Truly Free Cleaning Product Review 2024: Pros & Cons

Our Final Verdict

We give Truly Free products an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Effectiveness: 4.8/5
Ingredients: 4.9/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Value:4.5/5

You go out of your way to keep your pets safe and healthy. You feed them the best food, ensure they only eat natural treats and are very selective about the toys you let them have. But you’ve realized you’ve overlooked one important aspect that could have a huge impact on your pet’s health: the cleaning products you use.

For all-natural, non-toxic cleaning options, many pet owners look to Truly Free.

This innovative home care company not only creates safe cleaning solutions for pet parents, but they’re also on a mission to reduce waste thanks to their reusable bottles and powdered refills. This means less plastic waste and an easier approach to cleaning for you.

But are Truly Free products effective enough to keep up with the messes your pet makes?

I had a chance to try a number of Truly Free products in my own home. With two senior dogs and a mischievous kitten, I had plenty of opportunities to put these cleaning products to use. Keep reading my Truly Free product review to find out what I loved about them and where they came up a little short.

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At a Glance: What We Received

Image Product Details

Our Favorite

Winner

Everyday Cleaner
Everyday Cleaner

  • Versatile

  • 6 simple ingredients

  • Unscented
  • Second place

    Odor and Stain Eliminator
    Odor and Stain Eliminator

  • Contains beneficial bacteria

  • No smell

  • Only 7 ingredients
  • Third place

    Space Freshener
    Space Freshener

  • Fabric and air freshener

  • Fresh scent and seasonal scents

  • Not overpowering

  • Floor Cleaner
    Floor Cleaner

  • Hard flooring cleaner

  • Pleasant citrus scent

  • Easy pour bottle

  • Enzyme Stain Remover
    Enzyme Stain Remover

  • Use in laundry, on carpet, on furniture

  • Perfect for sensitive skin

  • Simple, effective ingredients
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    About Truly Free

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit

    Truly Free was started by a concerned new father after his baby’s rash led him to discover the harsh and dangerous chemicals often used in laundry detergent.

    What started out as a mission to create an effective, yet natural and gentle detergent has grown to include dozens of natural home cleaning products. Even better, these products are packaged and designed to reduce plastic use and waste.

    Who Makes Truly Free and Where is it Produced?

    Truly Free was started in 2015 by Stephen Ezell. Today, Ezell still owns the company, and the products are still made in the US at the company’s Michigan headquarters.

    All ingredients used in Truly Free products are naturally derived and have been rated safe and gentle by the Environmental Working Group.

    Which Types of Pets is Truly Free Best Suited For?

    Truly Free has a long line of cleaning products that owners of all kinds of pets will find useful. Their Everyday Cleaner is perfect for scrubbing around your cat or dog’s eating area and their dish soaps are a safe way to clean pet dishes.

    For owners dealing with carpet stains, Truly Free’s Stain and Odor Remover and Enzyme Stain Remover are incredibly helpful to have on hand. They work well for vomit stains, urine, and more.

    Whether you have sensitive birds or a dog with allergies, you can feel safe using Truly Free products around them.

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    Key Features

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - product bottle on the counter

    Truly Free has dozens of home cleaning products to choose from, but they all have a few things in common. Here is a closer look at the key features of Truly Free’s product line, including their ingredients, options, ordering setup, and what you can expect when you get your first shipment.

    Ingredients

    The idea behind Truly Free is simple: make home cleaning products from safe ingredients that are still effective.

    To ensure each product contains only safe and gentle ingredients, Truly Free starts by using only naturally derived options. They then reference the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) ingredient rating system to make sure each is going to be gentle for pets, children, and everyone else in the home.

    Every ingredient in these products scores a 4 or lower on the EWG safety scale. Just as important, they are very transparent about what their ingredients are, why they’re included, and how safe they are. You can see the full list of Truly Free’s ingredients here.

    Options

    With their expanded product line, you can find just about any cleaning product you’ll need with Truly Free.

