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#1 Old 05-25-2005, 05:28 AM
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Hi there, I wonder if anyone can help me? I am a very new veggie and I am concerned that the soap and cleaning products that I am using may not be suitable for veggies. What ingedients do I need to avoid in such products? Any help gratefully received!!
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#2 Old 05-25-2005, 05:32 AM
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Wellll there are a lot of animal-derived products with mystery names, so your best bet is to look for products that say "not tested on animals" and "contains no animal ingredients" on the back.



Nature's Gate tends to be a good & popular brand, as is Alba and Tom's of Maine.
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Yeah, I don't even know what, if any, animal ingredients would be in cleaning products. Never really heard anyone express concern over it. You should probably focus on which companies test on animals and try to avoid those. Also find out which products are particularly harmful to the environment.



When it comes to testing Proctor & Gamble is the biggest and you'd probably want to avoid them - many activists boycott P&G. As for environmental impact, I don't really know enough to say.

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Well, there are ingredients to be found in cleaning products (tallow/animal fat for example), but I think the larger issue is with animal testing.



If you do a hunt on VB or Google, you can find some list of animal ingredients, but I think it's easier, as Amy mentioned to just find a good company. Seventh Generation and Earth Friendly Products both make a wide line of vegan cleaning products.



However, you can also get a lot done with ingredients/mixtures you make yourself. Things like vinegar and baking soda. Do you have a certain type of product you're looking to replace?

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#5 Old 05-25-2005, 06:48 AM
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Nature's Gate tends to be a good & popular brand, as is Alba and Tom's of Maine.

I'm a bit down on Tom's right now because of their weaseling in not counting propolis as an animal product.
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Hi there, I wonder if anyone can help me? I am a very new veggie and I am concerned that the soap and cleaning products that I am using may not be suitable for veggies. What ingedients do I need to avoid in such products? Any help gratefully received!!



I agree with everyone else in that you'll probably have better luck looking for products that aren't tested on animals. Here's a list of companies that do/do not test:



http://www.caringconsumer.com/searchcompany.asp
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In terms of cleaning products, the ones that say "contains no animal products" can be quite expensive. I generally clean with vinegar (windows, counters, tables, and toilet surfaces), bleach (toilet bowl) and baking soda (shower), all of which I believe are vegan.
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I like 7th generation for cleaning products, they generally work the best of the vegan stuff I have access to.
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