Disappointed With Costco Laundry Detergent: Didn't Clean Well

by SR101 Reader

Below are several reviews of Kirkland laundry detergent liquid, in the scented version, shared by readers.

SR101 Reader says:

This detergent is okay. My colors look bright, but the clothes are still showing signs of not being clean in the underarm area, and other high perspiration areas.


I though I had a winner until we started to fold tees, socks and thin tops.

However, the towels and heavier stuff did much better with this detergent.

Because of the issues with the perspiration areas though I won't buy this one again.

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Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing this review of Costco detergent.

Most of the reviews I've received previously have had to do with laundry detergent allergy issues, so I am happy to hear one sharing how it worked for cleaning your clothes, although it doesn't sound like it worked too well for you.

***Update: I've gotten another review from another reader, now, who also reported allergy issues from this version. You can read it here (warning, there is a non-graphic picture of an allergic skin reaction).

I would love to hear from even more people sharing how Kirkland laundry detergent, from Costco, worked for cleaning their clothes. You can share your laundry detergent review here, for this or any other brand, telling me your experiences with it, good or bad.

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Costco Laundry Pods Are Great

by Kathy

For those of you who don't want to make their own detergent, the Consumers Report gave the Costco pods a high rating over Tide pods.

I have been using them for months and our family laundry is not noticing any change at all.

It is much cheaper than the Tide Pods and so convenient for me. It is another choice.

I have extremely sensitive skin and this does not bother me either, which is a HUGE plus!

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Who Is Kirkland Liquid Detergent Manufactured By?

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 Reader asked me this question about Kirkland liquid laundry detergent.

SR101 Reader's Question:

Does anyone know who Kirkland liquid laundry detergent is made by?

I've been told to stay away from all SUN detergent manufactured products (the manufacturers of both Sun and All) due to a severe allergic reaction I had to a product manufactured by Sun Detergent (HomeLife that is Albertson's generic brand).

Or if anyone has an 800 number on the back of the bottle, can you please provide that ... if no one knows who actually distributes it? Thanks!

Taylor says:

I searched and searched and I couldn't figure out who manufactures this product either. I would assume its not highly publicized since many companies don't want others to know they sell private brand labels rights for a cheaper price than the brand name many of the times.

I did find one article from a blog, called EasyEcoBlog, which stated:
Costco lists all active agreements. Coconut and palm oils ingredients as well as natural plant oils are used. MSDS documents are tough to get. Calling Costco at 800-774-2678 lead to a recommendation to call their supplier for these products, Huish detergents – Sun Products, at 800-776-6702. You can call them and ask for the MSDS documents.
This suggests at least some of the detergents are manufactured by Sun, but I wouldn't really say this blog is anything close to official, so I'm not sure of its accuracy.

In additional, this blog was referring to the Kirkland Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent, so I don't know that it has the same manufacturer as the Ultra and Free & Clear versions.

My suggestion would be to call the Member services 800 number, which is 1-800-774-2678, and hopefully they will be able to answer your questions, or transfer you to someone who can. If you do find out for sure who manufactures this product I'd love to know!

I've answered this question (at least to the best of my ability) as part of my laundry questions section of the site. You can ask me your own questions here, or read answers to other questions I've already answered.

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house brand
by: Donna

Costco's house brands are reasonably priced and they are always highly rated by Consumer Reports.

works great
by: Julie

Costco brand "Kirkland" liquid laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets work great.

Kirkland Institutional Laundry Detergent - Concentrated
by: Vaughan

It's been removing color from colored cotton tee shirts in a splotchy fashion. Looks like a marbleizing effect.

Give me my Tide pods!!
by: Anonymous

Sorry, but not happy with Kirkland pods. Our Costco in Montebello, CA is only carrying Kirkland pods, and not happy with the results!!!! Tide !!!!!!!! 100X better.

Kirkland Washing Pods Odor
by: Anonymous

I noticed a sour odor on my clothes and towels after using the pods, thought it was my washer but that was not the case, so I stopped using the Kirkland pods and went back to my regular washing liquid detergent and the odor was gone. Tried it again with pods the odor was there again, I have so many left but will not use them.

Not HE compatible
by: Anonymous

I purchased this after reading the Costco magazine. My laundry smells nice and have not noticed a problem with cleaning. HOWEVER, it does not seem to be HE compatible. I have to rinse loads a couple of times to remove soap even though I use less than directed!!

I think it might be causing bleach marks
by: Barry

We've had 3 sets of sheets ruined by what appears to be a bleach stain when using Kirkland Ultra. I've had some solid color polo shirts to show a faint splotchy bleached stain. Wondering if a whitening agent is stratifying. Tough to try shaking this big container each time.

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