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A few weeks ago, I saw an influencer post about a new brand in plastic-free cleaning: EC30. As someone who loves trying zero-waste cleaning products, I knew I wanted to order a set to review.

There are a few things I was skeptical about immediately:

  • The products include fragrance
  • EC30 is owned by Proctor & Gamble, a company with a history of lawsuits and class action suits due to product safety concerns

Why I wanted to write this review

I decided that if I had these hesitations, other consumers would too. But, maybe there’s a chance that these products are worth the money, right?

These are the questions that guided my review:

  • Where’s the line between zero waste and non-toxic living?
  • Are these products safe to use on my body or around the home?
  • Are eco-friendly cleaners made by major corporations trustworthy?
  • Is this just greenwashing?

Quick Summary: Although the cleaning products are convenient, the personal care products are impractical. More importantly, these products are rated poorly by the EWG and are overpriced compared to popular low waste products on the market.

What is EC30?

EC30 is a new company that makes zero-waste personal care products and cleaning supplies. They are owned by Proctor & Gamble and appear to sell plastic-free, water-free versions of conventional cleaning products.

Most of their items are made from dissolvable polyvinyl alcohols, so it will look like you have a piece of fabric in your hands, but it will quickly dissolve into hand soap when exposed to water.

EC30 makes a variety of home care products including:

  • Toilet cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Hand wash

They pride themselves on offering carbon-neutral cleaning supplies that have fewer ingredients (reducing the supply chain), no water, no plastic bottles, and are made in the US with renewable energy.

Most of their products are made for a single dose. For example, you would use a new hand wash swatch anytime you want to wash your hands. Every item is sized for use to prevent waste.

EC30 also partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to redirect a portion of its profits into sustainable causes.

What I Purchased

To complete this review, I ordered the Trial Kit for $35 plus tax. It includes 5 products, so I did not try the conditioner. I paid for this out of pocket – it was not gifted for review. The trial kit is only available in the “Blue Mist” scent, although EC30 notes they are “open to” the idea of a fragrance-free trial kit.

EC30 Review Criteria

This EC30 review will focus on these traits:

  • Effectiveness
  • Convenience
  • Product safety (EWG rating)
  • Financial value
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Unboxing EC30: First Impressions

I didn’t quite recognize the package right away because the packaging was very discrete and the label didn’t indicate where it came from. The outer envelope appeared to be made from compostable paper.

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EC30 Toilet Bowl Cleaner Review

I’ll be honest – this was the main product I wanted to try. I make my own toilet cleaner and wanted to see how these dissolvable pouches compared to my recipe.

Plus, I figured this product could be scented without causing me too much of a problem. The scent would stay in the bathroom and not touch my body, so maybe it would be okay?

EC30 toilet cleaner foaming up


I tested this product on the dirtiest toilet in our house. It hadn’t been cleaned in a couple of weeks and had a line of mineral deposits. The pouch dissolved quickly, bubbled up, and removed the grime (including most of the hard-to-remove mineral deposit). These products definitely work very well.


The individual pouches make it easy to add just enough cleaner to your toilet at any time, so it’s very convenient.

Product Safety

According to the EWG, this product gets a D rating due to its environmental concerns and skin and allergen issues.


15 for $29 ($1.93 each)

My homemade toilet cleaner costs approximately 60 cents per serving, so this product doesn’t compare with the value of homemade cleaning products. It shouldn’t cost $2 any time you want to clean a toilet in your house. Since many of us have multiple toilets, that’d be $4-8! Cheap conventional toilet cleaners cost $2-3 per bottle, so this price is really high.

If you’re into low waste alternatives to conventional cleaning products, don’t miss my Force of Nature cleaner review!

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EC30 Hand Wash Review

This was the first product I tried and unfortunately, I wish I hadn’t. Although the little sheet dissolved very easily, the fragrance was incredibly strong. I even scrubbed my hands with regular soap several times after and the scent would not go away. This started to give me a headache very quickly and it was easy to tell this product was not safe for me to use.


This product dissolves quickly and suds up well.


I’m not entirely sure how practical it is to have a jar of quickly dissolving tabs next to the sink. It feels really impractical and I could never figure out how to display these products without accidentally getting them wet.

Product Safety

Although the hand soap has not been rated by the EWG yet, I can tell that the fragrance is not suitable for people with sensitivities. It does have a very short ingredient list (5) and the cleaner, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, is considered a safe surfactant. Without the fragrance, this product would likely be considered safe.


