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5 Favorite Natural Laundry Detergents

5 Favorite Natural Laundry Detergents

In the current issue of Natural Home & Garden, we featured an article on creating a nontoxic laundry room (I also blogged about it recently on Care2). It’s a space we might not often think about as we strive to create a healthy home, but the laundry room might be one of the more toxic places in your home. Researchers have found dryer vents can emit more than 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds–chemicals that disperse into the air at room temperature) when scented laundry products are used. (Read 14 tips for a healthier laundry room.) Also keep in mind that chemical-laden laundry detergents make their way into our water supplies where they, at best, are filtered out in energy-intensive water treatment plants and, at worst, pollute groundwater and local waterways.

Fortunately, there are many better options. You can make your own simple laundry detergent following this recipe, but if you’d prefer someone else to do the detergent creation for you, you’re in luck! Several manufacturers create detergents and other laundry products that are healthier for our families and the planet. We tested a range of detergents and chose five of our favorites for the second of our regular Natural Home & Garden “Editors’ Picks” post.

My favorite was Biokleen’s Citrus Laundry Liquid. It smells fantastic and leaves clothes with a mild sweet citrusy scent. More important, it’s free of phosphates and chlorine and superconcentrated, so a little goes a long way (and it’s suitable for HE machines).

Our other four picks include Method Ultra-Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Eco-Me “Emma” Laundry Soap, Seventh Generation 4X Laundry Detergent and BerryPlus Soapberries. You can read much more about all of our picks here.  I know you all have natural and homemade laundry favorites. Please share and we’ll add them to our list for next time!

Read more: Health, Health & Safety, Household Hints, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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11:45AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

This was a great post and thank you for the info you mentioned that Also keep in mind that chemical-laden laundry detergents make their way into our water supplies where they, at best, are filtered out in energy-intensive water treatment plants and, at worst, pollute groundwater and local waterways. and I agree that these harmful chemicals and be a potential hazard to our health. there are natural odor laundry additive that you can use to get rid of tough odors without the use of masking agents or fragrances and best of all its made from natural earth mineral. see video here how this has helped those with MCS battle tough odors

1:14PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

I am sad to say that more research should have been done before suggesting these products... yes they may be better then some out there but they are still not very healthy alternatives... they may be natural but they are not safer... research the ingredients and you will be amazed on what they still put in most of these and the health risks they pose....

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Thank you

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4:11AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you

1:40AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you for posting.

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10:55PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thanks for the info!

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