What if you were to read the following on the label of your favourite cleaning product?

A heady aroma of triclosan and triclocarban, with a subtle trace of Perchloroethylene and the freshness of 2-Butoxyethanol, and a lingering finish of Ammonia.

Not too appealing, eh? Well, believe it or not, those ingredients (and others) could well be what has gone into making certain products smell good to you.

‘Fragrance’ is often a word we associate with pleasant scents and freshness. However, with standard cleaners, this can be a potent chemical cocktail. The ‘hangover’ may well involve allergic reactions and hormone disruption.

Some fragrance chemicals have not been assessed according to safety regulations. Fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets, therefore, many companies aren't required to list their ingredients, but merely label their products as containing ‘fragrance’ (Organic consumers association). Unless all ingredients are disclosed on the product label, there is no way of knowing what’s in it.

So watch out for anything that includes phthalates, triclosan, and triclocarban, as well as Perchloroethylene or “PERC”, Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”, 2-Butoxyethanol, Ammonia, Chlorine, and Sodium Hydroxide ( It’s likely their properties are as unpalatable as their names. 

Koala Co uses only ingredients that are 100% biodegradable, sourced exclusively from native Australian plants. Our products contain sugar-based alcohols, plant-derived solubilisers, coconut and sugar-based non-toxic soaps.

The essential oils we use—and which smell only of their natural selves—include Eucalyptus Australiana, Peppermint, and Lemon Myrtle. Start small. Take something natural and non-toxic into your home. Switch to a Koala Co. cleaning product. There’s no harm in it.

Why Koalas

Why Koalas

Why have we named our company and products after the koala, one of Australia’s most iconic and lovable creatures?

Koalas have been a symbol of this nation’s cultural and natural heritage for millennia, from Indigenous mythology to the mischievous Blinky Bill, the character created by author and illustrator Dorothy Wall in the 1930s. Because our company is quintessentially Australian—all our ingredients are sourced right here in Australia—it made sense to us to choose a name that was also unmistakably Australian. And because Koala Co products are 100% sourced from nature and will not damage the environment, we hope to do our bit to help safeguard the future for these little guys.

Because, sadly, Australia’s koala population is plummeting. Development is destroying their eucalypt woodland habitat, and climate change is threatening their survival. According to the Australian Koala Foundation 80% of habitat has now disappeared.

So in addition to making products that are kind to nature as well as humans, our company donates a percentage of each sale to the charity One Percent for the Planet. This environmental group is committed to protecting land, forests, rivers and oceans, and encourages sustainable methods of energy.

{Did you know?}

Koalas are marsupials, not bears. They carry their young in a pouch, like kangaroos or possums. Their diet of eucalypt leaves doesn’t give them much energy, so they tend to sleep for about 20 hours a day. In the wild, they live in the coastal areas of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. You won’t find them in Western Australia, the Top End or Tasmania unless they’re in a sanctuary or a zoo.