Earth Friendly Ecos 2X Ultra All Natural Laundry Detergent Free & Clear - 170 oz. (5 L.)
Earth Friendly Ecos 2X Ultra All Natural Laundry Detergent Free & Clear has the same load yields as their regular ECOS, but does not contain any essential oils for fragrance, nor does it contain any coconut based fabric softener. ECOS Free & Clear is for people with strong sensitivities to fragrance, fabric softeners, or cellulose optical brighteners. The Ph for ECOS Free & Clear is neutral. No coloring is added. Because natural ingredients are used color and consistency may vary. ECOS Free & Clear can be used in front loaders and high efficiency wash machines. ECOS Free & Clear can be used in grey water systems and is septic system safe.
- Phosphate, Formaldehyde and Petrochemical Free
- Safe in All Temperatures
- Kind to Sensitive Skin
- pH Balanced
- Plant-Based, Non-Polluting Ingredients
- Low-Sudsing: Excellent High Efficiency Performance
- Septic Safe- Greywater Safe
- Recyclable Bottle and Cap
Why You Should Choose Earth Friendly
Caustic is a toxic, very corrosive substance that is commonly found in household cleaning products such as laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, and oven cleaners. Caustics are unsafe for the environment, and contact with the substance can have severe health consequences. Cleaning with caustics can result in severe burns through indigestion, inhalation or contact with the eyes and skin. Cause can also contaminate the water supply system, killing precious fish and marine life and making the water unsuitable for use by humans.
Earth Friendly products is dedicated to ensuring that their customers receive 100% natural and safe products. All of their products are completely free from caustics. They hope that their competition will follow their leadership, and the public will soon get only products that are free from caustics.
Earth Friendly Products is dedicated to ensuring that their customers receive 100% natural and safe products. With the recent awareness of the dangers of using 1.4-Dioxane in cleaning products, EFP has worked diligently to carry out its goal of removing the substance from all of its products. There are several health and environmental concerns with using 1.4-Dioxane in cleaning products. First, the substance is a known eye and respiratory tract irritant. It is also suspected of causing damage to the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys. Most significantly, it is a known carcinogen. 1.4-Dioxane also damages the environment by forming contamination plumes in groundwater when released to the environment.
Under California Proposition 65, companies are required to warn consumers on the label if their products contain known carcinogens. In March 2008, the Los Angeles Times came out with a report that several "green" products contained 1.4-Dioxane. Subsequently, in June of 2008, the California Attorney General brought a lawsuit against some of these companies, claiming that they knew for several years that the products contained hazardous levels of 1.4-Dioxane. EFP has taken steps to guarantee to their customers that all of their products are the cleanest in the industry, and free of 1.4-Dioxane. They hope that their competition will follow their leadership, and the public will get only products that are 1.4-Dioxane free.
In the past year, there has been flurry of activity throughout the United States for replacement of Phosphates in cleaning products. Six states (Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington) have already passed legislation banning such products that will go into effect in July 2010. Other states (Massachusetts and Michigan) have brought forward similar proposals. Canada is on the same path, as Manitoba has passed the same ban to go in effect in 2010. As recent articles have shown, continuing to use detergents with Phosphate from just six months would add up to 15,000 lbs. of Phosphates in the Chesapeake Bay alone, an area that has already seen devastating effect that Phosphates have had on its waters.
In the state of Washington, three counties have already eliminated detergents containing Phosphates and replaced them with Wave. Wave is the only neutral, Phosphate-free detergent with pH 7. An even better, third party testing has shown that it works just as well as any detergent, including the leading auto dishwashing detergent containing Phosphates. Earth Friendly Products are 100% natural and free from Phosphates. They hope that their competition will follow their leadership, and the public will soon get only detergents that are free from Phosphates.
Earth Friendly Questions & Answers
Can the consistency and color of ECOS detergent vary and how will this affect my clothing?
As also indicated on their product labels, because they use all natural ingredients, the color and body (thickness of product) of ECOS can vary. However, this does not change the effectiveness of ECOS detergent on fabrics. Regardless of the color and body variation, ECOS will always leave your fabrics clean and smelling fresh!
The Ecos Detergent label indicates that the product is effective in high heat up to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. I wash my clothes in cold or warm water. Can I still use the detergent?
Yes, you can absolutely still use the Ecos Detergent in lower temperatures as it is equally effective in cold or warm water. They indicate on the label that the product works up to 185 degrees since any temperature above that makes the product ineffective.
Are their products safe for pets?
Yes, their products are indeed safe for pets. However, one product that they do not recommend using is the Shower Kleener since, for cats only, the tea tree oil in the product can be harmful if ingested. Other than that, the products are quite safe.
I just bough a bottle of Dishmate home, and I ca't get it to squirt out. Not a drop! What's wrong?
Screw off the lid, remove the liner, replace the lid and squirt to your heart's content.
Can I put my bottle of Dishmate in a soap dispenser and use it as hand soap?
Yes. The Dishmate works wonderfully as a hand soap, body soap, shampoo or even to wash your car!
What do you suggest for mold and mildew in the shower?
