Are you still using these 12 cleaning products that are tested on animals?

In March 2013 the EU banned the sale of cosmetic products that were developed using animal testing. But no such legislation exists for household products.

Yes, you read that correctly. Animal testing for cleaning products is still perfectly legal in the UK and the rest of Europe.

Testing is carried out through force-feeding, forced inhalation, injection and absorption through the skin.

Don’t chemicals have to be tested to make sure they’re safe for us to use?

Yes, EU legislation requires the testing of new chemicals and re-testing of some substances including Optical Brightening Agents (OBA’s) and enzymes in biological laundry products; anti-microbial cleaning products and air fresheners to name a few.

But here’s the thing- there are lots of ways to perform these tests. For those companies still testing on animals, it is their conscious choice to continue to do so.

Every time we spend money on their products, we are giving them the green light to carry on.

So take a look on your cupboards and see which of these “dirty dozen” products are lurking inside. I will admit that I have bought every single one of these at some point in the past.

Still testing on animals

1.    Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser)
2.    Flash (Procter & Gamble)
3.    Mr Muscle (SC Johnson)
4.    Vanish (Reckitt Benckiser)
5.    Cif (Unilever)
6.    Cillit Bang (Reckitt Benckiser)

Little comfort to the thousands of animals who have died

7.    Comfort (Unilever)
8.    Duck (SC Johnson)
9.    Fairy (Procter & Gamble)
10.    Harpic (Reckitt Benckiser)
11.    Febreze (Procter & Gamble)
12.    Finish (Reckitt Benckiser)

Looking for replacements? Here are a few big brands that are guaranteed cruelty free. That ought to get you started.

Astonish, Co-op, Tesco, Aldi, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose.

Choose products with the Cruelty Free International leaping bunny symbol.

Comment below if you have stopped or plan to stop using these products.

The Secret Cleaner x


  1. Thank you so much for writing this. Cruelty-free is number one on my list, it disgusts me that huge brands with so much money are still testing on animals makes me sick! I am also adding non-toxic to my list as there are so many natural ingredients that do a far better job!


  2. I have some of these brands in my cleaning cupboard. Once they have gone I will 100% be switching to products I KNOWNFOR SURE are NOT tested on animals!!
    I can’t actually believe how ignorant I was to this problem. I take care when buying make up but never thought to check for cleaning products!! Thank you for sharing xx


  3. I am so shocked that so many big companies still test on animals. I have used all of the above products but will certainly now avoid.


  4. I still have fairy to use up as it was a large bottle but will swap as soon as it’s finished.
    It’s been a real eye opener these last months on the cruelty free products.
    Well done !


  5. Thanks for the info. I was shocked to find out the Method and Ecover were bought by SC Johnson. So even though their products are cruelty free the profits are going towards a company that tests on animals.


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