60 for $19 ($0.32/per clean)

Although this is a lot cheaper than some of their other products, it’s still not a good value. If you wash your hands after cooking and going to the bathroom, you probably wash them at least 4 to maybe even 10 times a day. If you were to use this soap for each wash, you would spend at least $1.28 per day on just your hands.

I’m not entirely sure why this product would ever be used over bar soap or diluted castile soap. One bar of Kirk’s castile soap ($2) or Dr. Bronner’s ($4-5) will last at least a month.

I like to add liquid castile soap and water to a foaming hand soap container, which is approximately $1 per refill and each refill lasts about a month.

I see no practical situation when this product makes sense except maybe for hiking. Even then, this product isn’t rated highly enough by the EWG for me to be willing to use it in nature.

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EC30 Laundry Detergent Review

I was really nervous about this one because scented laundry detergents usually make me feel very itchy and give me a headache all the time. They’re also hard to remove so the scent will last despite washing and washing.

After having such a negative experience with the fragrance in the other products, I knew I couldn’t take a risk using this product on any fabrics in my house. There is an unscented version which I would try, but I could not take a risk with the scented version.

Apparently, they were rated as the best overall laundry sheet from Good Housekeeping Magazine. Based on my experience with the other products, I’m sure these actually work and likely work well.


I was not able to test these due to the strong fragrance.


The individual swatches are easy to use. If you already use pods or strips, it’s just as convenient.

Product Safety

D (The EWG graded this product as a D due to its 4 areas of concern including respiratory, allergies, environment, and cancer.)


30 for $29 ($0.97/each)

Compared to some of their other options, this felt closer to a good value. It is still significantly overpriced based on comparable products.

I’ve used powdered Biokleen laundry detergent for years, which is enough for 150 washes for $26. At $0.17 per wash, that price really can’t be beaten. It does contain some plastic, so it’s not entirely zero waste. I decided to compare this price with some other sheets and pods, since that’s a better reflection of the current market.

  • Dropps: The 64-count pack of Dropps stain & odor laundry detergent is $0.40/each at the highest price (the subscriptions and larger sizes are cheaper).
  • TrueEarth sheets: The 32 load pack of TrueEarth platinum is $0.68/each.
  • EarthBreeze sheets: The 60 load set at full price is $0.33/sheet and their subscription cuts the cost almost in half.

Clearly, the EC30 laundry detergent costs significantly more than comparable ecofriendly detergents.

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EC30 Body Wash Review

Okay as someone who only uses bar soap or castile soap for body wash, I’m definitely not the ideal client. I can only use fragrance-free body wash otherwise I end up itchy all day.

Due to my reaction to the hand soap, I knew this wouldn’t be a product I could use on my body.

I decided to test how well this product dissolved in a glass of water.


This product disintegrates quickly, making it easy to use. Any residue from the swatch will run down the drain quickly and leave just the soap behind.


Although this product works, it’s hard to store a dry product near a wet place. Since it begins to dissolve in 3 seconds, you have to hold it in your hand or some other sort of container until you’re ready.

Product Safety

Although this product has not been reviewed by the EWG yet, the main ingredient, sodium laureth sulfate, is rated a C. Since this product includes fragrance, it would likely be rated at a C or a D.


30 for $19 ($0.63/shower)

Although this price is more reasonable per use, there are much more affordable options on the market.

Assuming you shower every other day, this pack would last 2 months. That’s $9.50 per month.

My husband and I share one $12 bottle of castile soap for usually 9-12 months, which also includes refilling hand soap bottles, bathing the dog, and more.

Consider regular bar soap. There are great castile soap bars available for $2-5 each and they’ll easily last a month.

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EC30 Shampoo

My husband offered to try out this shampoo, but we were both really struggling with the fragrance. We decided not to bother using this product in the shower.

It did dissolve just fine in water so like their other products, they do actually work.


The swatches dissolve quickly in water and are enough for a good lather.


Again, it’s weird storing dry products near the shower. You have to either store them in your shower (plastic? glass?), bring them with you to the shower (and somehow not set them somewhere that could get wet), or use these right away. I find this product to be really impractical.

Product Safety

Just like the body wash above, this product would likely be rated a C or a D due to the sodium laureth sulfate and fragrance.


30 for $30 ($1 per use)

This one is a little harder to compare because shampoo prices can really vary between bars and refillable bottles. See my calculations below for related products.

My favorite shampoo bar, which is $22, lasts for up to 75 washes and costs $0.29 per wash. That’s clearly less than a third of the cost of the EC30 shampoo and it’s made to much higher standards.

Less expensive options like Hi Bar are even lower per wash.

