Cleaning Vegan (Day 14)

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I. – Anne Gibbons

I hate cleaning. I know, I’m a rare bird. ;p

But as much as I hate cleaning, I love the outcome. It isn’t just improving my family’s state of mind when surfaces are clear, the air seems fresher, and the food crumbs have been banished from the couch. It is also a health issue. If cleanliness is next to G-dliness, as the maxim would have us believe, then germs must be Satan.

When my husband is laid out on the couch during his week off, I’m inclined to believe that this Satan-figure and germs must be in cahoots.

So, I’m revamping and revving up my cleaning efforts. Call it the nesting stage of pregnancy, the Spring air, or the air of desperation, I’m spending today re-evaluating the level of clean in my home.

Is Your Cleaning Vegan?

vegan symbols

Our cleaning routines can be more or less animal friendly, yeah I know how absurd that may sound. But a lot of conventional cleaners are still tested on animals, according to PETA and of course, most are also not safe for you (you’re also an animal) or your pets. If you check out your favorite cleaners, such as Mr. Clean’s Multi-Purpose Spray with the Environmental Working Group’s database, you might come away slightly queasy.

You can purchase products from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Top Green Cleaning Products (it even has a button you can click to check out each product’s animal testing status!).

You can also make your own. Which is the route I prefer, though not exclusively, because I am also concerned over packaging waste.

My Favorite Cleaner Recipes

Of course, you can check out this website’s cleaning recipes page for my Surface Spray (which can also be used as a glass cleaner). This is a page that is always changing. I post my current favorite recipes and procedures, so be sure to check back from time to time. I’ll be adding in the near future my foaming hand soap recipe, my toilet bowl cleaner procedure, and my laundry detergent recipes.

Going Forward

I’m not going to buy any new cleaners that are tested on animals. I will either find a reputable company / product or I will make my own.

How About You?

What has been your experience with vegan cleaning products? Are they easy to find in your area?

Until next time, keep that talk walking!

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