Best Natural Laundry Detergents – Our Top 10 Picks for 2018

October 19, 2018 Connor Morgan 18 Comments

Looking to Green Up your laundry game with some truly stellar natural laundry detergents? We’ve got you covered!

Unfortunately when it comes to “natural” laundry detergents there is a lot of misinformation out there which can make the process of finding a truly natural, effective detergent challenging. There are many brands marketing their products as “natural” when in fact they are far from it. There are also many natural detergents that simply aren’t very effective or cost a fortune. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite natural detergents to help you rid your laundry room of toxins without breaking the bank.

For us here at Green Roots Lifestyle, the word “natural” isn’t just a term to be thrown around, it should mean something. As consumers of all-natural products ourselves we have thoroughly researched these detergents in a variety of categories and have taken extra care to do the dirty work of scouring their ingredients for potentially harmful chemicals. We have marked any potentially harmful ingredient and explained what harmful traits it may have (such as skin irritation or organ toxicity). We hope you find the right detergent to meet your needs while keeping your body and the planet happy, healthy, and wonderfully clean.


Why use Natural Laundry Detergent

Before we get into specific detergents let’s have a look at a few reasons why it’s a great decision to go all-natural:

Toxins:

It’s been well-known for years that our skin is semi-permeable and subject to absorbing chemicals that it comes into contact with. When it comes to household cleaning, this is particularly important to consider because many widely used cleaning products contain all kinds of  harsh chemicals. A few particularly harmful ones that are commonly found in laundry detergents are Alcohol Ethoxylates, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Synthetic perfumes, Fragrances, Dyes, Optical Brighteners, Enzymes, and Preservatives. Health effects of these chemicals range from skin irritation and allergic reactions to carcinogenic effects and organ toxicity. Enzymes in particular are living creatures which can become absorbed through inhalation as they react to the moisture in your lungs.

I HIGHLY encourage you to empower and protect yourself by checking the ingredients used in your cleaning products. Luckily there are many reliable resources available for free online including:

  • EWG’s Skin Deep Database – A database collection of products and ingredients commonly used in cosmetics, cleaners, and personal care products.
  • Alkalize for Health – A toxic cosmetics ingredient directory, many of these ingredients are used not only in cosmetics but a variety of household products.
  • There is also a really handy list put together by the Lion Bear Naked Soap Company suggesting which ingredients to look for and avoid in your products. You can easily refer to this list or print it and take it with you when purchasing household products to be sure they are free of many harmful chemicals: Unacceptable Ingredients List.

 

Environmental Impact:

In addition to the wide range of health effects commonly associated with detergent chemicals, it’s important to consider the impact these ingredients have on the environment. Soil and aqua toxicity can wreak havoc on the planet’s plants, animals, and waterways. Although sewage water from drained washers flows to treatment plants, it is often not fully purged of chemicals before being released back into the environment. Some detergents are allowed to flow directly into the ground. Drained chemicals such as synthetic surfacants can harm fish, algae, and aquatic invertebrates.

Many companies do not implement sustainable manufacturing processes which leads to high emission rates and industrial production waste. Furthermore, the non-recyclable, non-biodegradable packaging used for many detergents ends up in landfills. It is estimated that the carbon footprint (the amount of Carbon Dioxide released into the atmosphere through the manufacturing and use of the product) of a single load of laundry is one to two pounds. This is approximately the amount of CO2 a car emits when it travels a mile.

 

Natural Benefits:

There are many benefits in addition to the lowered risk of health effects and environmental impact when using all natural products. You’ll find that natural detergents work great for cleaning, have naturally pleasant fragrances, can be very affordable, and can really improve your laundry washing experience. You even incorporate some fun DIY elements to your washing experience by adding your favorite pure essential oils to unscented detergents!


Evaluation Criteria

 

To determine our top picks for the best natural laundry detergents, we evaluated each of them in five different areas which are listed as follows:

Cost:

How expensive is the detergent? How much detergent do you get for the given cost? What does it cost per load of laundry?

Ingredients:

Does the detergent contain any potentially toxic or harmful ingredients? Does it contain any particularly beneficial ingredients?

