Last Updated: November 24, 2022

The 8 Best Plastic-Free & Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 14 min read

Sure, you may have transitioned to “natural” laundry detergent, but there’s nothing natural about the plastic containers that house most laundry detergents marketed as “green” or “eco-friendly.” Even if you’re diligent about recycling, most plastic recycling is a myth, with less than 9% of plastic recycled in the U.S. — and laundry detergent packaging is no exception.

Luckily, there are a growing number of plastic-free, plastic-free glass, and plastic-reduced detergent options that make it simple to begin axing plastic from your laundry room. Here at Grove Collaborative, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that not only boast reduced-plastic innovation, but also contain stain-fighting and grime-lifting formulas that outperform those conventional, big-name laundry detergent brands.

Check out these eco-friendly laundry detergents that you can feel good about using (and oftentimes, reusing) for years to come, thanks to their reduced reliance on plastic.


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


1. 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.

FOR MORE POWERFUL STAIN REMOVAL*
Our laundry detergent sheets are proven to have more powerful stain …

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32 Loads
$12.99
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2. Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase® - Magnolia, Bergamot, Cedar

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Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase® embodies clean science. It’s free of dyes, sulfates, parabens, and preservatives, and it’s got zero EU-listed fragrance allergens — and not a single CA Prop. 65 chemical. So, what does it have?

32 Loads (8.6 oz)

Enzymes! Dirty Labs combined advanced enzymes and innovative, bio-based …

(108)
1 count
$14.99
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3. 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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4. 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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1 count
$14.99
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5. Grove Co. Auto-Dosing Liquid Laundry Detergent Dispenser

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A reusable liquid laundry detergent dispenser with a built-in dosing mechanism to control and pour the perfect amount for every load. Crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

A PERFECT POUR FOR EVERY LOAD
Our Auto-Dosing Liquid Laundry Detergent Dispenser has a built-in patented auto-measurement mechanism connected to …

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24 oz Dispenser
$17.99
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6. Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets - Hope In Bloom

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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.* Now in a limited edition Mango & Tangerine scent.

CELEBRATING HOPE, BLOSSOMING WITH JOY
Welcome a breath of fresh air and optimism into your home with our limited edition collection as it …

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32 sheets
$10.49
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7. Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets - Hope In Bloom

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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.* Now in a limited edition Peony & Freesia scent.

CELEBRATING HOPE, BLOSSOMING WITH JOY
Welcome a breath of fresh air and optimism into your home with our limited edition collection as it …

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32 sheets
$8.99
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8. Molly's Suds Laundry Powder

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Here's the scoop on Molly's Suds Laundry Detergent Powder — it’s comprised of only five earth-derived ingredients, making it extra gentle and a great choice for those with delicate skin. Just as effective as conventional brands, this super-concentrated laundry powder will leave your clothes squeaky clean without any harsh chemicals, toxins, …

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47 Oz, 70 Loads
$14.99
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FAQs

What is the most eco-friendly laundry detergent?

When you think about being eco-friendly, it’s important to keep an eye out for greenwashing from companies and retailers, and actually think about how a product breaks down once you’re done using it (as well as how its formulation impacts the environment). In the case of laundry detergent, look for one with natural ingredients, sustainable or environmentally friendly certifications on the label, and plastic-free packaging, like these innovative laundry detergent sheets by Grove Co. For a limited time, you can even directly contribute to preventing ocean-bound plastic pollution by choosing this product. That’s a win-win!


Are there microplastics in laundry detergent?

A 2019 research study at Columbia found that in conventional laundry detergent and even some natural brands, you’ll often find microplastics, especially in the form of microbeads or microfibers. Laundry detergent escaped the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which banned microbead inclusion in personal care products, since it falls under industrial use. And since wastewater treatment plants can’t filter out microbeads, the pervasiveness of microplastics in laundry detergent has a significant impact on both the environment and our health, as fish and other creatures can swallow these microbeads that serve as vectors for harmful compounds readily absorbed into plastic. If you’re worried your frequent laundering may be contributing to the problem, check out our tips for washing microfiber products.

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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