Our "Never" List: The Nasties

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Danger.” “Toxic if swallowed.” “May cause skin irritation.” These are the phrases you’re inundated with (and often desensitized to) on the cleaning products you bring into your home. Cleaning shouldn’t feel dangerous, and it definitely shouldn’t mean spreading toxins all over your home.

The truth is, the United States is completely lacking federal regulations that protect consumers from dangerous chemicals hidden in cleaning products. What is noticeably absent is a federal law that would require basic disclosure, much like the food, cosmetic or personal care products you purchase and use inside your home. 

At ECOS, we’ve made it our mission to protect consumers. We study, test, validate and select the safest ingredients to use in our cleaning products, and we’re steadfast about the human and environmental impact of every ingredient. In fact, we’ve proudly won the U.S. EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year four times.

With human and environmental health as our top priority, we are proud to introduce “The Nasties” – a list of 500 known toxins we promise to never use in our products. These toxins have been identified by scientific studies as responsible for a variety of negative health and/or environmental effects. Each chemical on our exclusion list is classified by the type of hazard it presents: carcinogen, endocrine disruptor, sensitizer, developmental & reproductive toxin, eye & skin corrosive, mutagen, neurotoxin, environmental toxin, aquatic toxin, petroleum derivative, bioaccumulator or animal derivative.

We hope this list becomes a useful tool for you to better understand ingredients as you choose the cleaning products you bring into your home.

The Nasties

1,1-Dichloroethane

1,2-Epoxybutane

1,2-Hexanediol

1-Bromopropane

1-Decanol

1-Octanol

2 - Methoxypropyl Acetate

2,5-Dichloronitrobenzene

2-Amino-5-Nitrophenol

2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 (And) 3-Diol

2-Butoxyethanol

2-Carboxy-1-Methylpyridinium Chloride

2-Hydroxy-N,N-Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-N-Methyl Ethanaminium, Methyl Sulfate, Octadecanoate

2-Methoxy-1-Propanol

2-Methoxyaniline

2-Octadecoxyethanol

3,3-Dichlorobenzidine

3,3-Dichlorobenzidine Dihydrochloride

4-Acetylpyridine-N-Oxide

4-Aminobiphenyl

4-Chlorobenzotrifluoride

4-Formylphenylboronic Acid

9-Dodecenoic Acid, Methyl Ester

Aa2G / Ascorbyl Glucoside

Acetaldehyde

Acetamide Mea

Acetonitrile

Acid Blue 182

Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer

Acrylic Acid

Acrylic Acid / Vp Crosspolymer

Acrylonitrile

Acrylyl Chloride

Aerosol Sprays

Alizarin Cyanine Green F

Alkyl Polypentoside

Alkyl(C10-16)Benzene

Alkyl(C10-16)Benzenesulfonic Acid

Alkylbenzenes

Alkylphenol Ethoxylate

Allyl Isothiocyanate

Alpha Arbutin

Alumina

Amino Methacrylate Copolymer

Aminoethylethanolamine

Ammonia

Ammonium Alum

Ammonium Hydroxide

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

Ammonium Polacrylate

Aqualance

Arbutin

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate

Aspartic Acid

Atelocollagen

Auramine Hydrochloride

Avobenzone

Azobenzene

Babassuamidopropalkonium Chloride

Bbzp (Benzyl Butyl Phthalate)

Behenalkonium Chloride

Behenamidopropyl Hydroxyethyl Dimonium Chloride

Behenoxy Dimethicone

Behentrimonium Methosulfate

Benethonium Chloride

Benzalkonium Chloride

Benzene (C14-C30) Alkylate

Benzenesulfonic Acid / 1-Methylethyl

Benzisothiazoline

Benzophenone

Benzophenone-4

Benzotriazole

Benzyl Acetate

Benzyl Salicylate

Benzylparaben

Bha / Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Bht / Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2

Bisphenol A (Bpa)