*In this article we have identified any POTENTIALLY harmful ingredients such as SLS or preservatives with an asterisk*

Quality:

How effective is this detergent for cleaning clothes? How concentrated is it? How much do you need to use for it to be effective for regular loads? Does is have a pleasant fragrance? Does it leave your clothes feeling soft? Does it remove stains? Does it brighten colors/whites? Is it vegan? Is it Biodegradable?

Packaging & Sourcing:

What materials are used in the detergent’s packaging? Is it produced responsibly? What is the environmental impact of its sourcing and packaging? Where and how is it manufactured?

Sustainability:

Does the producer have any sustainability initiatives or programs? Is the soap manufactured using renewable resources?


Liquid Detergents

 

Better Life – Lavender Grapefruit

Cost:

  • $16.72 (64 FL OZ, 1.89L) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 64 loads of regular laundry per bottle.
  • Approximately $0.26 per wash.

 

Ingredients: (Directly from the Better Life Website.)

  • No potentially harmful or toxic ingredients

 

Quality:

  • Claims to be ultra concentrated but in fact requires the average dosage of 1 FL OZ per load.
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh and soft, moderate floral/citrus scent.
  • Biodegradable
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Made in USA
  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Label Transparency

 

Sustainability:

  • Packaged using solar power.

Attitude – Citrus Zest

Cost:

  • $22.21 (35.5 FL OZ, 1.05L) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 35 loads of regular laundry per bottle.
  • Approximately $0.63 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Aqua/water/eau, vegetable anionic surfactants (sodium coco sulfate), vegetable non-ionic surfactants (lauryl glucoside), sodium citrate, sodium gluconate, terpineol (citrus), decanal (citrus), allyl caproate* (sweet fruit).
  • *Allyl caproate is suspected as a possible environmental toxin but there is not enough data to confirm or deny this.

 

Quality:

  • Not concentrated
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh with mild energizing citrus scent.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Enzyme-Free
  • Vegan
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Made in Canada
  • Recyclable bottles using HDME #2 plastic
  • Containers are made from post consumer recycled plastics.
  • Vertical integrated production process (control production from sourcing to manufacturing).
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Label Transparency

 

Sustainability:

  • Use 100 percent renewable power sources during manufacturing.
  • Recycle thermal energy to heat warehouses and production facilities. Plant trees to compensate for gas emissions.
  • Meet biodegradability, aqua toxicity, renewable supply and end-of-life environmental criteria.
  • All products are ECOLOGO®certified.

Eco-Me – Vanilla Bean

Cost:

  • $14.05 (32 FL OZ, 946ml) when purchased on  Amazon.
  • Washes 64 loads of regular laundry per bottle.
  • Approximately $0.22 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Water, Coco Glucoside (Plant-derived soap), Decyl Glucoside (Plant-derived Soap), Capryl Glucoside (Plant-derived Solubilizer), Leuconostoc (Radish Root Antimicrobial), Xanthan Gum, Natural Plant Essential Oils, Glyceryl Caprylate Caprate* (Vegetable-derived Thickener), Potassium Sorbate (Food-grade Preservative)
  • *Glyceryl Caprylate Caprate may be a skin/eye irritant and penetration enhancer at high concentrations.
  • *Potassium Sorbate can be a skin toxicant/allergen at high concentrations.

 

Quality:

  • 2x Concentrated
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh with a relaxing mild vanilla scent.
  • Gluten-Free
  • BPA-Free
  • Vegan
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Manufacturing plant in Southern California
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Recyclable PET #1 plastic packaging
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:

Nature Clean – White Lily and Moroccan Myrrh

Cost:

  • $17.99 (101 FL OZ, 3L) when purchased from the Well.ca website.
  • Washes 50 loads of regular laundry per bottle.
  • Approximately $0.36 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Aqua/Water/Eau, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Barosma betulina (Buchu) Leaf Oil, Citrus sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Canarium Iuzonicum (Elemi) Gum Oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus retculata (Petitgrain) Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Methylisothiazolinone*, Methylchloroisothiazolinone*
  • *Methylisothiazolinone is a known skin toxicant/allergen and a potential immune system toxicant. It may also have environmental toxicity effect but there is not enough data to absolutely confirm it.
  • *Methylchloroisothiazolinone is a known skin toxicant/allergen, a potential immune system toxicant, and a mutagen. It may also have environmental toxicity effect but there is not enough data to absolutely confirm it.

