Last Updated: December 29, 2022

The 10 best natural laundry detergents (that smell good too).

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 18 min read

If you’re on a mission to change out your cleaning products in your home to be more green, you’ll need to spend time picking a new natural laundry detergent, among other things. Sorting through laundry detergent brands to find the best smelling laundry detergents that are also good for the planet and your skin can take time. That’s why we’ve collected a list of Grove members' favorite natural detergents to make things easier and more convenient for you while you’re getting started.

These natural detergents are free from harmful chemicals you’ll find in traditional detergents, and, because most of them are highly concentrated, a little goes a long way.

Why do people choose to go with a natural laundry detergent? The three main reasons are that a natural laundry detergent is eco-friendly and better for the planet, it can be gentler on your skin, and it can preserve your favorite threads longer, as well. Check out these great natural laundry detergents that smell absolutely amazing.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent (33 loads)

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A high-performance ultra concentrated detergent proven to remove tough stains as well as other leading brands, designed for our Auto-Dosing Liquid Laundry Detergent Dispenser.

    Our highly concentrated laundry detergent removes overall stains as well as the leading national detergent …

24oz pouch
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2. Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent

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Keep your clothes looking as bright with Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent. This concentrated formula works hard to fight dirt, grime, and stains using plant-based enzymes and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients. Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent is powerful but gentle on delicate fabrics. Choose your favorite scent: Basil, Bluebell, Geranium, …

64 Oz, 64 Loads
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3. Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets

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Pre-measured laundry detergent sheets that instantly dissolve and remove tough stains, proven to be more powerful than other clean detergent sheet brands.* Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

Our laundry detergent sheets are proven to have more powerful stain …

32 Loads
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4. Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry Detergent

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Is your sensitive nose sniffing around for a lightly scented laundry detergent? We may have found your perfect match — the Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent 2x Concentrate. This laundry detergent is tough on dirt and stains but gentle on your skin and nose. There are no artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, or harsh chemicals, so you can …

45 Oz, 30 Loads
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5. Grove Co. Cold Wash Liquid Laundry Detergent (33 loads)

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Our Cold Wash detergent is a spin in the right direction. It's been optimized for cold water washes — which are proven to help clothes last longer. For this formula, we specifically selected cleaning enzymes that perform their best at colder temperatures. So while our effective blend of enzymes and other natural ingredients get to work cleaning …
24 fl. oz (710mL)
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6. Grove Co. Care & Renew Liquid Laundry Detergent (33 loads)

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Made with powerful, plant-based ingredients, this liquid laundry detergent protects color, prevents pilling and reduces signs of existing wear — all while gently and effectively cleaning — so clothes look newer, longer. This detergent pairs perfectly with our auto-dosing Grove Glass Laundry Dispenser, an innovative system that reduces plastic …
24 fl. oz
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7. Mrs. Meyer's Baby Laundry Detergent

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Every spit-up, every blowout, every mess, Mrs. Meyer’s will be there. This Mrs. Meyer's Baby Laundry Detergent works hard to battle baby’s toughest stains, but it’s made with 98% naturally derived ingredients, so it’s a healthy choice for baby. It’s also paraben-free, HE-compatible, made in the US, and Leaping Bunny–certified.

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64 Oz, 64 Loads
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8. grab green Baby Laundry Detergent Pods

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The older your child gets, the more laundry messes you’ll have to deal with. Help your laundry routine go smoothly with grab green Baby Laundry Detergent Pods. These laundry pods are meant to be used for items of children five months and up, and they’re biodegradable, non-toxic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and vegan. Easily remove pureed fruit and …

50 Loads
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9. Caldrea Laundry Detergent

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Formulated to be safe for you, your home, and the Earth, this Caldrea Laundry Detergent makes a great addition to your laundry routine, no matter where you do your laundry. This Caldrea Laundry Detergent is made from plant-derived ingredients, making it biodegradable, and it’s Leaping Bunny–certified, so you know it’s never tested on animals. Plus …

64 Oz
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10. Seventh Generation Easy Dose Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent

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Other laundry detergents may hang you out to dry when it comes to tough stains, but this Seventh Generation Easy Dose Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent cleans deep down with just one firm squeeze. It’s also biodegradable, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and triclosan-free, and its soothing lavender scent is just the thing for bringing home spring …

66 load
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Does laundry detergent expire?

Although some folks claim that laundry detergent doesn’t expire, the truth is it doesn’t stay in excellent condition forever. A good rule of thumb is if your laundry detergent isn’t opened yet, it can last up to a year, while an opened container or box can last about six months. This is true for both liquid and powdered laundry detergent brands. Some people still prefer to use their laundry detergents even after their expiration dates so they don't waste what they have. When expired detergents are used, they might not be as effective or smell as nicely as they would have before they expired. Always look at your product's label to see when it will expire and plan ahead.

To get the best results for your clothes (and to not irritate your skin), we highly recommend using natural laundry detergents, especially baby laundry detergent, before it’s expiration date. For top-selling, popular picks, read through our best smelling laundry detergent rundown.

Does laundry detergent kill germs?

This one’s a hard question to answer, as laundry detergent does clean your clothes, but it doesn’t necessarily kill all germs just by its lonesome. For really gnarly laundry, wash your load of clothes in hot water that’s around 140° degrees Fahrenheit. You can also even add a natural bleach-like substitute, too. Along with your favorite laundry detergent, these additions should be able to help kill more germs that are hanging onto your threads. (Plus, after your loads have been washed, throw ‘em into the dryer instead of hang drying — that should help as well.)

Some reasons you might need to boost your cleaning power when tackling laundry loads on laundry day include the following:

  • Dirt-covered sports uniforms or practice outfits
  • Workwear from an outdoor job or job around chemicals
  • Uniforms from medical field jobs
  • Anything from a day of rough play or work

Is laundry detergent toxic?

If you don’t think regular laundry detergents are toxic, think again. Traditional laundry detergent brands can be packed with severe toxic chemicals such as sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dioxane, nonylphenol ethoxylate, and optical brighteners. Choosing to use a natural laundry detergent saves your family and you from coming into contact with those harmful chemicals, and it’s also a sustainable option for the environment. If you have little ones in your home, we highly recommend choosing a baby laundry detergent that’s natural as it won’t contain toxins and it’s especially formulated to be super gentle on the youngest of youngsters in your home.

What are the best laundry detergents for homes going all natural? Scroll back up to see our selections for the best smelling laundry detergents made from naturally derived ingredients. From top-selling laundry detergent brands like Seventh Generation to pet and baby laundry detergents, we’ve got you and your washing machine covered.

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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