Buying the alternative vegan and cruelty-free range of cleaning products definitely offers convenience and mental satisfaction. However, if you’re still on the fence about whether a product you buy is vegan or not, the safest bet is to go for DIY Vegan household cleaners.
One of the most powerful, chemical-free, cruelty-free cleaning products and natural vegan DIY cleaners that’s easily available at minimal cost is white vinegar. Always keep a bottle handy at home and use it for DIY multi-surface cleaner which you can use anywhere you can possibly think of. It has the power to get rid of tough grease and grim from dishes, bad stench from laundry, carpets, and the like, and removing stains that have set in deeply over long.
What’s more, you can actually prepare homemade cleaner with vinegar and baking soda by mixing white vinegar with a dash of baking soda and add some natural essential oils such as tea-tree or eucalyptus. There you have a 100% vegan and cruelty-free household cleaning remedies and DIY antibacterial cleaner for all your home-cleaning needs, prepared right in a jiffy!
Here’s the exact measurement in case you need:
- White vinegar – ¼ – ½ cup
- Baking soda – 2 tbsp
- Eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils – few drops
Transfer all these ingredients into an empty and clean garden-spray bottle and fill it to the top with water. Your very own homemade natural cleaning solution is ready to use anytime, anyplace in the house.
Why Should You Choose Vegan Cleaning Products?
So why the whole hype about going vegan with everyday essentials such as handwash liquid, dishwash soap, laundry powder, or plant-based all-purpose cleaner? Well, the reasons are many but we have a few listed here for your better understanding:
- Plant-based ingredients are always safe to use in a household that has kids and pets, or both. They are free of any toxic chemicals which may be accidentally ingested by either children or pets. You needn’t worry about the same with natural cleaners and can be rest assured of your loved ones’ safety.
- A large number of natural cleaning solutions are biodegradable and eco-friendly commercial cleaning products. This means that they’re 100% safe for the environment. It also means your one step forward towards environment protection so you have all the more reason to feel good and pat your back.
- There are some cleaning agents such as dishwashing detergents which pose a risk to the aquatic eco-system. By choosing a natural and vegan version of the same, you aren’t harming the water life or the environment.
- Conventional dishwashing powders and liquid solutions are filled with chemicals that harm your skin. It gets dry, starts peeling off, or starts reflecting some form of allergic reaction – all a fallout of using chemical-laden dishwash agents. This is particularly a problem if your skin is sensitive. With vegan cleaning products, your hands stay soft and rash-free, just the way you’d like them. Why ruin your beautiful hands just because you want your dishes to sparkle?
List of Non-Vegan Ingredients to Watch Out For
Now that you’re all set on buying vegan household cleaning products, or any other products, you may want to keep an eye out for some of the non-vegan components hidden in the label. They generally sneak their way into the long list of ingredients duly printed and can be hard to find or understand. And, this extends to all your daily use products so check their ingredients before you purchase. Be sure about the products you use like Vaseline – is that vegan? or the cocoa butter – is that vegan?
This is why we’ve listed certain non-vegan ingredients here for your reference for the next time you pick up a cleaner at the grocery store.
- Oleyl Alcohol or Ocenol (derivatives include Oleths, Oleyl Arachidate, Oleyl Imidazoline) – all of which are fish oils
- Fatty acids such as Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Oleic Acid, and Palmitic Acid – they are animal fat
Besides these ingredients, it’s also important to ensure that for a product to be vegan, it must not have been tested on guinea pigs or other small, innocent creatures. This may be determined by checking for certifications from PETA or Leaping Bunny, the two most credible regulatory bodies. You may either search for their logo on the product you pick or browse through the database of these organisations for more information.
Being vegan is a great choice and it can extend beyond your plate, and be a part of your everyday lifestyle including deodorant, cosmetics, shoes for the betterment. For you, for the environment, and for the animals. Restricting it to diet may seem easy because it’s your choice and willpower that drives you all along; however, when you choose to go one step further and make vegan choices in shopping for everyday cleaning agents, it may seem a little tough. The reason: you don’t know what’s in the solution to make your clothes, dishes, or glass stainless and sparkly.