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.

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • 4-Acetylpyridine-N-Oxide

  • 4-Formylphenylboronic Acid

  • Acid Blue 182

  • Alizarin Cyanine Green F

  • Alkyl(C10-16)benzene

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Benzotriazole

  • BHA

  • BHT

  • Blue #1

  • C10-14 Alkyl benzene sulfuric acid

  • Calcium Phosphate

  • Decyl Phenoxybenzenedisulfonic Acid

  • Diethanolamine

  • Disodium Phosphate

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid

  • FD&C colors

  • Formaldehyde

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

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Isonicotinic Acid-n-Oxide

  • Monosodium Phosphate

  • Nitromethylidynetrimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Poly-4-Vinylpyridine-n-Oxide

  • Polymeric Blue Dye

  • Polypropylene terephthalate

  • Propyl Gallate

  • Quaternium-15

  • Sodium Chlorite

  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Tributylphenol polyglycol ether

  • Triclosan

  • Trisodium Phosphate

  • Urea formaldehyde copolymer

These ingredients are unacceptable to the yellow tier.

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • 2-hydroxy-N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-n-methyl Ethanaminium, methyl sulfate, octadecanoate

  • 4-Acetylpyridine-n-Oxide

  • 4-Formylphenylboronic Acid

  • Acid Blue 182 

  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl/Acrylate Crosspolymer

  • Acrylated Copolymer

  • Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer

  • Acrylic Acid

  • Alizarin Cyanine Green F 

  • Alkyl(C10-16)benzene

  • Alkyl(C10-16)benzenesulfonic acid

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Aminoethylethanolamine

  • Aminomethyl propanol

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Benzenesulfonic acid, (1-methylethyl)-, sodium salt

  • Benzophenone 4

  • Benzotriazole

  • BHA

  • BHT

  • Blue #1

  • Butyl carbitol acetate

  • C10-14 Alkyl benzene sulfuric acid

  • C12-18 propoxylated alcohols

  • Calcium Phosphate

  • Carbomer

  • Carmine

  • Cocamide DEA

  • Cocamide MEA

  • Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate

  • Cocoalkyldimethyl Amine Oxides

  • Coconut Oil Diethanolamide

  • Coconut Oil Monoethanolamide

  • Decyl Phenoxybenzenedisulfonic Acid

  • Dialkylester Ammonium Methosulfate

  • Dicocoethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Diethanolamine

  • Diethylene Glycol Butyl Ether

  • Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether

  • Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Dimethyl octadecyllamine

  • Dimethylaminopropyl amine

  • Di-(palm carboxyethyl) hydroxyethyl methyl-ammonium methyl sulfates

  • Dipropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether

  • Dipropylene Glycol Methylether

  • Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate 

  • Disodium Phosphate

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Dodecylbenzene Sulfonic Acid

  • Ethoxylated propoxylated C12-C16 alcohol 

  • Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid

  • Fatty Alcohol Propoxylate

  • FD&C colors

  • Formaldehyde

  • Fragrance

  • Fragrance Oil Blend 

  • Glycol ether butyl ether

  • Glycol ether ethyl ether

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

  • Hydroxyethyl-methyl ammonium methosulphate 

  • Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexene Carboxyaldehyde

  • Hypophosphorus Acid

  • Imitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate 

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Isonicotinic Acid-n-Oxide

  • Lauramide DEA

  • Lauryl Methacrylate

  • Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates

  • Methoxymethylbutanol

  • Methyl anthranilate

  • Methyl bis canola amidoethyl, 2-hydroxyethyl ammonium methylsulfate

  • Methyl bis(soya amidoethyl) 2-hydroxyethyl quaternary ammonium methylsulfate 

  • Methyl Oxirane Polymer with Oxirane Ethoxylated Alcohol 

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

  • Monosodium Phosphate

  • Montan Wax

  • Nitromethylidynetrimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Parfum

  • PEG-22 Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer

  • PEG-300 Monoctyl Ether

  • Perfume

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Poly-4-Vinylpyridine-n-Oxide

