Let’s face it: leading a cruelty-free life is not all about looking pretty and eating compassionately. You are going to have to get your hands dirty with cleaning. Unless you can afford a maid, in which case you may not have to get dirty but you still have to find quality, cruelty free cleaning products for your maid to use. When Robert and I made the transition to testing-free products years ago, we had no idea what a huge undertaking it would be. We pretty much had to replace every household product because it was made by a huge corporation which performs animal testing (Unilever, Johnson&Johnson, etc) and we had to do a lot of research to find products we could use and were easily found at local stores.
Enter Seventh Generation, a line of household products which are not only cruelty free, but is a corporation which goes out of their way to practice ethical and sustainable missions. Their products are non-toxic and environmentally safe. They are also a company who meet the standards of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) , which includes companies who ensure that animal testing does not occur in their final products or the ingredients they use in their products.
One of my favorite SeventhGen products are the disinfecting wipes. Realizing that Clorox and Lysol wipes were no longer an option for easy cleaning, these wipes have picked up the slack wonderfully. I have a small kitchen, so I like to be able to use just one wipe for quick jobs.
What I really like about these wipes is that they are not saturated with liquid the way most other wipes are. These contain the perfect amount of moisture to do the job, but not drip everywhere. They also have a pleasant smell, not the fake-lemon-alcohol smell that other wipes have. Much of this has to do with the fact that SeventhGen uses natural ingredients such as thyme oil and lemongrass to add fragrance to the wipes. But thyme extract also has the ability to disinfect, which I was not aware of, and if you are curious, read more about it here. The point is, you can achieve a clean home without using harsh artificial chemicals, and these wipes are safe for surfaces which come in contact with food. As for the cleaning ability, I’ve found that they clean grease and oil very well, and are incredibly durable. I pretty much use them everywhere, but I think they excel at cleaning the stove-top and the garbage can lid (which seems to get very dirty very quickly). They really are good, general-use wipes. I’ve had the container of 70 wipes for almost a year and they haven’t dried out, and have obviously lasted quite a while, so even though they cost a little more than name-brand wipes I think they are worth every extra penny. Especially if you have no maid to do the work for you 🙂