ingredients

ingredients

we’re not all about appearances. what’s inside counts, too. find out what goes in our method bottles.

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aloe barbadensis extract moisturizer biodegrades readily; sourced from aloe vera plants
amylase cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
annatto extract colorant biodegradable; + not accumulative in the environment; derived from the seed of the annatto plant free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
acrylate polymer thickener low biodegradation but not accumulative or toxic in the environment; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin or eyes
alginic acid holds tablet together biodegrades readily; naturally derived
benzisothiazolinone preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
benzyl alchohol preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
blue 1 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
calcium chloride stabilizer readily disperses in environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
canola-amidoethyl hydroxyethylammonium methyl sulfate, propylene glycol softening + anti-static agent biodegrades readily; derived from canola oil; not irritating to skin
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caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol preservative - prevents bacterial growth readily biodegradable; made from synthetic materials
caprylyl/decyl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources
caprylyl/myristyl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from corn sugars, coconut or palm oil
carbomer thickener made from synthetic materials
carboxymethylcellulose stabilizer biodegrades readily; derived from plant fiber; not irritating to skin
carboxymethylinulin disperses soils inherently biodegradable; derived from chicory plants; not irritating to skin
cellulase cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
citric acid optimizes pH levels biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn
citric acid (in antibacterial products) antimicrobial kills 99.9% of household germs applies to US EPA registered products
cocamide MIPA surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from corn sugars, coconut or palm oil; low skin irritation in use
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cocamidopropyl betaine surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils such as coconut; low skin irritation
cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil
cocamidopropylamine oxide conditions wood surface biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources; not irritating to skin
coco methyl ester ethoxylate emulsifier biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil; not irritating to skin
coco methyl ester sulfonate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils such as coconut; not irritating to skin
coco/soy methyl ester surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources
coco/soy methyl ester sulfonate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils such as coconut; not irritating to skin
cocoalkyl amine oxide surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant based materials; low skin irritation
decyl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from corn sugars, coconut or palm oil
dehydroacetic acid preservative - prevents bacterial growth biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials; low irritation for skin + eyes
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dicocoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate, propylene glycol softening + anti-static agent biodegrades readily; derived from plant based + synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
dimethicone polishing agent made from sand + synthetic materials; low skin irritation
disodium lauroamphodiacetate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil
disodium oleamido MIPA sulfosuccinate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; naturally derived not irritating to skin
distyrylbiphenolsulfonate optical brightener biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
DMDM hydantoin preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
ethanol solvent biodegrades readily; fermented from plant sugars such as corn or sugar beets; not irritating to skin
ethyl glycerin acetal levulinate solvent derived from corn stalks, readily biodegradable
ethyl levulinate propylene glycol ketal solvent derived from corn stalks, readily biodegradable
external violet 2 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
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fragrance (parfum) fragrance blended composition is partly essential oils + partly synthetic ingredients free of phthalates, NPEs + other dirty ingredients;non-toxic in use; free of carcinogens; tested for skin irritation + allergies
glycerin moisturizer (personal care) OR solvent (laundry detergent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources; not irritating to skin
glyceryl caprylate/caprate moisturizer biodegrades readily; derived from coconut + palm oils
glyceryl distearate, coco glucoside, glyceryl oleate/stearate softening + anti-static agent biodegrades readily + not accumulative in the environment; derived from plant sources
glycol distearate skin moisturizer biodegrades readily + not accumulative; derived from plant oils + synthetic materials
green 5 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride thickener biodegrades readily; derived from plant-based guar gum; not irritating to skin
hydrogenated castor oil emulsifier biodegrades readily; derived from castor oil
hydroxypropyl methylcellulose conditions wood surfaces biodegradable; derived from plant fibers; not irritating to skin
isopropyl palmitate thickener biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils + isopropyl alcohol; not irritating to skin
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lactic acid water softener biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn
lauramine oxide surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil
laureth-7 (ethoxylated coconut oil) surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources
lauryl alcohol ethoxylate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from palm or coconut oil; low skin irritation
lauryl ethoxylate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from palm or coconut oil; low skin irritation
lauryl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from corn sugars, coconut or palm oil
lauryl/ myristyl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from corn sugars, coconut or palm oil
linear alcohol ethoxylate fragrance emulsifier biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials
lipase cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
mannanase cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
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methoxyisopropanol solvent biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
methylchoroisothiazolinone preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
methylisothiazolinone preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
monoisopropylanolamine solvent made from synthetic materials
octylisothiazolinone preservative - prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
oleic acid surface conditioner biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils; not irritating to skin
organic acid or organic acid salt anti-spotting agent biodegrades readily; naturally derived
PEG 300 monooctyl ether surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant oils such as coconuts
PEG 400 dioleate polishing + shining agent inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
PEG/PPG monoalkyl ether surfactant (cleaning agent) + rinse aid biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources
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phenoxyethanol antioxidant biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials
poloxamer 181 surfactant (cleaning agent) not persistent in the environment; made from synthetic materials
polyester prevents dirt and oils from redepositing on fabric in the wash made from synthetic materials
polymeric blue colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric green colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric orange colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric pink colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric red colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric yellow colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polyquarternium 95 enables a clean rinse inherently biodegradable + not toxic in aquatic systems; derived from renewable starch sources; not irritating to skin
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polysorbate 20 surfactant (cleaning agent) + emulsifier derived from plant sources
polyvinyl alcohol packette film
potassium citrate optimizes pH levels biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn; not irritating to skin
PPG-2 methyl ether solvent biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
propanediol solvent biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn; low skin and eye irritation
protease cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
red 33 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
red 4 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
sodium alkane sulfonate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials; low skin irritation
sodium bicarbonate optimizes pH levels disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
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sodium carbonate optimizes pH levels, dissolves stains disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
sodium carbonate peroxide optimizes pH levels for better cleaning, provide gentle non-chlorine bleaching disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
sodium chloride thickener derived from abundant mineral sources; the same material as table salt; safe for people (unless too much is eaten on potato chips)
sodium citrate optimizes pH levels biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn; not irritating to skin
sodium coco sulfate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources; low skin irritation
sodium disilicate optimizes pH levels disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
sodium gluconate optimizes pH (apc) and anti-spotting/anti-rusting agent (autodish) biodegrades readily; derived from plant sugars such as corn; not irritating to skin
sodium hydroxide optimizes pH levels biodegrades readily; derived from abundant mineral sources
sodium lauryl sulfate surfactant (cleaning agent) biodegrades readily; derived from coconut + palm oils; low skin irritation in use
sodium metasilicate optimizes pH levels disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
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sodium polyaspartate prevents dirt and oils from redepositing in the wash biodegrades readily; naturally derived
sodium polyitaconate prevents minerals from hard water from depositing on dishes biodegrades readily; naturally derived; not irritating to skin
sodium sesquicarbonate optimizes pH levels, dissolves stains disperses safely in the environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
sodium silicate optimizes pH levels and maintains glass surface readily disperses in environment; comes from abundant mineral sources
soy methyl ester ethoxylate surfactant (cleaning agent) derived from plant sources; low skin irritation
TAED (tetra-acetyl ethylene diamine) oxidizing cleaner biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin
tetrasodium GLDA water softener inherently biodegradable; naturally derived; not irritating to skin
tetrasodium iminodisuccinate water softener biodegrades readily; derived from minerals and plant sources
tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E) moisturizer biodegrades readily; derived from plant sources
water (aqua) diluent + solvent deionized for purity; extracted from abundant source
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xanthan gum thickener inherently biodegradable; derived from plant based sugars such as corn
yellow 10 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
yellow 5 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
zeolite water softener silicate derived from abundant mineral sources
updated 12/16/14

