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Household Cleaning Product Standards

We’re committed to selling the best sprays, scrubs and detergents for you, your family and the planet.

Seventh Generation, method, and Mrs meyer's cleaning products

We get it — cleaning’s not fun, and it’s even less fun when the products you use either don’t clean effectively or contain unnecessary ingredients. That’s why we asked our customers for their input on cleaning ingredients. You cleaned, you spoke, we listened.We revamped our standards and did our research to eliminate certain ingredients and find better alternatives for you and the planet. Our rigorous standards require:

  • 70+ banned household cleaner ingredients including phosphates, phthalates, FD&C colors and optical brighteners.
  • Products are performance-tested for efficacy – specifically the ability to remove dirt and germs from surfaces.
  • Ingredients are always listed on the label, except for proprietary fragrance and enzyme blends.

Spick, Span and Banned: 70+ Ingredients and Counting

There are certain ingredients that just don’t belong in household cleaning products. That means no phosphates, phthalates or FD&C colors. If you’d like to test your pronunciation skills, and see which products weren’t up to our test, take a look below:

Banned Ingredients



2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (and) 3-diol

Diazolidinyl urea



Diethanolamine (DEA)


4,4'-Diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid

Disodium phosphate

Polymeric Blue Dye


DMDM hydantoin

Polypropylene terephthalate

4-Formylphenylboronic acid


Potassium Alkylpolyoxyethylene Phosphate

Acid blue 182 (Anthraquinone dye)


Proprietary Stilbenzene Derivative (3V)

Alizarin cyanine green F (Anthraquinone dye)

Ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid

Proprietary Synthetic Detergent Chelator

Alkyl (C10-16) benzene

FD&C Blue No. 1

Propyl gallate

Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride

FD&C Blue No. 2


Alkyl dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chloride

FD&C Colors

Sodium chlorite

Alkylphenol ethoxylate

FD&C Green No. 3

Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate

Benzalkonium chloride

FD&C Red No. 3

Sodium hypochlorite

Benzene (C14-C30) alkylate

FD&C Red No. 40

Sodium xylene sulfate

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

FD&C Yellow No. 5

Sodium xylene sulfonate


FD&C Yellow No. 6

Specialty surfactant

C10-14 Alkyl benzene sulfuric acid



C12-14 Ethoxylated propoxylated alcohols

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

Surfonic P-1

Calcium phosphate

Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Tetrasodium EDTA


Isonicotinic acid-n-oxide



Manganese, ((2,2″,2″”-(nitrilotris(2,1-ethanediyl(nitrilo-kappaN)methylidyne))tris(phenolato-kappaO

Tributylphenol polyglycol ether, 12 - 14 EO




Chromium hydroxide green

Nonylphenyl ethoxylate

Trisodium phosphate

Dantoguard Preservative



Diaminostilbene disulfonic acid

If that induced painful flashbacks to high-school chemistry, don't worry – you won't see any of those on our ingredient labels and you can trust that when you see a hard-to-pronounce ingredient on one of our labels, we've done the homework.

Ousting Optical Brighteners

Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals added to liquids and powders like detergents to make clothes appear whiter and brighter. Side note: They’re also unnecessary, so we’re leading the way in the industry as the first national retailer to ban them from our aisles.

Trustworthy and Performance-Tested

When it comes to household cleaning, our priority is giving you the best of both worlds. That means providing effective cleaners and ingredients that may have a lower impact on the planet. That’s why we’ve vetted and performance-tested our products for efficacy. So go ahead — spray, scrub and clean the tub without a second thought.

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