There’s a big assumption out there that natural, cruelty-free cleaning products just don’t work as well as the household brands filled with harsh chemicals.
Ok, ok maybe that was true 10 years ago but these days cruelty-free cleaning brands have perfected their craft and their products don’t have any trouble keeping up.
Not sure why you would give up your old cleaning products for something more natural, with no animal ingredients?
Cleaning your house with harmful chemicals can cause all sorts of issues like skin rashes and eye irritation, or even worse if they’re ingested by our children or pets.
Thankfully, there are some amazing companies out there on a mission to create natural, cruelty-free cleaning products made from plants and minerals that have a better chance of not causing harm to us and our (fur) babies.
As I’ve been on this journey of making everything in my life more natural, I’ve explored some of these vegan cleaning products and have found a few favorites.
Here is a list of my 8 favorite cruelty-free cleaning products that actually work!
Vegan shower cleaner—Method Foaming Bathroom Cleaner
I just discovered this last month and I’m already in love! This cruelty-free bathroom cleaner foams when you spray it and the bubbles get to work on the soap scum even before you start scrubbing, which makes cleaning so much easier. I used to spend 30 minutes using all the strength I had to scrub the shower but this cleaner cuts that in half.
Also, the fact the this cleaner is biodegradable and most of the ingredients are derived from plants or minerals, I also use it to clean my kitchen! If that’s not enough, this stuff smells amazing! It’s got a fresh eucalyptus mint scent that I just love.
Vegan toilet cleaner—Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner
I don’t have a lot of requirements for a toilet bowl cleaner. So long as it gets the grime off the bowl, I’m happy. This cruelty-free toilet cleaner does just that. And as an added bonus all the ingredients are natural and it’s scented with plant-based essential oils.
Vegan window cleaner—Distilled White Vinegar
I love using distilled white vinegar as a cruelty-free option to clean mirrors, glass shower doors, windows, etc. After trying several different brand name cleaners, vinegar was the only one that did not leave streaks! On top of that, I love that it’s only got one ingredient. Though I do like to crack a window or turn on a fan when I use it…this stuff is strong!
Some people even like to use vinegar for most of their cleaning. I tried that for a bit, and adding baking soda for the tough jobs, but found it just required too much elbow grease to get the soap scum out of the shower.
Vegan wood polish—Method Wood for Good Polish
More importantly, I rest easy at night knowing there aren’t harmful chemicals sitting on the wood surface for our cats to accidentally ingest.
Vegan Dishwasher Detergent—Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel
I started using this cruelty-free liquid dishwasher detergent because my old powder detergent kept leaving a residue on the dishes. We no longer have that problem with this gel and the dishes come out clean and shiny!
One thing I’ve noticed switching from powder to gel detergent is that if I fill the dispenser too high (in my case ¾ full or higher) the gel detergent will get stuck in there and not come out. So the dishwasher runs with just water. It may be a fault with my dishwasher or just user error.
Vegan Dish Soap—Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Liquid
There’s a bit of irony in using plants to clean plant foods off your your plate. I love this cruelty-free dish soap because there’s no funny business. It cleans dishes well, with no dyes or fragrances. Just plain soap.
When it comes to cleaning the dishes we eat off, there’s nothing more important than making sure there aren’t any chemicals or residues we might accidentally ingest at our next meal.
Vegan laundry detergent—ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear
This cruelty-free laundry detergent cleans our clothes well, doesn’t irritate our skin, and doesn’t add any potentially irritating fragrance.
Vegan bleach—Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach
Get this: there are only two ingredients in this cruelty-free bleach. TWO! Just water and hydrogen peroxide. And because of that, you don’t get that harsh “bleach” smell. I use this on all my husband’s white undershirts and any stains.
I love using this bleach because I know it’s not going to irritate our skin and I feel safe using it on color clothing.
There are so many quality brands making natural products to clean your home these days. While I’m still exploring cruelty-free brands and new products, these are the ones that I love and use right now.