    From foaming pot and pan cleaner to hand soap to dryer sheets, they have it all. Here are the categories Truly Free products cover:

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom

    • Laundry

    • Floors

    • Furniture

    • Carpet

    • Windows

    Many of Truly Free’s products are highly versatile and can be used on various surfaces and materials.

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - spraying product to the carpet

    Ordering Setup

    Truly Free is set up primarily as a subscription service.

    The first time you shop on the site, you’ll fill a “box” with all the cleaning supplies you need. The more items you buy, the bigger your savings and the more free items you’ll get. For instance, if you just buy one product as a subscription item, you’ll save 15%. But if you buy five, you’ll get 40% off your order plus 2 free items.

    Your first subscription box will include all the containers that correspond to the products you purchased. After that, all autofill orders will contain only the refill pouches for the products you selected.

    If you need a replacement container, you can order those separately at any time.

    The autoship feature is super easy to adjust based on your needs. And orders can be skipped at any time. You also have the option to opt for one-time purchases if you would rather not do a subscription.

    What to Expect

    Once you get your first order, it’s time to start mixing!

    Each bottle features a “fill line” marker. Fill the bottles to this line with warm water, then add the powder and shake well.

    That’s all it takes!

    With each subsequent order, you’ll receive only the refill packs, so be sure to hold onto your bottles.

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    Our Truly Free Product Reviews

    1. Everyday Cleaner

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - papyrus and everyday cleaner product

    This versatile product is one every pet owner needs. You can use it to clean the cat box tray, clean around eating areas, scrub your hamster’s cage, and more.

    With just six simple ingredients, you can count on this cleaner to be gentle and safe. This means you can use it wherever your pets frequent and not have to worry about them getting it on their fur or licking their paws after walking over a surface that’s been cleaned.

    This cleaner is clear and unscented and safe to use on any hard surface. It works well as a degreaser and easily removes dirt and grime for a clean you can see.

    I use it for spot-cleaning my hard flooring after accidents and spills, for scrubbing the litter box, and as my go-to bathroom and surface cleaner.

    Pros
    • Highly versatile

    • Safe to use in pet cages and litter boxes

    • Effective for removing grime

    • Won’t discolor surfaces

    • Free of dyes and fragrances

    Cons
    • May need multiple applications for dried-on messes

    • No fresh-cleaned smell


    2. Odor and Stain Eliminator

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - Odor and Stain Eliminator

    No pet owner should be without this powerful stain and odor remover. The simple ingredients and dye-free formulation mean you can use it on a variety of surfaces. It’s perfect for carpets, furniture, dog beds, and more.

    The key to its odor-fighting abilities is in the beneficial bacteria included in the ingredients. These helpful microbes consume organic matter that causes many of the odors pets leave behind. And because it’s scent-free, you don’t have to worry about the smell of the spray mixing with the stench of the odor you’re trying to eliminate.

    This product is the perfect way to fully remove odors and eliminate stains without masking or hiding them. Use it as a general fabric spray or to target specific problem areas. I use it to clean up accidents on the carpet, treat stains on furniture, and to deodorize my pet beds.

    It’s worth noting that this product does not contain enzymes, which means urea may persist after the stain is cleaned. Because of this, I always use this cleaner in conjunction with Truly Free’s Enzyme Stain Remover when cleaning urine stains.

    Pros
    • Use on any soft surface or fabric

    • Works as fabric spray or targeted stain fighter

    • No added fragrances

    • Beneficial bacteria to break down organic compounds

    • No dyes

    Cons
    • Does not contain enzymes

    • Dark stains require repeat applications


    3. Space Freshener

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - space freshener

    For those pet-containing homes that smell like they contain pets, Truly Free offers their Space Freshener. This simple spray contains essential oils that provide a fresh, uplifting scent without the overpowering smell of synthetic fragrances. These scents help to cover odors and refresh the air and fabrics to hide those embarrassing pet odors.