Blue Ws 1430

Borax

Boric Acid

Boron Nitride

Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine

Blue 1

Blue 1 Lake

Bronopol

Bumetrizole

Butoxydiglycol

Butyl Carbitol Acetate

Butyl D-Glucoside

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

Butylene / Ethylene / Styrene Copolymers

Butylene Glycol

Butylparaben

Butylphenyl Methylpropianol

C 11-15 Pareth 12

C 12-14 Olefin Sulfonate

C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

C 12-15 Alkyl Octanoate

C 13-14 Isoparaffin

C10-14 Alkyl Benzene Sulfuric Acid

C10-16 Alcohols

C11-15 Ethoxylated Fatty Alcohol

C11-15 Pareth-7

C12-15 Alkyl Lactate

C12-18 Ethoxylated Alcohols

C12-18 Propoxylated Alcohols

C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester

C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearol Stearate

Calcium Hypochlorite

Calcium Phosphate

Canola Ester Quaternary Amine

Caprolactam

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Carbowax / See Polyethylene Glycol

Carboxymethyl Cellulose

Carboxymethyl Inulin

Carmine

Castor Oil / Ipdi Copolymer

Cde / Cocomide Dea

Ceresin

Certified Colors

Ceteareth-2-100

Ceteareth-5-20

Cetearyl Ethylhexanote

Cetearyl Methicone

Ceteth-20 Phosphate

Cetrimonium Bromide

Cetrimonium Chloride

Cetylpyridinium Chloride

Chloramine

Chlorinated Methanes, Ethanes, And Ethenes

Chlorine

Chlorine Dioxide

Chloropropyltrimethoxysilane

Chlorpyrifos

Chromaveil / (Quaternium-95 And Propanediol)

Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride

Cocamide Dea

Cocamide Mea

Cocamide Mipa

Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate

Coceth-4

Coceth-7

Cocoalkyldimethyl Amine Oxides

Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate

Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein

Coconut Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate

Coconut Methyl Ester Ethoxylate

Coconut Oil Diethanolamide

Coconut Oil Monoethanolamide

Copper Disodium Edta

Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate

Cupric Nitrate

Cyclomethicone

Cyclopentasiloxane

Cyclotetrasiloxane

Dbp  (Dibutyl Phthalate)

Deceth-5

Decyl Phenoxybenzenedisulfonic Acid

Dehp  (Di 2-Ethylhexl Phthalate)

Dep  (Diethyl Phthalate)

Di-(Palm Carboxyethyl) Hydroxyethyl Methyl-Ammonium Methyl Sulfates

Dialkylester Ammonium Methosulfate

Diamyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

Diazolidinyl Urea

Dicetyldimonium Chloride

Dicocoethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

Didp  (Diisodecyl Phthalate)

Diethanolamine

Diethyl Sulfate

Diethylene Glycol Butyl Ether

Diethylene Glycol Dimethyl Ether

Diethylene Glycol Hexyl Ether

Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether

Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium

Diisopropyl Dimerate

Dimethicone Copolyol

Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3

Dimethicone Glycereth-2 Cocoate

Dimethyl Capramide

Dimethyl Octadecylamine

Dimethyl Oxobenzo Dioasilane

Dimethyl Phenyl 2-Butanol

Dimethyl Succinate

Dimethyl Sulfate

Dimethyl Sulfoxide

Dimethylaminoethyl Acrylate

Dimethylaminopropyl Amine

Dimethylformamide

Dimethylnitrosoamine

Dinoseb

Dinp  (Diisononyl Phthalate)

Dipropylene Glycol Methylether

Dipropylene Glycol N-Butyl Ether

Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate

Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate 

Disodium Edta

Disodium Oleamido Succinate

Disodium Phosphate

Disteardimonium Hectoride

Dmdm Hydantoin

Dmp  (Dimethyl Phthalate)

Dnhp  (Di-N-Hexyl Phthalate)

Dnop  (Di-N-Octyl Phthalate)

Edta

Egms / Ethylene Glycol Monostearate

Emulsifying Wax

Ethanaminium / 2-Hydroxy-N,N-Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-N-Methyl-

Ethoxydiglycol

Ethoxydiglycol Oleate

Ethoxylated Oleyl Alcohol

Ethoxylated Propoxylated C12-C16 Alcohol

Ethyl Acetate

Ethyl Diglycol (See Polyethylene Glycol)