They suggest using their Oxo Brite Non-Chlorine Bleach. You can add water to make the product into a paste and apply it to mold/mildew. Leave the paste on for up to 30 minutes and then rinse to remove.
I love using Wave dishwasher detergent, but sometimes my dishes cloud. What can I do about it?
Using Wave Jet Rinse Aid in your glass care dispenser will solve any spotting or clouding, but you may need to run a vinegar rinse through your empty dishwasher. Most manufacturers recommend it twice yearly to clean off hard-water mineral deposits that have a accumulated on the interior of the machine. Just pour a few ounces of white vinegar in each soap dispenser (and the rinse aid dispenser if you'd like), run the washer, and consider your dishwasher hard-water friendly for another six months.
Do you have to do a vinegar rinse each time when using the Wave dishwasher product? Also, what kind of vinegar should I use?
No, you do not need to do a vinegar rinse each time. It is just helpful to do it every month or two to help remove build-up from the use of detergent. You can use white vinegar, and fill each dispenser. They do recommend using the vinegar rinse when first starting to use Wave Dishwashing Detergent.
What would be the best product to use on porous surfaces such as marble and granite?
They would recommend Parsley Plus. It has a neutral pH (meaning it is not acidic), so it will not eat away at the sealant or cause pitting.
Are your ECOS detergents safe for both High Efficiency (HE) machines and standard top-loading machines?
Yes, the ECOS detergents are safe for both types of machines. What differentiates the two types of machines is the amount of detergent used per load. For standard machines, you will need to use up to two ounces of detergent per load. For HE machines, which use less water, only up to one ounce of detergent is needed.
I just purchased the Oxo Brite Non-Chlorine Bleach and have a front-loading machine. How do I use the product in the type of machine I have?
The way to use the Oxo Brite is more dependent on the type of front-loading machine you have. They always recommend going by what the machine's manual advises about where to add bleach. If you use a powder detergent, a scoop of the Oxo Brite can be added to the powder and put in the detergent dispenser. Alternatively, if your front-loader has a bleach dispenser, the Oxo Brite can be placed there. Some machines have a harder time dissolving the Oxo Brite than others. If that is the case with yours, you can add a scoop (or more scoops if needed) of the product to a cup of warm water so that the product dissolves before putting it in the bleach dispenser. They do not recommend keeping any remainder of the mixture for later use but instead dissolving just as much of the Oxo Brite as you will need for one load.
Do their product work as well as mainstream products?
Yes! In comparison tests, Earth Friendly Products work just as well, if not better, than mainstream products, In fact, Earth Friendly Products was recently named as the Readers' Choice for natural cleaning products in Natural Home magazine.
Do your products kill bacteria?
No, their products are not anti-bacterial or sanitizers. They do a great job of cleaning surfaces, but will not kill bacteria.
Who should use Earth Friendly Products?
Earth Friendly Products are designed for everyone and anyone who wants to retain their good health. They contain no carcinogens, are non-toxic and plant-based. Earth Friendly Products are the type of products sought by people who are concerned about reducing the amount of toxins and in their home and the environment, including those sensitive to allergies.
What makes their products Earth Friendly?
Earth Friendly products are non-toxic and plant-based. Their products are free of phosphates, chlorine, petroleum chemicals and a variety of other harmful ingredients. They are 100% biodegradable and the containers are easily recycled.
Some of their labels don't say biodegradable. Does this mean the products aren't?
They all are biodegradable. Look for fine print, at the bottom of the back label. If you don't see it, the product is still and always will remain biodegradable.
Are their products tested on animals?
NO! Earth Friendly Products does not believe in testing on animals or using animal ingredients. Their products are never tested on animals or contain animal byproducts.
Is their laundry detergent gluten-free and casein-free?
Yes, their laundry detergent is gluten-free and casein-free. All of their products are gluten-free except for their Orange Plus Cleaning Towels, which contain wheat germ.
About Earth Friendly
They pledge that their products are environmentally responsible, work well and provide value. They will never test on animals or use animal ingredients. They will conduct business in a socially responsible manner that safeguards the earth.
Their family began by making cleaners for industrial use before Corvettes had fins. When your grandmother was wearing a poodle skirt and drinking a float at the soda fountain, they were earning their first patents. Decades later, when Jimi Hendrix turned rock upside down and played guitar with his teeth, they started their own quiet rebellion. They decided: only cleaners that were plant-based. Only paper that was recycled. Only products not tested on animals, period. Does it sound boring to say they're family owned and operated? Because what it means to them is that it's personal. They've been around, well - seems like forever. They know how to make cleaners that clean, paper goods that work (with 80% post-consumer content, and that's good) detergents that won't harm a fiber of your clothing, and a phosphate-free auto dish soap that won't etch anything. Ever.
Other Things You Should Know
Earth Friendly Products is a "champion" in the eyes of the Environmental Protection Agency and its Safe Detergents Stewardship Initiative, or SDSI. They are committed to the use of safe surfactants (wetting agents in detergent "that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water", as the EPA says). In accordance with SDSI, their products are readily biodegradable, non-toxic, free of phosphates, and have a neutral pH. Because they are plant-based and petroleum-free, their surfactants do not bio-accumulate or mimic human hormones.