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I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning.
It’s enjoyable doing it every now and again and I love having a clean and tidy house but jesus christ, how needy is my house??
Cleaning products were the last thing I veganised, because I had no idea where to begin. So, what are the best vegan cleaning products?
I want to clean when I want to clean, not when my petty house requires it of me.
That takes all the fun out of it.
Not content with me picking up a duster every seven weeks, it rudely starts getting itself dirty mere SECONDS after I last cleaned.
I am about to reveal myself as the most basic of bitches in the history of basic bitches:
I love Mrs. Hinch.
I know some people hate the volume of toxic fumes she produces, the number of wipes she goes through, but hating on her won’t help.
It’s all about education, people.
Not that I’m about to start educating her, but you know what I mean. Anyhoo.
I’m sure the good people of Instagram will teach her the error of her ways.
Love her or loathe her, she’s done great things for a lot of people.
She’s inspired people with terrible mental health issues to take control of a part of their life which is fundamental to their wellbeing.
That’s worth celebrating.
Oh, and her dog is absolutely gorgeous and sleeps on his own bed on his back like a person. I cry.
My cleaning history
Ah, lol lol lol.
I used to be the epitome of bare minimum cleaning.
Since I have a house rabbit I (and by I, I, of course, mean sometimes me, usually Dave) have to hoover every day (so much damn FUR), and I wash up every day.
I have always been a washer upper. At uni, I used to do all the washing up, regardless of who’s it was, before settling down to watch Loose Women.
It was a simpler time.
Up until a year or so ago, that was basically it. We’d bleach down the bathroom every week but dust and fur etc was left to accumulate and we’d deal with it seasonally (at best).
Mrs. Hinch changed me. How? She likes the same stuff I do: shiny things and things that smell nice.
Also, she tells me how to clean and how often, and reminds of the existence of things like light switches and door frames and lamps. They all need cleaning.
Now I can be seen, every evening, shining my sink until she GLEAMS.
My current cleaning routine
I actually have a cleaning routine page in my bullet journal that I have never, ever used. Not once.
My current routine is extra easy:
- Keep your laundry in (or next to) the washing machine.
Once it’s full, put it on! Obvs this is easy if both you and your partner wear black 84% of the time, but I suppose we’re just lucky.
- Wash, dry and PUT AWAY the washing up EVERY DAY.
So don’t wait until you’ve constructed the Leaning Tower of Dishes to finally tidy them away. I also spray and wipe down my work surfaces, kitchen table and shine my sink afterwards.
- Vacuum every other-ish day.
Only if you need to. We’ve had the rabbit for so long (9 years) that I can’t remember what it’s like not having hay all over the floor.
- Every day
Straighten the throws on the couches + blankets. Hoover up any errant rabbit poo. Make the bed.
- Once a week (Thursday afternoons)
I finish work at 3, so I clean my house from 3-5, carrying my phone in the pouch of my hoodie so I can listen to an audiobook.
I clean all the mirrors, flick the duster along any surfaces and skirting boards, wipe and disinfect my dressing table and the desk in my office, empty the upstairs bins, and bleach the hell out of the bathroom.
Then I vacuum the bedrooms, bathroom, and stairs.
I tidy the living room and kitchen, then mop the kitchen and bathroom floors.
Then I sit down because I’m heady from the fumes.
I live in an old, cold house with a damp bathroom.
Because I’m a bit weird about mould, I squeegee down the shower after every use.
And this isn’t a fancy shower cubicle – it’s an over-bath shower.
The bathroom has a slanted ceiling so I squeegee as much of the ceiling as I can, the tiles, the windows, and the walls if they look a bit wet.
This may seem a bit excessive, but it keeps me happy.
UPDATE: due to a current obsession with house plants, my bathroom is now home to two ferns and a calathea. They love the damp, soak a bit of it up, and look divine. I add a photo of my own when I become less shit at photography.
Vegan and cruelty-free brands
I’ve used Method and the products are fine if a little expensive. I personally don’t find the products powerful enough (I was raised on Flash, so I suppose few things would be).