Ethyl Vanillin

Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid

Ethylene Glycol

Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether

Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene

Green 3

Fatty Alcohol Propoxylate

Formaldehyde

Formic Acid

Fullerene / Buckyballs / Buckminsterfullerene

Germaben

Germall

Glycereth-2 Cocoate

Glycereth-26

Glycereth-7 Cocoate

Glyceryl (Tetradecanoate) / Hexadecanoate / Octadecanoate / Rici Noleate / Eicosadioate)

Glyceryl Polyacrylate

Glycol Ether Butyl Ether

Glycol Ether Ethyl Ether

Guanadine / Aminoguanadine

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Hexahydro-1,3,5-Tris (2-Hydroxyethyl)-S-Triazine

Hexahydroxystearate /  Hexastearate / Hexarosinate

Human Placental Protein

Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrofluoric Acid

Hydrogenated Polydecene

Hydroquinone

Hydrotalcite

Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer

Hydroxyethyl-Methyl Ammonium Methosulfate 

Hydroxyhydrocinnamate

Hydroxy-Methylpentylcyclohexene Carboxyaldehyde

Hypophosphorus Acid

Imidazolidinyl Urea

Imitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate 

Indigo carmine

Ipdi / Isophorone Diisocyanate

Isobutane

Isobutylparaben

Isoceteth-20

Isocetyl Isostearate

Isohexadecane

Isonicotinic Acid-N-Oxide

Isonitropropane

Isopentane

Isopentyldiol

Isopropyl Methylphenol

Isopropyl Phenyl Dimethicone

Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate

Isopropylparaben

Isostearyl Isostearate

Lactamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride

Lauramide Dea

Lauramide Mea

Laurethsulfosuccinate

Lauryl Methacrylate

Maleic Acid

Mea-Containing Ingredients

Methoxyacetic Acid

Methoxyisopropanol

Methoxymethylbutanol

Methyl Bis Canola Amidoethyl, 2-Hydroxyethyl Ammonium Methylsulfate

Methyl Bis(Soya Amidoethyl) 2-Hydroxyethyl Quaternary Ammonium Methylsulfate

Methyl Decenel

Methyl Gluceth-10

Methyl Glyceth-20

Methyl Glycol

Methyl Oxirane Polymer With Oxirane Ethoxylated Alcohol 

Methyl Propanediol

Methyl Soyate

Methyl Sulfates

Methylbenzyl Alcohol

Methylene Glycol

Methylenedianiline

Methylparaben

Methylrosaniline Chloride

Methylsilanol Mannuronate

Microbeads

Microcrystalline Wax

Mineral Oil

Monosodium Phosphate

m-Phenylenediamine

Myristyl Ether Sulfate

N,N-Dimethyl-1-Tetradecanamine-N-Oxide

Naphthalene

Nitric Acid

Nitrilotriacetate

Nitrobenzol

Nitromethylidynetrimethanol

N-N-Dimethylacetamide

Nonoxynol 10

Nonylphenyl Ethoxylate

Nylon-12

Octadecanoate

Octyl Dimethyl Paba

Octyl Methoxycinnamate

Oleamidopropyl Dimethylamine

Olefin Sulfonate

Oleth (2-50)

Oleth-3-Phosphate

Oxalic Acid

Oxybenzone

Paba / Para-Aminobenzoic Acid

Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutylrate

Panthenyl Ethyl Ether

Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride

Panthenyl Triacetate

Parabens

Paraphenylenediamine

Parsol

Pca Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate

P-Dichlorobenzene

P-Dimethylaminoazobenzene

Pearl Powder

Peg / Ppp-20 / 15 Dimethicone

Peg 35 (Stearate) /  Castor Oil

Peg 75-Distearate

Peg-10 / Sunflower Glycerides

Peg-120 / Methyl Glucose Dioleate

Peg-120 / Methyl Glucose Trioleate

Peg-150  / Distearate

Peg-150 / Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate

Peg-20

Peg-20 / 100 Stearate

Peg-20 / Glyceryl Triisostearate

Peg-22 / Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer

Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate

Peg-300 / Monoctyl Ether

Peg-400 / Dioleate

Peg-55 / Propylene Glycol Oleate

Peg-6 / Caprylic / Capric Glycerides

Peg-7 / Glyceryl Cocoate

Pentachlorophenol

Pentaerythrityl Distearate

Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl

Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate

Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate

Pentylparaben

Peracetic Acid

Perchloroethylene

Perfluorohexane

Perfluorooctane Sulfonate

Petrolatum

Petroleum Distillates (NAPTHAS)