 

Quality:

  • Not concentrated
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh with a moderately strong floral/incense scent.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Enzyme-Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Locally owned, manufactured, and packaged in Canada.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:

Molly’s Suds – Unscented

Cost:

  • $18.50 (50 FL OZ, 1.48L) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 50 loads of regular laundry per package.
  • Approximately $0.37 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Water, Sodium Lauryl glucosides, Hydroxypropyl sulfonate (naturally sourced, plant-based, biodegradable), Potassium Cocoate (pure coconut oil soap), Coco-Glucoside (derived from coconut oil and fruit sugar), Potassium Citrate, Carboxymethyl Cellulose (plant-derived, biodegradable), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carboxymethyl Inulin (plant-based), Methylglycinediacetic Acid Trisodium Salt (non-EDTA biodegradable chelator)
  • No potentially harmful or toxic ingredients.

 

Quality:

  • Claims to be ultra concentrated but in fact requires the average dosage of 1 FL OZ per load.
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves laundry fresh without any added fragrances.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • No-waste packaging bag to reduce carbon footprint and maximize ability to get all the detergent out of the package.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Recyclable packaging.
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:


Powder Detergents

 

Meliora – Lemon Lavender Clove

Cost:

  • $18.99 (35 OZ, 992g) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 64 loads of regular laundry per canister.
  • Approximately $0.30 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water], Organic Euginia caryophyllata (Clovebud) Oil, Organic Lavandula Hybrida Grosso (Lavender) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
  • No potentially harmful or toxic ingredients.
  • MadeSafe certified.

 

Quality:

  • Concentrated (Approx. 2x)
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh with an uplifting and soothing spiced citrus and floral scent.
  • Biodegradable
  • Vegan
  • Grey Water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Manufactured in Chicago, U.S.A.
  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:

Molly’s Suds – Peppermint

Cost:

  • $19.99 (80.25 OZ, 2.275Kg) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 120 loads of regular laundry per package.
  • Approximately $0.17 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate (heptahydrate), unrefined sea salt, and organic (Arvensis) peppermint oil.
  • No potentially harmful or toxic ingredients

 

Quality:

  • Concentrated (Approx. 2x)
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves laundry fresh with an invigorating but mild peppermint scent.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • Septic Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • No-waste packaging bag to reduce carbon footprint and maximize ability to get all the detergent out of the package.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Recyclable packaging.
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:

Lion Bear Naked Soap – Unscented

Cost:

  • $9.99 (32 OZ, 0.91Kg) when purchased directly from the Lion Bear Naked Soap Website.
  • Washes 64 loads of regular laundry per package.
  • Approximately $0.16 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Sodium carbonate (Soda Ash), Sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Distilled White Vinegar, {Saponized Helianthus annuus oil (Non-GMO Sunflower Seed), Elaeis guineenis oil (Palm Kernel [USDA]) }, naturally forming vegetable glycerin, Hydrogen peroxide
  • No potentially harmful or toxic ingredients
  • USDA Certified Organic

 

Quality:

  • Concentrated (Approx. 2x)
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves laundry fresh and soft without any added fragrance.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • BPA-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Zero-Waste manufacturing in Denton, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Source their main oils from Run Sunflower Farm in Minnesota.
  • HDPE recyclable packaging.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Label Transparency

 

Sustainability:

  • Created the industry’s first biodegradable powder scoop.
  • Pursuing implementation of 100% compostable bottles.
  • Support local agriculture.

Detergent Pacs

Nature Clean – Fragrance Free

Cost:

  • $11.99 ( 15.2 OZ ,432g) when purchased from the Well.ca website.
  • Washes 24 loads of regular laundry per package.
  • Approximately $0.50 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Decyl Glucoside, Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Zeolite, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Metasilicate*, Sodium Polyitaconate, Polyvinyl Alcohol (Water Soluble Film/Film Soluble Dan L’eau)
  • *Sodium Metasilicate can be a skin irritant/allergen in certain high concentrations.