formulation

we follow the precautionary principle: if there’s a chance an ingredient isn’t safe, we don’t use it. period.

health + eco screening

we use the precautionary principle, meaning that if there’s a chance that an ingredient isn’t safe, we don’t use it.

the dirty ingredient list

method chooses never to use dirty, conventional cleaning ingredients, like phosphates or bleach, in our formulas.

3rd party assessment

all method ingredients are rigorously evaluated by an independent material research agency for health and environmental safety.

the highest standard

Cradle to Cradle® is our mantra for the design of safe, green products.

smart science

our formulators use advanced green chemistry technologies to create powerful and safe formulations.

external validation

the world’s first line of cleaning products to be Cradle to Cradle® certified for their responsible manufacturing, green package design and safe + effective formulation.

dirty ingredients list

we don’t do dirty. here’s a list of some ingredients we don’t ever use (and why).

chemical typically found in environmental + health summary
chlorine bleach surface cleaners, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergent very toxic, irritant/harmful
triclosan hand wash, body wash very toxic, corrosive, dangerous for the environment
EDTA hand wash, body wash dangerous for the environment
phosphates dishwasher detergent dangerous for the environment
2-butoxyethanol floor cleaners very toxic
phthalates fragrance in cleaning + body products
very toxic
paraben hand wash, body wash very toxic
ammonia glass cleaners, surface cleaners very toxic, irritant/harmful, dangerous for the environment
MEA (ethanolamine) laundry detergent very toxic, irritant/harmful
want to learn more about the ingredients we do and don't use in our products? email us at info@methodhome.com

fragrances

we take pride in developing delightful fragrances that are easy on your nose.

people friendly + planet friendly

in a world where cleaning products smell at best bland and boring, and at worst noxious and offensive (fake pine, anyone?), we take pride in making products that smell great. so we make sure that we put the right attention into developing fragrances that don't pose a threat to people and the environment.

dirty fragrance ingredients list

our front-end design screen is known as the dirty fragrance ingredients list. it is an array of materials that are frequently used to make conventional fragrances, like phthalates, but that we specify never be used in method's fragrances.

material safety assessment

all method fragrance ingredients are reviewed by our greenskeeping and toxicology groups.
additionally, all of our finished products are clinically tested for irritation and allergy concerns.

colorants

we believe vibrant colors make cleaning more fun, so we use colorants that are safe for people + the planet.

vibrant color

vibrant color is a pillar of great design. we believe sustainability should be beautiful, lively and appealing. so we design our products that way. we do this by using safe, environmentally compatible colorants that are effective at ultra-low concentrations, that are non-toxic and will not accumulate in the environment.

responsible colorants

we use only colorants that are safe for people and the environment. some are made from natural materials, but the majority of the most effective ones are made synthetically. in either case, we find the safe ones by partnering with our colorant suppliers to complete detailed health + environmental material assessments.

preservatives

effective, safe + biodegradable. our preservatives are necessary for a clean you can count on.

effective

method formulas are predominantly made from naturally derived ingredients, so effective preservatives are required to keep them from spoiling and to maintain their effectiveness and safety over time. by choosing effective preservatives, we can use them at ultra-low concentrations (under 0.1% for most of our cleaners).

comprehensive assessment

all of the preservatives used in method products have been comprehensively assessed by the material scientists at MBDC, so we can be certain of their full health + environmental profile. this research allows us to be sure that our formulations remain non-toxic and biodegradable.

biodegradable

all of our core products are Cradle to Cradle certified. more than 75% of our portfolio is certified at the gold level, and the remaining products are certified silver.

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