a whelping area clean without any harm to the "residents" using the area.


Chlorine bleach is a trusted choice for cleanliness with no harmful side effects. You can make a solution of bleach diluted in water in a spray bottle for easy cleaning. Be sure the area is completely dry before pets use it. Bleach disinfectant wipes can work as well.

Natural Cleansers

If you are eco-conscientious, a number of commercially available natural cleaning products are safe for the whole family and your pets. They offer a broad spectrum of antimicrobial disinfectants and deodorisers and generally considered safe to clean pet kennels, toys and the whelping area.

Do-It-Yourself Disinfectants

Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant when mixed with water and adds a pleasant scent to the whelping area. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, antifungal and disinfectant when dissolved in hot water. A spray of diluted hydrogen peroxide acts as good disinfectant. Vinegar is most effective as a disinfectant when undiluted. It removes mildew and is not likely to pose any environmental or health hazards. Baking soda works well as a natural cleaner and disinfectant as well for safe cleaning of the whelping area.

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