How do I Choose the Best Natural Laundry Detergent?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 09 December 2018
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Natural laundry detergent can be beneficial to people with allergies or skin conditions. Before you purchase a brand be sure to read the label, as not all detergents that claim to be natural actually are. Check to see if the detergent is certified as a natural product by any environmental group. Look at the product to see if it has a dark color, as this could be an indication of artificial dyes. Smell the detergent to see if it has a distinct odor, which could mean that brand has added artificial perfumes to their product.

Carefully look over the natural laundry detergent package in order to find out what it contains. Avoid brands that contain chlorine, phosphates, or other chemicals, including sudsing agents. Choose brands that are comprised mainly of vegetable or soy-based products. Alcohol derived from corn is another natural ingredient you might find listed. Any detergents with oils could contain coconut or corn oil rather than petroleum-based ingredients.

Soap nuts are another type of natural laundry detergent. If you are considering them, check to see if they have had any additional added chemicals. Look the nuts over carefully to make sure they are in the right condition for washing clothes. They should be round, dark, and slightly shriveled, but not dry to the touch.


Since you may not have used natural laundry detergent in the past, it can be helpful to try a number of different products in order to find one you like. Ask a retailer if you can purchase several sample-sized bottles of detergent so you can get an idea of how well each one works. If you are unable to buy a sample, consider splitting a container with a friend so you can each try the product before purchasing it in larger amounts.

Look for natural laundry detergent at health food stores if possible. Ask the retailer to tell you a little bit about different brands so you can make an informed decision. Ask her if other customers seem to have a preference for one brand over another and their reasons for doing so.

Many people report their clothes are cleaner after washing with a natural laundry detergent. Some individuals also notice an improvement in their overall health, especially if they have had respiratory or skin problems in the past. This can make choosing a natural detergent worthwhile, even though it may seem like an overwhelming task in the beginning.



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Ask about experiences of your neighbors or you can check reviews. I can recommend Berry Soap.

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