Having said that, I LOVE the smell of their daily shower cleaner. Actually, I never met a Method product I didn’t absolutely adore the smell of, so if that’s your bag, head over to Tesco now (though prepare to say bah-bye to a lotta cash.
If they’re all you can get access to, most UK supermarket brands are cruelty-free and vegan. Coop definitely is, and their stuff is nice if a little bit vinegary.
My absolutely favourite cleaning brand is Astonish and they sell nigh-on the whole range in my local hardware shop.
The whole range is cruelty free and vegan and so fucking cheap. Like, £1.50 and under for most products.
If you only got one product, I’d recommend the Pine disinfectant spray. You absolutely do not need separate cleaning products for kitchens and bathrooms (though if you want to, go ahead).
Ooo, and Astonish also do laundry detergent. I’ve not used it yet, but it’s currently sat on my kitchen shelf preparing itself to rock my washing machine’s world.
Back to Mrs. Hinch: she uses a Cif stainless steel spray (named Cliff) to shine her sink every day. I was jealous. So jealous. Though obvs not jealous enough to spend money on a product tested on animals.
ASTONISH DO ONE TOO.
Your sink will be so shiny.
I could link you to Astonish since there are loads of places that sell it online, but it’s so much more expensive.
I tend to find the biggest range of their products in smaller, independent hardware stores and those weird shops that sell everything from pick & mix to bird feeders to crafting supplies.
Also, a recommendation from Mrs. Hinch (and my mum, and everyone’s granny) is Zoflora, which is vegan and cruelty-free.
I can distinctly remember, not too long ago, laughing at the existence of a Facebook group dedicated to Zoflora.
I’m one of them now.
I try really hard not to be wasteful in my everyday life and therefore hold myself back from buying every new flavour (??) I see. And yet somehow I’m the proud owner of Twilight Garden, Springtime, Linen Fresh and Lavender Escape. How the fuck did that happen?
Zoflora is a great product though. I keep it (diluted) in a spray bottle and use it to disinfect my work surfaces. It can also be used to mop the floors because the smell of it will scent your house in a very non-cloying way.
(I don’t really like air fresheners, especially in an aerosol, but Zoflora doesn’t bother me. Btw, Astonish do a non-aerosol version of Febreze, if you were after such a product).
Homemade cleaning products
I don’t use homemade cleaning products, for the following reasons:
- I’m too lazy
- Everything will either smell of vinegar or lemon (and probs be a bit sticky)
- Not sure they work
- But mostly am too lazy.
I do, however, use white vinegar to clean out my rabbit’s litter tray, since I have no qualms about poisoning myself and Dave with potentially toxic fumes, but my baby bunny won’t be a part of that. I know some people swear by white vinegar and lemons, but I’m just not a fan. Vinegar smells of vinegar (IMAGINE THAT) and psychologically, I just don’t feel that my house is clean enough.
Also rabbit wee is surprisingly difficult to shift, and a long soak in vinegar is all that will shift it. Those cleaning sprays designed for small animals may be ok to use on guinea pigs and hamster, but not on a rabbit the size of a small dog.
|***this isn’t really to do with cleaning, it’s a note about elderly rabbit care. Isobel is a bit arthritic nowadays and can’t hop into a litter tray anymore. |
We made her a new one using the bottom of her vet carry case which is nearly flush to the floor, but she kept hanging her bum over the edge of it and weeing on the floor.
We picked up some puppy pads and she’s been using them really well. They may not be great for the environment but I’ve justified it by a) not using any kind of wipes, either makeup or cleaning and b) I don’t have kids, for which I’d use nappies.***
So anyway, I don’t make homemade house cleaners, but I will include a few links to ones I’ve decided look good. The criteria I will use to base my assumptions on are as follows: nice blog design and, you know, seems legit.
In the immortal words of the demi-god Maui, you’re welcome.
Ok, so I accidentally just fell down a Pinterest hole. Instead of finding individual blog posts about vegan homemade cleaning products, I’ll just throw down this link which will take you to a lovely lady’s Pinterest board entitled Homemade Vegan Cleaning Products.
And no, it’s not my Pinterest board. Although I might make one similar, and then never make any of the recipes. Why break the Pinterest habit of a lifetime by actually doing any of the things that I pin?
