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Ingredients

Molly’s Suds products are formulated with a ‘no compromise’ attitude when it comes to using pure, safe ingredients. It only takes a few common components to create safe and effective home cleaning products, so that’s where we start — at the basics.

We use earth and plant-derived ingredients to enhance efficiency and cut down on cleaning time without compromising your family’s health through exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens.  We work closely with our partners and suppliers to ensure that our products work as well as conventional brands, and align with our promise to be Always Safe for people & the planet.

Our products are all Certified-Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny and all of our detergents and cleaning products are Certified Vegan. Here’s what we use and why:

Also known as Carboxymethylcellulose, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Salt, and CMC, this ingredient is plant-derived and biodegradable. This food-safe ingredient can be found in just about everything, from ice cream and toothpaste to laundry detergents and paper products. It’s even used as a lubricant in artificial tears.

At Molly’s Suds, we use this ingredient in our detergents as a soil suspension polymer. When in the wash, it creates a negatively charged barrier to the soil. The negative charge prevents the dirt from going back into your clothes after it has been pulled out. Instead, it just rinses away!

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Cocamide MEA, or cocamide monoethanolamine, is made by combining the fatty acids of coconut with monoethanolamine. It works as a foaming agent and emulsifier to enhance the properties of the primary cleansing agents in our laundry detergents, moving the cleansing action evenly throughout the wash for a deeper, more efficient clean.

We choose to use Cocamide MEA as an alternative to its counterpart Cocamide DEA. Cocamide MEA is milder and has therapeutic effects, while Cocamide DEA may irritate the skin, cause contact dermatitis for those with skin allergies, and has even been linked to cancer. It’s amazing how two ingredients which sound so similar can be so different!

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Glyceryl Caprylate is a co-emulsifier that is mainly used to stabilize oil and water emulsions. It is derived from palm or coconut oil through a process call esterification. We use it combined with glyceryl undecylenate as a broad spectrum preservative based on nature-identical and naturally-derived ingredients.

It’s most commonly used as a skin conditioner, but we use it for different reasons. Its synergistic reaction with benzyl alcohol boosts its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This, along with its remarkable safety profile, makes it a perfect choice as a cleanser and preservative.

Derived from plants without the use of phthalates, petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, or ethanol. We source from plants that are always pesticide free!

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Magnesium Sulfate is more commonly known as Epsom Salts. We use contaminant-free magnesium sulfate to naturally assist the removal of buildup in the fibers of your laundry and your washing machine.

You’ll notice when you choose to use Molly’s Suds products, your machine will not gradually fill with stinky gunk. Our source is triple-filtered in the USA and certified safe for use in organic formulations.

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Methylglycinediacetic Acid controls the concentration of heavy metal ions from water. It is a non-EDTA biodegradable chelator and cleaner. We use it as an environmentally friendly alternative to phosphates and phosphonates. This ingredient readily biodegradable and has very low toxicity ratings.

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Our performance poly canvas is an extremely durable fabric. It is BPA-free, phthalate-free and manufactured without using any toxins or lead. Our performance poly canvas is what we use to make our Mermaid Wet+Dry Clutch. Its coating protects it from absorbing bacteria, stains, and odors. This clutch is safe to use for everything, including snacks, diapers, and wet garments.

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We source naturally occurring plant-based minerals and enzymes to tackle body oils, sweat, and soils found deep in garment fibers.

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Made from pure, natural coconut oil, this all-natural liquid surfactant is a compound that removes dirt from the fibers of your laundry when mixed with water. Our potassium cocoate is naturally-derived from raw Certified Organic Coconut Oil and is processed according to the standards required for organic certification.

It is biodegradable, made from renewable and sustainable sources, and is preservative free. This pure coconut oil soap is rated a #1 by the EWG, is ECOCERT approved, and produced from food-grade coconut oil.

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Rated 1 by the EWG, Saccharomyces ferment is a fermentation of the Saccharomyces bacteria, in the family of fungi. Strains of Saccharomyces are used to ferment beer and wine, and some are even used in bread. We use this ingredient because its live enzymes help to break down odor-causing compounds, removing stink and stains from your clothing.