  • Polyacrylic Acid

  • Polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether

  • Polyethylene oxide

  • Polymeric Blue Dye

  • Polypropylene terephthalate

  • Polyquaternium- 7

  • Polyvinyl Alcohol

  • Polyvinyl pyrolidone (PVP) 

  • Potassium Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate

  • PPG-4 Laureth/Myreth-5 

  • Propoxylated alcohol

  • Propyl Gallate

  • Quaternium-15

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • Salt of Triethanolamine Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • Silver Chloride

  • Sodium Acrylic acid-maleic anhydride copolymer

  • Sodium Acrylic/Maleic/AMPS/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer

  • Sodium Chlorite

  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate

  • Sodium Ferrocyanide Decahydrate

  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

  • Sodium Monochloroacetate

  • Sodium Petroleum Sulfonate

  • Sodium Polyacrylate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Starch, 2-carboxyethyl 2-methyl-3-oxo-3-[[3-(trimethylammonio)propyl]amino]propyl ether, chloride 

  • Sulfuric Acid

  • Synthetic Fragrance 

  • TEA Oleate

  • tert-Butyl Alcohol

  • Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED)

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Tributylphenol polyglycol ether

  • Triclosan

  • Triethanolamine

  • Tripropylene Glycol Methyl Ether

  • Tripropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether

  • Trisodium Nitrilotriacetic Acid 

  • Trisodium Phosphate

  • Urea formaldehyde copolymer

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  • 1-Decanol

  • 1-Octanol

  • n-[2-[(2-Hydroxyethyl)amino]ethyl] Dodecanamide

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

  • 2-Hydroxy-n,n-bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-n-Methyl Ethanaminium, Methyl Sulfate, Octadecanoate 

