Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites

Did you happen to see my post on vegan and cruelty free beauty favorites? This is a similar post, but these are just a couple of our most used and favorite products. It’s really getting quite a lot easier to find recycled, and/or environmentally friendly household cleaners, and products. It used to be that you could only find these things online, or at a specialty store, but more mainstream grocery stores, and Target are carrying things that I feel good about purchasing.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites
{method: Smarty Dish dishwasher detergent tabs // Eco Nuts: Organic Laundry Detergent // The Honest Co.: Premium Recycled Bath Tissue}

Is it weird to talk about toilet paper on here? Whatever, everyone uses it (well…). We used to use the recycled one from Trader Joe’s, but we didn’t have one nearby, and sometimes you don’t want to buy ALL the toilet paper when making a Trader Joe’s run. People just look at you funny. When I found out that Target started carrying Honest products, I was ecstatic! (you can ask Nick) We also use their paper towels, too. I try not to use paper towels all the time, but sometimes you just need them. I love that it’s affordable, and accessible to everyone! Who doesn’t love Target? Besides my dad, that is.

If you follow the method link, you’ll notice that these tabs don’t get a lot of great reviews. I don’t know who those people are, or what their dishes look like when they go into their dishwasher. I love these! They’re fragrance and dye free, which is a great bonus! I’ve noticed that when we don’t quite get everything clean it’s because something was blocking one of the spray arms or something. These tabs are great. We were having a problem with all of the dry powder actually coming out of the door, and so these are the perfect thing. When the door pops open during the cycle, they fall right out and do their job! I think you can get these at Target as well. We usually remember to buy ours at our local grocery store, or Whole Foods.

Lastly, it’s talk about Eco Nuts. Nick was one who first found these at our local MOM’s store. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical because WHAT IN THE WORLD?! They aren’t even nuts! Eco Nuts are dried berries that grow in the Himalayas. When agitated in water they produce a low-sudsing soap called saponin. They are fragrance free, dye free, organic, non-geo, nut free, and cruelty free. The box we bought will wash at least 100+ loads for only $10! You just put 5 berries in the linen sachet bag that’s included and throw it in the washer with your clothes. And if you accidentally throw them in the dryer, no worries! These work great with our front loading washer. Our clothes always feel and smell fresh, so I’m sold!

What are some of your favorite vegan and cruelty free household items that you use the most?


Review: The Honest Co.

So I’m one of those crazy women who loves cleaning products. Especially cleaning products that are vegan, cruelty free and use natural ingredients instead of a bunch of nasty things that I can’t pronounce. I’ve really taken to using the Buycott App (thanks to my sister-in-law who turned me on to it) to help me make wise choices at the store. I ran into an issue recently with laundry detergent. Every “natural” product I scanned came up with conflicts. Ugh! And I needed something to wash my clothes! After a bit of research and searching the internet, I finally landed on The Honest Company.

I ordered laundry detergent, face and body lotion, dryer cloths (did you know that some mainstream dryer cloths use animal fat?!) and toilet bowl cleaner. While an interesting mix, I was excited to try them all out. Prices and shipping were both very reasonable. And I believe some products may be purchased at Whole Foods.

Honest Company

Laundry detergent: I didn’t notice a huge difference, but the scent was nice and my clothes felt soft.

Dryer Cloths: There are 32 cloths in the package, and each can be used 2 times. The interesting thing is that the cloths are damp when you take them out of the package (like a wet wipe). There is still a little bit of static when I take the clothes out of the dryer, but nothing crazy. And I like that nothing in them irritates our skin. (Nick’s skin is very sensitive)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: The scent is very clean smelling – it’s labeled as tea tree eucalyptus. It’s thick enough to coat the bowl and leaves everything super clean and sparkling.

Face and body lotion: Loved this one. At first I was little unsure about the scent, but it dissipates quickly. It absorbs super easily and feels really nice on the skin. I haven’t tried it on my face, but I really enjoy it as a body lotion.

Overall, I would buy all of these products again, and try many of the others they have available. If you’re looking for something new to try that is plant-based, cruelty free, actually gets the job done and makes you feel good about supporting them, I’d give The Honest Company a try!