How can Household Cleaners Affect Animals? 

Four elements around non-vegan household cleaners can affect pets and wildlife. Some generic cleaners use animal byproducts, some test on animals; others harm the ocean when disposed of. Let’s break down the four main stages of making and consuming a non-vegan house cleaner.


1- Manufacturing and Gathering Ingredients:

Many generic cleaners contain ingredients derived from animals; it might not seem like it at first, but upon further inspection of the back of the bottle, you will realize that ingredients like Caprylic acid or Oleyl alcohols are derived from animals. Some cleaners use alcohol derived from fish or emollients used from animal fats and intestines, although there are many cruelty-free alternatives in nature. 


2- Testing The Products: 

Many cleaners are tested on animals before being released, which indicates that they contain harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals. With today’s technology and knowledge, using animal-derived ingredients for household cleaners is not necessary.


3- Usage and Consuming:

Even if a cleaning product does not go through animal testing, it can still be harmful to pets, as many generic cleaners contain irritants that can affect their fur and breathing. Make sure your household cleaners are safe for humans and pets. Consider cleaning products fumes and residues when choosing a household cleaner.


4- Disposal: 

Disposing of household cleaners can affect soil and ocean life. Product residues can inhibit many sea creatures’ growth and disrupt their cycles, or make soil inhabitable. A 2002 study showed that persistent detergent traces were found in 69% of streams sampled across the USA, and 66% contained disinfectants. Chemical ingredients like Triclosan and phosphates hamper animal development, poison algae, and affect microorganisms in the soil, rendering them ineffective for growing plants. With many healthier alternatives that can biodegrade back into nature when disposed of, house cleaners’ traces and residues’ dangers can be easily avoided and reversed.


How can A Cleaner be Safe for All Creatures?

When using non-toxic, vegan cleaners, you ensure making your house clean and safe for you and all creatures involved. Vegan cleaners are: 
  1. Gathered from plants in a sustainable manner.
  2. Choose home cleaners that are Cruelty-free and certified by PETA
  3. Non-toxic cleaners are a good way to avoid chemical irritants that can cause harm to pets or humans.
  4. Biodegradable, meaning they are derived from nature and will biodegrade back into the ground without leaving any traces that can harm soil or ocean creatures.

All creatures matter and should be kept in mind when picking out household products, ensuring your house’s safety shouldn’t be accountable to others’. With the help of CleanClean, it is easier than ever to switch to green cleaning now.


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