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Keep Your Family Clean With Cruelty-Free Laundry Detergent

These cruelty-free, vegan laundry detergents make it easy to keep your conscience clear while you clean your clothes.

Animals used in chemical tests for household products are often forced to inhale or swallow chemicals or to endure substances being dripped into their eyes, which can cause swelling, discharge, ulceration, hemorrhaging, cloudiness, and even blindness. Rabbits—who are often the victims of such abuse because of their docile nature—and other animals used for product testing are killed after the experiments are over.

Here are 13 cruelty-free, vegan laundry detergents made by companies that don’t test on animals:

1. Method 8X Laundry Detergent

This plant-based formula is so concentrated that it was named “8X.” The smaller bottle means less plastic. We love products that are conscious of both animals and the planet.

2. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 64-Load Laundry Detergent

You can’t go wrong with 64 loads and eight different scents of detergent to choose from.

3. Ecover Zero 2x Laundry Detergent

This vegan and biodegradable formula contains no fragrance, dyes, or brighteners. The eco-conscious manufacturer also packages the detergent in plastic made from sugarcane.

4. The Good Home Co. Laundry Detergent

Purchase refills so you can reuse the gorgeous bottles.

5. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

This classic soap (first made in 1948!) is available in 10 scents and will take care of more than just your laundry. Use it for dishwashing or mopping, on your face and body, and more. Following this dilution cheat sheet will make your bottle last longer.

6. Eco-Me Laundry Detergent

This chemical-free detergent is available in Citrus Berry, Lavender Blossom, Vanilla Bean, and Fragrance-Free varieties.

7. Trader Joe’s Liquid Laundry Detergent

TJ’s carries this fantastic, very affordable vegan detergent.

8. Biokleen Laundry Liquid

A round of applause is in order for this eco-friendly bottle, which uses 100 percent recycled newspaper and cardboard and 70 percent less plastic than traditional ones.

9. Nature Clean Laundry Liquid

This Canadian company first started developing natural products in the 1960s to address a family member’s allergies.

10. Pure & Gentle Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent

This concentrated enzyme-based detergent removes dust mite waste, pet dander, mold and mildew, and pollen from all your clothing and bedding. It’s also phosphate- and dye-free detergent.

11. Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent

You’d think that 96 loads per 24-ounce bottle would be too good to be true, but this detergent lives up to its claims.

12. Forever New Liquid Fabric Care Wash

This formula removes body oils and perspiration from fibers that other detergents can’t touch.

13. Whole Foods Market 2X Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Whole Foods carries a variety of vegan, eco-friendly cleaning products, including this one.

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Would you rather make your own? Try this super-easy DIY detergent!

Turn your favorite cruelty-free baking soda into washing soda, then simply mix it with grated soap and Epsom salt, and you’ll be one step closer to fresh laundry.

Vegan Laundry Detergent

1/2 cup cruelty-free baking soda (try 365 Everyday Value)
1/2 bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap, grated
1/2 cup cruelty-free Epsom salt (try Sky Organics)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To make washing soda, spread the baking soda in a thin layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Combine the washing soda with the grated soap and Epsom salt and store in an airtight container.
  • Shake well before using. Add 1 tablespoonful to each load of laundry.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

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