Switching to Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

cruelty-free cleaning products

Where Can I Find Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products?

Finding cruelty-free cleaning products is becoming increasingly easy. Chances are that your local grocery store and drugstore carry at least one cruelty-free brand. However, it’s important not to rely solely on the claims on the labels. I’ve put together a list of 5 great brands that are not only 100% clearly-free, but also eco-friendly and non-toxic. While you can find cruelty-free products in stores, you might consider shopping for them online. Amazon is by far the best source, offering a huge range of cruelty-free cleaning products at better prices than you find in stores.

5 Brands You Can Trust


dr-bronner-cleaning-products1. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is the most versatile household product you can get. There’s always a bottle of Peppermint Dr. Bronner’s in my shower; it’s gentle enough to use as a body wash, but cleans thoroughly. And it cleans everything: countertops, bathroom tile, floors — it’s effective AND natural. I even use the Lavender scent as dish soap and it keeps my hands smooth. The best thing about this multi-purpose cleaner, apart from being cruelty-free and vegan, is that it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Instead, it uses coconut oil to lather, and it LATHERS. If there’s one cleaning product from this list you should get, it’s a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s. It can be found in health stores as well as Target, but the best price you can get is online. Buy it here from amazon.


clean-attitude-cleaning-products2. Attitude is one of my favorite cruelty-free cleaning product brands, and it’s available at Target, Walgreens, and HEB. What’s good about this brand is the range: they have all the cleaning essentials you need to clean every room, but also laundry detergents and fabric softners, baby care, and personal care items. I recommend the Window & Mirror Cleaner, Daily Shower Cleaner, and Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent if you have sensitive skin. Take advantage of their discounts by stocking up online. Visit their store!


method-cleaning-products3. Method.  is another brand of household cleaning products that’s widely available in stores — and it’s cruelty-free! Their all-purpose surface cleaners, dish soaps, bathroom cleaners, hard floor cleaners, and more, can be found at Target, Safeway, and Kroger. The neat thing about their cleaners is how unique the scents are. I’m a grapefruit junkie myself, so I use their Pink Grapefruit all-purpose cleaner (amazing scent for grapefruit lovers), but you can choose from Ginger Yuzu, Ylang Ylang, Clementine, Honeycrisp Apple, and many more. Pink Grapefruit is the only one that’s really cheap on amazon right now, but you’ll find good prices on the other scents in local stores.


mrs-meyers-cleaning-products4. Mrs Meyer’s, a Leaping Bunny-certified brand, provides dish soap and surface cleaners made with essential oils and mostly naturally-derived ingredients. Scents include Geranium, Basil, Honeysuckle, Sunflower, and even Radish. Their multi-purpose surface concentrate is the best bang for your buck. It’s available at Whole Foods, CVS, and Target, but also on amazon where a huge bottle (7$) will last you a whole year. Give Lemon Verbena a try!


cleanwell-cleaning-products5. CleanWell is another great option. This brand offers household cleaning products that are plant-based as well as hand soaps. Their disinfectant wipes are their best-sellers, and really practical to have around the house or in your purse. Killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria, they’re just as efficient as a toxic cleaner, yet safe enough to use on any surface, including yourself. I use them whenever I want to quickly disinfect something without much effort, and I’m a big fan. I buy mine from amazon here in a 160-pack for just under 12$ — pretty good deal.


Other Cruelty-Free Alternatives

Another way to ensure that your cleaning products are cruelty-free is the DIY way! I’ve used some home-made cleaning products in the past, and they do work just as well. Granted, you’ll need a (preferably natural) soapy liquid if you want to cover every base, such as Dr. Bronner, but the other ingredients you’ll need are simple. Here’s what you need in order to make your own cleaning products:

  • Dish soap, Dr. Bronner, or any gentle pH-neutral cleaner
  • Vinegar (disinfects, deodorizes, descales, degreases)
  • Rubbing alcohol (be sure to get at least 65%)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (removes dirt, brightens)
  • Baking Soda (deodorizes, good for abrasion)
  • Essential oil (for example lavender is anti-mildew)

For window and mirror cleaner, mix 50% water and 50% vinegar.
For counter disinfectant, mix 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol.
For bathroom tile cleaner, mix 50% dish soap and 50% vinegar.
For all-purpose cleaner, add a little bit of dish soap to water.
For a stain remover, mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part dish soap.

There you have it! Non-toxic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free cleaning products that are commonly available, or easy to make yourself at home. I’m hoping these suggestions will help you make the switch to a cruelty-free household! If not, some other cruelty-free brands include: Earth Friendly Products, Ecover, Martha Stewart Clean, Seventh Generation, Nature Clean, Astonish, Bio D, and many more if you take a look at the Leaping Bunny. Don’t forget to share your favorites in the comments!

 

  • https://twitter.com/h0neylem0n emily elizabeth.

    Are rubbing alcohols and peroxides cruelty free? I feel like most are store brand and I don’t know how to check id they’re cruelty free.

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi

      In most cases, yes they are.

      • https://twitter.com/h0neylem0n emily elizabeth.

        Awesome! Thank you so much (:

      • http://www.virtuallyvegan.com/ virtuallyvegan

        Careful, because i don’t think most are. even things like baking soda you don’t just want to buy from arm&hammer, because they aren’t CF/V. Maybe it would be cool if you could do a post on baking sodas, vinegars, alcohols that actually are cruelty-free?

  • Amanda

    Is the Honest Company cruelty free?

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi

      Yes!

  • Pickledmonroe

    Any suggestions for cruelty free laundry detergents/fabric softeners? I’ve recently stopped using Tide and Downy and opted for Caldrea instead. I’ve also tried ECover. I have no plans to go back to Tide or Downy but I have to admit I feel like my laundry smelled fresher with those products

    • http://www.virtuallyvegan.com/ virtuallyvegan

      Try Mrs.Meyers! I’m obsessed (Geranium scent for me, Basil scent for my sister, and Lavender for my mum!)

      • ama13

        Mrs. Meyers sold out to SC Johnson in 2008. While their product line may still be CF, the rest of the company absolutely is not. So by purchasing these products you are still supporting animal testing.

  • http://www.virtuallyvegan.com/ virtuallyvegan

    right on :)

  • http://nailswithnessa.com/ Vanessa

    I’ve recently made the switch to cruelty-free products, but I’m still missing a few items. Are you familiar with the brands NatureZway or Pura Naturals? I can’t seem to find anything on whether they test on animals or not.

  • Jasmine Warner

    What about Puracy? The reviews seem great, they have a limited ingredient list, and are leaping bunny certified with no animal-testing parent company. Plus – they are made in the USA!

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      Yes, Puracy is a great option!

  • Jenny

    Mrs. Meyers has gotten so popular. My non veg friends will point it out to me in their house. Sadly, even if Mrs. Meyers is cruelty free, they are owned by SC Johnson (who is not, by far).

    Most people don’t know this and don’t care to. I have even seen Mrs. Meyers on the Peta website, and now this one, which is usually quite accurate.

    This is a classic example of big company making or buying another brand, and presenting it as something that it is not.

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      I agree, I’m working on updating this post to include more options and make it 100% cruelty-free. :)