July 31, 2008

costco cleans green


I just read about a new product line that looks promising from Costco. They have developed three new cleaning products from their Kirkland brand: laundry detergent, liquid dish soap, and multipurpose cleaner. I have not tried the products myself, but am glad to see an eco-product offering that can reach so many people.

The company says that they developed the products form scratch to use the most environmentally friendly ingredients in addition to using efficient manufacturing and distribution processes. The products use biodegradable cleaning agents and plant-based formulas. They contain no phosphates, dyes, optical brighteners or bleaches and are safe for septic systems and are not tested on animals. However, I personally have not seen the ingredient list or used it myself, so I can not compare it to other products yet. Let me know what you think of them if you try them!

One thing Costco hopes will be a big difference for their products is price. For instance, they say their liquid dish soap will cost 5.4 cents per ounce (compared to 13-36 cents per ounce at most groceries and natural stores).

I hope the products are as good as they claim to be. I think Costco has lots of potential to help bring eco products mainstream. Going green should be something everyone can find easy and affordable to do.

20 comments:

Mary Beth said...

This is very exciting. I make my own natural cleaner, but will definitely check out the laundry detergent and dish soap.

Kimberly said...

Thanks for the post about these new products. I know that Costco has had an environmentally friendly laundry detergent for a while now but it was under a different brand I think. In any case, I'm going to check these out today when I'm at Costco (hopefully my Costco has them in stock) & post about the ingredients and such on my blog,
AddictedToCostco.com
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msarkin@berkeley.edu said...

I have been trying to find a hypoallergenic laundry soap for years, as my kids are very sensitive to harsh chemicals on their clothes. I was happy with the brand of soap that costco carried for awhile called "Eco". However, last trip to costco I tried the new kirkland laundry soap and I was very disappointed. The bottle does not list the ingredients, and it still has enzymes. My son complained about his clothes feeling "scrachy" so I stopped using it. As a mom and a marine biologist, I am skeptical of any "environmentally safe" product that doesn't list the ingredients on the bottle.

IndigoMama said...

I tried the laundry soap, it works well and smells good. I also tried the dish soap and wouldn't recommend it, it smells like cat urine, wierd huh? I thought it did and it was confirmed when my husband walked in to the kitchen and said it smells like cat pee in here. I hope they figure out what the problem is as I was really excited until I used it.

Tamiko said...

I'm very disappointed as well. I grabbed it in a rush and trusted the very short ingredient list. It clearly has more than the "natural lavender scent" listed on the bottle. It leaves me wondering what other ingredients failed to make the list. I guess I should learn not to stray from the the tried and true and honest.

Anonymous said...

Ya I tried it and was disappointed. I am sticking with Gentle Earth products from Canada, they are still the best.

Di said...

Hi there - I just found your blog today and have been reading back through your archives.

I just started using the Kirkland Eco-friendly laundry soap this week, and it's pretty good. I have a toddler, so messes are pretty intense around here from time to time and this stuff works pretty well. I haven't seen the other products yet, but I will give them a try when I need them.

Costco has some great organic deals -- spice blends, vanilla extract, salad greens, milk and eggs. For a brief period they even had organic meat - ground beef and chicken thighs. Those must have been a test market, since I haven't seen them again.

Anonymous said...

We recently bought the eco-friendly dishwasher detergent and it leaves a yucky film all over the dishes. My clear glasses look all cloudy. Yes, I checked to make sure there was plenty of jet dry in there, and there is. We're taking our box of soap back.

Anonymous said...

Not for nothin', Shaklee has been making green products for over 50 years now. They were green before it was cool. As far as cost, it's all so concentrated that you need so little for ANY job. It lasts forever, thereby saving you big money and reducing waste overall. I've tried all the products and love them...so much so that I just started selling them. My daughter has very sensitive skin(eczema) and it's actually getting better since I've started using these products. My sister is a compulsive hand washer and her doctor noticed the difference in her skin. You can see all the ingrediants at Shaklee.com. I don't have a website yet but would be happy to help you. I can be reached at jackiesgreenscene@comcast.net or find someone in your own area at the Shaklee website. It's worth a look. Many reps will let you try the products for free for a week. You really have nothing to lose except chemicals!

