The 7 Best Baby Detergents to Buy in 2018

The right formula for all your laundry needs

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There is a lot to worry about when it comes time to bring home a baby and your choice of laundry detergent should not be stressful. Since your baby's skin is so new it's highly sensitive and possibly even allergic to many fragrances and brighteners. So, it's best to look for baby laundry detergent that is free from a scent. If being green at home is important you'll also want to look for laundry detergents that are free of synthetic ingredients and harmful chemicals which can be toxic to your baby. If using the purest of formulas is important to you be sure to look out for recommendations below that mention the Environmental Working Group (EWG) who go beyond the ingredients and research what ingredients are in products and let you know of any health concerns they might possess to your baby.

Besides being safe for your baby, you'll also want your laundry detergent to do its intended purpose—clean clothes—so we've rounded up the best picks for cleaning up spit up, blowouts, and whatever else is bound to come your way.

Before You Buy

Every baby's skin is different so what works for one, might not work for another. Our best advice is to stick to one brand until you notice a problem. If you wash your baby's clothes in different formulas you won't know which one gave them a reaction.

Here, the best baby laundry detergents for your family.

Our Top Picks

Best for Eczema: all Liquid Laundry Detergent, Free Clear for Sensitive Skin

If your baby is prone to eczema, or you yourself have it—looking for a formula that gets a stamp of approval from a dermatologist is key. All, a lead laundry detergent manufacturer has done extensive testing on their Free Clear formula which is the #1 recommended brand from dermatologists for sensitive skin. It's free of perfume and dyes which can irritate your little one's skin.

Of course since every baby's skin is different the reviews here vary on what has worked for their household. Some rave that this is the only product that has worked on their baby's eczema prone skin while other's say this made their reaction worse.

Best Budget: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder includes 120 loads, making it a highly affordable detergent option. It’s also perfect for babies, as it’s organic and eco-friendly, with no harmful or irritating dyes, fragrances, perfumes, brighteners, filler, petrochemicals, phosphate, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Molly’s Suds also received an “A” rating from the EWG and is cruelty-free and certified vegan.

Molly’s Suds laundry powder is perfect for high-efficiency washers and can be used on virtually any material (baby’s as well as yours). Parents love the natural, clean feeling and the peace of mind of the five organic, earth-based ingredients. They also say it helps with eczema and other sensitive skin-related issues.

Best for the Whole Family: Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent

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If you don't want to buy a special detergent for just your baby consider making the switch to this top-pick that will get all types of baby and adult stains out. A USDA-certified biobased product, Seventh Generation Concentrated Baby Laundry Detergent is 4x concentrated for extra stain-fighting power while remaining green and gentle. It contains no artificial dyes, fragrances, or brighteners.

Parents rave about Seventh Generation’s effective treatment of itchy and sensitive skin, eczema, rashes, and other skin issues or allergies. Its plant-based formula makes it especially well-suited to babies’ clothing, towels, and bedding.

The liquid formula gets a "C" rating on EWG's list, but the powder gets an "A", so if you want purer and your water and machine can handle powder you might want to opt for the powder version.

Best for High-Efficiency Washers: Biokleen Laundry Liquid Free & Clear

Biokleen Laundry Liquid Free and Clear is ideal for environmentally conscious parents. Packaged in a recyclable or compostable bottle made out of used cardboard and newspaper, Biokleen Free and Clear is great for high-efficiency washers, 3x concentrated, and enzyme- and fragrance-free.

Plant-based surfactants and grapefruit seed extracts do the job here, rinsing baby clothes clean with no residue or funk. Biokleen has earned an “A” rating from the EWG for its all-natural, safe, nontoxic ingredients. Parents who use hard water and high-efficiency washers often say Biokleen is their go-to detergent, even though it’s pricier than some of its competitors.

Best Eco-Friendly Detergent: Eco-Me Natural Laundry Detergent

Fragrance-free Eco-Me Natural Laundry Detergent is especially concentrated for a green detergent. It comes in a small bottle, but many parents are surprised that they only need 1-2 capfuls of the liquid for a small to medium load of laundry, making it a perfect choice for baby laundry in particular.

Eco-Me is toxin-free and plant-based and works for both high efficiency and standard washing machines. It’s cruelty-free (no animal byproducts and no animal testing), and free of fragrances, sulfates, phosphates, dyes, and parabens. However, you should note that for big messes or intense stains, you’ll need to pretreat your load of laundry, as with many green and organic laundry detergents.

Best for Cloth Diapers: Rockin’ Green Natural HE Powder Laundry Detergent

Rockin’ Green Natural HE Powder Laundry Detergent declares itself “perfect for cloth diapers.” Many parents agree that this plant-based, all-natural, vegan, and baby-safe detergent is a lifesaver for cloth diapers. It’s powerful enough to get the stains out without leaving behind any residue or smell, and its clean-washing formula rinses each diaper completely with just a small amount of detergent.

Some parents do find the Rockin’ Green laundry detergent scent (though it’s not artificial) a little overwhelming or strong, so be forewarned if you don’t like or can’t tolerate intense smells.

Best Organic: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Baby Unscented

 If you are going for pure look no further than this organic and vegan castile soap that can not only clean your little one's laundry it can also be used in their bath, clean dishes, and even mixed with other ingredients to create all-purpose cleaners around the house. Dr. Bronner's website is very informative on the correct dilutions to use to whip up various different recipes to help you get the whole household clean in a green way. The EWG also rates this an "A" so you know it has safe ingredients for your growing family.

Reviewers rave about the many uses they can do with this, with many claiming they were impressed with how well it cleaned their laundry.

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