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It was laundry detergent that really started me on my journey to crunchiness. My second child had eczema and laundry detergent can often irritate it. With him in mind, I began to use more natural detergents.
While making your own laundry detergent may be the most frugal and perhaps crunchiest method to cleaning your laundry, not all of us are ready for that. For those who would rather just buy a more natural laundry detergent here’s a list of some of the detergents that are closer to all natural.
Natural Laundry Detergent Options
Cost: $15.20/64 loads or 128 HE loads
Ingredients: Surfactants and conditioners from coconut and/or corn, orange peel extract, grapefruit seed and pulp extract, linear sulfonate, and filtered water.
(Edited to add: Recently Biokleen has changed the ingredients in some of it’s products. I know that their dish washing liquid now contains SLS but I am not certain on their laundry detergent. If their laundry detergent has be reformulated then I more than likely do not recommend Biokleen)
Cost: $11.12/50 loads or 100 HE loads
Ingredients: 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil based surfactant, soap bark, chamomile, horsetail plant, & purified water.
Cost: $12.90/100 loads
Ingredients: soap nuts
There are a few other natural laundry detergents out there. However considering ingredients, these were the ones that I feel most comfortable recommending.
Being crunchy doesn’t mean you must make everything from scratch. Thankfully there are some amazing green and natural minded companies out there who help you cheat in your crunchy journey.