Eco Friendly Laundry Detergents

updated: 16/01/2024

Washing Machine in an Echo-Friendly Home

Normal laundry detergents contain strong chemicals. These are bad for both clothes and skin. Clothes may fade and lose softness. Hands dry out, and skin can be damaged. Continued use of these chemicals can lead to skin irritation, neurological issues, poisoning, and even cancer.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Detergents

To avoid these risks, eco-friendly detergents are a good choice. They’re gaining popularity as people learn about chemical dangers. Eco-friendly options include detergents, fabric softeners, and bleach. They use natural, organic ingredients, safe for skin and clothes.


Popular eco-friendly brands, like Seventh Generation, avoid dyes and artificial fragrances. They’re non-toxic and biodegradable. This means they break down naturally and don’t harm the environment. You won’t find detergent clumps in your garden; they decompose quickly. They’re also plant-friendly.

These detergents don’t use artificial brighteners, phosphates, or petroleum-based agents. They’re gentle on the skin and safe for septic tanks.


Detergents that are good for the environment often use coconut and corn-based surfactants. Natural enzymes tackle protein and starch stains. Borax softens water, and sodium gluconate removes soil without redepositing it on fabric. These detergents typically include salt for cleaning and brightening.

EnSofteners and Bleaches Good for the Environment

Eco-friendly fabric softeners use soy derivatives. Mixed with water, they soften fabric. Eco-friendly bleaches replace chlorine with hydrogen peroxide. This reduces chronic health risks. Special baby-friendly detergents are available for delicate clothes.

Using Eco-Friendly Detergents

Environmentally-friendly detergents create less froth as they don’t use soap-like ingredients. Yet, they work well in washing machines. Now house cleaning can become a little bit less of a chemical warfare affair.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.