SHARE: Spring Clean With a Conscience

Written by Tiffany Rose

Spring is here, and while there are flowers blooming, ducklings following their mothers, and vegan BBQs on the horizon, it’s also time for the tradition of spring cleaning—ugh.

If you’re like me, cleaning isn’t exactly your idea of fun, but considering that the end result is a house I’d actually feel comfortable entertaining in, I can get a bit excited about the whole process—especially because I know that I’ll be doing it the right way: compassionately.

Given the number of cruelty-free options out there, it’s hard to believe that every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are exploited in archaic and deadly tests for consumer products around the world. Living beings are isolated in barren cages, chemicals are smeared into their eyes or onto their skin, or they’re forced to inhale or swallow massive quantities of harsh substances—among many other barbaric tests—before they’re eventually killed.

We know that these tests are cruel and that superior methods exist—which is why 2,400 companies (and counting) have made the compassionate decision to be cruelty-free.

Here’s the exciting part: As consumers, we get to vote with our dollars. Don’t want animals to be tortured for cleaning products? Don’t buy the ones that use animal tests! Choose cruelty-free products like those listed below, or check to see whether your favorite cleaning-supply companies test on animals.

And don’t stop there: Right click to download this image and upload it to other social media sites to share with friends and family so that they, too, can clean up the compassionate way. Sometimes, all people need is a little nudge in the right direction.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind