So who really has a 100% cruelty-free and vegan household? Especially when researchers use any and all-natural herbal, and other ingredients in pharmaceutical development where animal testing is mandatory.
Nearly any chemical component to a product has been tested on animals at some point in time. The only thing cruelty-free about it today is a new manufacturer who is able to skirt around the animal testing requirement somehow with new tests at a cellular level. This is improbable.
3% Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) added to a home vaporizer water for Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide was also probably animal-tested -- 1-3 drops 3% H2O2 to clear the device of mold up to 1 tablespoon Hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer tank to bio-decontaminate the area-- see Wikipedia link for VHP for PPM. It may be a safer alternative than Essential Oils (also used in modern animal tests) diffused around companion animals through pandemic and flu season.
What do we call vegan in the 21st century?
If you are vegan - and you rescue animals and endangered and extirpated species - you know that using baitfish is the easiest way to rescue a sea bird. It's part of life. Is it Vegan to do so? Do we still call ourselves vegan to save animal lives when they require food? Some vegans avoid direct rescue and having companion animals to avoid the argument. So have you actually rescued an animal 1st hand, or are you sparing animal lives through conscientious consumerism? While excluding animals from the capitalist and consumer-based cycle;- it does not mean that all vegan choices are actually saving animals. Like the unemployment rate;- you can remove yourself from the system and no longer count in the numbers. However, the number of animals used still exists. Also, your non-organic 'vegan' food was probably coated with pesticides tested on animals. Check for Pesticides and PFAS toxin arguments.
Where do we draw the line at home during these pandemic times?
Diffusing essential oils during winter months is plant-based and traditional human culture has used oils for tens of thousands of years. Though EOs can impact your companion animal's health negatively as the oils remain in fabrics and on surfaces in your home. Not to mention direct inhalation of the volatile oils is for natural remedies ONLY meant for humans. Try to diffuse and vaporize while everyone is out of the house to decontaminate surfaces during a dog walk, or simply close the area to animal access. While dogs may be less susceptible to some essential oil toxins, this is not true for all animals.
Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide at home:
1. Parts Per Million- do the math for your vaporizer unit. Many swimming pool owners know how to figure out PPM to balance their pool chemicals. So, look it up and learn how to figure it out the correct amount of H2O2 needed. Less than 5 drops of H2O2 are needed to decontaminate microbes from the vaporizer element itself.
"...a concentration of 75 ppm is considered to be "Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health" in humans..." (1)
2. Some fabrics may 'fade' or discolor from the diluted peroxide vapor. It's not a stain lifter here since it literally stays and dries on the fabric surfaces.
3. Vaporized 3% diluted H2O2 may irritate the tissues of animals and kill healthy bacteria if they pass through the vapor; ie., eyes, nose, mouth, or any open wounds (2).
Do your own research. Animals and humans are removed from the room during professional or robot deployed highly concentrated decontamination. Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide has proven use cases for air travel decontamination and in sterilizing equipment and rooms for veterinary use and animal laboratories (3).
If the room is empty, areas can be safely decontaminated with remaining organic produce rinse mix 1:4 ratio H2O2 to H2O. Organic produce shouldn't have pesticides on it in the rinse mix. In a diluted form at home, it offers a secondary use as an anti-microbial and bio-decontamination vaporizer tank mix (not an EO diffuser). Please DYOR and figure out the appropriate ratio and PPM.
Vaporizing H2O2 in a normal vaporizer can be an affordable daily homemade alternative to other sprays, aerosols, oil diffusing, soaps, and chemical solutions that were tested on animals. It costs $1-$3 for a bottle of 3% H2O2, and only a fraction of it is needed in a day with a secondary use rinsing produce. Compared to the daily use of essential oils that can cost well over $2 a day and are single-use.
(1) website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporized_hydrogen_peroxide...(trademarked%20VHP,pass%2Dthrough%20rooms%2C%20and%20even
(2) Ragland NH, Miedel EL, Gomez JM, Engelman RW. Staphylococcus xylosus PCR-validated Decontamination of Murine Individually Ventilated Cage Racks and Air Handling Units by Using 'Active-Closed' Exposure to Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2017 Nov 1;56(6):742-751. PMID: 29256369; PMCID: PMC5710153.
(3) website: https://www.faa.gov/data_research/research/med_humanfacs/oamtechreports/2000s/media/200610.pdf
Shaffstall, Robert & Garner, Robert & Bishop, Joshua & Cameron-Landis, Lora & Eddington, Donald & Hau, Gwen & Spera, Shawn & Mielnik, Thaddeus & Thomas, James. (2006). Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) Decontamination of a Section of a Boeing 747 Cabin. 14.
(4). website: https://www.catanddogfirstaid.com/blog/is-hydrogen-peroxide-safe-for-pets/