Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet

Best laundry detergents cheat sheet

Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet

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The Best Laundry Detergents: Researched and Reviewed

There’s nothing as nice as the smell of freshly washed clothes, is there? Unfortunately, your laundry detergent could be having a harmful effect both on your family and on the environment.

That fresh laundry smell can come at a high cost. Laundry fragrances are designed to stay in your clothes, meaning that your skin and lungs are constantly exposed to them. It’s the same with other toxic ingredients used in laundry detergents. They wouldn’t be so bad if it was just a one time exposure, but some of these ingredients are designed to stick to your clothing, which means that you can’t get away from them.

Manufacturers aren’t required to list the specific ingredients of their products, because they are deemed to be commercially sensitive. This makes it even harder for consumers who are trying to make informed decisions about the products they use for their families.

So what’s the answer?

Do you choose a ‘sensitive’ formula? Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee of a non toxic laundry detergent. You can’t trust the big name brands with their claims of ‘sensitive’ formulas. You have to get to the bottom of each and every ingredient.

And it’s not just about our health. Laundry products end up in our waterways, so we have to think of the environment when we’re choosing products, too. So many ingredients are toxic to aquatic life, not biodegradable (so they never break down and stay in our waterways and oceans), or cause algal buildup which kills fish and plants.

So how do you wade through the greenwash and misinformation to find the best laundry products for your family? The ones which are truly non toxic for you and the environment?

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve spent months finding all the ingredients in laundry detergents, researching them and reviewing them so that I can recommend nothing but the best to you.

There are heaps of laundry detergents available in Australia. I’ve researched 50 different products from 37 different brands! I didn’t do all of the mainstream ones, because I know that they’re going to be mostly the same. But I did try to do as many ‘natural’ and ‘sensitive’ ones as possible. The list of laundry products that I’ve reviewed are all in alphabetical order, below.

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Laundry Detergents Rated and Reviewed:

Here’s the list of laundry detergents that I researched and reviewed. Only a few of these are good, so download the ebook to find out which ones I actually recommend!

  1. Abode Front Loader Laundry Powder – Lavender & Mint
  2. Abode Natural Laundry Liquid Sensitive
  3. Aware Eco Choice Laundry Powder
  4. Aware Sensitive Laundry Powder
  5. Baby Organics Laundry Liquid – Lavendula
  6. Biozet Attack Front and Top Laundry Powder
  7. Bosisto’s Sensitive Laundry Liquid
  8. Bosisto’s Sensitive Laundry Powder
  9. Bygum Eucalyptus Laundry Powder
  10. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid
  11. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder
  12. Cold Power Regular Front & Top Laundry Powder
  13. Dirt Good Laundry Liquid
  14. Dominant Liquid Laundry Detergent
  15. Earth Choice Laundry Liquid
  16. Earth Choice Ultra Concentrate Laundry Powder – Top & Front Loader
  17. Earthwise Laundry Liquid – Fragrance Free
  18. Earthwise Laundry Powder – Orange & Eucalyptus
  19. Ecostore Laundry Liquid – Geranium & Orange
  20. Ecostore Top & Front Loader Laundry Powder – Lemon
  21. Ecologic Laundry Liquid – Citrus Fusion
  22. Ecover Laundry Liquid
  23. Ecover Non-Bio Washing Powder Zero
  24. EnviroClean Front Load Laundry Liquid
  25. Euca Laundry Powder
  26. Green Potions No 13 Laundry Powder
  27. Herbon Laundry Liquid
  28. Herbon Laundry Washing Powder
  29. KinKin Naturals Laundry Liquid – Eucalypt & Lemon Myrtle
  30. Little Innoscents Laundry Liquid – Cherry Coconut
  31. Lux Pure Soap Flakes
  32. Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent – Ginger Mango
  33. Omo Sensitive Front & Top Loader Laundry Detergent Washing Powder
  34. Orange Power 3x Laundry Liquid
  35. Orange Power 3x Laundry Powder
  36. Organic Clean Laundry Liquid
  37. Planet Luxe Laundry Liquid
  38. Purity Sensitive Laundry Liquid
  39. Radiant Laundry Powder Sensitive
  40. Resparkle Baby Laundry Powder & Soaker
  41. Resparkle Laundry Powder
  42. Rockin Green Liquid Laundry Detergent
  43. Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs Free & Clear
  44. Seventh Generation Laundry Liquid 2X Concentrate Blue Eucalyptus and Lavender
  45. Simply Clean Lemon Myrtle Laundry Powder
  46. Sonett NO1010 Laundry Powder
  47. Surf Washing Powder Sunshine Lemons & Orange Blossom 2in1
  48. That Red House Organic Soapberries
  49. Trinature Alpha Plus Laundry Liquid
  50. Trinature Alpha Plus Laundry Powder

Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet

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All this and more is in my brand new ebook: The Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet.

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download your free ebook now and find out which ones I recommend! My Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet will help you sort out the eco from the eeek-o!

If for some reason you don’t want to read the ebook, but you still want the best laundry detergents for your family, jump right on over to Hello Charlie. We stock only the best products that I’ve researched and reviewed, so you can be sure that if it’s on Hello Charlie, it’s safe and non toxic.

Further reading on non toxic Laundry Detergents

We’ve got lots of other articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

It’s impossible to review every single brand of laundry detergents available in Australia, but I did try to include all the ‘natural’ ones. If I’ve missed your favourite, let me know! Drop me an email at with the name of the laundry detergent and a link to the ingredients, or pop it into the comments below.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to it straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Shopping Guide: What To Look For In Natural Laundry Powders

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Your favourite laundry detergent may get your whites white and your colours fast, but have you ever wondered how it affects everything else it touches? What does it do to your skin, your lungs, your pets, the air in your home and the waterways downstream?

Unfortunately, if you’re still using conventional laundry products, you might not like the answer to that.

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I made the switch to green cleaning products a long time ago, after learning about the many questionable chemicals in the big name brands I was putting in my shopping cart. I’ve learned that laundry detergents leave a chemical residue that can be absorbed into our skin or inhaled into our lungs. Sometimes, the chemicals in that leftover goop have ill effects like eczema, eye irritation, and rashes. Some of them are endocrine disruptors and possible carcinogens. And we don’t even need many of these ingredients in the first place!

After being clued in on all this, I decided to green up my family’s laundry. Today, we’re helping you do the same by showing you what to look for and what to avoid when choosing natural laundry products.

Say ‘no’ to:

Manufacturers have already removed some of the problematic chemicals from laundry products. But there’s still a lot of sneaky ingredients out there that can really harm your health and the environment. There’s also a lot of greenwash in so-called natural laundry powders and liquids. Here are some ingredients of concern:

Synthetic fragrance

We’ve come to expect a certain aroma from freshly laundered clothes. However, that “spring morning” or “ocean breeze” scent usually comes from synthetic fragrance – and fragrance is sneaky.

Fragrance isn’t just one ingredient. Usually, it’s a cocktail of chemicals of varying levels of safety. When you inhale that familiar “clean” smell, you may actually be breathing hazardous air pollutants. In fact, there are nearly 4,000 stock chemical ingredients used in fragrances, and some of these are hormone disruptors, allergens, and carcinogens. Manufacturers don’t have to list which chemicals they use because fragrance ingredients are considered trade secret.

Why do companies include potentially harmful chemicals in fragrance? Because natural ingredients, like real essential oils, are expensive. So when choosing laundry products, look for those that specifically indicate that the scent comes from natural sources. Steer clear of anything with ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum.’ Personally, I think fragrance is unnecessary because clean laundry should smell, well, like nothing. ‘Clean,’ after all, doesn’t really have a smell, does it?

Phosphates and EDTA

Phosphates make laundry detergents more effective at lifting dirt off clothes. However, phosphates are a real menace to the environment. They increase algae growth in streams and waterways, which then depletes oxygen levels in the water, essentially suffocating marine life.

Most laundry detergent companies have already removed phosphates from their products. However, some of them replaced phosphates with EDTA, another problematic chemical that doesn’t biodegrade easily and is toxic to animals.

