Cleaning Products

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Last updated: February 2017



Cleaning Products


We spend about £1 billion a year on cleaning products, with supermarket shelves and kitchen cupboards dominated by products from multinational giants.


However, many of the ethical issues in this industry are often hidden; toxic chemicals, animal testing and the use of palm oil. See our article 'Problem with Palm Oil' which is in our Cosmetics special report.

For detailed information on toxic chemicals, animal testing as well as actions for consumers and DIY methods, click on the links below. 


Toxic Chemicals

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The Toxic Trio

The ingredients found in conventional cleaning products mean that our homes may look clean but may not be healthy.

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Animal Testing

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Hidden Animal Testing in Cleaning Products

It’s usually the ingredients not the ‘finished’ products that are tested on animals. This makes little difference to animal welfare. See which brands get the worst rating for animal testing. 

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DIY Cleaning Kit

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DIY Cleaning Cupboard Essentials

Rather than having a cupboard full of toxic cleaners, you only need a handful of essential ingredients to clean your whole home. 

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Top Tips

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Environmentally Friendly Tips

Discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint indoors and enjoy a toxic-free home.

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Product Guides

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Ethical shopping guides to cleaning products

Ethical scorecards, ranking tables and Best Buts on over 50 companies in 5 different markets. 


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