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A Guide To Cruelty Free Cleaning Products

That’s Tested On Animals?

When going cruelty free something you might not initially think of is your cleaning products. If you take a look under your sink you probably own a lot of animal tested cleaning products without even realising!

It can seem daunting when you keep finding new things that are tested on animals. Trust me, 3 years after making the switch to cruelty free even I’m still finding new things I didn’t know were tested on animals. Thankfully, over the years the information available about cruelty free products has become much more accessible and easier to understand.

Cruelty Free Cleaning Is Easy With Astonish!

When it comes to cleaning products the amount of cruelty free options out there is definitely increasing and they’re also very affordable. A brand you may have heard of is Astonish. They have a product for basically everything you need and I own a lot of their stuff as it’s often found in discount stores such as QD and B&M but you can also pick it up in supermarkets.

A lot of their items are also vegan, and those products are clearly labeled making it super easy to make sure the products you’re buying are vegan whilst knowing they’re also cruelty free. They do everything from oven cleaner to car care to make sure everything is sparkling clean and no animals harmed in the process!

There’s Even More..

As well as Astonish there’s also Seventh Generation (note, they are owned by Unilever so bare that in mind when purchasing) who also make some products with more environmentally friendly packaging. Ecover is another supermarket brand that produce cruelty free and vegan household products. I know there was some dodgy goings on with Ecover disclosing they actually were testing on water fleas. Since then they’ve released a statement saying that they have stopped doing so, therefore it’s up to you whether you want to purchase them now!

Co-op’s own brand of cleaning products are also cruelty free with labeled vegan options. It’s great to see a supermarket recognised by cruelty free international and I’ve heard great things about their products. M&S and Waitrose are also recognised by cruelty free international and both have their own supply of cleaning products.

If none of the above tickle your fancy then you’ve also got: Bio D, Faith in Nature, Splosh, Greenscents, Ecozone, Earth Friendly, Sodasan, EcoLeaf, Ozmo, Algon, Ecoegg, Soap Nuts, Living Naturally and Humble Stuff.

Or Make Your Own?

If you don’t fancy buying cleaning products you can always stick to the trusty bicarb and vinegar mix, it definitely works for fighting limescale that’s for sure! There’s some great homemade cleaning recipes out there for those green fingers, pintrest is actually a great source for finding those!

Anyway, I hope this post has helped show you how many cruelty free cleaning options are out there waiting for you! If you’ve already switched your cleaning to cruelty free then go you! If you’re working on it, then keep going and I hope this post is useful for you!

Stay Clean x


  • abbeylouisarose

    I definitely need to be more conscious about the cleaning products that I buy! I hadn’t actually heard of Astonish before but I’ll certainly be looking out for them in my local supermarket! My Mum uses Ecover most of the time as it’s apparently better for the environment too! Thanks for such an informative post!

    Abbey ๐Ÿฌ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • Rosie

    I didn’t know Co-Ops own brand were cruelty free, I’ll have to check that out. We’ve been using Ecover for about a year now, I hadn’t heard about them testing on water fleas. Why? Why would they want to do that?

    • theethicalevolution

      I can’t remember why off the top of my head but about a year ago they revealed they had been testing on them, they then changed their minds and stopped after all the backlash and rightly so because they’re a great brand especially for the zero waste movement as you can get your old bottles refilled in some places!

  • More Than Greens

    Great post! I’ve been making a big effort to overhaul the cleaning products I use.

    I had no idea about the Ecover scandal! I’ve been using tonnes of their products for a few years now. Dammit! Glad they’ve changed their policy, though.

    Just bought some M&S dish washing liquid this evening as I noticed it was cruelty-free! ๐Ÿ™‚

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