The 10 Best Laundry Detergents
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Not all laundry detergents are created equal. While all of these options are capable of removing stains and keeping your clothes smelling good, some are made from natural ingredients in order to not harm the environment, others are specifically designed for very sensitive skins, and some are particularly powerful in order to remove stubborn dirt. A few combine one or more of these features, When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best laundry detergent on Amazon.
The Good Home Co. Laundry Detergent This certified vegan selection from The Good Home Co. is over 96% plant and mineral-based, which allows it to clean without stripping fibers or color from fabrics. It won't leave clothes feeling stiff, and there is no need for softener. It's highly concentrated, packaged in an attractive glass bottle, and designed for all machine and hand-washable garments. Paraben, phosphate, sulfate, phthalate, and cruelty-free. Also available in custom scents. goodhomestore.com
Tocca Delicates With a range of fragrances that includes Italian blood orange, bergamot and gardenia, and green tea and lemon, Tocca's Laundry Delicates are ideal for lingerie, silks, cashmere and bed linens. They're easy to use for hand-washables or in your machine on delicate cycle, and they infuse fine fabrics with a subtle scent. tocca.com
Le Labo Rose Signature If scent is just as important to you as efficacy, then Le Labo Rose Signature by The Laundress is for you. This American-made, nontoxic detergent is highly concentrated and contains 31 ingredients blended around rose to create a luxurious fragrance that's both masculine and feminine, with warm, woodsy notes and hints of amber. It's cruelty and allergen-free and has no animal byproducts, phosphates, petroleum, artificial color, or phthalates. thelaundress.com
September 27, 2019:
Because there are so many options on the market today, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. While there are great contenders out there that are not on this list, we wanted our selection to showcase the best of the bunch, whether you're looking for an effective formula from a trusted brand (Tide Pods, Gain Flings), something that's easy on sensitive skin (True Heavy Duty, Dreft HE), a product formulated to be kind to the environment (Biokleen Liquid, J.R. Watkins Powder), or a detergent with an irresistible fragrance (Tyler High Maintenance Glamorous Wash).
We removed our previous #6 Earth Friendly Products Ecos in favor of the Biokleen brand, which we felt was more compelling both as a detergent and an eco-friendly product. As far as Dreft HE is concerned, it may be confusing for consumers now that the company provides different products for newborn and active babies. We want to clarify that the selection on our list is appropriate for babies of all ages, which we feel is more convenient than switching between formulas.
If you're using laundry detergent and still find that your clothes have a musty smell, don't chuck it out just yet. Your machine may have a buildup of mold, mildew, and other residues from previous washes and detergents, so consider using a washing machine cleaner. For the best results, always dispense the appropriate amount of detergent for the load size and water amount you're using, and consider adding a pinch more if your water is hard. Remember to keep laundry detergents and other cleaning materials well away from children and pets at all times.