So apart from the fact that cruelty free products are not tested on animals and a lot of them do not contain animal ingredients. The companies which care about the animals also care about the health impact on people and the environmental impact.
The regular bath and body products, soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, household cleaners, laundry and dish cleaners and so on.. contain carcinogens, irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors, and other hazardous materials which can affect you and your body and the kids in all sorts of ways. The parabens, sulfates, phosphates are carcinogenic to humans and eventually end up in oceans polluting and poisoning them.
Here are some examples of daily products and carcinogens in them http://www.wikicancer.org/page/The+list+of+carcinogens
Here is a list of all possible hazardous materials http://www.preventcancer.com/press/pdfs/hazardous.pdf
Here's how to make you own green and non toxic cleaning kit http://www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit.html#
There are many more detailed articles on the web about what toxins affect your health in which way. Look up the ingredients in your current set of products and do a web search!
Finding a safe daily use or household product, which is safe for us, for the environment and is kind to animals(non animal tested) seems like a long research task.. But it is easier than that.. The companies that stick to their policy of being cruelty free, also have policies about ingredients, where they come from and their impact on the people, animals and the environment
The products you pick out from the cruelty free list at Leaping Bunny or PETA are definitely going to have all natural ingredients(some have completely vegan options as well), no parabens, sulfates or other harmful chemicals, containers made with recycled or recyclable materials, non animal tested, certified organic, non genetically modified and so on. Or We can also make our own non toxic house cleaning products !
My earlier posts about Animal testing http://offspaces.blogspot.com/2009/11/animal-testing.html
and Cruelty free options and what we use in this household http://offspaces.blogspot.com/2011/02/cruelty-free-alternatives.html