 

Quality:

  • Not concentrated
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes smelling fresh without any added fragrance.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Enzyme-Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Locally owned, manufactured, and packaged in Canada.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Label Transparency.

 

Sustainability:


Detergent Bar/Paste

 

Tangie’s Laundry Paste – Unscented

Cost:

  • $28.88 (1 bar/ self diluted to 128 FL OZ) when purchased on Amazon.
  • Washes 256 loads of regular laundry per bar.
  • Approximately $0.11 per load.

 

Ingredients:

  • plant based soap of coconut & olive oils, soap nuts liquid, yucca powder (washing), baking soda (freshening), *oxalic acid (whitening & stain lifting), salt (water softening), sodium percarbonate (whitening), rosemary oleo resin (preservative).
  • *oxalic acid has potential developmental/reproductive/organ system toxicity but there is not a lot of data to confirm or deny this.

 

Quality:

  • Ultra Concentrated
  • Compatible with HE and standard machines.
  • Cleans regular linens effectively, clothes still need stain/spot treatment before washing.
  • Leaves clothes naturally softened and smelling fresh without any added fragrance.
  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • Grey water Safe
  • EWG Verified

 

Packaging & Sourcing:

  • Manufactured in Florida, U.S.A
  • Zero waste, plastic free cellophane packaging.
  • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
  • Label Transparency

 

Sustainability:

  • Exceptional waste free initiative.
  • Green America Certified.
  • Promotes a variety of free resources to reduce plastic usage.

The Cream of the Crop

 

Each soap we reviewed received an A rating from the Environmental Working Group although as you can see, some of these detergents do still contain some amounts of potentially harmful ingredients. In selecting our absolute favorite detergents we carefully considered and compared each detergent based on the evaluation criteria with particular emphasis on toxicity, cost, and the environmental impacts from the manufacturing/packaging process. With that in mind, here are the detergents that we consider the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the greenest of green, and our absolute favorites:

The Best Liquid Detergent

Attitude – Citrus Zest:

Attitude’s Citrus Zest is our favorite liquid detergent. It contains no ingredients that are harmful to personal health. It works very well for cleaning laundry and can be used to pre-treat stains. The scent wonderful but not overpowering, using all natural plant derived oils for fragrance that leave clothes with a gentle citrus scent. The concentration is standard which has also led to a standard cost, less expensive than some detergents and more expensive than others. For us, $0.63 per load is a little pricey but worth it for such a great product. The fact that it’s enzyme free was a big component that not all the natural detergents we reviewed had.

The company itself far exceeds the standards for sustainability practices and has many certifications to verify its claims such as being EWG Verified, Ecologo Certified, PETA Beauty without Bunnies Certified, and holds the NEA Seal of Acceptance. The one ingredient that presented some conflict for us with this detergent was Allyl Caproate. We extensively researched this ingredient and couldn’t find any conclusive evidence. It received a low-hazard ranking from the Environmental Working Group with only one study suggesting it could have potential environmental toxicity. For now, we were comfortable with this and we will stay up to date on any further research done about this ingredient.

 

The Best Laundry Powder

Meliora – Lemon Lavender Clove:

There really aren’t enough good things we can say about Meliora’s Lemon Lavender Clove laundry powder. Of all the detergents reviewed, it’s our number one, absolute favorite! It’s ingredients are completely natural and contain no chemicals that are harmful to personal health or the environment. In fact, it’s the only detergent we reviewed that with MadeSafe certified ingredients which are also vegan, biodegradable, and grey water safe. It contains no enzymes or preservatives. The detergent is very effective for washing and doubles as a stain remover/pre-treatment. The natural fragrance is completely derived from pure essential oils and it smells superb – bright and refreshing yet soothing and grounding. This powder is 2x concentrated giving it an affordable cost per load of only $0.30.