    This versatile spray can be used as an air freshener or sprayed onto furniture. Like most other Truly Free products, it is free from dyes, which makes it safe to use on a variety of surfaces.

    The standard scent for this product has a light citrusy smell with notes of tea tree and bergamot. Its pleasant fragrance is one of the most talked about features of any Truly Free product. The company also offers special holiday scents from time to time.

    I use this spray after treating my pet beds and furniture with the Odor and Stain Remover. I also use it liberally around the litter box, trash can, and in rooms prone to smelling stuffy.

    Pros
    • Use in the air or on furniture

    • Wonderful fresh scent

    • Contains real essential oils

    • Not overpowering

    Cons
    • Scent doesn’t last super long

    • No odor-eliminating ingredients


    4. Floor Cleaner

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - Floor Cleaner

    Keeping hard floors clean when you have pets can be a challenge. This floor cleaner from Truly Free makes it a little easier.

    This cleaner contains gentle grease surfactants and detergents that help separate grime, grease, and dirt to gently lift them away. And it comes in the perfect squeeze bottle for easy use. Spray it straight on the floor when mopping or spot cleaning, or add it to your steam mop tank.

    It’s safe for hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile, sealed stone, and many other hard surfaces. It has a pleasant citrus scent and is dye-free so it won’t stain grout or baseboards.

    I use my Floor Cleaner every time I mop. I also use it when spot-cleaning muddy paw prints and accidents on my hard flooring.

    Pros
    • Use on any hard surface

    • Makes mopping a breeze

    • Pleasant citrus scent

    • Will not stain grout

    Cons
    • Not a concentrate for mop buckets

    • May need to let it sit on tough stains


    5. Enzyme Stain Remover

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - Enzyme Stain Remover

    This Enzyme Stain Remover is one extra cleaning supply all pet parents should have on hand. It contains four powerful enzymes that help denature biological compounds such as those found in urine, feces, and vomit.

    Use it as a stain treatment on clothing by creating a paste with a little water and applying it directly to clothing stains. You can also put a scoop in your washing machine to get clothes cleaner.

    But my favorite way to use this enzyme product is to add it directly to stains on the carpet. I treat the stains with my Odor and Stain Remover, then sprinkle a little of this enzyme powder on and scrub.

    The enzymes help eliminate urea odors that cause re-soiling while breaking down bile and other compounds that make stains difficult to remove.

    Pros
    • Use in laundry or on carpets and fabrics

    • Breaks down organic compounds

    • Helps remove stains

    • Denatures urea

    • Easy to use

    Cons
    • Need to mix with water to create stain fighter

    • Packets are small

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    Our Experience With Truly Free

    I have used Truly Free’s Laundry Detergent and Stain Stick for years. So, when I had the chance to try their bundle of products for pet owners, I jumped at the opportunity.

    I received five products to test out: Everyday Cleaner, Odor and Stain Remover, Floor Cleaner, Space Refresher, and Enzyme Stain Remover.

    Both my dogs are seniors and prone to the extra health struggles all old dogs are. Ragz, my thirteen-year-old Dalmatian mix, has issues with a sensitive stomach and loves to leave pools of bile on my carpets. And Papyrus, my fifteen-year-old Chihuahua, has been having a lot of accidents of late.

    I also have a rambunctious kitten named Makoa who has made it his mission to be as messy as possible. Beyond the general cleaning-related issues that come with a litter box, he also loves to spill everything he comes across and trail his little paw prints across every surface.

    I also have a twenty-three-year-old parrot named Mickey. While her messes are fairly confined, she, like all birds, is very sensitive to air pollutants. So, it’s always been important to me to only use natural cleaning products around the house.

    With this gaggle of pets, you can imagine that I had plenty of opportunities to test all of my Truly Free products over the last couple of weeks.

    The Everyday Cleaner is awesome. I reach for it anytime I have a mess to clean up on a hard surface. It is also now my go-to bathroom and kitchen cleaner.

