Supposedly a great eco-friendly detergent, we take a look at the pros and cons of ECOS laundry detergent. Is this laundry soap as gentle and earth-friendly as it claims?
When I was young and needed to wash clothes, I’d take whatever cheap detergent you could give me. However, as I’ve gotten older and become a much more eco-conscious individual, I’m willing to stretch my budget a little in the pursuit of earth friendly products.
And yes, that includes eco laundry detergent.
After learning that many clothes detergents on the market were non-biodegradable and bad for sensitive skin (which I have), I decided to find an earth friendly liquid laundry detergent that I can use at home.
I soon discovered the ECOS Laundry Detergent, so I tried it so I can see for myself if it’s really as eco-friendly as other reviews make it out to be. Here's my review.
The ECOS Liquid Detergent is a plant based earth friendly laundry soap made by an eco-friendly company called ECOS that specializes in plant derived products that are kind to the environment.
The business is a majority women-owned family-run business which has been around for 50+ years. They make all of their earth-friendly products in the USA at 4 facilities, all of which are carbon neutral and run on renewable energy.
One of their most popular earth friendly products, This ECOS detergent uses plant-derived surfactants to wash your garments in a more eco-friendly manner.
They claim that the formula is regularly reviewed by chemists and is pH balanced so it won’t do any major damage to mother Earth.
According to ECOS, you can also use this detergent on all temperatures, and it’s suitable for both colors and whites. Supposedly, this detergent is suitable for your everyday washing needs.
First of all, I have to be very careful with laundry detergents, as I can break out in rashes if I choose something too harsh. Fortunately, this one was perfect for my skin since its formula is very gentle.
It’s also vegan and cruelty-free (it has the leaping bunny logo) and doesn’t contain any parabens, phosphates, or phthalates.
I also liked that this product contains a built-in fabric softener, which made my clothes and my bed linen feel really nice after washing.
Because I wanted to get a second opinion for this review, I asked my uncle to try it out as well. He owns an RV, so he’s often washing his shirts out on the road. As such, he needs to be able to throw away the dirty water once he’s washed his clothes with it.
After he found out that this product is pH balanced and biodegradable, he said that he can now pour out his dirty water without feeling guilty.
Like him, I also don’t have to feel bad about polluting the local greywater facilities, which is great.
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If you’re battling really dirty clothes, this probably won’t do the trick. I found that out because I was wearing a plain white cotton t-shirt to a family barbecue when I accidentally spilled ketchup on myself while eating a hotdog.
I wore a plain white t-shirt to a barbecue. What was I thinking?
I personally also found out that you need to use more liquid than the amount they recommend on the bottle. Using the recommended amount just wasn't enough to clean the clothes and even left a bit of a musty smell.
Certain other products, like the Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent, are also much more concentrated than ECOS, making them more cost-effective for every wash.
Another thing that annoyed me about ECOS was how it washed my bath towels. This stuff is terrible for bath towels — it leaves them very rough and scratchy. Now that’s not what I want to feel after a nice Lush bath.
I noticed a similar effect on my bed sheets — it wasn’t “rough” in the same way, but there was just something less comfortable than unusual when I was trying to get to sleep. I sleep with nothing on, so it definitely was something to do with the sheets.
If you like saving money and don’t want rough/scratchy sheets and towels, consider giving ECOS a miss.
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Although I thought this liquid laundry detergent eco product was good, I’m just one person, so I decided to go looking online to find some other people’s opinions on this eco friendly clothes detergent. Here are some pretty balanced user reviews I found:
While I don't think this detergent gets out really dirty stains, it is a great detergent for ordinary laundry and smells wonderful. It didn't bother my sensitive skin, so I think that it rinses out well too. I will order it again.
Yla, ECOS User
Not great. Smells nice but doesn’t clean that well. Somehow still fades the colors more than other detergents. We will donate the rest. I love the eco friendly style but it needs to work.
Alec P, ECOS User
I buy these because I have chronic UTIs and infections. I also have an intolerance to chemicals. After doing a lot of research on detergent ingredients, I found this to less harmful as many others. However, this product isn't very good for getting any stains out of clothes. Will definitely need to pretreat any stains — even ones which usually wash right out.
When you’re buying an eco-friendly detergent product, there are certain criteria you should look for in the brand:
Most laundry soap (even the “earth friendly” stuff) is super watered down. Truly eco-conscious detergent will be made at a high concentration, producing less waste and allowing you to get more bang for your buck.
The Puracy Natural Detergent is a good example of this — it’s 10 times concentrated, so a small amount goes a long way and saves you money.
Manufacturers should be practising what they preach, and this applies to their packaging too. Ideally, the product bottles should be made from recycled plastic and the bottles themselves should be recyclable.
ECOS bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic and they are also indeed recyclable.
Some products contain chemicals called “stilbenes” which help to make garments look brighter. You’ll often find these in mainstream detergents, but the stilbenes are non-biodegradable and toxic to fish,  so eco-friendly detergents like ECOS do not contain them.
ECOS is undoubtedly a good laundry detergent, but I don’t think it’s the best on the market. In my experience, the Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent is actually better in the long run.
Unlike ECOS and more conventional detergents, it's 10x concentrated, containing 766% more active cleaning ingredients than the leading brand.
You get way more bang for your buck with this one Puracy.
It’s even made in the USA, so you can know you’re supporting US jobs when you buy it.
Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent
So, if you’re looking for a good all-round laundry detergent that’s also eco-friendly, I’d say give the Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent a try for sure.