Recently it has come to my attention that some popular fabric softeners are not very animal-friendly. In fact, many of them coat the fibers of your fabrics with rendered animal fat to make them soft. In short, fabric softener is part of the reason horses are being slaughtered in this country.
How Can I Look My Horse In The Eye?
The second I read this article about Downey I stopped using fabric softener and felt guilty that every bottle I’ve ever purchased contributed to the slaughter of horses.
There Are Solutions
Lucky for us, there are vegan options that have no animal involvement in them whatsoever and I say we support the horse crap out of them. Although I don’t know how well they work (none of us really need fabric softener anyway), but they are all reasonably priced enough to take a gamble if you want an alternative.
I tried to find the actual manufacturer’s website and a lot of them offer other laundry and cleaning products. Most of them are chemical-free and biodegradable as well as cruelty-free which makes them better for all of us.
Safe for all washable fabrics, including delicates. Vegetable-based, biodegradable, contains no fragrances, animal by-products, dyes, or other irritants.
Chemical-free, environmentally-friendly and sourced from natural ingredients. It is also highly concentrated to cut down packaging and merchandising transport.
Can be found at many drugstores, target and Amazon. I had trouble finding the fabric softeners on their website, but you can buy them on Amazon.
Contains softening ingredients from plant-derived sources, cotton extract, and natural essential oils for garden fresh fragrance. Earth-friendly, biodegradable formula.
Non-toxic, biodegradable & hypoallergenic, this softener is free of phosphates & optical brighteners. No animal tallow derivatives and no animal testing is used in the making and the product is Kosher-certified.
Based on plant and mineral ingredients and no animal testing is used in the making. The product biodegrades quickly and has a minimal impact on aquatic life.
Contains no phosphates, ammonia, butyl ethers, chlorine bleach, colors or dyes. Softener is 100% Biodegradable and contains only pure essential oils for fragrance.
*I couldn’t find it in their shop, but you can find it at Audrey’s All Natural Shoppe
This line is made of very simple, natural and vegetable-based ingredients. They offer both an unscented version and a lavender version which uses lavender essential oil for fragrance.
This line is made of plant-derived softening elements and they come in a variety of essential oil scented options like basil blue sage and lavender pine. All of the Caldrea products are biodegradable, made from 100% plant-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals.
Ethical and eco-friendly products are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal products. They are classified as vegan and are locally and organically sourced.
These come in a range of fragrances and contain vegetable-derived softening agents and essential oils for natural fragrance. The sheets are also biodegradable.
Made with chlorine-free, unbleached paper, recyclable and made from plant-derived ingredients.
There is something on this list for everyone and many of these products can be found in stores as well as online. Support the good ones, folks.