Last Updated: September 23, 2022

The 15 Best Laundry Detergents for Towels.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 24 min read

Trying to find the right laundry detergent for your towels is a bit like playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You don't want a detergent that's so gentle it doesn't lift the gunk, but you don't want to deep clean your towels too often and risk fading their color or weakening their fibers. If you've searched high and low for a detergent worthy of the sweat, dirt, and grime in your towels, don't worry — that sweet spot isn't as elusive as you might think.

Grove members know a good product when they see one, so we gathered up their favorites and plopped 'em in a list to help you find a laundry detergent for towels that's just right. Read 'til the end for a few quick tips on laundry stripping and other commonly asked questions that'll help you get your towels super fresh and clean, everytime.


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

1. Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets + Ocean Bound Plastic Offset

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1 x Laundry Sheets (32 Loads), 1 x Ocean Bound Plastic Offset
$14.24
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2. Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase® - Free & Clear

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Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase®-Free & Clear is tough on dirt but oh-so-gentle on your clothes, your skin, and the environment. It uses science to target stains and bad smells at their source. Formulated with biobased, utterly nontoxic ingredients, fragrance-free and biodegradable to boot, the National Eczema Association even …

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32 loads
$14.99
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3. method Laundry Detergent Pour

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Method Laundry Detergent Pour helps clean clothes like a Roman gladiator. Choose your favorite scent and look forward to 66 laundry loads of vegan, cruelty-free, goodness made without parabens — well, as much as anyone can look forward to doing laundry, anyway!

For more effective cleaning products in tantalizing scents and fun bottles, shop …

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53.5 Oz, 66 Loads
$14.49
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4. 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 …
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24 fl. oz (710mL)
$11.99
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5. method Laundry Booster - Sport

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When it comes to your athleisure apparel, method Laundry Booster – Sport comes in with its plant-based stain lifting power that’s tailor-made to target sweat marks and odors on activewear. 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 …

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28.2 oz
$11.99
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6. Dirty Labs Bio Enzyme Laundry Booster

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Dirty Labs Bio Enzyme Laundry Booster was specifically formulated to work with their Bio Laundry Detergents to tackle your dirtiest, smelliest laundry - all while being safe for you and the planet.

This advanced 4-in-1 formula is the first laundry product in the US to feature a groundbreaking bioenzyme that breaks down tough-to-remove …

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48 loads
$15
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7. Meliora Laundry Powder

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Our Laundry Powder is your go-to people- and planet-friendly laundry option. We only use what you need to clean your clothes. All our Laundry Powders are free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and brighteners.
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1 count
$18.99
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8. Grove Co. Pure Power Liquid Laundry Detergent (33 loads)

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Stubborn stains and odors don’t stand a chance against our Pure Power detergent. With a premium blend of five, ultra-effective enzymes and other plant-based cleaning agents, it can tackle the toughest stains - from grass to chocolate ice cream. Designed to be used with our auto-dosing Grove Glass Laundry Dispenser to cut down on plastic waste. …
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24 fl. oz (710mL)
$11.99
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9. 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 …

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66 load
$13.99
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10. 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, …

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64 Oz, 64 Loads
$17.99
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11. 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.

  • OUTPERFORMS LEADING DETERGENT BRANDS IN TOUGH STAIN REMOVAL
    Our highly concentrated laundry detergent removes overall stains as well as the leading national detergent …

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24oz pouch
$9.99
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12. 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 with plant-based …

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28.2 oz
$12.99
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13. grab green Stoneworks Laundry Detergent Pods

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Our powder pods were designed with your ultimate safety in mind. Unlike conventional liquid pods that come with too many risks, Grab Green Pods have four layers of security in place to protect you and your loved ones. While liquid pods are colorful and squishy, ours are intentionally white and made of powder so they don’t look like irresistibly …

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50 loads
$14.59
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14. Grove Co. Laundry Powder Packs

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These Grove Co. Laundry Powder Packs remove stains as well as other leading national detergents.* Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

They’re made with 100% plant-derived ingredients and without harsh chemicals, dyes, or fragrances. These laundry packs unleash the power of four plant-derived enzymes …

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1 x 45ct Laundry Powder Packs
$16.99
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15. Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent Packs

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Are you a serial spiller? (We get it — we’re coffee and wine people, too.) Tackle the toughest of stains with these Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent Packs. This naturally derived, plant-based formula has 20% more cleaning power to whiten and brighten your loads. From your kids' soccer practice clothes to your towels you used on …

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29.7 Oz, 42 loads
$14.89
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FAQs

Why do my towels still smell after washing them?

Over time, detergent residue accumulates in the fibers of your towels. This soapy build-up prevents water and detergent from absorbing into the towels to clean them — and it also stops your towels from drying quickly. While your slightly moist towels finish drying, bacteria can start to form in the fabric, et voila — your towels never stop smelling like mildew, no matter how many times you wash them.

There are a few ways to fix this. Grab a laundry booster to give your detergent an lil' extra oomph while you clean your dirty towels. If that's not enough, adding vinegar to your washing machine during the wash cycle could help deodorize musty towels and bring them back to pre-residue freshness. And if vinegar isn't cutting it, it's time to give your towels a serious deep clean.


How do you deep clean towels?

Fresh towels are one of the greatest pleasures in life, but sometimes, laundry detergent isn't enough to do the trick. If your towels come out of the dryer still smelling like wet dog or gym sweat, it might be time to give 'em a thorough deep cleaning.

That's where laundry stripping comes in. Laundry stripping is a cleaning technique that uses Borax, washing soda, and laundry detergent to penetrate fibers and pull out the scuzz, body oil, and dirt that are keeping your towels from smelling fresh. Here's how you do it: add 1/4 cup Borax, 1/4 washing soda, and 1/2 cup laundry detergent to a bathtub filled 1/4 way with hot water. Toss your stinky towels in and agitate them with a stirring stick until they're fully saturated. Let 'em soak until the water cools down, then wash them as usual. Check out our laundry stripping guide for a step-by-step tutorial!


Why do you put vinegar in a washing machine?

Vinegar can clean, deodorize, whiten, brighten, and even soften your clothes and towels — without any added chemicals. These are all great reasons to add vinegar to your washing machine. If you've got mildewy towels, tossing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your washing machine might be the ticket to stench-free towels.

Vinegar is good for more than just cleaning your clothes. We love using cleaning vinegar to wipe off windows, glass tabletops, and ceramic tiles because it's effective, eco-friendly, and nearly everyone has a bottle hiding in the back of their cupboard.


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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