Much as I'm a huge fan of penny cleaning wizard and Cillit Bang star Barry Scott, I am no fan of companies that test on animals, use animal ingredients or unnecessary amounts of chemicals in their products and unfortunately many cleaning companies do just that.
When the first eco cleaning brands came on the market a few years ago they were really quite expensive and not as available as they are now. Sure, it's great to use a more natural brand, but spending a fiver on a 500ml bottle of washing up liquid is nobody's idea of fun.
Things have changed quite quickly however and there are now many cruelty free and vegan household products that are effective, environmentally and allergy friendly and don't cost the earth.
I may not particularly love cleaning, but I do like Seventh Generation very much. This vegan and cruelty free US brand is widely available in Tesco (brownie point for convenience), have a huge range of products, including natural washing up liquid, surface cleaners, disinfectants, laundry soap, hand soaps and even organic tampons, pads and baby nappies and wipes. The price point is also good, so there's no excuse to buy a harsh, animal testing brand.
Bio D is another favourite. This award winning British brand is Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International certified and its fragrance free products are approved by Allergy UK. Their range is extensive and include everything from laundry liquids and household cleaners to soaps (their lime and aloe vera sanitising liquid hand wash smells so fresh and natural you'll want to drink tequila with it, but that's definitely not advisable). They are stocked in Whole Foods and in lots of health food shops all over the UK, as well as online.
Faith in Nature may be best known for their excellent beauty line, but they have a great range of household products too and lovely hand soaps (the lavender one being a favourite). They can be bought online, in health food shops and in Tesco.
Many supermarkets' own brands of cleaning products are cruelty free too. Aldi doesn't test on animals and are currently working towards obtaining the Leaping Bunny certification. Waitrose's range is cruelty free and vegetarian, The Co-Operative's own line is vegan and Marks and Spencer are Leaping Bunny certified.
Barry Scott's penny wizardry might impress you like it impresses me, but it's certainly not enough to stop me from buying vegan and ethical cleaning products.