Whether it’s your first rodeo or you’ve already done this before, navigating the newness that comes along with having a newborn is always a bit trial-and-error. But that’s what motherhood’s all about, amirite?! From picking out the safest car seat for your infant, right down to choosing an organic laundry detergent, we’re here for you every step of the way.
Today, we’re chatting about natural baby detergents that work without harming even the most fragile, sensitive skin. If you’ve ever scoured the detergent aisle at your local supermarket, then you already know there’s a lot out there (a lotta BS, that is). Baby skin is c-r-a-z-y sensitive. The last thing you want to do is expose your little one to icky ingredients (even fragrances and dyes) that are often the culprit for rashes and eczema. When you’re doing 8-10 loads of laundry a week, you realize pretty quickly that something needs to change. And no, we don’t mean hiring an in-house nanny. 😉
Show ’em who’s “head-mama-in-charge” with these 8 best natural baby laundry detergents that are gentle enough on baby but tough enough to remove even the gnarliest spit up stains. If you’re used to dropping $$$ on organic baby clothes, then you’ll definitely want to invest in a damn good detergent (or stock up on bibs). While 100% organic detergents are far and few between, there’s no shortage of plant-powered options that are scent-free and/or chemical-free.
Skip the Costco run (especially now) and snag this double-pack of ECOS 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent. The 4-in-1 plant-powered concentrated formula containing Magnolia & Lily essential oil is made in the USA without dyes, optical brighteners, parabens, phosphates, or phthalates. You can count on it when other detergents fail to keep you and baby safe. We love that it’s tough on dirt (gets out stains like a beast), yet gentle enough for BB’s onesies and cloth diapers. An honest review from an Amazon customer, “I so love this detergent!! It smells beautiful & light and makes my laundry feel so soft with the built-in fabric softener. I love that I don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals… I use Ecos on my & my daughter’s laundry as well as our bedding and it works fabulously.” Bonus: It can also work as a stain pre-treater. Simply pour a few drops of the detergent on the stain, rub it in, and toss the garment into the washing machine for ah-mazing results.
Initially, it was the packaging that caught our attention but now we’re intrigued. Grab Green’s Natural Newborn Baby Laundry Detergent Pods are formulated to remove everything from spit-up and diaper disasters to breast milk. These naturally derived pods are made with calming chamomile and essential oils (cedarwood, citronella java, geranium, orange, patchouli, and petitgrain). Sounds divine, no? This is a two-pack, so you can expect to get 60 loads of laundry done. Says this mama, “I love these pods! It’s so much easier to toss one of these in the washing machine rather than measure out liquid – especially when you have your hands full. Although these are a bit pricey, I ultimately purchased them after receiving a sample because they are organic and I LOVE THE SMELL!!! Makes my baby’s room smell so fresh and clean even days after doing laundry. I wish I could find these at my local grocer.”
Drum roll, please. And now for a detergent that’s beary good (pun intended… pardon our #MomJokes) at tackling tough stains. Mama Bear (comes in a pack of two) has done cracked the code with their cruelty-free formula that’s free of phthalates and dyes. At just $0.22 cents a load, Mama Bear is the smart choice; one dose of this detergent is basically the equivalent of two doses of a leading 2x concentrated liquid detergent. According to Amazon users, it’s efficient in cleaning up everything from dirty bibs to newborn poo stains. It is scented, which you may or may not love. Says this earth-friendly customer, “This was the third natural laundry detergent I tried after seventh generation and honest company, and I love it the best. The other brands didn’t get smelly smells out of our clothes. This brand leaves clothes smelling like…nothing (which is a good thing, IMO)! And everything looks very clean. Newborn poo stains removed too.”
Designated as safe for baby (and the entire family), this eco-conscious detergent from The Laundress is a step up from your bulk-sized Costco detergent brand. Beyond the powdery baby scent, this allergen-free formula leaves clothes super soft. With up to 64 washes per bottle, you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth. Says this Amazon customer, “I can’t say enough about this detergent. It is so wonderful smelling that I will wash my own clothes in it and not just my baby’s. It is light, fresh, and not overwhelming, but at the same time it has a scent that can actually be smelled and isn’t just washed away. It also does a great job of actually cleaning the clothes- I’ve heard that’s an important part of buying detergent.” She adds, “I would definitely recommend this for anyone with a new baby. Also! It’s so great for washing delicate fabrics in. I have washed some of my sweaters in this and I just love how gentle it is on fabrics.”
Moms are tough—this natural plant-based baby detergent is tougher (err, maybe). A little peace of mind goes a long way when dealing with harmful chemicals that could pose a risk to your baby. Not only does this liquid formula tackle stains and odors like a BOSS but it’s recommended for allergy-prone skin. This Amazon customer reports back, “This detergent lasts forever! Such a small amount is needed for HE machines, I feel like we’re constantly doing laundry and we only need to buy a new detergent like once a year. It seems like it cleans well, we use this on toddler clothes, exercise clothes, and fabric ‘paper’ towels, and it all gets clean with no funky smells leftover or anything like that. This performs as well as any detergent I’ve ever used, overall very pleased.”
Super Moms everywhere, you can do it all. Reduce waste (just ¼ ounce per load) with Puracy’s sulfate-free liquid detergent. It’s safe to use on cloth diapers and works like a charm against stains. Bonus: The fuss-free pump bottle means fewer spills. Says this Puracy convert, “Love it! I use it in conjunction with their stain remover (an absolute must-have) and LOVE the results! My whites are brighter than they have ever been! It makes me want to wash everything I own! Stains that were years old came out! Blew my mind!” Another customer adds, “Having a background in chemistry I can verify that this detergent uses only the most gentle nonionic surfactants available, yet still cleans clothing as well as any other detergent I’ve used in the past. If you have skin issues, this detergent is for you.” If you need an organic detergent for baby clothes, this one receives high marks.
Make laundry day less of a $h!tshow with an organic detergent that works. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between a baby-safe formula and one that deep cleans. This fragrance-free detergent from Babyganics fights stains with a vengeance. Their stain eraser marker is an on-the-go lifesaver, too. Says this Amazon customer, “Our baby has sensitive skin and this detergent doesn’t bother his skin at all. It lasts a long time even with all the baby laundry we have because you have to use very little. All kinds of stains have come out of the wash with this detergent, I’m impressed.”
If you’re not already a loyal user of Mrs. Meyer’s environmentally friendly (albeit, nice-smelling) cleansers, then it’s time to join the club. The brand’s biodegradable laundry detergent contains a baby blossom scent that’s as blissful as it is effective. It’s so gentle that you’ll even want to use it on your delicates. Chock-full of dirt and stain-fighting enzymes, Meyer’s Clean Day makes one of the best organic baby detergents on the market. Check out what this customer had to say, “I’ve been using Mrs. Meyers lavender detergent for a year now and just ordered some of this to use on our newborn son. I have started using it on all of our laundry because it smells SO good! My mom helped with laundry after our son was born and even commented on how nice the clothes smelled. Very clean and fresh.”
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