Animal testing practices for household products such as floor cleaner, furniture polish, bleach and window cleaner could soon be banned in the UK.
Testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals has been banned in Britain since 2008, and UK officials have now stated that injecting animals with various products to detect irritation and illness is “unacceptable”. Before the ban goes into effect, there must be guidelines created that determine whether or not something is a “household product.”
Animal testing for household products typically involves rubbing chemicals into their skin and injecting them with high amounts of toxins to determine how they react to it. With technological advancements, UK officials believe there are various ways to check for harmful substances in cleaning products without harming animals or inflicting pain and suffering on them.
Here’s an idea on how to clean your home while guaranteeing you won’t be harming animals in a lab: use baking soda, lemon juice, borax, vinegar and newspapers to clean surfaces, do your laundry and leave windows with a streak-free shine. All-natural, chemical-free ingredients can disinfect and leave your home just as sparkly clean as a vat of bleach.
To clean windows: Spray vinegar on the windows and wipe clean with newspapers.
To disinfect sinks, stoves, countertops and cutting boards: Sprinkle baking soda over the dirty space. Squeeze lemon juice over the baking soda and scrub with a sponge to grind out stains and food, or cut a lemon in half and use it as a scrub, then wipe clean with water and a towel soaked with warm water.
To clean floors: vinegar does the cleaning, and if you’re looking for more than just a spit-shine, some Olive Oil will keep them conditioned, healthy and shiny. Just make sure to wipe it off well; don’t want it to turn into a slip ‘n slide.
To clean toilets: Pour in some vinegar, scrub the sides of the toilet to remove stains, let sit for 20 minutes and flush clean.
See? It’s easy to be green in the home without endangering animals or using harsh products. Many store-bought chemical products say “Danger” and “Poison” on them anyway, so if you wouldn’t let your kids play with them, why put them on the surfaces of your home?