3 Organic Laundry Detergents That Are Safe For Your Family’s Skin

All-Natural Laundry Detergent

Have you (or perhaps your baby) ever worn newly-washed clothes, only to have your skin break out in rashes or hives? You’re not alone: this is an all-too-common problem, due to most commercial laundry detergents. Many laundry detergents use a mix of surfactants (chemicals that help water penetrate fabric), phosphates, and even potential carcinogens, which can irritate our skin, make their way to our lungs, and even endanger our long-term health.

But with organic laundry detergents, you can look out for your health and the planet. Organic laundry detergents are made with natural ingredients, instead of pesticides and chemicals, that still do the hard work of removing tough stains. We’ve found three laundry detergent options that are more than just natural/organic—they’re eco-friendly, too, with biodegradable formulas and recyclable packaging. And they all work with either front-loading or top-loading washers, so no matter what, you’re all set. Who knows, it might just be the first time you enjoy doing laundry.

Ethics | Organic, eco-friendly, B Corp, cruelty-free
Features | Hypoallergenic, biodegradable, no formaldehydes, parabens, phthalates, or phosphates, 5 scents, HE-compatible
Where to Buy | Online (Method, Amazon), Target
Price | $18.24 for 53.5 fl. oz

Method is a B Corp that’s focused on being a force for good in the world of business. That’s why their line of cleaning and laundry products are naturally derived, plant-based, and biodegradable. Their organic Concentrated Laundry Detergent will keep your colors bright, whites white, and health in check for more than 60 loads. Available in a variety of scents in recyclable packaging, you’ll be intoxicated by their Ginger Mango, feel like you’re on vacation with Beach Sage, or opt for their Free & Clear without dyes or fragrances. Whether you have a top-loader or front-loading machine, this detergent will take on any stain or mess, and leave you with fresh, clean, and pesticide-free clothes.

Method Detergent Review | “My dog has a nervous habit of licking and chewing on my bedspread so I wanted to find something safe that wouldn't harm him. I like the way it smells! I have cleaned my bedspread… and all the spots came out in the wash. Next I washed my cleaning pads from my steam mop. They are usually black and brown after I mop and the pads came out really clean and white.” - Jeanne C.

Ethics | Organic, natural, eco-friendly
Features | Biodegradable, naturally-derived, no formaldehydes, parabens, phthalates, or chlorine, HE-compatible
Where to Buy | Online (Mrs. Meyer’s, Amazon), Target
Price | $15.99 for 64 fl. oz

Dirt, grime, and stains have met their match with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent. 2X concentrated, a little goes a long way with this naturally-derived detergent. The formula includes anionic surfactants, stain-fighting enzymes, and a lovely rosemary fragrance that lasts, so we can understand why it’s a cult favorite among Mrs. Meyer’s wide range of products. For $16, you can take on nearly 65 loads of your dirtiest laundry. Customers praise how just using one ounce was enough for sheets, bedspreads, and comforters. Move over Tide, you’ve got some stiff—and all-natural—competition.

Mrs. Meyers Detergent Review | “I used literally an [1 oz] size in one of those BIG loaders and turned it on immediately, [it] was foamed up. And when I took my clothes out of the washer the smell was amazing. I could not get over how little of an amount I used and how well it worked.” - 57roses, an Amazon Customer

Ethics | Organic, natural, eco-friendly
Features | Hypoallergenic, biodegradable, no fragrances, chlorine, phosphates, or parabens, HE-compatible
Where to Buy | Online (Nellie’s, Amazon), Target
Price | $18.04 for 3.3 lbs.

Nellie’s doesn’t believe in selling and moving water-based products around all over the world. That’s why they’ve come up with their All-Natural Laundry Soda, a powerful powder formula that brings some serious cleaning power. Now when the time comes to do your laundry, just put in a small scoop and it’ll dissolve quickly in cold or hot water and won’t leave a trace of residue. Instead, you’ll have soft and clean clothes that are free of any irritating toxins or harsh chemicals. And it’ll last, too: for under $20, you’ll have enough for one hundred loads. Yep, you read that right, so stock up. Nellie’s is so effective, even your mother-in-law will approve.

Nellie’s Detergent Review | “This is my new favorite laundry detergent. I had been using pods from several different manufacturers, because I liked the reduced packaging, but many would not completely dissolve in my front loading machine. I don't like liquids, because all of the tops eventually seem to drip in some fashion…  So, when I saw Nellie's on Amazon I decided to give it a try. The metal tin is cute, easy to open and use, but also completely recyclable. The little scoop is easy to use. It is 1 tbsp and you only need one scoop. I also appreciate that they do not test on animals. I have been using this for about a month now, and I am very happy with the results. Our toughest laundry loads are my husband's work out clothes, and everything comes out smelling fresh and clean. It even does a great job on the dogs' beds, blankets and soft toys. I have never seen any residue left in my washer after cold or hot loads. So far everything has come completely out, even on our white cotton items.” - T. Lepianka