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The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

by Suka Junin

Jun 18, 2021

A clean house equals a clear mind and it helps even more knowing that you’re using cruelty-free cleaning products. We’ve broken down our list of trusty ethical products into handy categories for all your cleaning needs. Take a look at what you need to getting the home spick and span!

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All-purpose cleaners

Whether you’re giving your benchtops a wipe or dusting the TV cabinet, a bottle of all-purpose cleaner is an essential item to have in your household.

Method – All-Purpose Cleaner

With Method’s Powergreen® technology in your grasp, grease and grime won’t stand a chance. Their naturally-derived All-Purpose Cleaner is made from corn and coconut, which delivers a strong cleaning punch to break down dirt. You’ll also be treated with a refreshing grapefruit or soothing lavender scent at every non-toxic squirt.

Mrs. Meyer’s – Multi-Surface Concentrate

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Concentrate is the very definition of a multi-purpose cleaner, as it can be used for all non-porous surfaces. This includes countertops, bathrooms, stainless steel, and whatever you want. The packaging is also biodegradable, adding another environmentally-friendly cleaning product for the books. Choose from more than five different scents to suit your liking!

Puracy – Natural Surface Cleaner

Got a bub or pup running around the house? The Natural Surface Cleaner from Puracy is natural, non-toxic, and free from fumes, making it an ideal all-purpose spray to use around all members of the family. Use it to clean the bathroom, high chair or glass, and take full advantage of its true all-purpose abilities.

Seventh Generation – All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

For the time-poor, a quick and effective multi-purpose cleaner is what you need. Seventh Generation’s All-Purpose Natural Cleaner gets to work on any mess in any part of the house, including stainless steel and laminate floors. Additionally, the spray is packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle to reduce the use of plastic.

ECOS – All-Purpose Cleaner

If you think parsley is great, wait until you see what it does as a key ingredient in a cleaner. ECOS’ All-Purpose Cleaner neutralizes odors and cleans up dirt using the multi-functional herb and its antioxidant properties. The brand also sells a refill kit for these sprays, so you can also reduce your plastic consumption.

Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Soap takes all-purpose cleaners to a whole new level. In addition to cleaning the standard countertops, it can also be used to do laundry, mop, or even as a body wash. Made with organic and certified fair-trade ingredients, it’s no wonder this product tops our list of ethical cleaning goods.

Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom might just be the most unfavorable chore of all, as you often deal with strong chemical-smelling products. But, these ethical cleaners might just change your mind.

Method – Antibacterial Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Did you know we go to the bathroom around six to eight times a day? With this in mind, it’s ideal to keep the toilet squeaky clean! Thankfully, Method has you covered with their Antibacterial Toilet Bowl Cleaner, which eliminates bacteria and dirt using non-toxic and natural ingredients. The crisp spearmint fragrance will neutralize any odor in and around your bowl.

Attitude – Nature+TechnologyTM Bathroom Cleaner

Using hypoallergenic plant and mineral-based ingredients such as citric acid, Attitude's Nature+TechnologyTM Bathroom Cleaner is tough on soap scum and grime. Despite its powerful cleaning abilities, it still remains gentle on sensitive skin. Keep your bathroom bacteria-free and smelling good with the included green tea and natural citrus zest.

Seventh Generation – Toilet Bowl Cleaner

The smell of bleach is off-putting for most, but thanks to Seventh Generation, it’s possible to clean your toilet bowl without the unwelcome scent. Their plant-based formula Toilet Bowl Cleaner does the job without chlorine bleach. Instead, its scents made from pure essential oils of cypress and fir, and botanical ingredients.

CleanWell – Botanical Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner

While it’s designed to disinfect and deodorize the bathroom, CleanWell’s Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner is strong enough for messes around the whole house. Use it to clean sinks, tubs, and your toilet seats all without the inclusion of bleach or harsh chemicals. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a refreshing fragrance from the thyme oil, which is responsible for disinfecting.

Method – Daily Shower Spray

While you get clean in the shower, the shower gets dirty with soap scum. Keep your shower fresh with Method’s Daily Shower Spray, which keeps your tiles spotless without the need of hard scrubbing or use of squeegees. With a solution this easy, there’s no excuse to maintain your shower! Plus, the crisp blend of bergamot, citron and eucalyptus mint will have you spraying liberally every chance you get.

Kitchen

With various appliances and surfaces to clean in the kitchen, we’ve gathered the best products for every specific need.

Attitude – Kitchen Cleaner

Sometimes, you need a quick clean in between cooking meals. Attitude has a super effective multi-purpose Kitchen Cleaner that can rid of sticky countertops, greasy exhaust fans, and splashes on the floor. Its ECOLOGO® Certified formula is safe to use on all cooking and dining surfaces!