The company promotes reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy in a variety of ways ranging from it’s packaging to its sourcing/manufacturing practices It’s a Certified B Corporation as well as a partner of 1% for the Planet and Women’s Voices for the Earth. The company is EWG Verified, and t’s entirely manufactured in Chicago, U.S.A. They even encourage factory visits from consumers offering complete transparency. We simply adore this detergent

The Best Alternative Detergent

Tangie’s’s Laundry Paste:

We are so happy we found Tangie’s’s Laundry paste! We love the product and deeply support this company. This detergent it is BY FAR the most concentrated and cost effective detergent we reviewed with an incredible cost of only $0.11 per load. In addition, it works great and naturally softens clothes so you don’t need any additional fabric softener. It doesn’t have any added fragrance but we found it so have a nice mild, fresh aroma. This detergent is handcrafted, vegan, biodegradable, grey water safe and EWG verified.

One of the best-selling points, though, is the company’s extraordinary model and commitment to Zero-Waste manufacturing and packaging. The laundry paste is shipped with a completely biodegradable cellophane wrapping and you have the option to include a label which can be added to your own container. The company provides all kinds of helpful resources to promote reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy and produce zero waste products. They are Green America Certified and manufacture in Florida, U.S.A.

The only flaw we could find with Tangie’s’s was one ingredient of possible concern used in this detergent. Oxalic acid is used for stain fighting and occurs naturally in many foods. The potential health risk come from this chemical being ingested in high concentration which can led to acute kidney failure. Although this is a concern, we are comfortable with this ingredient when used as directed in low concentrations in detergent, especially since we are ingesting it regularly when we eat turnip, sweet potato, parsley and a whole host of other foods.

 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about some great natural laundry detergents! I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts, questions, suggestions, or any other great detergents you are using!

I hope you have a happy day 🙂

Connor Morgan

Founder – Green Roots Lifestyle

 

 

18 People reacted on this

  1. I’ve heard about and seen a lot of adverts regarding ‘natural’ laundry detergents but I must admit that I never actually knew WHAT is was that made them so different from regular laundry detergent. Thanks for laying all the information out in a simple to understand way! I see you’ve broken it down into even more categories like liquid and powder; is there a difference in the benefits of using these two different types? 

    Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Hi Danny,
      I am happy you have found the article to be informative and easy to understand. I wouldn’t say there is a huge difference in benefits between using liquid or powder detergents, it’s really a personal preference. Typically powders are a bit less cumbersome and bulky to carry if you are purchasing from the supermarket. The main difference in benefits can be found in each detergents specific ingredients. Thanks for the questions!

      Best wishes!

      Connor

  2. This is a very interesting post. One thing consumers have a problem with these days is manufacturers ‘spinning’ their product descriptions. It’s often nigh on impossible to make an informed choice on what you’re buying in supermarkets just by reading the packaging. Very often ingredients are hidden from view, or else deliberately confused to focus attention away from them.

    In the UK, foodstuffs are the most highly policed items, so washing powders and cleaning agents don’t come under as much scrutiny, but as you point out, they should!

    The more information we have at out disposal, the better. Thank you very much for the article.

    Regards, Dave

    1. Hi Dave,
      Really happy to hear you’ve found the article helpful. I agree that most of the policies in the supermarket are focused on the foods and cosmetics while often times cleaning products are very ambiguous. Many companies do take advantage of the lack of regulations and market themselves as natural while using harmful chemicals. If you are ever uncertain about the ingredients in your cleaning products I definitely recommend utilizing the resources listed in the article to find out more about specific ingredients and products.

      Thanks for your support!

      Connor

  3. Thank you for such an extensive review of natural laundry detergents.  I know you put a lot of research in this review and  appreciate your effort to educate us on the importance of why we need to question how our laundry routine impacts the environment and our health.

    I was wondering for detergent past works…is that for hand washing?  I didn’t see any information on how to purchase any of these items.  Do you have details on your site for people to find out more if they wish to try these?

    1. Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comment and questions. I am glad you found the article helpful. I am a little unclear about your question regarding hand washing, is “Past Works” as brand of detergent? I would generally say that none of these detergents are intended to direct hand washing and there are numerous natural hand soaps you can consider. In regards to purchasing, at the very top of each detergent review there is a link to purchase them right next to the cost listing. Let me know if you need further assistance with the purchasing process.