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You are more likely to know this ingredient by its common name, baking soda. It’s included to reduce odor-causing bacteria, gently cleanse, and reduce sudsing. (Low sudsing is especially important for efficiency machines.) Our source is aluminum-free and food-grade quality.

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Also known as washing soda, soda ash, or soda crystals, sodium carbonate is the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid. It treats hard water while acting as a solvent to remove a variety of stains. It also makes a great supporting surfactant. We use Sodium Carbonate in the formulation of our powders.

Sodium Carbonate is NOT Super Washing Soda, which has contaminants and synthetic fillers. Most detergent companies use sodium carbonates that are synthetically processed with trona, glass, and manmade chemicals. These Sodium Carbonates are sold for laundry and industrial use, but they are harsh, unclean, and cheap.

And that’s not how we do things. We source our Sodium Carbonate from a sustainable trona source located in the Green River Basin in Wyoming. This Sodium Carbonate is so pure, it is safe for use in medicinal and as food ingredients. (But please don’t think that means it’s okay to eat your Laundry Powder!)

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Sodium Carboxymethyl Inulin is created from a natural carbohydrate derived from the chicory plant. It’s effective in sequestering the positively charged ions in hard water, which is why we’ve added it to our formulas. Research has shown it to be a safe, non-toxic alternative to conventional water softening agents.

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This ingredient sounds a lot like the well-known toxin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). But we assure you, it’s nothing like SLS — not even close!

Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate derives from the amino acid sarcosine. You’ll find this naturally-occurring amino acid in almost every biologically active material. Plants, animals, and even in your own body. We use it as a safe surfactant to boost cleaning and foaming power.

Don’t worry. We’re still not using foaming agents, and yes, our laundry detergents are still HE machine safe! Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is low-sudsing, which means that the foam created is minimal and completely safe.

This ingredient has been through many mandated studies, each with rigorous testing. Every time, it came back with a clean slate. It has no known human or planet dangers and is non-toxic, mild, effective, and safe. It is also non-mutagenic, which means it does not cause or contribute to mutations or genetic alterations of an organism’s DNA.

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Sodium Percarbonate is a chemical produced by a reaction between sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. This natural, powerful oxidizing agent works wonders on stains when dissolved in hot water!

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Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a bright, citrus fragrance known to cheer, uplift, and energize. We love its worry-free aroma. We source from organic suppliers in Brazil. Pesticide-free and additive free!

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This ingredient is just as simple as it sounds! Minimal processing ensures that this ingredient is dense with element and minerals without being exposed to harsh chemicals traditionally used to prevent clumping.

By using this ingredient, we omit the need for borax in our formulas, which can irritate sensitive skin. Our source is triple-filtered in the USA and certified contaminant-free and certified safe for use in organic formulations.

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Our wood is sourced from maple trees on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. Local craftsman turn the wood in our beautiful wooden clothespins, coated with boiled linseed oil. Because our wood is handcrafted, there will be some natural variation of the wood grain in each clothespin.

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Our wool is 100% sheep wool from New Zealand family farms. These farms practice humane shearing techniques. The wool is hand-felted in Nepal by disadvantaged women in rural areas through a company that offers fair wages and even child care when needed to ensure these women are able to provide well for their families. The wool is Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny.

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Polysorbate is a harmless sugar alcohol called sorbitol, which has been treated with ethylene oxide. You’ll often find it in food products as an emulsifier, crystallization retarder, solubilizer, stabilizer, and flavor dispersant.

We use it as a non-toxic, non-ionic surfactant and emulsifying agent that powers cleaning action in our formulas. It is particularly helpful in encouraging fragrances to blend smoothly into products without separating.

It’s important to note that some sources of polysorbate 20 are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen and dangerous by-product. Knowing this, we are exceptionally careful in sourcing polysorbate 20 that is free of nitrosamine and any occurrence of 1,4 dioxane.