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Optical brighteners

Optical brighteners don’t get clothes clean. They just make them look that way. These chemicals create an optical illusion by absorbing UV light and reflecting back blue light, making clothing look whiter and brighter. Optical brighteners are designed to bind to fabrics after washing. They can then rub off onto skin and may cause irritation and allergic reactions if you happen to be sensitive to them.

Optical brighteners are sometimes made from benzene, a known carcinogen. They’re also terrible for the environment. They biodegrade poorly and may be toxic to aquatic life.

Harsh Surfactants

Surfactants help loosen grease and dirt from clothes. They’re really, really good at cleaning. Unfortunately, the most common surfactants used in laundry powder (SLS, SLES, and ALS) can cause skin and eye irritation. Studies have also linked these sulphates to neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity, and cancer. Another big issue with sulphates: during the manufacturing process, they can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a Group 2B carcinogen.

Chlorine bleach

It may help you get rid of that annoying coffee stain on your favourite white shirt, but chlorine bleach is still really bad stuff. It’s a definite environmental toxin and a suspected endocrine disruptor and carcinogen. It can cause serious damage if inhaled and is irritating to noses, eyes, and throats. There’s also evidence that even just passive exposure to bleach can increase your child’s risk of respiratory and other infections.


Dyes aren’t there to clean. They’re only added for aesthetic reasons, like that blue stripe in toothpastes. They’re totally unnecessary. Worse, dyes can be irritating and can cause allergic reactions in people who have skin sensitivities.

Say ‘yes’ to:

There’s no need to pollute the planet or compromise your health just to have clean clothes. Look for natural laundry powders with these safer ingredients:

Essential oils

Essential oils give your clothes a lovely fresh scent. They also have the added benefits of being naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and mood boosting.

Try: That Red House laundry tonics; Little Innoscents essential oils; Mt Retour essential oils

Baking soda

Bicarb soda is probably the most versatile green cleaning product there is. It’s an ingredient that gets all sorts of messes out, and yet is about as simple and natural as it gets. It’s tough on stains (like crayon) and funky smells (like sweat). It also softens fabrics, discourages bacteria growth, and even helps clean your machine!

Try: Abode Laundry Powders and Liquids, Ecostore laundry powders and liquids

Washing soda

Also called sodium carbonate or soda ash, this alkaline compound is a highly effective cleaning agent. Like baking soda, it’s great at getting stubborn stains and grease out. It also acts as a water softener, helping laundry detergent work better.

Find it in: Resparkle Laundry Powder, Abode Laundry Powders and Liquids, Ecostore laundry powders and liquids.

Oxygen bleach

Unlike chlorine bleach, a potent irritant, oxy bleach is gentler on clothes and won’t produce toxic chlorine gas. Ecostore’s excellent Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover uses sodium carbonate peroxide instead of chlorine bleach to get even the nastiest of stains out.

Try: Kin Kin Naturals Soaker; Ecostore Laundry Soaker; Ecover Laundry Bleach Oxygen


If you haven’t tried doing the laundry with soapberries yet, you’re missing out. These little cuties are actually the fruit of a tree grown in Nepal. The shells contain a natural soap that removes grease and grime just as good as conventional detergents. They’re naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, and you can chuck them in the compost when you’re done with them.

Try: That Red House Soapberries

Woolen dryer balls

No need for wasteful (and toxic) dryer sheets — woolen dryer balls are chemical free and eco friendly, and can help reduce wrinkles and decrease drying time.

Try: That Red House Dryer Balls

Natural laundry powders vs. supermarket brands

If you think natural laundry powders and liquids can’t possibly compare to supermarket brands in terms of cleaning, think again. Ecostore, for instance, has topped mainstream brands like Surf, Persil, and Cold Power in categories like Quality of Clean, Feel of Clothes, and Overall Satisfaction.

Ready to make the switch to green laundry products? Hello Charlie has a good selection of natural laundry powders, natural laundry liquids, soakers, and fabric softeners that are better for you and the planet. Go check it out now!

What are your favourite natural laundry products? Share below!

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