Are all cleaning products vegan? A guide to vegan cleaning
With Veganuary now in full swing, the team here at Nimble Babies has been receiving lots of questions from our lovely customers- about our products, but also about other brands too. We’re huge advocates of living a plant-based lifestyle, and there are lots of ways you can do that, beyond what your daily diet consists off. More often, the challenge of Veganuary goes far beyond the kitchen- or at least the fridge! This week we’re looking at cleaning products, asking why aren’t all cleaning products vegan, and offering some tips on what ingredients to look out for when you’re buying cleaning products in general.
Why do we use plant-based ingredients?
Nimble was born after our founder, Von, realised that most of the cleaning products available on the market were filled with harsh chemicals.
Having just become an uncle, the idea of using these products around his niece filled Von with fear! The rest, as they say, is history- but it’s worth repeating.
Nimble uses plant based ingredients because they are kinder than harsh chemicals- not only for delicate skin (ours and theirs!) but also to the environment. We’re still on a mission to create gentle yet powerful cleaning products, and we’re fiercely proud that of all that we’ve achieved so far.
We simply do not need harsh chemicals that will irritate the skin and then get washed away into our oceans and rivers!
So, why aren’t all cleaning products vegan?
The first question to answer here, is what makes a cleaning product vegan? Being able to read and understand product labels is so important here, especially when you’re looking to live a plant-based lifestyle.
Read our post from last year on how to read labels on cleaning products for more information.
So what is it that makes a cleaning product unsuitable for Veganuary?
Look out for ingredients such as
Carrylic Acid (an oily liquid found in milk),
Tallow (beef or marrow fat),
Lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool).
Check what your brush bristles are made from- are they made using animal hair?
Always look for the Leaping Bunny logo - It's worth mentioning that not all vegan brands will have this certification, so you still need to read the ingredients labels to be sure! For instance, look for any sign of "cruelty-free" or "never tested on animals" (like on our bottles :) ).
It’s also a good idea to make a note of any ingredient names that you don’t recognise and do a quick google search on them. Sometimes they’re listed using chemically derived names, which can be misleading.
So why are these ingredients used in cleaning products?
Sadly, animal derived ingredients and harsh chemicals tend to be cheaper to use and easier to manufacture, therefore brands will continue to use them in order to produce a competitively priced product. The fact is, for as long as consumers continue to buy these products, they will continue to be made. Unless we all make a change, now.
The Veganuary campaign is such an excellent place to start, not only for the foods we eat, but the products we use in and around the home too. So, who’s going the whole way this year, and turning towards a fully plant-based lifestyle in 2022?
Let us know in the comments!