In addition to cosmetics and personal care products being tested on animals, household cleaning products and their ingredients can also be tested on animals in 2020.
Some of the unnecessary and horrific animal experiments done to test the safety or efficacy of household cleaning products and their ingredients include having chemicals dripped into animals’ eyes, rubbed onto their skin, and forced down their throats.
As consumers, we can vote with our dollars by choosing to only buy cruelty-free cleaning products from brands that don’t test their ingredients or finished products on animals.
Here you will find a list of cruelty-free and vegan cleaning brands that don’t test on animals. In addition, I’ve also noted which cruelty-free brands are also 100% vegan and don’t use any animal-derived ingredients or by-products in any of their product lines.
Note: If you do not support cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals, then please avoid Ecover, Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, and Seventh Generation.
- ✔️ AspenClean – Vegan!
- ✔️ Astonish – Vegan!
- ✔️ ATTITUDE – Vegan!
- ✔️ Biokleen – Vegan!
- ✔️ Better Life – Vegan!
- ✔️ Boulder Clean – Vegan!
- ✔️ CleanClean – Vegan!
- ✔️ CleanWell – Vegan!
- ✔️ Common Good – Vegan!
- ✔️ Dr. Bronner’s
- ✔️ ECOS
- ✔️ Ecover *owned by SC Johnson – Vegan!
- ✔️ Method *owned by SC Johnson – Vegan!
- ✔️ Molly’s Suds
- ✔️ Mrs. Meyer’s *owned by SC Johnson – Vegan!
- ✔️ Nature Clean – Vegan!
- ✔️ Nellie’s – Vegan!
- ✔️ Puracy – Vegan!
- ✔️ Seventh Generation *owned by Unilever – Vegan!
- ✔️ Truce Clean – Vegan!
Brands to Avoid
- 🚫 Arm & Hammer
- 🚫 Bounce
- 🚫 Clorox
- 🚫 Dawn
- 🚫 Downy
- 🚫 Easy-Off
- 🚫 Finish
- 🚫 Gain
- 🚫 Glade
- 🚫 Green Works
- 🚫 Joy
- 🚫 Lysol
- 🚫 Mr. Clean
- 🚫 Oxi Clean
- 🚫 Resolve
- 🚫 Scotch-Brite
- 🚫 Shout
- 🚫 Soft Scrub
- 🚫 Swiffer
- 🚫 Tide
- 🚫 Windex
- 🚫 Zout
Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products
With lots of cruelty-free and vegan household cleaning brands to choose from, I wanted to highlight some of my favorites with a brief description of what’s to love about these cruelty-free brands!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day – Leaping Bunny Certified. Mrs. Meyer’s is cruelty-free, however, they are owned by SC Johnson, a parent corporation that does tests on animals. Mrs. Meyer’s garden-inspired scented, cruelty-free cleaning products are made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day offers a range of vegan cleaning products including household cleaners, dishwashing, laundry, and air fresheners. All of their products never contain ammonia, chlorine, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates.
Better Life – Leaping Bunny Certified. Better Life products are cruelty-free, vegan, natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, safe for waterways and marine line, and packaged in recyclable containers. Better Life has a range of natural cleaning products for general household, kitchen, bathroom, dishwashing, and laundry.
Better Life’s environmentally-friendly cleaners contain plant-derived cleaning agents and natural scents and do not contain alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, ethers, ethoxylates, parabens, petroleum solvents, phosphates, phthalates, sulfates (SLS/SLES), or triclosan.
Method – Leaping Bunny Certified. Method is cruelty-free, however, they are owned by SC Johnson, a parent corporation that does tests on animals. In addition to being cruelty-free and not testing on animals, all of Method’s products are also vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Method’s collection of household cleaning products includes all-purpose, bathroom, floor, glass + surface cleaners, cleaning wipes, as well as dish cleansers and laundry products. Refillable pouches are also available.
Ecover – Leaping Bunny Certified. Ecover is cruelty-free, however, they are owned by SC Johnson, a parent corporation that does tests on animals.
Ecover cleaning products are also vegan and contain naturally-derived ingredients. Ecover offers a cleaner solution for every room in the house including cleaners for the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. Ecover also has a collection of fragrance-free cleaning products that have 0% fragrances and dyes.