      Cheers 🙂

  4. I suffer skin allergies and the use of harsh detergents in laundry washing powder and liquid has brought on quite a few attacks that had me seeking medical attention. I currently use baby laundry detergent to avoid these allergies. This article really helped me to identify alternatives, which are eco- friendly, while being hypoallergenic. Thanks for enlightening me to natural laundry detergents.

    1. Hi Aziza,
      So sorry to hear about your experience with needing medical attention due to harsh chemicals! I am so happy you have found some alternatives that are working for you with baby detergents. I have marked any specifically hypoallergenic deterrents in the article and many of these companies do also offer baby detergent so I hope you can continue to be free of allergic reactions and find some natural detergents that you enjoy! Let us know if there are any that you particularly like 🙂

      Best wishes!

  5. Hi Connor,

    Thanks for sharing a great article to read and to know more about natural laundry detergents, more and more people are interested to know how to keep on their lifestyle and do better to the planet and to know about the different ways we all can help to keep it our planet safe.

    When we talk about small things that we can change in our daily life to help to keep the planet safe, using a natural laundry detergent is one of them.

    I never thought I could get a natural laundry detergent, and you have here a wide selection to pick one and try it.

    Bookmarked your article and I’ll check out which one I can get to give it a try! 

    1. Greetings Alejandra,
      I am so happy you have found the article to be a helpful resource for you. I appreciate your efforts, you are spot on that big change is usually the cumulations of many small things. This is just another step on the path toward a healthier planet and lifestyle. Let us know how your fare with trying out natural detergent or if you need help finding some that’s available in your area 🙂

      Keep up the GREEN work!

  6. Natural detergents, I never knew this is out already!

    I hate using chemical ingredients and products, I have sensitive skin and I can’t use most commercial products in malls today. After the doc told me that I needed to go herbal and avoid chemical things, I switched everything in my house and even switched my shampoo to Himalaya.

    Next, detergents. Lavender grapefruit wash here I come!

    1. Hi Riaz,
      Really great to hear that you’ve found some natural alternatives that are working with your sensitive skin! I hope you enjoy the detergent just as much, let us know how it goes!

      Best of luck with the new detergent,

      Connor

  7. I love when I find this kind of posts, I got to say that I never really care much of going green before I got pregnant, now that I have my baby is when I’m really concern about the toxic ingredients you can find in almost everything not only in the detergents, thank you so much for this information, I just want to know if any of them are compatible with cloth diapers, my baby uses and they are really delicate it should only be washed with biodegradable detergents. Thanks in advance, and I really like their prices, they’re really affordable 🙂 

  8. Thank you for this article Connor. I found this interesting as I can only use Persil soap powder and Lenor softener. I have tried other brands and as there are 5 of us in the house, some of the other ones I have tried have at least given one of us a rash so I tend to stick to the same one all the time.

    Maybe one of the natural ones may be worth a try and see if it makes any difference.

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I am glad you found the article interesting and helpful. THat’s good you have found a reliable soap that doesn’t irritate your skin. You can definitely try using some of the natural ones recommended or if you’re interested in sticking with Persil and Lenor, you can check out their ingredients through the EWG site or their Skin Deep database as listed above.

      Thanks for the kind comment, best wishes,

      Connor

  9. Good Morning Connor,

    This is a fantastic website and your post on Detergents is great. What a lot of information. Very helpful for daily life. Your list is long and needs some indepth studie. You mentioned EWG, I also receive their newsletters which are very good.

    One thing which you pointed out is very important for me. No testing on poor animals please.

    When a product produces 0 waste that is important to mention. We are flooded with plastics worldwide so the less the better. These products are much better for our environment. Waste water treatment plants cannot clean the water well enough, a sad but good example being salmon caught in Seattle that have all kind of contaminants in their system. Not a healthy fish to eat if it comes from that region.

    Thank you for making people aware of the need to contaminate our planet as little as possible.

    Regards, Taetske 

     

    1. Hi Taetske,
      Thanks for your positive feedback! I am glad you enjoyed the article and so happy to connect with someone that is utilizing the benefits of EWG. Best wishes and keep up the great work with your support of eco friendly living 🙂

      Thanks,
      Connor

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