Method – Heavy Duty Greaser

Grease is easily the kitchen’s number one enemy and you’ll need a reliable ally to tackle it. Method’s Heavy Duty Greaser is one to have on your side – it can handle the grease due to its plant-based Powergreen® technology, while you focus on the cooking instead.

Astonish – Oven and Cookware Cleaner

Ovens may very well be the hardest kitchen appliance to clean, however Astonish’s Oven and Cookware Cleaner can make it a whole lot easier. A simple rub and rinse are all it takes to remove stains from the inside of your oven, as well as your stove.

Puracy – Natural Dish Soap

The last thing you want from washing dishes are rough and dry hands. Without having to use gloves, Puracy’s Natural Dish Soap will leave your hands soft and dishes sparkling, from the blend of coconut and vegetable-based moisturizers. Choose from three different natural scents, which all contains its plant-powered hyper-concentrated formula to wash on various surfaces.

ECOS – Wave Dishwasher Gel

If you prefer to use the dishwasher, there’s also a cruelty-free solution. ECOS’ Wave Dishwasher Gel is compatible with any dishwasher, giving your dishes, glasses, and silverware a sustainable clean with its plant-derived cleaning agents. Additionally, it has a built-in rinse aid to protect against hard water stains.

Surface and floor cleaners

The surfaces that get a lot of traffic will need a good deep clean every now and then. Here’s a roundup of our favorite surface and floor cleaners.

ECOS – Furniture Polish + Cleaner

For a spotless finish, polish your furniture with this product from ECOS. Their Furniture Polish + Cleaner uses safe ingredients like olive fruit oil. This healthy fat makes for healthier wood, leaving your furniture shiny without leaving a sticky residue. Spray this on whenever your home needs a boost of shine.

Attitude – Window & Mirror Cleaner

Foggy mirrors or dull windows can quickly be fixed with a spray and wipe from Attitude’s Window & Mirror Cleaner. Like most of its products, this one contains natural and plant-derived cleansing agents, like saponin. With this in hand, you won’t stress about it leaving streaks in its tracks – you’ll just bask in your shiny and clear windows and mirrors.

Attitude – Floor Cleaner - Tile & Wood

Don’t let your floor build up with dust bunnies – quickly rid of them with Attitude's Nature+TechnologyTM Floor Surface Cleaner. Whether you need a clean in the kitchen or living room, this floor cleaner is there to have you walk around barefoot in confidence, as it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.

Method – Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner

Are you skeptical of the 5-second rule? When you clean your floors with Method’s Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner, you may not be any longer. It smells like lemon ginger, has a no-wax formula, and fully biodegradable. Bonus: the ergonomically-designed nozzle spray can cover your floors in less sweeps to avoid puddling.

Laundry

When it comes to washing your clothes, you’ll want to only use products that are gentle on your skin. Luckily, these laundry goods do just that and are 100% ethical as well.

ECOS – Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

Looking for an all-in-one detergent? ECOS’ Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent is designed to be used on all fabrics – it’s even gentle enough for your delicates. On top of that, the coconut-powered formula removes impurities, brightens whites, and guards colors. It’s also got a built-in fabric softener, so you don’t have to purchase any additional products.

Mrs. Meyer’s – Clean Day Fabric Softener

Made with zero parabens, phthalates, optical brighteners, and artificial colors, the Clean Day Fabric Softener from Mrs. Meyer’s is a must-have staple in your laundry room. This liquid softener is compatible for conventional washing machines, while its biodegradable formula makes it safe to use in high-efficiency washes.

Seventh Generation – Natural Fabric Softener Sheets

Reduce the static in your clothes by adding a fabric softener sheet to your laundry load. Seventh Generation’s Natural Fabric Softener Sheets are the top pick for cruelty-free ones. Made with plant-based ingredients, these sheets will add a renewable touch to your laundry chores. They’re also hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and fragrance-free, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Puracy – Natural Pet Stain and Odor Remover

We understand that messes often happen when you have some furry housemates. Puracy’s Natural Pet Stain and Odor Remover is formulated with a strong mix of plant-based enzymes to aggressively break down proteins in pet accidents. Pungent odor, like cat urine, can also be erased without a trace. With 99.96% natural ingredients, it’s completely safe to use on carpets, bed sheets, towels, and more.

Attitude – Baby Laundry Detergent

Ensure that your baby’s clothes are clean and soft by using detergent that’s specifically designed with their wellbeing in mind. Attitude's Nature+TechnologyTM Baby Laundry Detergent features green tea extract, which is an effective natural antibacterial agent. It’s also sustainable and biodegradable in all aspects, so you won’t have to worry about impacting the environment.

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Suka Junin

Suka is a writer with a passion for creating content around all things makeup, beauty, and skincare. With one article at a time, she’s keen in making a difference through her writing by promoting clean and sustainable living.

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