When the University of Washington studied some of the most popular laundry products in the U.S., it found plenty of questionable chemicals that had been omitted from the ingredients list. Researcher Anne Steinmann was “surprised by both the number and the potential toxicity of the chemicals that were found,” and shares that “nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from these six products,” including ingredients the Environmental Protection Agency considers to be unsafe, such as acetone, acetaldehyde, chloromethane, and 1,4-dioxane.
But here’s the truth: Your washer doesn’t have to harbor potentially toxic chemicals in order to achieve a fresh load. Stick with Thrive Market and we’ll show you just how easy it is to stock an eco-friendly laundry room with detergents and sprays that work just as well as conventional options—minus the nasty stuff.
Maintaining an eco-friendly laundry room isn’t only about the detergent you choose—though we have plenty of great options below! Here are some tips for getting the most out of your equipment, being kinder to the earth, and saving money.
It’s time to find your new favorite laundry supplies. Whether you’re looking for something simple and unscented or prefer your sheets to smell like a lavender field, we’ve got something for everyone—including the best eco-friendly laundry detergent.
With its relaxing lavender scent and biodegradable ingredients, this convenient laundry powder is a favorite among Thrive members. Rachel from California shares it “smells good and really brightens my towels and sheets.”
Plant-based surfactants go to work alongside citrus extracts for a thorough clean every time. Janice from Michigan says “I love this because I use way less than store-bought detergent on each load while still ending up with great-smelling clothes.”
Active families trust Molly’s Suds. The Certified Vegan formula helps rid odor-causing bacteria from synthetic and technical fibers (ideal for sports uniforms and gym clothes!) using non-toxic food-grade ingredients—no harsh chemicals, UV brighteners, or synthetic fragrance.
Stubborn stains, dirt, and grime won’t stand a chance against Rebel Green’s liquid detergent. The formula is made without synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, dyes or chemical brighteners, and member Kristen says she loves how it cleans her clothes without the toxins.
Charlie’s laundry powder is a biodegradable option in a concentrated powder formula that uses natural minerals to get a deep clean. In Wisconsin, member Elizabeth trusts Charlie’s Soap with her cloth diapers. “This is the only laundry detergent I’ll use. Others cause build up so the diapers can be less effective over time, but this stuff actively removes deposits on fibers!”
Stubborn stains are no fun, but non-toxic stain removers can help make it easier to revive your favorite shirt.
Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free, Molly’s uses sodium percarbonate (plus other plant-based ingredients) to help break down hard water minerals and liven up your whites.
A few sprays of Seventh Generation’s stain remover is all you need to lift stubborn stains. The plant-based formula uses enzymes to erase everything from coffee to ketchup—no dyes or fragrances involved.
Ecover’s easy-to-use stick stain remover tackles grass, mud, and grease with ease. The biodegradable formula features renewable plant-based and mineral ingredients, making it gentle on the environment while still being tough on stains.
Non-irritating cleansers, plus lemongrass and orange essential oils, help rid stains naturally. Just wet the stain and rub the stick on; agitate the stain under a bit of water before washing and you’re good to go.
For dryer sheet alternatives, here are some of our tried-and-true favorites. (Keep scrolling for a DIY option too!)
It’s easy to relax on laundry day when you toss one of Nellie’s wool balls into your dryer. Made from New Zealand wool and scented with lavender, these dryer balls work to calm static for up to 50 loads.
Ecoegg dryer eggs work to separate your laundry so more air can circulate, which may reduce drying time. Each egg is hypoallergenic, BPA-free, and recyclable too.
If you’re interested in DIY options, it’s easy to make your own stain remover, spot treatment, and dryer sheets.
Even if you’re careful, spills are bound to happen—especially if you have young kids at home! With this two-ingredient solution, you’ll always be prepared to prep clothes for the wash.
Yes, you can make your own dryer sheets! With simple ingredients like an old t-shirt, white vinegar, and essential oil, this project is easy enough to complete in a single afternoon.
Making your own stain remover is easier than you might think. This post shows you how to make a simple natural stain remover for clothes using just baking soda and water.
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