OxiClean (Church & Dwight)

Last Updated: March 5, 2024

How Ethical Is OxiClean (Church & Dwight)?

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Ethical Analysis

Is OxiClean cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below to learn more about OxiClean’s policies.
OxiClean is NOT Cruelty-Free. OxiClean engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
OxiClean does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since OxiClean engages in animal testing in some capacity, we wouldn’t consider any OxiClean products vegan anyways.

OxiClean (Church & Dwight)

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Is OxiClean Cruelty-Free?

☠️ OxiClean is NOT cruelty-free in 2023. OxiClean allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.

OxiClean’s Animal Testing Policy

When asking, does OxiClean test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of OxiClean’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law.

To assess whether brands are cruelty-free, I always start with the company’s official animal testing policy on their website.

However, I couldn’t find OxiClean’s animal testing statement anywhere on its website.

So I reached out to OxiClean to ask for more information about their animal testing policy. More specifically, I wanted to know if they commission or allow others to test, not just their finished products but their ingredients on animals, including when selling in countries that require animal testing (like mainland China).

OxiClean responded by saying,

“In response to you contacting us regarding your concern for the ethical treatment of animals, below is our policy.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is fully committed to ensuring and protecting animal welfare. We use only materials already known to be safe. It is our policy not to test on animals, and we also request that suppliers not test any materials or products on animals, unless required by law or regulation.

We take a detailed and deliberate approach to evaluating our ingredients and products for potential toxic effects from expected sources of exposure. If there is a question about a particular potential toxic effect related to an ingredient, we would look for a substitute ingredient, or conduct testing using a validated alternative (i.e., non-animal) test method such as in vitro and clinical safety studies. All products manufactured and distributed in the U.S. are subject to compliance with local and federal regulations which may require animal safety testing for certain ingredients and product categories. When necessary to conduct such tests to comply with law or regulation, we only select highly qualified contract research facilities that fully comply with animal welfare laws.”

Based on their response, OxiClean has the same animal testing policy as its parent company, Church & Dwight Co., where both state they make an exception to allow their products to be tested on animals to comply with regulations that may require animal testing.

Truly cruelty-free brands will never allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. Cruelty-free companies have a policy where if the law requires them to test on animals then they will refuse to sell their products under those conditions.

For example, some imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by Chinese laws to be tested on animals upon registration. Therefore, truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China in order to remain committed to their no animal testing policy.

Unfortunately, OxiClean states it will allow its products and ingredients to be tested on animals if the law requires it. For those reasons, OxiClean is NOT cruelty-free.

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Is OxiClean Certified Cruelty-Free?

OxiClean is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Since OxiClean is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is substantiating or auditing OxiClean’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is OxiClean Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. OxiClean is owned by Church & Dwight, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2023.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, OxiClean is NOT cruelty-free, and neither is its parent corporation, Church & Dwight.

Does OxiClean Test on Animals?

To wrap up, OxiClean allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law. Therefore, we would NOT consider OxiClean to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, OxiClean is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is OxiClean Vegan?

OxiClean is NOT vegan. OxiClean does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since OxiClean engages in animal testing in some capacity, we wouldn’t consider any OxiClean products vegan anyways.

In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to OxiClean

Looking for a cruelty-free stain remover? Here are some options from cruelty-free brands:

Also, check out our Guide to Cruelty-Free Laundry Products!

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