Eating vegan is fairly straightforward and easy to do: if it's a plant, it ain't an animal, so it's vegan (algae notwithstanding). What's not always clear is where non-food companies sneak animals into their products. Keep in mind that "some [companies] have persisted in inaccurately labeling their products as free of animal ingredients even though it is a fact that honey, lanolin, etc., are animal products. Our advice is always to read the entire label before believing such a statement...
" That's a direct quote from PETA.
Here's another head-scratcher: "No specific laws exist regarding cruelty-free labeling of products, so companies can take liberties. While it is unlikely that a company would put blatantly false information about its animal testing practices on its products, the statements that it does make might not be fully informative and might indeed mislead consumers.
" So, I guess things are handled pretty fast and loose out there.
Years and years ago, I printed out PETA's list of companies that test on animals and systematically removed everything in my house on the list. The energy of the place immediately felt better and I have maintained the practice in every possible circumstance to this day. You can find PETA's list here: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-p ... fault.aspx
Don't forget to dispose of caustic and other nasty household cleaning products at a Hazardous Waste Facility instead of just tossing them in the trash or down the drain.
Even if you only switch a few things out for cruelty-free versions, you'll feel the relief. Try it this month. Call it Vegan Spring Cleaning.