Since most shampoos require approximately .33 oz per wash, here is the price per use for several popular eco-friendly liquid shampoos:

Unless your shampoo costs $3 per ounce ($48 per 16 oz), it’s cheaper than EC30.

Overall EC30 Review

After reviewing all of these products, I honestly wish I hadn’t bothered. The fragrance was so strong and gave me a sore throat and headache for the entire next day after opening it.

The products are:

  • Not safe for people or the environment (based on EWG ratings)
  • Impractical
  • Overpriced

Since they are made by Proctor & Gamble, a company that has faced lawsuit after lawsuit for safety concerns and has dozens or poorly rated products according to the EWG, why would we expect them to make safe, eco-friendly products?

Learn more:

Is EC30 greenwashing?

It’s such a fine line. We’re so quick to label things as good or bad and it’s important to think things through carefully.

  • Do these products come shipping without plastic? Yes
  • Does this make them zero waste? Technically
  • Are EC30 products good for the environment? Not according to the EWG
  • Are they non-toxic or “clean?” The hand soap is the safest but is still heavily fragranced. The unscented laundry detergent might not trigger fragrance issues, but the poor product safety rating from the EWG is still a problem.

It’s pretty apparent that this product wasn’t made with real integrity. Sure, they fit the “plastic-free” standard, but they aren’t really better for you or the environment. You could spend so much less on higher quality, safe products made by ethical companies.

Going fragrance-free would be a start, but the product formulations just don’t reach the safety level your family deserves.

EC30 is the equivalent of conventional cleaning products just without plastic. If that’s all you’re looking for, they’ll work. If you’re looking to really vote with your dollars, I’d recommend voting elsewhere.

Would we buy these products again?

Even if the company made these products entirely fragrance-free, I still would not want to use a product with such poor EWG ratings. Plus, they just are not cost-effective compared to the other products we use and love.

We will not be finishing these products and will be posting them in our local Buy Nothing Group to get them out of our house immediately.

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  1. Thank you, I learned some things and will do more research now. I already use EC30 products and agree about the scent being too strong for the laundry but they have an unscented version of it that I use. Oddly, the scented hand soap doesn’t bother me at all but I do get headaches from most perfumes, colognes, and other scented products. I liked the hand soap and love the lather that also moisturizes my skin. The swatches ARE odd though – how to keep them dry in a humid bathroom. I have a soap dish where I started putting a few of the hand swatches because the cardboard container looks tacky on my counter – but the humidity in the bathroom while showering gets so high that the swatches get a little damp – not a huge probably but why not just go back to bar soap? For showering, I grab a wash cloth, and my body wash, shampoo, and conditioner then fold them all up in the wash cloth so that they stay dry. Once in the shower, I use the shampoo first, then the conditioner because I put the body wash swatch in the folded cloth and the lather lasts as long as you need it. I’m amazed at how much lather there is. Although, when I opened my 2nd box the lather seems to be less, and the swatch seemed more lotion-like – similar to the conditioner. Also, the conditioner swatch is much harder to dissolve than the others and I end up with chunks of it going down the drain. These swatches are expensive – especially the toilet cleaner and I have 5 bathrooms so I’m not doing those after the trial kit.

    1. Sharon, Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I’m sure this will be so helpful for other people trying to decide if EC30 is right for them. The swatches definitely don’t make sense for every purpose. I can understand a toilet bomb, but the hand soap seems especially impractical. I love your tip about putting the body wash swatch in a washcloth – great way to troubleshoot. The price is certain quite high! I wish it would have been a better fit for me and/or that they offered an unscented trial kit, but we really couldn’t get them out of our house fast enough!

      1. I think they will eventually make unscented. They have unscented for the laundry “sheet.” I used the shampoo, conditioner and body wash today. I have to say the smell was overwhelming when I opened the box, but it was a lot mild as soon as I mixed it with water and lathered it up. I used a body sponge and tbh I could cut the body wash in half or thirds maybe. I have very sensitive skin and this did not bother me, I was hesitant to even try it thinking I would be showering again and taking a benedryl to combat an allergic reaction, but I’ve been ok. The shampoo I will probably cut in half as well. I have had a sensitive scalp since childhood and can only use certain shampoos and conditioners and this didn’t bother me at all. In fact, my scalp feels very clean, which I wonder if it is the baking soda? I don’t know. But it was a very luxurious butter like lather. It sounded like an asmr video washing my hair ???? I didn’t want it to end haha. I haven’t used the hand soap, but I do see similar paper soaps on Amazon that I may put in an apothecary jar at each sink. I showered around 5 this evening and don’t smell the scent on my skin anymore, I know some scents will stay on forever.

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