The Best Non-toxic Laundry Detergents for Baby & Kids
According to Stanford, roughly 20% of children have chronic eczema, and 60% of children will have a bout of eczema within their lifetime. The National Eczema Association states that 31.6 million people have eczema in the United States alone. Now, without getting into all the drama about what causes this skin condition - allergies, environment, toxins, etc. let's talk about a few amazing detergents that you can use to wash your baby's and family's clothes, and feel safe knowing you are choosing a good detergent for their sensitive skin.
A reader asked me to write this post and recommend my favorite detergents. I was excited to write about this because I have tried SO many different detergents. I have even made my own. I followed a recipe online, and it was a disaster, HA. My husband truthfully asked if we could buy detergent from now on. I gleefully said, YES! If you are a wonderfully amazing Pinterest mom, then yes, please make your own! There are so many amazing recipes out there, and it IS cheaper to make your own. However, even though I make much of my own cleaning supplies, I just can't jump on that bandwagon.The only thing I haven't tried, which I am curious about is soapberries. Please share with me if you have had success with using soapberries! Read below for my favorite detergent picks.
Laundry Detergent Pick for Baby
Pure, organic unscented castile soap
Hands down, this is my most favorite laundry detergent brand, and it's available with just one click away, on Amazon. Are you a label reader? It actually says that this product's ingredients have been tested for carcinogenic effects, and does not contain any cancerous causing chemicals. Okay, isn't that music to our mama ears?! I used this for my daughter, until she reached the age of 2. It is the top scoring detergent with the new formulation, on Environmental Working Group.
Laundry Detergent Picks for Kids/Family
Note: I never use stain removers on my child's clothing. The secret is, if you leave it out in the sun, the stain bleaches away! For really intense stains, since I don't use bleach I soak it in hot water, and just scrub it. Timing is everything- if there's a stain, take it into the wash before it sets! If you’re dying for a laundry stain remover, try Meliora stain stick.
TOXIC LAUNDRY DETERGENTS
Products that are not recommended are listed below. Although many of these are often thought of as safe because of marketing ploys, or are said to be "top rated by pediatricians", are really not great brands because they contain harmful ingredients. I had a friend that was shocked to find out her TIDE and ALL laundry detergent wasn't safe (confession: I actually used ALL until I knew better). She said her pediatrician recommended it for sensitive skin. All I can say is, read the labels! Many ingredients are not safe, even though they are marketed as such. Knowledge is power mamas!
Dreft Baby Laundry Detergent - If you look into popular baby detergent you should use for your baby’s clothes, someone will probably suggest Dreft. Dreft's very inaccurate marketing doesn’t allow you a chance to learn about the ingredients themselves. Here’s a list of Dreft ingredients, which include fragrance, propylene glycol, ethanolamine, ethanol, sodium hydroxide, diethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol 4000, the list goes on! It's just as bad as TIDE is.
Puracy Laundry Detergent - I love many Puracy products, including their A scoring counter/all purpose spray. But their laundry detergent is another story...it contains questionable ingredients.
Seventh Generation Baby Laundry Detergent - Often marketed as green, and they're not!
ALL Baby Laundry Detergent - Often recommended by pediatricians, for "sensitive skin"
TIDE Laundry Detergent - hands down, the WORST. Please don't ever buy this!
Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent - Truly a greenwashed company!
Babyganics Baby Laundry Detergent - And yet, it's marketed to be safe for babies!
Oxiclean - the guy on the infomercials never discussed the ingredients
The list goes on. Truly there are good ones out there- but often marketing can fool you into thinking toxic laundry detergents are safe. Happy hunting for the right detergent! Questions on laundry detergents? DM me at my Instagram: @iammamabearr