Unacceptable Ingredients

Certain ingredients are prohibited in order for a cleaning product to meet the specific standards for each level of our Eco-Scale™ rating system.

The Eco-Scale™ rating system we have developed is the first cleaning-products standards of any retailer and the highest standards of any "green cleaners" standards-setting group. Based on audits conducted by a third-party audit agency, household cleaning products are rated red, orange, yellow or green on our Eco-Scale™.

 

Not carried at Whole Foods Market.

These ingredients are unacceptable to the orange tier.

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Blue #1

  • Bronopol

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Hexahydro-1,3,5-Tris (2-hydroxyethyl)-s-triazine

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Nitromethylidyne–trimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Proprietary Stilbenzene Derivative

  • Quaternium-15

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Triclosan

These ingredients are unacceptable to the yellow tier.

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Blue #1

  • Bronopol

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Hexahydro-1,3,5-Tris (2-hydroxyethyl)-s-triazine

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Nitromethylidyne–
    trimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Proprietary Stilbenzene Derivative

  • Quaternium-15

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Triclosan

  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl/Acrylate Crosspolymer

  • Acrylic Polymer P(CAA/NaHSO3)

  • Benzophenone 4

  • Carbomer

  • Cocamide DEA

  • Cocamide MEA

  • Coconut Oil Diethanolamide

  • Coconut Oil Monoethanolamide

  • Dialkylester Ammonium Methosulfate

  • Dicocoethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Dipropyleneglycol Methylether

  • Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate (<0.2%)

  • Fatty Alcohol Propoxylate

  • Fragrance

  • Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclo–
    hexene Carboxyaldehyde

  • Lauramide DEA

  • Methoxymethylbutanol

  • Methylchloroiso–
    thiazolinone

  • Parfum

  • PEG 22 Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer

  • Polyacrylic Acid

  • Polyquaternium- 7

  • Salt of Triethanolamine Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene–
    sulfonate

  • Sodium Polyacrylate

  • Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED)

  • Triethanolamine

These ingredients are unacceptable to the green tier.

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Blue #1

  • Bronopol

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Hexahydro-1,3,5-Tris (2-hydroxyethyl)-s-triazine

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Nitromethylidyne–
    trimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Proprietary Stilbenzene Derivative

  • Quaternium-15

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Triclosan

  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl/Acrylate Crosspolymer

  • Acrylic Polymer P(CAA/NaHSO3)

  • Benzophenone 4

  • Carbomer

  • Cocamide DEA

  • Cocamide MEA

  • Coconut Oil Diethanolamide

  • Coconut Oil Monoethanolamide

  • Dialkylester Ammonium Methosulfate

  • Dicocoethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Dipropyleneglycol Methylether

  • Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate (<0.2%)

  • Fatty Alcohol Propoxylate

  • Fragrance

  • Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclo–
    hexene Carboxyaldehyde

  • Lauramide DEA

  • Methoxymethylbutanol

  • Methylchloroiso–
    thiazolinone

  • Parfum

  • PEG 22 Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer

  • Polyacrylic Acid

  • Polyquaternium- 7

  • Salt of Triethanolamine Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene–
    sulfonate

  • Sodium Polyacrylate

  • Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED)

  • Triethanolamine

  • Alcohol Ethoxylate

  • Ammonium Carboxylic Acid

  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Benzoic Acid

  • Benzyl Alcohol

  • Boric acid/borax

  • Butyl D-glucoside

  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose

  • Carboxymethyl Inulin

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine

  • Dimethicone

  • Disodium Cocoamphodi–
    proprionate

  • Disodium Ethanol Diglycinate

  • Ethoxylated alcohol

  • Ethylene diamine disuccinate

  • Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

  • Hydrous Sodium Lithium Magnesium Silicate

  • Iso-octyl Glucoside

  • Isostearmidopropyl Morpholine Lactate

  • L-aspartic Acid Homopolymer Sodium Salt

  • Lauramido–
    propylamine Oxide

  • Methoxyisopropanol

  • Methyl Cellulose

  • Methylisothiazolinone

  • Methyl Oleate

  • Oleoamfo Polycarboxyglycinate

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Polyaspartic Acid

  • Polymeric Salt

  • Polysorbate 20

  • Propylene glycol

  • Rhamnolipid

  • SD 40B Alcohol

  • Sodium Aluminosilicate

  • Sodium Carboxy methyl Cellulose

  • Sodium Carboxy Methylinuline

  • Sodium Carboxymethyl–
    cellulose

  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate

  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Sodium Perborare

  • Sodium Poly Asparaginate

  • Sodium Propionate

  • Sodium Sesquicarbonate

  • Sodium Sulfate

  • Soya amidoethyl ammonium salt

  • Soy Bean Oil Methyl Ester

  • Tridecyl Stearate

  • Tridecyl Trimellitate

Last Updated April 27, 2011