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Plant-Based Cleaning Products: The Best Brands To Know

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Looking to effectively clean your home without harming animals, the planet or your health? Try these plant-based cleaning product brands that clean up in terms of ethics and performance.

To get your home squeaky clean the natural way you can make your own natural cleaning products, using plant-based ingredients, including essential oils and lemons. It’s certainly my favourite way to clean my home.

However, if making your own cleaning products isn’t your idea of fun, then there are a plethora of plant-based cleaning products out there. These effective formulations clean your home without the toxic footprint associated with conventional cleaning products.

However, there are more good reasons to give conventional cleaning products a wide berth. Some conventional cleaning products, such as fabric conditioners, contain animal fat. If you follow a plant-based diet, it follows that you won’t want to clean your home with animal-based ingredients.

Some cleaning products are also tested on animals and other organisms. Thankfully, many vegan cleaning products are available, meaning you can ditch products that are associated with animal cruelty. Here’s all you need to know!

8 Of The Best Plant-Based Cleaning Products To Know

Scrubbing brushes beside a sink with a blue text box that reads the best plant-based cleaning products to try.

Here are eight of the best vegan-friendly and plant-based cleaning products available right now. From refillable products to products in glass packaging, all the way through to plastic-free cleaning tools, such as sponges and cloths.

Use the quick links below to navigate to the sections about each brand, or keep scrolling for the full post:

Spruce

Pink Spruce bottle on kitchen worktop with refills and cloth sitting beside it.

I’m a big fan of Spruce. I tested quite a few just-add water cleaning products, and I found its products came out top when it came to ease of use, effectiveness, and eco-credentials.

Simply take one of its home compostable pouches, and pour the concentrated powder into a 500 ml spray bottle. Add tap water, give it a little shake, and you’re good to go. The effective plant-based formulation leaves your home beautifully clean, while the essential oil-based fragrances leave your home smelling like a spa.

All Spruce products are vegan-certified by the Vegan Society. What’s more, Spruce does not use animal derivatives in any of its formulations. 

Spruce Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Certified vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

♻️ Plastic-free, with home compostable packaging

🌍 Made in the UK

🦧 Palm oil free

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, triclosan, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings

🍏 Biodegradable

πŸ’¦ Concentrated to avoid shipping water.

Buy Spruce plant-based cleaning products from Ethical Superstore, from Β£3.33 per 500 ml refill.


Bide

Bide plant-based cleaning products on green background.

Bide is a cleaning business with a difference. Instead of manufacturing its eco-friendly products in factories, Bide brings the factories to people’s homes.

Here, a network of trained “Home Manufacturers” produce Bide’s cleaning products from their own homes. This enables people who wouldn’t normally be able to access work outside the home, to work in paid employment.

As well as helping people, Bide’s products also help the planet. Its entire range of vegan-friendly and plant-based cleaning products is made using natural, plant-derived ingredients. These keep your home sparkly clean, without the use of dubious ingredients, and aren’t harmful to the marine environment.

Choose between individual products, such as concentrated washing-up liquid, dishwasher powder, laundry powder and toilet cleaning bombs, all packaged in planet-friendly packaging.

Alternatively, you can order a ‘Bide Box’ – an eco-friendly cleaning pack that contains everything you need to clean your whole home in an environmentally conscious way. 

Bide Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

🌍 Made in the UK

🦧 Palm oil free

🍏 Biodegradable

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, triclosan, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings.

πŸ“œ B-Corp Certified

πŸ‘©β€πŸ”§ Supports access to employment for marginalised people

Buy Bide products from Social Supermarket, from Β£2.75.


Wilton London

Bottle of Wilton London eco-friendly cedarwood laundry liquid, made with essential oils, on a marble background next to a wooden scrubbing brush.

Wilton London creates botanically-scented plant-based cleaning products. Here, essential oils take centre stage to give your laundry and home a wonderful, all-natural scent.

As well as smelling good, Wilton London wants to do good. As such, all of its products are designed to be kind to the environment. This means no unnecessary ingredients, such as synthetic dyes are used, and all products are biodegradable.

And, as you would expect from a plant-based product, Wilton London does not test on animals, and the brand is registered with the Vegan Society.

Wilton London does use recycled and recyclable plastic to package its products. As a point of improvement, I’d personally love to see the introduction of a refill scheme to avoid unnecessary plastic waste.

Wilton London Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Certified Vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

🌍 Made in the UK

🍏 Biodegradable

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, triclosan, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings.

πŸ“œ B-Corp & Carbon Neutral Certified

Buy Wilton London products at Ethical Superstore, from Β£3.25.


Bio-D

Box of Bio-D environmentally friendly laundry bleach and bottle of laundry liquid, next to a laundry basket and pile of folded clothes.

There is a ton to love about Bio-D – one of the original eco-friendly cleaning companies. Offering effective environmentally friendly cleaning solutions all around the home since 1989, this made-in-the-UK brand does a lot of good.

Firstly, Bio-D’s entire cleaning range is vegan and cruelty-free. Bio-D also has complete traceability on all the ingredients it uses. This means Bio-D can ensure each and every ingredient used to create its plant-based cleaning products are ethically and sustainably sourced.

