Amid the coronavirus outbreak, there has been an emphasis on the need to keep clean. While cleaning products are easy to obtain, many of them contain some ingredients that do not agree with vegan lifestyles – lanolin, caprylic acid and oleyl alcohol all derive from animals and are common in cleaning products. Here is a list of vegan-friendly cleaning products that claim to be completely animal and vegan friendly.
From dishwashing, laundry to household care, Ecover provides ethical, mostly natural plant-based products that do not test on animals. All of their cleaners are approved under the Leaping Bunny and they ensure that they are in line with the criteria of the Standard of Compassion for Animals. Ecover also offer a ‘too good to waste’ line which uses ‘25% waste ingredients left over from beer brewing process’ and bottles their products in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic
Zoflora provides disinfectant cleaning products that are vegan and not tested on animals. They’re available in a range of scents like citrus, summer breeze, lavender and rose which give homes “all day freshness” while killing “99.9% of bacteria and viruses”. Whilst Zoflora states that they cannot test the effect of their products on COVID-19, Zoflora has proved effective on a previous strain of coronavirus and they expect it to be effective on the most recent strain also.
Method’s entire line of cleaning products are animal friendly – they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They provide a wide variety of cleaning products like antibacterial sprays, wood floor cleaners and scents. Method’s cleaning products are also pet-friendly – safe to use around your pets. Method is Leaping Bunny certified and have an ethical approach with their recyclable laundry bottles.
- SUN AND EARTH
Made from natural ingredients, Sun and Earth provide a range of glass cleaners, laundry stain removers, hand soaps, floor cleaners and even biodegradable flushable wipes. Though they don’t test on animals, consumers say “they work better than chemically based products”. Sun and Earth also pride themselves with being kosher, phosphate free, dye free and perfume free yet consumers say the natural “citrus scent is wonderful”.
- WILKO VEGAN RANGE
Wilko offer their own eco cleaning range which provides cruelty-free essentials like shower gel, laundry powder, liquid soap and kitchen cleaner spray that “give your brilliant results every time” and leave a pleasant smell in your home. This range is affordable and also “doesn’t cost the earth” due to its eco-friendly nature – their kitchen cleaner is packaged in a 100% recyclable bottle and can also be recycled after use.
It is clear now that with more people concerned with how their cleaning products impact animals and the environment, many brands have taken this on board and now offer vegan products. However, those consumers who want to be extra sure about what goes into their cleaning products can also try home-made cleaning products by mixing ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils like tea tree oil.