Some companies have a dirty secret that they don’t want you to know about. Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires that cosmetics or household products be tested on animals. Yet corporations still torture and kill animals just to profit from cleaning products.

bunnyEven though there are humane and effective alternatives, rabbits are used in skin corrosion tests, in which their backs are shaved and corrosive chemicals are applied to their raw skin and left there for up to two weeks. These chemicals often burn the skin and lead to tissue damage. Rabbits aren’t given any painkillers during this extremely painful test, and afterward, they are typically killed.

rabbit lab draize test

A rabbit is subjected to the painful Draize test.

Bunnies are also tortured in the notorious Draize eye irritancy test, in which dishwashing liquid, drain cleaner, or other substances are dripped into their eyes, often causing redness, swelling, discharge, cloudiness, or blindness. How can these companies expect to get anything clean with all this blood on their hands?!

The good news is that some awesome brands make cleaning supplies that aren’t tested on animals so that you can keep your room clean and your conscience clear. Check out this list of easy-to-find cruelty-free options for the next time you or your parentals need to restock on household products.

Laundry Detergent

Tide DetergentECOS Detergent

These companies are also cruelty-free: Texas Natural Supply, LifeTree, Planet, and Seventh Generation.

Dish Soap

Dawn dish soaphonest dish soap

Here are more cruelty-free options: Earth Friendly Products, The Good Home Co., and Method.

Window Cleaner

WindexDr. Bronner's Magic Soap


These companies are cruelty-free, too: Sun & Earth, Citra Solv, and Allen’s Naturally.

Air Freshener

FebrezeMethod Air Freshener


Here are more cruelty-free options: The Good Home Co., Earthwise, and Sound Earth.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Green Works J.R. Watkins


Here are more cruelty-free options: Planet, Caldrea, and Maidorganic.

Disinfectant Wipes

Clorox wipesSeventh Generation


These companies are cruelty-free, too: Mrs. Meyer’s, Sun & Earth, and Earth Friendly Products.

Bathroom Cleaner

Lysol cleanerMeyer's cleaner

Here are more cruelty-free options: Earth Friendly Products, Nature Clean, and The Good Home Co.


AjaxBar Keepers Friend

These companies are cruelty-free, too: Biokleen, Citra Solv, and Maidorganic.

There are tons more to choose from! To ensure that the only bunnies you’re harming are the dust bunnies under your bed, use peta2’s Beauty Without Bunnies database of cruelty-free companies to check whether a company tests on animals.

Now that you’ve got the dirt on which products to buy, ask your parents for cruelty-free versions and be sure to share this post with your friends so that their homes can be fresh, clean, and cruelty-free, too. 😉

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