What’s also to love is that where plastic packaging is used, it is 100% recycled. And even better than that, most products, including deliciously scented pink grapefruit washing-up liquid, are available at refill stations in zero waste stores nationwide, for a packaging-free solution.

Bio-D Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Certified vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Certified cruelty-free and animal testing free

🌍 Made in the UK

🍏 Biodegradable

πŸ‘ͺ Independent family-owned business

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, triclosan, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings.

🧴 Refillable at shops nationwide

πŸ“œ B-Corp Certified

Browse the Bio-D range at Ethical Superstore or Big Green Smile, with prices starting from Β£2.15.


Ecoleaf

Collection of Ecoleaf cleaning products in kitchen.

Ecoleaf – the cleaning and personal care brand of Suma Wholefoods – offers a wide range of affordable planet-friendly cleaning solutions for almost every corner of the home.

The entire range is derived from plant extracts that are effective, yet non-toxic and safe to use. Every product is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

With manufacturing in the UK, your products don’t travel around the globe to get to you. And what’s more, all of Ecoleaf’s cleaning products are available in bulk from zero-waste shops up and down the country, helping you to reduce your reliance on plastic.

Ecoleaf Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Certified vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Certified cruelty-free and animal testing free

🌍 Made in the UK

🧴 Refillable at shops nationwide, or by buying bulk containers

🏭 Workers cooperative – meaning everyone has equal pay and an equal say

Browse the Ecoleaf range at Ethical Superstore, with prices starting from Β£1.99.


Neat

Neat vegan-friendly cleaning products on bathroom shelf.

Looking for concentrated plant-based cleaning products? Then try Neat. Made in the UK from plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, the concentrated nature of Neat means water isn’t shipped unnecessarily across the UK to get to your door.

Just add the contents of one of Neat’s dinky glass bottles to an empty 500 ml spray bottle, top it up with tap water, and you’re good to go. You’re left with zero plastic waste, just a clean and beautifully smelling home.

With delicious fragrances – including Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang, Mango & Fig, Sage & Mint, Yuzu Tea or Lotus & Seagrass – Neat is a great option if you need scented products to feel like your home is clean.

Neat Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

♻️ Plastic-free

🌍 Made in the UK

🦧 Palm oil free

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings

🍏 Biodegradable

πŸ’¦ Concentrated to avoid shipping water

Find Neat at Ethical Superstore, from Β£2.75.


MOAM Organics

MOAM Organics vegan-friendly washing up liquid and refill pouch.

MOAM Organics is a new British brand using aromatherapy-led essential oils to create deliciously smelling organic and zero-waste laundry care and cleaning products. The stylish refillable aluminium bottles also look great in your kitchen!

When the bottle runs out, don’t bin it. Simply order a refill pouch from MOAM Organics. Whilst the pouch is made of plastic, you can be confident that it won’t end up in landfill. This is because you can send back the empty pouches in the Freepost envelope provided with your order. These will then be fully recycled by MOAM Organics’ recycling partners.

As well as its clever refill system, MOAM Organics has a raft of sustainability credentials. All of its products are vegan and cruelty-free. Meanwhile, products are free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS), parabens, phthalates and phosphates, for a non-toxic clean.

MOAM Organics Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

♻️ Plastic-free bottles, and fully recyclable pouches.

πŸ§ͺ Free from parabens, SLS, SLES, microbeads, phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes and colourings

🌍 Made in the UK

🍏 Biodegradable

Browse the range directly at the MOAM Organics website, with prices starting from Β£6.50. Take 20% off your order with the exclusive discount code MORAL20.


Seep

Flat lay of Seep's natural sponges and cleaning clothes on a navy background.

Finally, whilst we’ve covered cleaning products themselves, you might be thinking what about cleaning tools?

It is easier to find eco-friendly and plant-based cleaning products, but cleaning cloths and sponges are a whole other story. Many of these products are made of plastic and aren’t recyclable at the end of their lives.

Step forward Seep. Seep makes cleaning tools made from natural, plant-based and renewable materials. Once these products reach the end of their lives, Seep says all of these products are either compostable or fully biodegradable. What’s more, none of its products is tested on animals or uses animal products in their manufacturing.

Seep Sustainability Credentials At A Glance

🌿 Vegan and vegetarian-friendly

πŸ‡ Cruelty-free and animal testing free

♻️ Plastic-free

🍏 Compostable and/or biodegradable

πŸ“œ B-Corp & Climate Positive Certified

Buy Seep products directly via the Seep website, via Oxfam Online or via Social Supermarket.

Time to roll up our sleeves and get cleaning the plant-based way!

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2 Comments

  1. What are your thoughts on using Soapnuts in the laundry Wendy? We’ve been using them for a year now and like the lack of residue in the clothes (no conditioners needed) but I’m not really sure about their eco credentials. They do come a long way.

    1. I have not tried Soapnuts Neill, beyond a Soapnuts shampoo bar that I did not like. I keep meaning to give them a go for laundry, and write a little about them. It’s on my to-do list – watch this space!!