Product Review: Ecos Laundry Detergent

Buying a “natural” laundry detergent like Ecos , is great for the environment. It’s biodegradable, safe for septic systems, great for sensitive skin, and is phosphate and petrochemical free.

Ecos laundry detergent is a plant based detergent.

I’ve used this product for approximately a year now, and find it works great at getting clothes clean. For stains, you can rub a small amount of the detergent on the stain, and wash as per washing instructions. It’s great for colors, and safe for all water temperatures.

Price per load is slightly higher than regular detergents, however, with it’s built in fabric softener (soy based), you save money on buying an additional fabric softener.

Ecos suggests using 2 ounces of detergent for a full load of clothes, and less for smaller loads. If you’re using a high efficiency (HE) washer, you only need 2 tablespoons.

I recently purchased a 210 fluid ounce bottle of the Ecos laundry detergent (Ultra Original Formula) at Costco. It’s scented with magnolia and lily, which leaves your clothes smelling fresh.

The best part of this product…I can pronounce all of the ingredients. Now, that’s natural.

And, making it even better…………….it’s made in the USA. Considering that, I give it, two thumbs up. 8)

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14 Responses to Product Review: Ecos Laundry Detergent

  1. Elena says:

    I used this detergent for several months, and love it. Nice choice of fragrance and the clothes come out very soft and pleasant to touch.

  2. Barbara says:


    Thank you for your comment.

    Isn’t this detergent, just the greatest? I find myself “sniffing” my clothes when I’m folding them.

    Maybe I need to “get a life” 8)

  3. Christine says:

    I had never tried the ECOS but had seen it at Costco for awhile. I had been meaning to try it when I saw that Costco had put in a new brand in by Kirkland. So I tried it as it said that it was Eco friendly and all that. WOW! I hated it!
    it made me break out! It also had a very weird smell. I had to return it and decided to go with my original choice which was the ECOS. Boy what a difference!! I was so shocked! I didn’t think it would work that well being natural and all but it did!! I am so happy I decided to try it!
    It worked so well and I didn’t break out at all! And yes the smell is so clean smelling. It also saved me money because I didn’t need any softener/dryer sheets. I am so glad that I tried it. I noticed that they list all their ingredients on the back (which I can pronounce:)).
    I am going to look for more of their products as I am now hooked!!

  4. EVE says:

    I bought ECOS from Costco and I was disappointed. At first I thought that my high efficient washer was ruining my clothes because all the clothes and even shirts I just bought, after taking it out of the washer, seem to have fibers coming off of it. Some clothes even has tiny fuzz balls on the surface.

  5. Hi Christine – Unfortunately Costco often changes their stock. I had to switch again as they didn’t have the Ecos. Hopefully they will get it back soon.

    Hi Eve – Oh my gosh. I’ve never heard of that. Have you thought of writing to Ecos and letting them know about your problem?

  6. Dan says:

    I’ve been using ECOS for a few months now, and I am nothing short of amazed!!

    I didn’t expect much from it at first, but it’s hard finding something that doesn’t irritate my skin… or have enough fragrance to offend a skunk!

    Not only does it have a nice light clean scent, and it doesn’t affect my skin at all… it does a GREAT job of cleaning my clothes too!!

    I sure hope Costco continues to carry this and other ECOS products in the future… I’d hate to have to go back to that other crap.

  7. Debbie says:

    I love this laundry soap, but the last jug I bought has turned to a thick gel and i can hardly pour it. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • Hi Debbie,

      I had the same thing happen to me, but yet I have friends who use it and it’s fine.

      I’m going to contact Ecos and see if they can shed some light on this. I’ll post a comment letting you know what they say.

  8. Hi again Debbie,

    I contacted Ecos and they replied saying they are aware sometimes the detergent will gel and are working on a solution. They said even though it gels, it does not decrease the effectiveness of the detergent.

  9. Bernadette September 11th, 2010 says:

    I also have had the same problem of this detergent turning into a gel. It works great but the gel effect makes for difficult measuring. I have even tried to dilute this by adding some water and it remains gelatinous. Hope they fix the problem soon because I like the detergent and it cleans well.

  10. Gail says:

    Sam’s Club carries the Ecos line. I just started using it today, and their scent is organic lavender.

  11. Joanne Morris says:

    Today I had the service man come for the yearly maintenence on my washer – he commented on the oil like residue on the inside drum – i took out the bottle of ecos that i was using which was very gel like compared to an unopened one i had just purchased. when he ran a test cycle he was amazed at the amount of suds that came up without any addition of detergent – he ran the rinse cycle numerous times to clear the washer of soap.
    despite using minimal detergent this thick gel like substance is producing more suds then needed – he had me dilute the remaining detergent in the bottle. – he also commented that i probably was still having a great deal of soad remain in my washed clothes. i am going to call ecos about this – for the most part i have liked the product. I don’t see how all the soap residue is good for septic systems.

  12. John says:

    I am glad to hear about the gelling of the product. Not that is gels but that at the moment this is an issue and will make me stay away from it. I am also glad to know about the residue problem as well. I know I have been using vinegar lately on the rinse phase to hopefully clean this up as I have used so many different detergents in this washer over the years I am sure some have done some damage to it.

  13. Jeff says:

    Ecos Laundry Detergent is a great product and I have had good sucess. I have not had the gelling problem. If you washer is left with residue, it is likely from using too much detergent and probably from another brand. I would not expect Ecos to leave as much residue, because it is plant based. Also, whatever residue is left – in washer or in septic system is plant based and NOT made from OIL. Washing clothes with petrochemical based detergents just doesn’t make sense!

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