While we’ve written about natural garment washes in the past, those were formulas best suited for hand washing. I don’t know about you, but I barely have time in the week to get a standard load done let alone to delicately scrub my garments basin-side. We believe we are in an age where we can expect safe, chemical-free detergent and it should be functional for everyday life. Luckily there are others who agree and have founded products around this principle. Here are our favorite organic laundry soaps in the form of liquid, pods, and sheets of soap—all designed for tossing in the washing machine.
Above: Cleancult Laundry Tablets are made of coconut-based ingredients, in biodegradable packaging and come with a glass container designed for reuse. Refills are sent recyclable milk cartons; $14.45 for the set of 18 tablets. Above: Frey detergent is made with biodegradable ingredients (no sulfates, parabens, or synthetic dyes) in a cedarwood/oakmoss/amber or sandalwood/bergamot/clove essential oil scent. The Frey Classic Package comes with concentrated detergent (for 50 loads) and 40 dryer sheets for $27. Above: A friend who recently began making drastic changes to eliminate single-use plastic from her household recommended Dropps. It was one of the easier, low-hanging-fruit changes she made. Dropps Unscented Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods are made without scent, dye, enzymes, or chlorine and come shipped in a paper-lined cardboard box (so no plastic bag or bottle housing). A set for 64 loads is $20 (or $16 by subscription) up to 240 loads for $50 (or $40 by subscription). Above: The Grove Ultimate Laundry Essentials Set has it all: detergent and dispenser set, wrinkle release and stain sprays, wool dryer balls, and a collapsible organic cotton laundry tote. While the detergent and other solutions are made with natural fragrance and are paraben and triclosan free, they are made with sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetics if that’s something you are careful of using. The full set is $69.95 at Grove. Above: The Fer à Cheval Marseille Concentrated Laundry Liquid is, like all Marseille soap, made from seawater, ash, and lye and is allergen-free and certified organic. It is made with some synthetics and surfactants but at low levels, under 15%. Full disclosure: I bought a bottle a month ago to use for sheets alone (I usually opt for fully fragrance-free) and love the way our bedding has the scent of French soap. The bottle is $26 at Food52.