Last Updated: June 27, 2022

9 best natural laundry boosters.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 15 min read

Laundry boosters give your clothes that extra oomph when your regular laundry detergent doesn’t quite cut it on delivering that freshly washed smell or solutions to tough-to-tackle laundry load woes. Whether they leave a long-lasting scent that transports you somewhere totally new or serve to nix common laundry adversaries like stains or dullness, boosters ensure you look and smell your best for minimal additional effort.


At a loss as to where to start with a laundry booster? The team at Grove Collaborative is ready to lead you through the different kinds of laundry boosters at your disposal, and how to get the, ahem, best boost for your buck.


1. method Laundry Booster - Sleep

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It’s not something we think about but sweat and body oils can really build up on our bedding over time — yuck! This method Laundry Booster – Sleep works alongside your regular detergent to leave your sheets, linens, and bedding fresh, clean, and softer than when washed with just laundry detergent. It’s biodegradable, paraben-free, phthalate-free, …

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28.2 oz
$9.99
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2. method Laundry Booster - Sport

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When it comes to sweat marks, grass stains, and sporty stank on your athleisure apparel, sometimes you gotta double team them. That's where method Laundry Booster – Sport comes in. Designed to work in conjunction with your favorite detergent, method sport laundry booster is packed with plant-based, stain-lifting power to give your laundry an extra …

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28.2 oz
$9.99
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3. Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener

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This natural bleach alternative doesn’t only whiten and brighten in the laundry room — it has stain-lifting properties all over your home! Here are a couple of our favorite additional uses for Oxygen Whitener. Extra carpet cleaning power! Add a scoop of Oxygen Whitener to the water compartment of your carpet cleaner for extra brightening power. …

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41.09 oz
$13.99
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4. method Laundry Booster - Whites

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Let's face it — sometimes we could all use a little boost — even your laundry. That's where method Laundry Booster – Whites comes in. Packed with planted-based ingredients with stain-lifting power, this laundry booster can really give your next laundry load that extra lift it needs to brighten your day. This biodegradable beauty works in harmony …

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28.2
$9.99
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5. Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Scent Booster

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Top off your laundry with a dash of this Mrs. Meyer’s Scent Booster to keep your clothes smelling extra fresh. This aromatic, natural laundry scent booster will give your clothes, bed linens, and towels a spa vibe. Choose from two sweet and savory fragrances: honeysuckle or lavender. These little laundry boosters will make your wardrobe smell so …

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18 Oz
$9.99
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6. method Laundry Booster - Extend

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Smooth out your shirts, sweaters, and denim with method Laundry Booster – Extend. Each capful of powder is specifically designed to give a load of laundry that extra lift — keeping your favorite clothes from pilling, fuzzing, and fading. Plus, it enhances the performance of your detergent and helps to keep clothing in top condition. This method …

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28.2 oz
$9.99
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7. method Laundry Fragrance Boosters

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Keeps clothes fresh for up to 12 weeks from wash to wear. Completely dissolves in water to add a burst of scent. Safe for all colors and fabrics. Cruelty free. Tested by people, not on animals. Our in-wash fragrance boosters give you more of the scent you love. How much more is up to you. Each tiny bead completely dissolves in water adding a burst …

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14.8 Oz
$9.99
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8. Seventh Generation 3-in-1 Laundry Oxy Booster Packs

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While doing your laundry, keeping your whites their whitest doesn’t have to be hard. Use these Seventh Generation 3-in-1 Laundry Oxy Booster Packs to keep your clothes bright and intact. These paraben-free, easy-to-use packs can be added to the drum of your washer for an extra kick to knock out tough stains. Have some super messy marks from cooking …

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17.6 Oz, 25 Loads
$8.99
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9. Molly's Suds Activewear & Athleisure Sport Detergent

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Molly's Suds All Sport Activewear Detergent is the ultimate, natural laundry solution for eliminating tough odors and stubborn stains from sports apparel, athleisure wear, and delicates. Best of all, it’s made with ingredients that are completely safe for everyone in the family! Removes tough odor-causing bacteria Designed to get out the …

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32 Oz, 32 Loads
$15.49
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FAQs

What is a laundry detergent booster?

While formulations vary widely, laundry boosters often contain ingredients such as enzymes, surfactants, and pH adjusters that work together to make your laundry detergent more effective, especially if you’re dealing with conditions such as hard water or detergent residue. You can opt for targeted kinds of laundry boosters if you have a specific need (like lifting grass and mud stains from sports clothes or stripping body oils from bedding), or you can just choose a booster based on scent.


Do I need a laundry booster?

A laundry scent booster does just that – gives your laundry detergent extra support. While laundry detergent alone may be sufficient for most households, if you find that your clothes have been sporting a particularly musty odor or that stains aren’t lifting effectively, a booster might be just the ticket to nix that for good. Other times to consider a laundry booster: if you suspect your laundry detergent doesn’t contain enough stain-removing enzymes (try one of our top natural laundry detergents next time!), or that issues like hard water are making it harder for the surfactants to lift and suspend dirt.

If you’re still dealing with not-so-clean odors or lasting grime following a trip through the washer, bear in mind that built up bacteria from leftover detergents and other washing elements could be the culprit. This is why cleaning your washing machine isn’t actually redundant – it’s an important part of keeping your clothes fresh and looking their best.


How do I use a laundry booster?

Laundry boosters usually go in the compartment drawer for front-load washing machines and in the drum prior to clothing for top-load machines, similar to regular laundry detergent, but consult your machine’s manual for loading instructions. Most advertised laundry boosters come with caps that allow for precise measurement. If you’re using a booster such as borax or another loose powder, experiment with adding ½ cup to the pre-soak cycle to allow the natural mineral enough time to get to work on stains and water pH.


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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