It is often difficult to know the ingredients in laundry detergent or fabric softener from the label. Indeed, many brands warn about potentially irritating ingredients in the product without specifying which ingredients are present. However, laundry detergents sold in supermarkets are very often composed of a combination of more or less toxic chemicals.

Healthy alternatives


Brand nameProduct description
AttitudeNatural Laundry Detergent
EchocleanNatural Laundry Detergent
EcomaxLaundry Detergent
EcoverZero Sensitive Laundry Detergent
Nature CleanLaundry Liquid, Fragrance Free
Nellie’sLaundry Soda
Seventh GenerationLaundry Detergent, Free and Clear
Simply CleanLaundry Detergent
The Unscented CompanyLaundry Soap


You can also make your own laundry soap using 3 easily available ingredients. You will need:

bar soap of grated castile

1 3/4 cups of baking soda

1 3/4 cups of washing soda

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use according to need.

Avoid the following chemicals in regular products

1,4-dioxane: possible carcinogen

Alkyl benzene sulfonic acid: irritant and corrosive

Bleaching agents

Ethoxylated alcohols contaminated with 1,4-dioxane

Ammonia: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory and digestive tract

Ethanol (ethyl alcohol): possible carcinogen (confirmed in animals), irritating to the skin, eyes, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, neurotoxic

Naphtalene: possible carcinogen (confirmed in animals), irritant to skin and eyes

Synthetic fragrances: allergens

Phenol: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes and respiratory and digestive tract

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: irritant, may cause contact dermatitis