Anonymous said...

We have been using this detergent for about 6 weeks and last week I developed a very itchy rash. I’m not completely certain it is the detergent, but it started the day after the cap fell off the detergent when I was starting a load so I got some extra detergent in the wash. I rewashed everything, but this rash will not go away and it is driving me nuts! It appears I have developed a sensitivity. I hope this is the case because the next most likely possibility is an allergy to gluten (wheat).

lindyeyesblue said...

I used the new Costco liqid laundry detergent and within a few days my 20 yr old broke out in a rash all over her face..The total list of ingredients are not there and I cant seem to get an answer. Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Acetate, are 2 ingredients that can cause severe reactions.

lindyeyesblue said...

I used the new Costco liqid laundry detergent and within a few days my 20 yr old broke out in a rash all over her face..The total list of ingredients are not there and I cant seem to get an answer. Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Acetate, are 2 ingredients that can cause severe reactions.

Anonymous said...

We switched to the laundry soap and now my wife can't stop itching! The only change we made that week was this, so we're pretty sure. It's not dry skin as drinking tons of water and using lotion didn't help. The only thing you can do is switch back to Tide. Obviously some ingredients are missing...

Anonymous said...

I think that it’s fantastic that COSTCO is going green however, I’m a fruit lover and from what I understand, COSTCO still uses C02 for their shipments of strawberries from California. That is not going GREEN. Someone should talk to their berry buyers!!!

Richard

Anonymous said...

I am very allergic to the scent of Kirkland Signature Ultra liquid Laundry detergent and cannot find the igredients. I suspect chemicals .

Anonymous said...

I have been using KS "environmentally friendly" fabric softener for about 2 months. No rashes or sneezing which is great, but I was horrified when I went to rinse the measuring cup out...I scraped out about 2 Tbs of foul-smelling goo that looks like Crisco/lard. Forgive me for not having paid attention before this, but the jug has a nice pour spout, so I just drain a little into the cup and add it to my wash all the time. when I decided to deep-clean up my laundry area, I rinsed the cup and found the goo. Now, considering this is labeled as having plant-derived softening ingredients, I can understand some kind of "compost" material left over...but it says it is biodegradable so I am not sure what this messy goo is? Plant starch, probably, but as harmless as that sounds, the thought of my bedding and my child's clothing being coated with this stuff now seems highly unappealing. Going to contact the company and ask what's up! I took a pic and the goo looks like a slug! Eeeew

Betty said...

Yikes! I use the COSTCO laundry detergent and got the worst rash on my face. I would not go away so to the doctor and he said it was a reaction to something use near my face (pillowcase) re-wahing everything and I am on medication to get rid of the rash

Betty Wadler

Anonymous said...

I read many of the post trying to find out if this is a safe detergent for babies. I have been using the the Costco Environmentally Friendly Detergent for over a month and the dish washing soap for at least 6 months. I am not sure if this is a band wagon but I have had no isses with either product. I have sensitive skin and I have always used a enviromentaly freindly detergent because of that. I do switch to a diffrent detergents each time it runs out. Last month I uses All Free. Most people use to much detergents in their wash that may be the issues that you are having. It is a "strong" detergent. Think of Dr Bronner's soap. It is strong so you need to use less. Most plant base detergents are. The point is that you want something that is better for the envireonment and you. So you won't absorb any toxic substances in your body.

lesley said...

I switched from Sunlight Sensitive to the Kirkland Ultra my husband and I both broke out in a huge rash. Mine worse than his and I suffer from eczema. The rash is soo itchy and nothing is calming it down. Do not buy this product.

Anonymous said...

I purchased the Costco Kirkland Free & Clear laundry detergetn, and it took a couple of weeks, but now I have severe rashes all over my face, back chest. I can't get rid of it. I've gone to a dermatologist to get and RX. I never ever had rashes before, and narrowed it down to this detergent!