How the hell did a post about cleaning become the easiest 1500 words I’ve ever written? Sure, only a fraction of it was on topic, but still.
Some days words pour from me, like gin into an old lady’s glass, and sometimes I struggle to write the title.
(Actually, I always struggle with the title because I use CoSchedule’s headline analyser and apparently I’m shit at them because it usually takes a good half an hour to get a good one. I got 69 on this one WHEEEEEY).
What am I on about.
I’d better end here.
11 thoughts on “WHAT ARE THE BEST VEGAN CLEANING PRODUCTS (UK)?”
I used to love zoflora but with it killing all marine life or having lasting effects I am searching for alternatives.
It is an issue – the problem is that fish are so sensitive that for something be to be an effective cleaner it will harm marine life – even natural alternatives.
That’s good to know thank you. I noticed wilko have a green cleaning range that says friendly to marine life on the back. So I may have to look more into the possibility it isn’t.
Great blog BTW I am not vegan but try to be environmentally aware.
Fantastic! Loved every bit of this! I’m a Method addict and running my own cleaning business, it’s of paramount importance that I’m using the best ‘green cleaning’ products.
I was looking at Zoflora and other products but I’m set in my ways and a bit ‘old school’ I suppose! I’m weary I guess that I just might get something wrong!
I love Method too, but their products aren’t that easy to find in deepest, darkest North Yorkshire. I totally get it too – if you’re running a business, using products you’re familiar with is definitely the best way to go.
I’ve recently started using ecover products, and they’re really good – the washing up liquid is really good. Astonish (all vegan/cruelty free) has got a zoflora alternative that I want to try once I’ve worked through my stash.
Hi there, loved this read.
I too love Mrs Hinch but I am and have been my whole life and animal lover. I have recently over the last few years started to become more savvy on ecologically matters essentially what we are doing to the plant e.g. waste etc… Currently learning and reading what I can. I am gradually changing my cleaning brands to ensure they are vegan friendly. Finding out that some laundry products contain or are made using animal fats… cows, pigs and HORSE !! I have been an obsessed horse person all my life, own 2 currently. I was shocked!!
I have messaged Mrs H on this matter but I am guessing I am lost in her millions of emails. I do wish she would become a bit more aware of such info. She has the influence to actually do something bigger.
The stuff they put animal products in is so overwhelming at first. I’m still mad about egg, milk, and isinglass in wine and beer. I didn’t know about the horses though. It’s a grim business.
Astonish is totally cruelty free and vegan, and they have a laundry detergent that you can buy online (though instore is cheaper).
In my experience, people can be even more precious about cleaning products than health and beauty/food. Switching to oat milk is doable, and a bit trendy, but giving up Fairy liquid? NEVER.
I’m also frustrated that people with bigger platforms don’t speak up but I do understand (though obvs I wish they would), especially mrs H’s audience.
I imagine that if she EVER posted about animal products in cleaning products she get a LOT of backlash and hate, and you have to be incredibly brave to post something that could potentially lose you thousands of followers overnight.
Unless she really cares (and most non-vegans don’t, since the fats tend to be byproducts from the meat industry), I can’t imagine it would be worth it to her. She’d get too much hate about being privileged, making her fans feel bad for not being able to get hold of vegan stuff, and being a hypocrite since she still eats meat.
People don’t want to know, because it makes them uncomfortable. And when they’re uncomfortable, they lash out.
I also messaged Mrs H on the fabric conditioners using animal fat. I never knew. Total shock. Doesn’t tell you that on the package. Most own brand supermarket products are cruelty free and more affordable than method.
They’ve just started selling the astonish washing machine detergent in my local coop and I’m BUZZING. Normally I have to buy in bulk and it looks like I’m running some sort of money laundering operation (I laughed too much at my own crap joke here).
P. S. Loved your page. Funny and informative. I loathe cleaning but if I’m going to do it I’m doing it with cruelty free and vegan products said me and the dog!
Also the Fabulousa brand is totally Vegan and cruelty free.
Thanks! I can highly recommend getting onboard with the cleaning end of tik tok. I go through phases of loving and loathing cleaning and tik tok is great for inspiring a whole house scrub.