Everyone knows you have to eat vegan, buy vegan makeup, wear vegan clothes – but a topic most commonly skipped is the issue of animal tested and non vegan household cleaners such as dishsoap, detergent, and general cleaners! Not only are they bad for animals, but they’re bad for you as well as they contain harmful chemicals that we’d be better off avoiding. The homemade ones are even cheaper, if you need any more convincing.
I’ll split this post into two parts; store bought and homemade, and I’ll post more stuff as I find it!
Store bought (These are all to purchase in store, I’ll put up a post for online vegan shopping soon)
U.S / CAN:
– Dr Bronners
Vegan, fair trade, 18 n 1 household cleaner. They even make toothpaste!
– Seventh Generation
The most vast company of vegan and cruelty free home goods, and it’s eco friendly and mostly recycled! Their products even range past just cleaning supplies- they also make organic tampons, pads, toilet paper, baby diapers and more.
– Sun and Earth
Non toxic, cruelty free, vegan! Very varied as well.
Bio degradable cleaning supplies, never animal tested + always vegan and they donate some of their proceeds to wildlife causes.
– Citri Solv
Also 100% biodegradable
– Mr Meyers
All vegan, all smell really good! Also available in South America.
– Country save
Also phalate free!
– Sound Earth
– Allen’s Naturally
Also biodegradable, everything seems to be vegan besides their wool dryer balls.
List of retailers
U.K + INTERNATIONAL
– Nature clean
Available in Canada, New Zealand, and Russia + online stores.
– Charlie’s soap
Available in the U.K, Japan, Australia, South Korea, the Philippines and Canada. Made of vegetable oil and minerals.
– Eco Maxx
– Orange Power
– Planet clean
U.K based, vegan society accredited
– Bio D
GMO free! U.k & Ireland based
– Clean conscience
– Earth wise
Based in New Zealand
Homemade ( You may need a few mason jars ) + A lot of these recipes call for baking soda, which usually is tested on animals. Bob’s red Mill & Ener G baking soda are both cruelty free.
* Warning: Do not mix store bought cleaners with any of these. You will create toxic and poisonous fumes that can hurt you or any pets in your household.
– Lemon juice + vegetable oil should get scratches out of wood.
– Lemons are also good for killing mold!
– Boil and scrub burnt pans with baking soda
Sprinkle wet bathtubs with baking soda and let sit for about 15-20 minutes
– Absorb fresh grease spots using salt.
– Vinegar + Salt / Baking soda + Vinegar are good deodorizers and surface cleaners. You can also squeeze lemon juice onto a small pan of baking soda.
– 1/2 vinegar + 2 tbsp borax + a few drops essentially oil is another good cleaner. You can put it in a spray bottle.
– Laundry brighter: add a little lemon to your rinse cycle.
– You may be able to get spots and stains out of fabric and carpet with hydrogen peroxide. Spot test it first!
– Put salt on a wet sponge to get the grime off and out of your oven. If that doesn’t work, try wetting it with vinegar and sprinkling baking soda on top before wiping it all off.
– 1/4th cup olive oil + 1/4th cup water + lemon juice on a towel makes for a furniture polish.
– Put citrus (I.e orange / lemon) peels in your garbage disposal to deodorize your kitchen. Boiling vinegar or putting small saucers full of it around the house will do the trick as well. Unless, like me, you hate the smell of vinegar. (If you do go with the saucers of vinegar, make sure to keep them away from your companion animals. It may upset their stomachs.)
– You can also use citrus peels to make a concentrated cleaner by filling a jar with peels and white vinegar. Leave it in your fridge for two weeks and then strain it into another container, discarding the peels.
– Vinegar + baking soda also make good drain and toilet cleaners.
– You can use vinegar + water on a towel to clean windows.
– A better smelling window / glass cleaner would be using 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and a few drops of essential oils.
Let me know if I left any of your favorite vegan friendly household cleaners out, and keep an eye out for our article on vegan friendly hygiene products!