  • ((2-Octyldodecyl)oxy) Polydimethylsiloxane

  • 4-Acetylpyridine-n-Oxide

  • 4-Formylphenylboronic Acid

  • Acid Blue 182 

  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl/Acrylate Crosspolymer

  • Acrylated Copolymer

  • Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer

  • Acrylic Acid

  • Alcohol Ethoxylate

  • Alizarin Cyanine Green F 

  • Alkyl(C10-16)benzene

  • Alkyl(C10-16)benzenesulfonic acid

  • Alkyl Polypentoside

  • Alkylphenol ethoxylate

  • Alumina

  • Aminoethylethanolamine

  • Aminomethyl propanol

  • Ammonium Carboxylic Acid

  • Ammonium Hydroxide

  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

  • Benzenesulfonic acid, (1-methylethyl)-, sodium salt

  • Benzisothiazoline

  • Benzoic Acid

  • Benzophenone 4

  • Benzotriazole

  • Benzyl alcohol

  • BHA

  • BHT

  • Blue #1

  • Borax

  • Boric Acid

  • Butyl carbitol acetate

  • Butyl D-glucoside

  • C10-16 Alcohols

  • C10-14 Alkyl benzene sulfuric acid

  • C11-15 Ethoxylated Fatty Alcohol

  • C11-15 Pareth-7

  • C12-18 Ethoxylated Alcohols

  • C12-18 Propoxylated Alcohols

  • C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate 

  • Calcium Phosphate

  • Canola ester quaternary amine

  • Caprylyl Glycol 

  • Carbomer

  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose

  • Carboxymethyl Inulin

  • Carmine

  • Chloropropyltrimethoxysilane

  • Cocamide DEA

  • Cocamide MEA

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine

  • Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine 

  • Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate

  • Cocamidopropylamine oxide

  • Coceth-4 

  • Coceth-7

  • Cocoalkyldimethyl Amine Oxides 

  • Cocobetaine

  • Coconut Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate

  • Coconut methyl ester ethoxylate

  • Coconut Oil Diethanolamide

  • Coconut Oil Monoethanolamide

  • Coco/Sunfloweramidopropyl Betaine

  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

  • Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate

  • Cupric Nitrate

  • o-Cymen-5-ol 

  • Deceth-5 

  • Decyl Phenoxybenzenedisulfonic Acid

  • Dialkylester Ammonium Methosulfate

  • Diamyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

  • Dicocoethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Diethanolamine

  • Diethylene Glycol Butyl Ether

  • Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether

  • Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Dimethicone

  • n,n-Dimethyl-1-Tetradecanamine-n-Oxide 

  • Dimethyl Octadecylamine

  • Dimethylaminopropyl Amine

  • Di-(palm carboxyethyl) hydroxyethyl methyl-ammonium methyl sulfates

  • Dipentaerylthrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate

  • Dipropylene glycol

  • Dipropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether

  • Dipropyleneglycol Methylether

  • Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate

  • Disodium Alphasulfo C12-18 Fatty Acid Salt

  • Disodium Capryloamphodiacetate

  • Disodium Cocoamphodiproprionate

  • Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate

  • Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate 

  • Disodium Ethanol Diglycinate

  • Disodium Iminodiacetate

  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

  • Disodium Phosphate

  • DMDM Hydantoin

  • Dodecylbenzene Sulfonic Acid

  • Emulsifying Wax

  • Ethoxylated Alcohol

  • Ethoxylated Linear Alcohol

  • Ethoxylated Oleyl Alcohol

  • Ethoxylated propoxylated C12-C16 alcohol 

  • Ethyl Acetate

  • Ethyl Glycerin Acetal Levulinate

  • Ethyl Levulinate Glycerol Ketal  

  • Ethylene diamine disuccinate

  • Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid

  • Ethylhexyl Glucoside

  • Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

  • Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate

  • Fatty Alcohol Propoxylate

  • FD&C colors

  • Formaldehyde

  • Formic Acid

  • Fragrance

  • Fragrance Oil Blend 

  • Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides

  • D-Glucopyranose

  • L-Glutamic acid, n,n-diacetic acid tetrasodium salt 

  • Glycol ether butyl ether

  • Glycol ether ethyl ether

  • Glycolic Acid

  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

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

  • Hexyl Glucoside

  • Hexylene Glycol

  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) Blossom Extract

  • Hydroxyethyl-methyl ammonium methosulfate 

  • Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexene Carboxyaldehyde

  • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

  • Hypophosphorus Acid

  • Imitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate 

  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

  • Isonicotinic Acid-n-Oxide

  • Isooctyl Glucoside

  • Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Isopropylamine

  • Isostearic acid 

  • Isostearmidopropyl Morpholine Lactate
  • Lauramide DEA

  • Lauramidopropylamine Oxide

  • Lauramine Oxide

  • Lauramido Amine

  • Lauryl Alcohol Ethoxlylate

  • Lauryl Alkoxylated Alcohol

  • Lauryl Dimethyl Amine
  • Lauryl Ethoxylate

  • Lauryl Methacrylate

  • Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates

  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate  

  • Magnesium Nitrate

  • Methanol

  • Methoxyisopropanol

  • Methoxymethylbutanol

  • Methyl anthranilate

  • Methyl bis(canola amidoethyl) 2-hydroxyethyl ammonium methylsulfate

  • Methyl bis(soya amidoethyl) 2-hydroxyethyl quaternary ammonium methylsulfate 

  • Methyl Cellulose

  • Methyl Lactate

  • Methyl Laurate

  • Methyl Linoleate

  • Methyl Oleate

  • Methyl Palmitate

  • Methyl Stearate

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

  • Methylisothiazolinone

  • Methylparaben

  • Modified fatty alcohol polyglycol ether

  • Monosodium Phosphate

  • Montan Wax

  • Morpholine

  • Myristal Amine Oxide

  • Myristamidopropylamine Oxide

  • Nitric Acid

  • Nitromethylidynetrimethanol

  • Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

  • Octylisothiazolinone

  • Oleoampho Polycarboxyglycinate

  • Parfum
  • PEG-22 Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer

  • PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

  • PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate

  • PEG-300 Monoctyl Ether

  • PEG-400 Dioleate

  • Pentasodium Pentetate

  • Perfume

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Phosphates

  • Phthalates

  • Poly-4-Vinylpyridine-n-Oxide

  • Polyacrylic Acid

  • Polyaspartic Acid

  • Polydimethylsiloxane

  • Polyethylene glycol  

  • Polyethylene glycol monococoate

  • Polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether

  • Polyethylene oxide

  • Polyglyceryl-5 oleate

  • Polymeric Blue Dye

  • Polypropylene terephthalate

  • Polyquaternium- 7

  • Polysorbate 20

  • Polysorbate 60

  • Polysorbate 80

  • Polyvinyl Alcohol

  • Polyvinyl pyrolidone (PVP) 