Phenol

Phenylbenzimidazole-5-Sulfonic Acid

Phenylparaben

Phenyltrimethicone

Phosphates

Placental Protein

Polaxamer 335

Poly-4-Vinylpyridine-N-Oxide

Polyacrylamide

Polyacrylate-13

Polybutene

Polydecene

Polyethylene Glycol  

Polyethylene Glycol Monococoate

Polyethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether

Polyethylene Oxide

Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate / Eicosadioate

Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Polyimide 1

Polyisobutene

Polymeric Blue Dye

Polyoxyethylene Stearyl Ethers

Polypropylene Glycol

Polypropylene Terephthalate

Polyquaternium 7 / 10 /  11 / 51

Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 60

Polysorbate 80

Polyurethane-14

Polyvinyl Pyrolidone (Pvp) 

Polyvinylpyrrolidone

Potassium Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate

Potassium Alum

Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate

Potassium Iodide

Potassium Isononanoate

Potassium Myristate

Ppd / P-Phenylenediamine

Ppg-12 / Smdi Copolymer

Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether

Ppg-30 Butyl Ether

Ppg-4-Laureth-8

Ppg-5 Laureth-5

Ppg-6 C12-15 Pareth-12

Propoxylated Alcohol

Propyl Gallate

Propylene Carbonate

Propylene Glycol Alginate

Propylenimine

Propylheptyl Caprylate

Propylparaben

Providone / Polyvinylpyrolidone

Pvp / Eicosene Copolymer

Pvp Copolymer

Quaternium-15

Quaternium-18

Quaternium-87

Quaternium-95

Red 4

Red 4 Lake

Red 40

Red 40 Lake

Salt Of Triethanolamine Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

Selenium Sulfide

Silver Chloride

Soapstone / Talc

Sodium 2-isopropylbenzenesulfonate

Sodium Acrylate

Sodium Acrylic Acid

Sodium Acrylic Acid-Maleic Anhydride Copolymer

Sodium Chlorite

Sodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate

Sodium Ferrocyanide Decahydrate

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Sodium Hypochlorite

Sodium Metabisulfite

Sodium Monochloroacetate

Sodium Myreth Sulfate

Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate

Sodium Petroleum Sulfonate

Sodium Polyacrylate

Sodium Sulfite

Sodium Trideceth Sulfate

Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

Sorbitan Isostearate

Soyamidopropalkonium Chloride

Squalane (Non Vegetable Source)

Starch, 2-Carboxyethyl 2-Methyl-3-Oxo-3-[[3-(Trimethylammonio)Propyl]Amino]Propyl Ether, Chloride 

Stearalkonium Hectorite

Stearamidopropyl Dimethyl Amine

Stearoxytrimethylsilane

Styrene

Sulfated Castor Oil

Sulfourus Acid

Sulfur Dioxide

Sulfuric Acid

Synthetic Beeswax

Synthetic Wax

Taed / Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine

Talc

Tea-Lauryl Sulfate

Tea-Oleate

Tert-Butyl Alcohol

Tetrachloromethane

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Tetrasodium Edta

Thiotic Acid

Tolnaftate

Toluene

Tribehenin

Tributylphenol Polyglycol Ether

Trichloroethylene

Trichloroisocyanuric Acid

Triclocarban

Triclosan

Trideceth-12

Tridecyl Neopentanoate

Triethylhexanoin

Trimethylsiloxysilicate

Tripropylene Glycol Methyl Ether

Tripropylene Glycol N-Butyl Ether

Trisodium Edta

Trisodium Nitrilotriacetic Acid 

Trisodium Phosphate

Tromethamine Stearate

Tropolone

Ultramarines

Undecoylium Chloride Iodine Complex

Urea Formaldehyde Copolymer

Wheatgermamidopropyl Dimethylamine

Yellow 6

Yellow 6 Lake

Zinc Carbonate

Zinc Pyrithione