Living vegan is not just about what you eat. Household cleaning products may contain non-vegan ingredients or be tested on animals. I think a lot of people would say they are against animal testing for cleaning products, but either assume that products aren’t tested on animals or don’t know how to find products that aren’t. The truth is that many cleaning products are tested on animals, and the tests are cruel and cause suffering. And of course it is wrong for an animal to have to live in a cage in a lab for their entire life and then probably be put to sleep after the tests.
Thankfully vegan and cruelty-free products are becoming more widely available in health shops and even some supermarkets. They often say so on the label, look out for the leaping bunny logo or if you’re not sure, why not send the company a quick email. With a little effort, you can learn what products are available.
Another benefit is that many of the cruelty-free cleaning products may be eco-friendly and made of natural ingredients that will be healthier to use in your home, especially if you have kids.
I try to use eco-friendly cleaning products where possible so these three products are all eco-friendly. I also don’t like to spend too much on them, so they are also all good value for money.
Lilly’s Eco Clean
Lilly’s is an Irish company, which is great for me as I love to support a local business. I love all their products that I have tried but in particular like the washing-up liquid. It is vegan and not tested on animals, as well as being made with natural ingredients. You can also buy large refill packs and refill the plastic bottles, which is better for the environment. It smells lovely and I know I’m not putting any dodgy chemicals on my children’s dishes. It is also quite concentrated so works well and lasts quite a long time. It’s relatively inexpensive too. They also make laundry detergent, floor cleaner, and many other products.
The Eco-Egg is a little egg filled with mineral pellets that you place in your washing machine instead of using laundry detergent. It works just as well as laundry detergent to remove dirt from clothes. It lasts for literally hundreds of washes and so saves a lot of money. I use the unscented one which leaves clothes smelling of nothing, just clean clothes, which can actually be much nicer than smelling of artificial scents that are in many detergents. It even works great for cloth nappies! It’s great for the environment as there is so little waste and the egg can be refilled with mineral pellets repeatedly and last for years. It’s also great for children and people with sensitive skin. An added bonus is that I’m not always running out of detergent and having to buy more, since I go through a lot of laundry with two kids!
Bio-D are a great range of vegan and cruelty-free cleaning products. They are one of my favourites because they are very affordable. A lot of people think that cruelty-free products are expensive, but Bio-D is really great value. They are usually available in health shops so very easy to find. They work well and are good for sensitive skin.
I also like to use some home made cleaning products using natural ingredients that most people have at home, which is usually cheap, easy and good for the environment. I’ll do a blog post about that in the near future as there are so many great ideas to try.