Inulin is a naturally occurring oligosaccharide or fructose polymer. It can be found in over 36,000 species of plants. Plants use inulin as a sort of a sugar reservoir, to be used as an energy reserve when nutrients are scarce.

You’ll often find inulin sold as a dietary fiber, but it pops up more often than you realize — at least for those of us who visit health food stores and food co-ops.

Inulin is usually derived from chicory root, a beautiful little plant with sky blue flowers. The leaves of a type of chicory plant are also known as endives, a popular cooking ingredient. The root is often made into a tea as a substitute for coffee.

We use inulin because it softens water by sequestering metals in the water. It’s ‘sheeting’ effect improves the dispersion of the detergent, allowing grime, dirt, and oils to rinse away quickly and completely. Inulin is also particularly helpful when washing out oil-based stains.

Inulin is non-toxic and biodegradable. When it comes to a clean ingredient, inulin is among the safest and best options. The EWG rates inulin as #1 on the safety scale.

This ingredient might sound intimidating, but it’s actually exceptionally safe. It is a naturally-derived, gentle, sugar-based surfactant. Unlike other acid-based surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, this natural, safe surfactant is sulfate-free and non-irritating.

We use it in our formulas thanks to its excellent performance profile in cleansing. It helps to build a stable, wet layer of bubbles that pull oil, debris, and dirt from your laundry to be easily rinsed away.

When it comes to safety ratings, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate is at the top of the list, especially when compared to ordinary sulfates, ether sulfates, and sulfonates. It’s biodegradable, safe for the environment, and we source ours from renewable plant feedstock sources. It meets demanding regulatory requirements including NPA, NSF, DFE and USDA Biobased. It’s rated #1 on the safety scale of the EWG.

Benzyl alcohol is a colorless, aromatic liquid. It’s produced naturally by many plants and is found in fruits and teas. You can also find it in essential oils, such as jasmine, ylang-ylang, and hyacinth.

In manufacturing, it’s primarily used as an effective solvent, preservative, and sometimes even as a fragrance component. This means it helps other ingredients blend together for a smooth, stable end product that can last a long time on the shelf.

You’ll find it in cleaning products (such as our Dish Soap and Stain Spray), as well as perfumes, flavoring, and even in intravenous medications and topical drugs.

Deionized water is exactly what it sounds like — water with the ions removed! This means it has no positive or negative charge.

Deionized water is created by exposing regular water to electrically charged resins. These small resin particles bind to the ions within the water before being filtered out.

At Molly’s Suds, we use deionized water as a soft solvent for our formulas. Deionized water is incredibly useful because it is a true water blank. In controlled testing and production, deionized water adds no additional mineral variables, such as sodium, calcium, or potassium, into the manufacturing process.

Dialkylester ammonium methosulfate is plant-derived from palms. It’s effective for reducing static, softening fabrics, and is non-yellowing. It meets the U.S. EPA Safe Choice Program’s surfactant screen and is listed as a safe ingredient on Clean Ingredients, a database for green formulators.

Gluconolactone is a naturally occurring lactone. Lactones are cyclic esters of hydroxycarboxylic acids.

Sound complicated? You are actually more familiar with them than you might realize, as lactones are a part of nature’s building blocks. They contribute to the aroma of fruit, butter, cheese, oils, and other plants, and can be found in vitamins, enzymes, and even hormones.

We use it in our formulas as a sequestrant, which is a fancy way of saying that it improves the shelf stability of the product and prevents oxidation.

Glycereth-6 Laurate is a monoester of glycerin and lauric acid. We use it as an environmentally safe, low-risk, non-ionic emulsifying surfactant. It functions as an important part of the cleansing process, by binding to and breaking apart dirt and oil.

Glycereth-6 Laurate is an example of a safe alternative to more hazardous surfactants, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It is so gentle that even at 100% concentrations there are no risks to the skin or the environment. It can help soften fibers, works at low temperatures, and is safe to be used in homes with newborns and chemically-sensitive individuals. Ecolabel, Ecocert, and Nordic Swan approved.