Puracy – Leaping Bunny Certified. Founded and based in Austin, Texas, Puracy is a small, family-owned company with a range of award-winning vegan, natural and organic household cleaning products. From general household cleaners, stain removers, carpet and upholstery shampoo, to dishwashing and laundry products… Puracy has it all!
Puracy products do not contain any harsh chemicals, sulfates (SLS, SLES, SCS), triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, MEA, DEA, TEA, chlorine, bleach, petrochemicals, animal by-products, allergens, perfumes, dyes, or caustics.
Nature Clean – Nature Clean is a locally owned company based in Canada and all of their products are manufactured and packaged in Canada too! All of Nature Clean’s household cleaning products are hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and contain naturally-derived and vegan ingredients.
Nature Clean has a collection of vegan and cruelty-free dish soaps, multi-surface, glass and window cleaners, and laundry products.
Seventh Generation – Leaping Bunny Certified. Seventh Generation is cruelty-free, however, they are owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that does tests on animals. Seventh Generation produces effective cleaning products made with renewable plant-based ingredients and the packaging of their products are designed with recycled materials.
Seventh Generation has a great selection of cleaning products including disinfecting cleaners, household cleaners, laundry, and dishwashing.
Note: Seventh Generation does not use any animal-derived ingredients or by-products in their products, however, when asked if all of their products are vegan, they kindly informed me, “Seventh Generation products do not contain any animal ingredients or byproducts. However, our products are not vegan certified. […] Seventh Generation prioritizes the use of plant-derived ingredients over synthetic ingredients. These plant-derived ingredients are derived from feedstocks that are grown using standard agricultural practices including the use of animal-based fertilizers such as manure.”
I appreciate Seventh Generation’s honesty and transparency on the subject of using animal-based fertilizer to obtain their plant-based ingredients. Keep in mind, most fruits and vegetables sold at the grocery stores also use animal-based fertilizer. And by our standards, products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients and by-products are considered vegan in our books. So, we will continue to consider Seventh Generation’s products as vegan in our consumer guides.
Astonish – Leaping Bunny Certified and certified by the Vegan Society. Astonish is a British company with a range of cruelty-free household cleaning products that are not tested on animals or contain any animal ingredients. Astonish has cleaning products for general household, kitchen, bathroom, floor cleaners, dishwashing, laundry, and even for car. All of Astonish products are locally manufactured in the UK, ‘”from idea generation in our laboratory to manufacture and packing, it all happens under one roof.”
AspenClean – Leaping Bunny Certified. AspenClean’s all-natural cleaning products contain organic essential oils and plant-derived and certified natural ingredients. Their products are made in Canada and packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles. AspenClean’s entire product range is also 100% vegan and made without any animal ingredients. They have natural cleaning solutions for your home, kitchen, bathroom, floors, glass, dishwashing, and laundry.
Nellie’s – Leaping Bunny Certified. All Nellie’s products are biodegradable, and their entire line is free of harmful toxins, phosphates and synthetic fragrances. Nellie’s has cleaning solutions for laundry, home, kitchen, and bathroom.
I especially love Nellie’s laundry powders, they’re more concentrated than other detergents where all you need is one tablespoon for each load of laundry. In addition, Nellie’s laundry powders do not contain any fillers and rinse completely clear, leaving nothing behind. No perfumes, no optical brighteners, no solid synthetics.
ATTITUDE – This Canadian company is cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Attitude all-natural cleaning solutions include all-purpose, bathroom, kitchen, floor, window, and dishwashing cleaners, as well as, laundry products.
Dr. Bronner’s – If you just want one household cleaning product that does it all, we highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled bottles. This one bottle can tackle any cleaning task from dishes, mopping, laundry, to surface cleaning.
ECOS – Leaping Bunny Certified. This family-owned and operated company creates plant-powered and cruelty-free cleaning solutions for general household, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, dishwashing, and air fresheners.
Common Good – For low or zero waste cruelty-free and vegan household cleaning products, we recommend Common Good. Their refillable cleaning products are formulated with gentle plant and mineral-based ingredients and scented with 100% pure essential oils.
Common Goods’ range of safe, green, and refillable cleaners including all-purpose, bathroom, and glass cleaners, as well as, laundry and dishwashing soaps.