When I first went vegan I did it gradually. First tackling the food by slowly reducing the animal products I ate one by one, then I moved on to my toiletries and cosmetics everytime I finished a product I would replace it with a cruelty free one (see my post here). Clothes weren’t too much of an issue as I didn’t buy much leather/wool/silk in the first place. The last area I had to tackle were my cleaning products.
Cleaning products are regularly tested on animals. I know many people who wouldn’t dream of using non cruelty-free make up and toiletries but this idea does not extent to their laundry detergent or their washing up liquid.
There are some great companies out there that wear their credentials on their sleeves.
I use ecozone for my dishwasher tablets/rinse aid and laundry detergent/fabric conditioner. Their eco balls are great, you just put them in the drum with your washing and they last 240 washes, then you can just purchase refill pellets to go in the balls. I usually order online when I’m running low on anything. They are Cruelty free International (formerly BUAV) approved and carry the Vegan Society logo.
Another company I love is Astonish. I generally use their spray cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom. They too are Vegan Society and Cruelty free International approved. They are also very reasonably priced and available from a wide variety of retailers. Check out their website to see your local stockists.
I’m also interested in trying out more homemade and natural cleaners like lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda but I think that’s more of a work in progress!
What are your go to cruelty free cleaning products? Do you have any tips for making your own products? Let me know!