Xanthan gum is made by fermenting sucrose or lactose with the plant-derived bacteria Xanthomonas campestris. It’s made into a solid, then ground into a fine white powder. We use food-grade xanthan gum (USP) as a natural thickener and as a stabilizer to prevent ingredients from separating. 

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  • Lavender Dish Soap
  • Unscented Dish Soap

Pure H20! The water we use is always purified, free from chemicals and toxins that contaminate many water sources. 

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A widely used food preservative, sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. It is naturally found in cranberries, prunes, plums, and other fruit. We use it as a safe, non-toxic preservative in our detergents.  While the safety of sodium benzoate has been questioned in food use and in applications related to skin care, it is absolutely safe as a preservative system in household cleaners. It’s a great alternative to the endocrine disrupting preservatives commonly used. We do not want bacteria to grow in our products, and this option is extremely safe in our formulas.

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  • Lavender Dish Soap
  • Unscented Dish Soap

Pumice rock is a very light and porous volcanic rock that is created when lava solidifies. Our pumice rock is naturally sourced from the United States and is 100% American made. Our Sweater Stones are manufactured at sheltered workshops in Seattle, WA. This program provides employment and training for the functionally disabled, helping them find fulfilling, long-lasting career opportunities. 

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Sweater Stone

Potassium Sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid. It is naturally found in the berries of the mountain ash tree. It is a naturally occurring antimicrobial compound frequently used as a preservative in multiple industries, including the food and wine industry. It is widely recognized as a very safe ingredient. In fact, the qualities of potassium sorbate are remarkably close to that of table salt! 

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  • Lavender Dish Soap
  • Unscented Dish Soap

Potassium Citrate is a potassium salt of citric acid. It’s used to regulate pH and reduce acidity. It’s often found in food products and can even be taken as a dietary supplement to help balance pH within the body. Our potassium citrate is food-safe — though that certainly doesn’t mean we’d recommend you ingest any of our products. 

 

Why do we use it? To help balance the pH in the wash! When your water’s pH balance is too far from neutral, it can start to damage your fabrics and make them seem dingy or worn. Balanced pH means cleaner laundry and clothes that look brighter and last longer. 

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We use wildcrafted organic peppermint oil (Mentha Arvensis) as a fresh take on scent! We source our peppermint oil from Japan, where it is harvested from indigenous areas that are pesticide and additive free. We use this oil to add an energizing brightness to several of our products, including our Original Laundry Powder, which was rated A by the EWG. (But, if peppermint isn’t your thing or you are extra sensitive, we do also have an Unscented Laundry Powder.)

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Our performance poly canvas is an extremely durable fabric. It is BPA-free, phthalate-free and manufactured without using any toxins or lead. Our performance poly canvas is what we use to make our Mermaid Wet+Dry Clutch. Its coating protects it from absorbing bacteria, stains, and odors. This clutch is safe to use for everything, including snacks, diapers, and wet garments. 

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Lemon essential oil is best known for its uplifting aroma and powerful disinfecting properties, but it’s also a really terrific stain fighter! So, we add this power-packed essential oil to our Oxygen Whitener to help boost whitening and stain removal as well as to give the powder a nice clean, fresh scent of juicy lemons! Our lemon essential oil is primarily indigenous to Italy and is always pesticide and additive-free. 

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Lavender Essential Oil is a beautiful and universally beloved fragrance that we can’t get enough of in our homes! We primarily source our lavender essential oil from the arid hills of Italy and is pesticide and additive-free. Steam-distillation captures the fresh, relaxing essence of the lavender fields for a deep, soothing aroma. Lavender essential oil is well-known for its calming properties that help banish insomnia and ease tension and stress. We’re getting sleepy just thinking about it. 

Our Lavender natural fragrance is derived from green, DFE compliant, and 100% natural sources. It’s completely free of petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, and pesticides. 

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  • Lavender Dish Soap
  • Lavender Linen Spray

Lauramine Oxide is an Amine N-oxide, an active component frequently found in shampoos, cosmetics, and soaps. We use it in our detergent to disperse the cleaning action of the detergent. It creates positive and negative charges on different atoms, builds suds, emulsifies, and helps to control static. It’s rated as ‘very safe’ by the EWG, with a score of 1. 

