How to Buy Laundry Detergent

Happy new year! As promised in my last post, today, I am blogging about laundry detergent. Today’s post will hopefully make it easy for you to buy laundry detergent based on your shopping values. I have surveyed some common brands you can find at Walmart, some found in larger sizes at Costco, some carried by Whole Foods and others you can purchase through Amazon. The list of the laundry detergents I chose vary in form, price, ingredients, how/where they are marketed and company mission/values. The list, is definitely not inclusive of every detergent liquid/powder available on the market. Therefore, if there is something you are using currently that is not listed below & love it, please comment below and let me know! Also, the n/a means the website did not provide me enough information to draw a conclusion & Molly's Suds is the detergent I use currently (that is why it is highlighted). I also plan on trying out Naturoli's Soap Berries when my current supply of Molly's suds needs replenishing.

Detergents sorted by price: You will notice that the top three detergents, from my study sample, that rank cheapest in price are Xtra, Sun and Purex respectively. I expected the cheapest brands to be carried by Walmart but what I didn't expect is that the brands that are deemed better aren't that much more expensive per load! 

Detergent marketed as fair trade: The Simply Co. is the only brand I could find that advertised they were fair trade. Another way to go fair trade without spending the $$ is to buy fair trade ingredients & make your own laundry detergent. 

Detergents marketed to contain non-GMO ingredients: Naturoli Soap Berries, Molly’s Suds, Nellie’s Laundry Soda, The Simply Co., Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder

Detergents marketed as vegan: Naturoli Soap Berries, Molly’s Suds & The Simply Co.

Detergents marketed to contain organic ingredients: Naturoli Soap Berries & The Simply Co.

Detergents marketed to be free of SLS (Sodium laureth sulfate): Naturoli Soap Berries, Molly’s Suds, Nellie’s Laundry Soda, The Simply Co.

The last category is whether or not the company is environmentally conscious. Well, all but four of the companies had material on their website indicating they make environmentally conscious decisions in their company. Some boast about energy efficiency, others discuss water usage, and some yet even take it a step further and support and fund environmentally conscious initiatives. If being environmentally conscious is the only factor in your purchasing values then please explore each of these companies in more detail.

Well hope this chart helps & happy laundry detergent shopping!

Be Radiant,

~Dr. Dimpi