    The Floor Cleaner has made mopping so much easier. Now, I just fill the mop bucket with warm water and spray the cleaner directly on my vinyl plank flooring as I go. It does a great job of removing grime and leaving a streak-free shine.

    I received the Christmas edition of the Space Freshener. I was a little bummed because the reviews on the original product just rave about how nice the scent is. But I liked this one too.

    It has an obvious but not overwhelming peppermint smell. I use it on my couch where the dogs sleep, their beds, and around the litter box. When we have company coming over, I run through the house spraying it in the air. It makes everything smell fresh and clean without being obvious.

    The Odor and Stain Eliminator probably got the most use during the test period. It works very well on stains that aren’t too dark. But I found I had to repeat treatment on bile and set-in stains. I was also disappointed that it doesn’t contain any enzymes since that is key to cleaning urine stains to avoid repeat soiling.

    Luckily, I realized that the Enzyme Stain Remover can be used in conjunction with the stain spray to provide a more thorough cleaning and to break down urea. When combined, these products worked very well to remove all the stains my pets offered up.

    Truly Free Home Pet Cleaning Kit - products and pet at home

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    Conclusion

    If you’re after safer, more effective cleaning options to clean up after your pets, I highly recommend Truly Free. This company is dedicated to making cleaning solutions that are gentle and safe while still giving you the cleaning power you need.

    I tried five of their products in my four-pet home and was not disappointed. The combination of their Odor and Stain Remover spray and Enzyme Stain Eliminator powder is my go-to for carpet stains. And I keep their Everyday Cleaner and all the other products at the ready.

    In addition to offering natural solutions, Truly Free also goes out of their way to reduce plastic use with their refill packets and reusable bottles. And with their subscription service and all the discounts that come with it, this company makes it easier than ever to safely clean up after your furry family members.

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    Does Cedarwood Oil Kill Fleas? Vet-Verified Info & Safety Tips

    If you are a pet owner, you probably understand the troubles of unwanted pests in your home. Blood-sucking parasites like fleas are a common side effect of owning cats and dogs, and if you find yourself battling these irritating pests, you will be looking for an effective solution.

    There are a myriad of flea and tick preventive treatments available for our pets, but some people would prefer to use more natural remedies to deal with these parasites. Cedarwood oil has been found to work well at repelling fleas and ticks, but it is not effective at killing them.

    Although many essential oils are not safe to use around our pets, cedarwood oil is one of the few that is not known to be toxic to pets. However, always talk to your veterinarian before using any essential oil on or around your animals. You should also talk to them about other safe and effective flea and tick remedies to help decide which is the best option for your pooch or kitty.

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    Is Cedarwood Oil an Effective Way to Get Rid of Fleas?

    Cedarwood oil is a natural component extracted from the Eastern Red Cedar or Juniperus virginiana. It is a main ingredient of some pest-repellent products, such as pet collars, pet tags, or liquid sprayed on animal bedding. It is also used to repel moths from clothing.

    It may be a safe way of getting rid of fleas from your home and is even found incorporated in products used on pets. However, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of essential oils in killing fleas hasn’t been backed up by any scientific research. Additionally, as essential oils aren’t regulated, there can be great variability between the efficacy and safety of different products.

    Remember to use caution when using essential oils for pest control, as many are toxic for our pets, and should never be applied directly to their skin.

    bottle of essential oil with cedar wood chips
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    Benefits of Cedarwood Oil as Flea Repellent

    Essential oils can be part of a natural, long-term solution for repelling fleas away from your home and pets when used correctly and safely, but many of them are toxic for our pets. Using cedarwood oil has the benefit of being  an effective flea repellent, without exposing ourselves, or our pets, to toxic ingredients. Cedarwood oil also has the benefit of being non-toxic to plants or beneficial insects like bees, as well as leaving a pleasant scent.

    Disadvantages of Using Cedarwood Oil Against Fleas

    The main problem with using cedarwood oil to get rid of fleas is that it only works reliably as a repellent, and even this will depend on the concentration and formulation of the product you use. There is no evidence that cedarwood oil kills fleas, unless applied directly to the fleas themselves, which is neither safe or practical.

