Costco Kirkland Signature Eco Friendly Cleaners
Posted by Norman F
Last Updated: 3/15/2016
Costco’s Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly – Eco Friendly cleaner made from environmentally friendly ingredients that are biodegradable and biorenewable. Plant based formula, made from bio-renewable resources. No Phosphates or dyes, cruelty free, natural fragrance. Costco Connection has an article on this product in Costco Magazine page 55.
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly fabric softener is also available. It uses biodegradable softening agents.
Costco Kirkland Signature Eco Friendly Cleaner Ingredients
Keep in mind that Costco does not produce items, they private label products made by other companies. Kirkland brand items are manufactured by large companies specializing in the particular area. Costco lists all active agreements. Coconut and palm oils ingredients as well as natural plant oils are used. MSDS documents are tough to get. Calling Costco at 800-774-2678 lead to a recommendation to call their supplier for these products, Huish detergents – Sun Products, at 800-776-6702. You can call them and ask for the MSDS documents.
Costco follows the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) requirement of cleaning agent degrading. Biodegrades 70% in 28 days after functioning.
Costco has stated that “Palm and coconut products are purchased only from certified-sustainable plantations where deforestation and irreversible damage to the ecosystem are forbidden.”
Per the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) or MSDS documents, the Multi Purpose Cleaner has Cocamide DEA (From coconut oil, toxicity) and d-limonene (major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind). They do not indicate how much is present.
The Liquid Dish Detergent has Ethanol. (On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders)
Liquid Laundry Detergent did not list items on its MSDS.
Digging into a product takes a while but can produce some interesting results. At least Costco is moving in the right direction. Using these products rather than old fashion ‘regular’ cleaners is a step in the right direction.
We find it interesting that Costco.com does not sell Kirkland Detergent, but has other companies like Ecos, Seventh Generation, Finish, and Tide.
Don’t forget to wash your clothes in cold water to save money.
Honest Laundry Detergent
In March 2015, Honest Company (Founded by Actress Jessica Alba), makers of Honest Laundry Detergent made news for allegedly using the skin irritating chemical sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS even though they had previously advertised that they would not use it. SLS is used for cleaning and foaming in detergent. Honest quietly dropped the SLS claim on their website, last year after a rival filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General.
The Wall Street Journal in April 2016, had an independent test done, which indicated a significant amount of SLS in the detergent. Honest disputes the claim.
Earth Friendly Products actually makes the liquid laundry detergent for Honest. They also sell products under the Ecos brand name, and list the same ingredients as Honest, yet only Honest says they are free of SLS.
Honest claimed to use Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) instead of SLS. The SCS they used came from Indian company Galaxy Surfactants, Ltd, which also labeled it as SLS. SLS is one component of SCS.
Sounds like Honest was not that honest.
Clorox Green Works Laundry Detergent
Clorox Green Works openly list their ingredients open on their packaging, unlike most other Clorox products:
Water, plant-based cleaning agents (methyl ester sulfonate, alkyl polyglucoside, cocodimethyl amine oxide), glycerine, water softener (sodium citrate), plant-derived soap (oleic acid), enzyme stabilizer (boric acid), natural enzymes, alkalinity builder (sodium hydroxide), fragrance with essential oils, salt, calcium chloride, biodegradable preservative, blue & yellow colorant. Contains no phosphate or bleach.
Their MSDS (Material Safety Document Sheet) document shows several hazardous ingredients and petroleum-derived ingredients. Clorox Green Works products are not perfect, but a step in the green, eco friendly direction. Clorox has wide distribution so they will allow more mainstream customers to access greener cleaning products. We prefer the slightly more green Method ultra concentrated or Seventh Generation products ourselves as they do not have petroleum derived products. What exactly is a natural cleaning product?
Safeway Bright Green Eco-friendly Products
Safeway Bright Green Eco-friendly Products are a new line of products introduced by the supermarket giant that help add to mainstream green product acceptance. Everything from CFL’s to cleaning products to paper products are represented. They try to use naturally derived and biodegradable ingredients wherever possible. While no one agency is certifying green products, they are working with a third-party, Scientific Certification Systems, in their product development and evaluation process.
Additionally Safeway was one of the first major retailers to convert its entire fleet to bio diesel, helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 75,000,000 pounds annually.
It is good to see that the major supermarket chains is embracing green ideals and helping to make these products, mainstream.
Check out our post: Save Money by not buying Organic
Scotch Brite Greener Cleaner Green cleaning products
Scotch Brite Greener Cleaner products are now available. They utilize biodegradable and natural ingredients, instead of metal or landfill clogging ingredients. Another example of mainstream products adopting eco-friendly, green ingredients.
While the new natural fiber non-scratch scour pads do not work as well has the old metal ones, they perform just fine.
Arm & Hammer Line of Essentials
Arm & Hammer has a line of Essentials cleaners that use plant based cleaning formulas, come with refillable spray bottles, and has ingredients that are biodegradable. Plant-based cleaner derived from Coconuts and Palm Kernel Oil and contains other biodegradable eco-sensible cleaners. It contains no harsh ammonia or phosphates. The products contain no ammonia or phosphates, and contains between 20 to 38 percent less chemicals than traditional cleaners in pre-filled 32oz bottles. They use twist on concentrated cleaning cartridges and water you supply, saving on shipping costs. You can register on their web site for coupons. The cleaners cost about $4.
MSDS documents for these cleaners are on their Commercial & Professional Products website. Some interesting facts in the documents for the All Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser:
1) Chemical ingredients are listed at 100% Proprietary, so who know what is in it
2) TOXICITY: This product is expected to be moderately toxic to aquatic animals.
3) BIOACCUMULATION: This product is moderately expected to bioaccumulate.
4) HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS: Toxic gas and oxides of sodium and sulfur.
While I like the concept of this product, I worry about the composition of the cleaner. Their competition is a lot more transparent about ingredients. I think I’ll stick with them.
Be sure to check out our posting on Clorox Green Works Household Cleaner, Method, Seventh Generation.
Alternative Eco Friendly, Green Cleaning products
An easier route we take is buying Planet, Seventh Generation, or Method product from a local grocery store or Amazon. Free shipping and low prices make it easy. These vendors clearly declare ingredients used in their products. No need to lug the heavy items too!
Have you used Costco Kirkland Signature detergents or cleaners? How has your experience been?
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