Review: Ecos Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover

My normal laundry routine includes Tide Free And Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent and OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick. I’ve been happy with both, but I decided to try something new.  Baby Ecos Laundry Products are Plant-Based, pH balanced and formaldehyde and petrochemical free seemed a good place to start.

In my experience, cloth diapers hold in a lot more waste than disposable so I don’t have a lot of stains to deal with.  Since we use disposable when away from home, there was an explosion that stained a white onesie and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to see just how well Baby Ecos Disney Stain and Odor Remover worked.  I followed the instructions and sprayed the stain thoroughly and let it sit for five minutes. The stain lightened considerably during the first washing, but not completely. Instead of drying the item, I sprayed the stain again and let it sit for thirty minutes. It almost worked. But it seems to me a stain remover that is geared towards babies should work on an average baby stain.

The Ecos Stain Remover is supposed to work on carpets as well. The instructions tell you to saturate the stain and “wipe off” the excess five minutes later.  It did not work on the puke stain our dog left on the carpet.  It says to apply again and leave over night for a persistent stain, but by morning it was completely dry and there was nothing left to “wipe off”.  I re-moistened the area with water and used a rag to soak it up.  It was considerably lighter, but the stain was definitely not removed.

As for the detergent, I didn’t have much better luck. I used it to pre-soak and wash a load of cloth diapers and wipes (along with non-chlorine bleach and white vinegar) and when I opened my front-loader it still smelled like soiled diapers. Everything looks as clean as usual, but the smell is enough to discourage me from using it again.  When I tried it on a load of cleaning rags, they smelled clean, but looked dirtier than usual.  Either way, I’ll stick to my usual routine.

Have you had success with Ecos Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover?  Or do you have another pairing that you swear by?

Comments

  1. I just started using Ecos Free & Clear and I love it. I don’t have diapers or dog puke to deal with though- just average adult human stains :-)

    bummed it didn’t work out. maybe you should let them know and see if they have any tips or can suggest a better product from their line.

    i have a green laundry tips board on my pinterest account:
    http://pinterest.com/itsolivialane/green-laundry-tips/

    good luck & happy laundering!

  2. Michele says:

    Olivia, thanks for sharing your laundry tips board! I’m going to be referring to it for sure. I was especially disappointed in the Ecos Free & Clear because I had high expectations. Rebecca did a ton of research for The Green Baby Guide’s companion book, http://greenbabyguide.com/our-book/ , and had good success washing diapers in cold water with her detergent.

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