When preparing for guests to arrive the first manner of business it a clean house! I am focused on everything vegan hosting related, so I thought it was appropriate to share my favorite products to use while cleaning in preparation for guests.
Yes, we even need to watch out for the cleaning products we use! More often than not, cleaning products aren’t considered vegan because they are tested on animals. This is a sad and unfortunate practice that regulation services must adhere to. We hope that this cruel practice will end soon. However, no need to fret because there are many vegan and cruelty-free cleaning products that are popping up at your local shopping center or online. Making the switch to becoming a vegan household takes some work at first, but in the end you will feel better knowing that your house isn’t contributing to cruel and environmentally damaging lifestyle.
One of the first rules for cleaning products is if it will remove stains! A major stain I always have is a coffee stain on my counter. I just can’t help but spilling it almost every morning!
The first cleaning product we will talk about if a surface cleaner! I love Melaleuca’s all purpose cleaner. I know that there has been some discrepancy on whether or not this company is cruelty-free. I have done a lot of research and feel confident in using their products. Please always do your own research and make sure that you continue to check up on the product as their regulations may change. I also use this cleaner on our floors and they come out feeling squeaky clean!
I have had a hard time finding a good dish soap brand. I required a vegan dish soap that didn’t leave white spots and actually left my pots and pans looking and feeling clean. My favorite product (which is divinely scented) is Meyer Lavender Dish Soap. This product reminds me of the abilities of Dawn dish soap, but without the horrific testing on animals.
The dishwasher is another story. This one was hard to find, because I had the same requirements of clean with no spots. The cruel dish washing soap has it down, but finding a vegan version was a long process until I found Method Dish Washer Tablets and Melaleuca’s Diamond Brite Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. We have harder water because we have a well, which leaves a lot more water stains than we want, but but of these soaps haven’t given us any trouble in that department.
The second product we will talk about is for scrubbing. This one is really simple. All I use is distilled white vinegar with Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda. Why do you need to buy Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda? Answer: Arm and Hammer baking soda is tested on animals. If you are cleaning your tub or toilet, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of baking soda around the area and then poor in about 1/2 a cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam and bring oxygen to the surface making stain or grim come off with a minimal amount of scrubbing. Plus, this mixture is very inexpensive and way better for the environment. You are being three times the conscious user if you use vinegar and cruelty-free baking soda!
Switching my home to a eco-friendly and vegan household was very important. The process has been long with a lot of trial and error, but I am happy with the products I have found so far. I will always keep you updated on new products I find so that we can all live in a better world!