Ultimate List of Vegan Home Cleaning Products that Work!
So you’ve replaced your coffee creamer with a coconut-based alternative, and you’re finally getting the hang of grilling tofu. But one day, you’re ready to replace your dish soap or all-purpose cleaner, and you’re stuck.
How do you know what products don’t do painful tests on animals?
Does a “cruelty-free” label mean the product is cruelty-free?
Like makeup, it can be difficult to get a straight answer on the cruelty-free status of some household cleaning products.
A bottle that says “never tested on animals” may only pertain to the finished product, with individual ingredients tested on rabbits, mice, or rats or the company could sell overseas, where animal testing is a requirement to enter the market.
It can make the cleaning aisle feel more like a maze.
Don’t fear! There are entire lines of cleaning products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about grabbing any of their products off the shelf or putting them into your online shopping cart.
Let’s take a closer look at these lines.
Vegan Home Cleaning Product Lines
To make things as simple as possible for you, we've first compiled a list of cleaning product lines which should make shopping easy and painless.
If you stick with any one of the lines in the list below, you should have more then enough tools at your disposal to do your daily household chores with a guilt-free conscious.
1. Allen’s Naturally
You can’t talk about vegan-friendly cleaning products without mentioning the entire Allen’s Naturally line. Basically, the original cruelty-free cleaner, Allen’s Naturally has been around since 1979 and is committed to developing safe, gentle cleaners for household and laundry needs.
Method’s entire expansive line of cleaning products is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny certified - no need to read labels on individual products!
Method offers a wide variety of products from antibacterial bathroom spray to squirt & mop cleaner for wood floors, all in fun and refreshing scents like pink grapefruit, spearmint, and cucumber. Some products are available on Amazon, but the widest selection is available at stores like Target (also Target.com) and Lowe’s.
3. Dr. Bronner’s
If you’re looking for a single cleaner to use everywhere in your home, let it be Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner (Amazon). Equally effective in hard or soft, cold or warm water, the Sal Suds cleaner is the perfect option for someone who doesn’t want to think too much about cleaning their home, or doesn’t want a whole cabinet of different cleaning products to go through.
A biodegradable cleaner, Sal Suds is made from pure fir and spruce essential oils, so it has a powerful clean, but is mild and gentle on skin, and safe to use in areas where pets and kids walk, crawl, and play.
To clean any surface, simply dissolve one and a half teaspoons (yes, teaspoons!) in a gallon of water. The small amount needed means a single 32-ounce jug of the stuff will last you a long time.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds gets great reviews online - it leaves no film or residue, and people sing its praises for cleaning tile, hardwood floors, and surfaces. Because Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a main ingredient in Sal Suds, is not harmful to your health, you can even use this cleaner on dishes and laundry.
4. Sun and Earth
Affordable and made from natural ingredients, Sun and Earth cleaning products boast an impressive repertoire of labels. Vegan! Kosher! Cruelty free! Phosphate free! Dye free! Free of dyes, perfumes, synthetics, and UV brighteners! Nothing in there but the good stuff, which is important if you’re looking for a natural cleaner, or if you or a family member has allergies or sensitivities to chemicals in traditional cleaning products.
5. Mrs. Meyers
In addition to their beautifully refreshing hand soaps, Mrs. Meyers offers a line of all-purpose household cleaner, dish detergent, laundry supplies, and bathroom cleaner. Like Method cleaners, Mrs. Meyers is a certified cruelty-free company, and does not test its products or ingredients on animals, nor are any products made with animal-derived ingredients.
Touted by PETA as an excellent alternative to traditional cleaning products, Citra Solv is another line where you can feel good purchasing any of the products in the entire line. Each product harnesses the oil found in orange peels, which leaves your home clean and smelling fresh.
Being able to purchase natural, cruelty-free cleaning products is convenient, but let’s say you’re still not sold. Maybe you’d prefer to go completely DIY with nature’s most potent and efficient cleaner - white vinegar.
Yes, this tart and tangy liquid plays an entirely different role in the cleaning world, and cutting through grease, dissolving mineral deposits, breaking down odors, and removing even set-in stains.
You can combine white vinegar with essential oils like tea-tree or eucalyptus for an unstoppable natural cleaning team - the strength of white vinegar, everyday baking soda, and the sweet scent and anti-microbial properties of these essential oils come together to make the perfect 100% natural and cruelty-free cleaning solution.
To make your cleaning solution at home, combine ¼-½ cup white vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil in an empty spray bottle. Fill the bottle to the top with water and - voila! - you have a handy and effective cleaner for nearly every nook and cranny of your home.
It’s important to note that while this homemade vinegar solution will clean effectively, it won’t kill all germs - of course, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unless you need to disinfect for health reasons, or in the case of bodily fluids like blood or urine, a simple, clean, not sterile, environment will do just fine.
Natural Cleaners in Your Home
Whether you choose a particular line of natural, cruelty-free products, a blend of individual cleaners, or you make your own at home, it’s easy to clean only with goods and solutions that have not been responsible for harming animals.
We learn from the sheer volume of options that plants harness incredible cleaning power, and something doesn’t need to be a harsh chemical or rubbed into the eyes of small animals to be effective.
By harnessing the power of things like corn, vinegar, and orange essential oils, you can still keep a clean, fresh-smelling home without having to purchase items that are against your values.