  • Potassium Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate

  • Potassium Hydroxide

  • Potassium Isononanoate

  • Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

  • PPG-4-Laureth-8

  • PPG-4 Laureth/Myreth-5 

  • PPG-5 Laureth-5

  • PPG-6 C12-15 Pareth-12

  • Propanediol 

  • Propyl Gallate

  • Propylene Glycol

  • Propylparaben

  • Quaternary Coco Alkylamine Ethoxylate

  • Quaternium-15

  • Quaternium-53

  • Quaternized Coco/Soya Fatty Acids

  • Rapeseed Oil Methyl Ester Ethoxylate

  • Rhamnolipid

  • Salt of Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • Salt of Triethanolamine Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

  • SD 40B Alcohol
  • Silver Chloride

  • Sodium Acrylic acid/MA copolymer

  • Sodium Acrylic/Maleic/AMPS/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer
  • Sodium Alkyl Sulfate

  • Sodium Alphasulfo Methyl C12-18 Ester

  • Sodium Aluminosilicate

  • Sodium L-aspartic Acid Homopolymer 

  • Sodium Benzoate

  • Sodium Borate

  • Sodium Borate Decahydrate

  • Sodium C12-18 Alkyl Sulfate

  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Sodium Caprylyl Sulfonate

  • Sodium Carboxy Methylinuline

  • Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose

  • Sodium Chlorite

  • Sodium Coco Sulfate

  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

  • Sodium Dehydroacetate

  • Sodium dichloroacetate

  • Sodium diglycolate

  • Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate

  • Sodium Ferrocyanide Decahydrate

  • Sodium Formate

  • Sodium Hydroxide

  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Sodium Iminodisuccinate 

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

  • Sodium Lauriminodipropionate

  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate

  • Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate

  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

  • Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

  • Sodium Lithium Magnesium Silicate

  • Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate

  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

  • Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate

  • Sodium Monochloroacetate

  • Sodium Nitrate

  • Sodium n-Octyl Sulfate

  • Sodium Octylaminopropionate

  • Sodium Oxide

  • Sodium Perborate

  • Sodium Petroleum Sulfonate

  • Sodium Polyasparaginate

  • Sodium Polyasparate

  • Sodium Polyacrylate

  • Sodium polyitaconate

  • Sodium Propionate

  • Sodium Sesquicarbonate
  • Sodium Tallowate

  • Sodium tetraborate pentahydrate

  • Sodium Thiosulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfate

  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

  • Sorbitan sesquioctanoate

  • Soy Bean Oil Methyl Ester

  • Soya amidoethyl Ammonium salt

  • Starch, 2-carboxyethyl 2-methyl-3-oxo-3-[[3-(trimethylammonio)propyl]amino]propyl ether, chloride 

  • Sulfuric Acid

  • Synthetic Fragrance 

  • TEA Oleate

  • tert-Butyl Alcohol 

  • Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED)

  • Tetrasodium EDTA

  • Tetrasodium iminodisuccinate 

  • Tributylphenol polyglycol ether

  • Triclosan

  • Trideceth-9
  • Tridecyl Stearate

  • Tridecyl Trimellitate

  • Triethanolamine

  • Tripropylene Glycol Methyl Ether

  • Tripropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether

  • Trisodium n,n-Biscarboxymethylalanine

  • Trisodium Nitrilotriacetic Acid 

  • Trisodium Phosphate

  • Urea

  • Urea formaldehyde copolymer

  • Urea Hydrochloride

  • Valfor Zeolite

Last Updated November 24, 2014