Last Updated: December 7, 2021

15 best pet-safe air fresheners & candles for your home.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 4 min read

Pet owners know what a bad smell is — from an uncleaned cat litter box to a muddy pup, some pet smells are just unbearable at times. That’s where air fresheners and candles come in. Pet-safe air fresheners and pet-safe candles can really do wonders for your home as far as smells go, but you need to know what you’re looking for so both your nose and your pet are happy campers.

There are certain things to look out for in your search for good pet-friendly products. For example, when it comes to pet-safe candles, stay away from paraffin wax and reach for those made from soy, vegetable, or beeswax instead. When it comes to pet-safe plug in air fresheners and pet-safe essential oils, choose options that use naturally derived ingredients instead of chemicals, and make sure the essential oils you pick aren’t harmful to your animals. Keep reading on to see our list of the best pet-safe air fresheners and candles and see answers to frequently asked questions from the Grove community.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.



What air fresheners are safe for pets?

When it comes to air fresheners and your pets, you want to really be very careful with which ones you’re choosing. This has a lot to do with the fact that many plug-in air fresheners in particular are usually at nose-height to your cat or dog, which means they can cause respiratory irritation if they contain harsh-chemical ingredients. It’s always best to choose pet-safe plug in air fresheners and pet-safe air fresheners in general.

You can choose air fresheners with naturally derived ingredients instead, like this Enviroscent Plug-in Air Freshener Kit and this Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener that use natural frangrances instead of artificial ones in them that won’t harm the people or pets that breath them in when they linger in the air. For a bigger selection on pet friendly air fresheners, check out our list above that includes these two options, as well as other top picks, too.

What essential oils are safe to diffuse around pets?

What you may not know when it comes to essential oils and your pets is that some essential oils are actually toxic to your pets. What that means is some essential oils should never be used around your pets, whether they're used in a diffuser, put on your pet's skin, or licked up by your pets. So how do you know which are pet-safe essential oils? Take a look at our list below of essential oils to stay away from (plus which oils are okay to use by certain animals).

Essential oils not to use around pets:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Citrus
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Ylang ylang
  • Wintergreen

Pet-safe essential oils for dogs

  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender oil
  • Myrrh
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense

Pet-safe essential oils for cats

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Copaiba

Aside from your pets, it’s also best to familiarize yourself with the essential oils that are best for you, too. Read our article, How to use essential oils: Which oils are best for your health? to learn more.

Are Mrs. Meyer's candles safe for pets?

Yes, Mrs. Meyer’s candles are safe to light up and use around your pets. They’re made with naturally derived ingredients that make them safe to use around both kids and pets. Plus, Mrs. Meyer’s soy candles are also better to use for pets (and people) because other paraffin wax candles create black soot, which is bad for breathing in as well as bad for your carpets and curtains.

Here are some options to use in your home from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day line:

For more pet-safe candles and pet-safe air fresheners, check out our list above of the best products to use to freshen up a home with pets.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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