is clorox cruelty-free

Is Clorox Cruelty-Free?

Does Clorox test on animals or sell in China?

is clorox cruelty-free

Clorox has been a household name since 1913. It’s been the go-to cleaning solution for many households for over 100 years. But is Clorox cruelty-free or do they test their products on animals?

For a company to be considered cruelty-free they have to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals
  • Don’t allow others to test on their behalf 
  • Do not sell in a country where animal testing is required. 

After doing a bit of research, I found that Clorox doesn’t meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is not considered to be a cruelty-free parent company. 

Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.

Is Clorox Certified Cruelty-Free?

When researching a brand’s cruelty-free status my first stop is the certified cruelty-free list. There are three organizations that give official certifications to brands around the world; Leaping Bunny, Peta, and Choose Cruelty-Free.

Clorox is not found on any of these organization’s cruelty-free lists. However, they are found on Peta’s list of brands to avoid. 

clorox peta

Does Clorox Test on Animals?

The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. Clorox’s policy can be found in the ‘What We’re Made Of’ section of their website. Here is an excerpt of what it states:

“Clorox does not conduct or ask third parties to conduct on its behalf any animal testing on products or ingredients within the Clorox product portfolio unless that testing is required by law and there is no available alternative. When the law requires such tests, Clorox selects highly qualified contract research facilities that comply with all applicable animal welfare standards. When legal requirements allow alternative methods, including in vitro testing, Clorox will use them. We have brands in our portfolio, such as Burt’s Bees, that ensure none of their products or ingredients are ever subject to animal testing by suppliers or regulatory authorities.”

clorox animal policy

Clorox’s animal testing policy contradicts itself. It states that they do not test on animals. However, they will make an exception if required by a country’s laws. Therefore, Clorox does allow animal testing on their products.

What Brands Does Clorox Own?

Clorox is a multinational company that owns several popular cleaning brands. Below is a list of all the brands owned by them. 

Many people in the cruelty-free community choose to completely boycott any brand owned by a non-cruelty-free parent company. So, I try to provide as much information as possible so that you have the resources to make your own decision. 

So, I’ve indicated which brands are sold in China or are certified cruelty-free. I would err on the side of caution for any of the companies that don’t have additional information.

  • Ayudín
  • Burt’s Bees – PETA CERTIFIED
  • Chux
  • Clorox
  • Ever Clean
  • Formula 409
  • Fresh Step
  • Glad
  • Green Works
  • Liquid Plumr
  • Pine-sol
  • Poett
  • Renew Life Products
  • S.O.S
  • Scoop Away
  • Tilex

Wrap Up: Is Clorox Cruelty-Free?

No, Clorox is not a cruelty-free company. Even though they claim to not test on animals, they will make an exception to satisfy a country’s health authorities. 

Therefore, Clorox is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals. 

However, they do own some Peta certified cruelty-free beauty brands. But the choice is yours on whether you feel comfortable using them.

Now I’d like to hear from you…What are your thoughts about Clorox? Will you boycott them completely or use some of their cruelty-free brands? Please leave your comments below!

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  1. No I will not. I live here in Oakland and really wish they would support cruelty free. Do not sell to countries that test on animals!

    1. Not selling products in countries that test on animals would make many popular brands cruelty-free. Hopefully, that’ll soon change.

  2. Maryann Jacobs says:

    I don’t no why thay got to sell to China thay no that everything thay get will be tested on I don’t think I will be buying any of the Lorie products anymore

    1. I’m sure money has something to do with it. But like you, I will choose alternative brands.

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