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  • Lavender Dish Soap
  • Unscented Dish Soap

Our non-GMO glycerin is derived from vegetables. We use this as a natural thickening agent in our liquid products.  

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Derived from plants without the use of phthalates, petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, or ethanol. We source from plants that are always pesticide free! 

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This hard-to-pronounce ingredient is actually more simple than it sounds. Ethylenediamine disuccinic acid is an aminopolycarboxylic acid that we use as a chelating agent. It’s a biodegradable alternative to Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). 

 

We use it in our detergents to help remove dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It also helps remove the yellow discoloration of whites caused by iron and manganese. In layman’s terms, this ingredient is a water softener, but without harsh endocrine disruptors and toxins commonly found in other detergents and soaps. 

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  • Unscented Dish Soap
  • Lavender Dish Soap

Ethyl alcohol is also known as ethanol, pure alcohol, or grain alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is used in fragrances because it helps to preserve, blend, and stabilize ingredients. It also helps to evenly disperse the scent molecules of a fragrance into the air around you. 

The various essential oils in our fragrance blends each have different weights. The citrus oils have lighter molecules that are volatile, dispersing easily and quickly. Heavier oils, such as cedar wood and rosemary, have heavier molecules that do not disperse so easily. Ethyl alcohol helps to blend the oils together for an even consistent aroma with each spritz.

Remember, because we source our fragrances from pure, plant-derived sources, you don’t need to be worried about these scent molecules in the air. In fact, rather than harmful, they can be beneficial!

Decyl glucoside is a non-ionic surfactant and cleansing agent. While many of us have been conditioned to think that all surfactants are dangerous, natural and non-ionic surfactant options do exist, with greatly diminished risks. Decyl Glucoside provides us with a safe alternative to sulfate surfactants. Several sulfates, such as SLS and SLES, are well-known for being hard on the environment, and especially aquatic life. Decyl glucoside is a safe, eco-friendly alternative that provides a deep clean without the risks. 

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Deionized water is just what it sounds like — water with the ions removed! It’s also known as demineralized water. Water from the tap is full ions that it picks up from soil and the water pipes. This process of deionization results in a truly purified water — nothing to it but H2O!

Coco glucoside is a natural surfactant derived from coconut oil and fruit sugar, both of which are eco-friendly and renewable sources. It emulsifies, conditions, and adds foam to detergent products. Unlike most surfactants, this one is completely biodegradable, GMO-free, and does not contain paragons, phthalates, laurel sulfates, laureth sulfates, or other hazardous, harsh endocrine disrupting chemicals. Coco glucoside is a mild ingredient safe for even the most sensitive skin, and safe for septic tanks and HE washing machines. 

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This acid is naturally derived from citrus fruit. We love it for its amazing ability to cut through hard water minerals and remove tough stains. The disinfecting properties of this plant-powered ingredient make it an awesome cleaning agent to tackle buildup in clothing fibers (like body oil and sweat). Citric acid also balances pH, improves shelf-life, and helps keep your washing machine sparkling clean and free from gunky build-up. 

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Disclaimers:

  1. While many of our ingredients are food-grade quality, please remember that none of our products should be ingested.
  2. As with all home cleaning products, keep out of reach of children, do not ingest, and avoid contact with eyes and skin.
  3. All of our safety claims are based upon current research and studies. In the event that research shows any of our ingredients to have toxicity or negative health concerns, we will revise formulas to continue our promise of safety. For now, we are operating based upon what is currently known regarding our ingredients.

Our Pledge

At Molly’s Suds, we are not going to “greenwash” you into a purchase. We believe in ingredient integrity, formulations, and products safe for people and the planet, in addition to excellent customer service. Molly’s footprints are on the back of every one of our products to remind you our products are safe for even your tiniest family member.

With infertility and fetal demise on the rise, we have to take a stand for our future. We want to carry on her legacy while helping families with safer products and the education of ingredient integrity. Toxins are all around us and we are making a difference in people’s lives.