    The other problem is that there is no regulation of essential oils, and therefore, no guarantee that the product you use will be safe. Additionally, many cats do not like the smell of cedarwood, so you may end up repelling more than just their fleas.

    bottle of essential oil with pieces of cedar wood on a table
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    How to Use Cedarwood Oil to Get Rid of Fleas

    There are several methods and recipes to create an effective pest-repellent solution. You can create or buy a solution to spray around the inside and outside of your house. Adding a small amount of concentrated oil to your floor cleaner is a great way to spread it safely around the home. Never use concentrated oil, and never apply it directly to your pet’s skin. Speak to your veterinarian first about the specific solution you plan on using to be sure it’s safe.

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    Final Thoughts

    Fleas can be major pests because they can quickly multiply, causing an infestation in your home and on your pets. For this reason, people search for the most effective yet natural and safe way to get rid of fleas. Cedarwood oil may be a great option to add some flea-repelling power to your cleaning routine, but it is unlikely to eradicate your flea problem. However, used in conjunction with a veterinary approved flea treatment, it can help keep the fleas from coming back. Just be sure to check in with your vet first before applying or using cedarwood or any other essential oil around your pets.


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    7 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Billings, MT (Updated in 2024)

    Billings, Montana, is a wonderful place to visit due to having several attractions, including the Yellowstone Art Museum, Pictograph Cave, and ZooMontana. However, if you want to visit with your pet, you need a pet-friendly hotel. Keep reading for several options so you can start planning your next trip!

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    The 7 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Billings, MT

    1. Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites

    Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites
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    🗺 Address: 📍 4915 Southgate Dr, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: Limited pet rooms
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Hot tub and pool available for use

    • Close to Amend Park and Community Garden

    • Plenty of free parking

    • Clean and well-maintained rooms


    2. Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn

    Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn
    Image Credit: Instagram @caseybhen

    🗺 Address: 📍 2511 1st Ave N, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Large rooms, especially for the price

    • Attractive gardens for walking with your leashed dog

    • Prime downtown location

    • Short drive to dog-friendly Pictograph Cave


    3. Dude Rancher Lodge

    Dude Rancher Lodge
    Image Credit: Instagram @mr_teargas

    🗺 Address: 📍 415 N 29th St, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Near Yellowstone Art Museum

    • Clean rooms that are well-maintained

    • Nice and accommodating staff

    • Antique building of historical significance


    4. Hilltop Inn by Riversage

    Hilltop Inn by Riversage
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    🗺 Address: 📍 1116 N Broadway, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Near St. Vincent Healthcare Center

    • Quiet area of town

    • Easy access from the highway

    • Friendly staff


    5. Montana Trailhead Inn

    Montana Trailhead Inn
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    🗺 Address: 📍 5500 Midland Rd, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Easy access from the highway

    • Close to various hiking trails

    • Friendly and accommodating staff

    • Scenic view of Yellowstone River


    6. Hampton Inn Billings

    Hampton Inn Billings
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    🗺 Address: 📍 5110 Southgate Dr, Billings, MT 59101
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Friendly staff

    • Clean rooms that are well-maintained

    • Pool and hot tub available for use

    • Next door to a Fiddler’s Casino


    7. Best Western Yellowstone Crossing

    Best Western Yellowstone Crossing
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    🗺 Address: 📍 205 SE 4th St, Laurel, MT 59044
    🕐 Open Times: 24/7
    💲 Cost: N/A
    🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

    • Short drive to ZooMontana and downtown Billings

    • Large plaza nearby, with Walmart and several food locations

    • Plenty of parking available

    • Grassy areas to walk the dogs

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    Summary

    There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in Billings, MT, so you won’t need to leave your pet at home the next time that you take a vacation. Our favorites include the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites with its pool and hot tub. The Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn is another great choice due to its soft beds and proximity to many attractions.


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