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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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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Linseed oil is more commonly known as flaxseed oil. We use linseed oil to help to protect our Kevin’s Quality Clothespins from the weather and to bring out the beautiful wood grain. Don’t worry; the oil will not harm clothing! It’s completely safe and an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional paints and stains.

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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. This pure coconut oil soap is rated a 1 on EWG.org, is ECOCERT approved, and produced from food-grade coconut oil.

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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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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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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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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.