Have you noticed how many more cleaning products are featuring “green” claims or promoting their “natural” qualities?  Buyer beware, products that call themselves “natural” doesn’t mean anything.  It’s not a regulated term so pay attention to the ingredients on the package, or better yet, the ingredients NOT included in a product.

I recently put three laundry detergents to the test to see how they stack up against each other.  All of which truly are green cleaners.  I tested Whole Foods 2x Concentrated Unscented detergent, Biokleen’s Free & Clear Unscented Laundry detergent and Method’s Free & Clear super concentrated detergent.

1. Whole Food’s 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent 

  • Good value at $14.99 at my local store for about 100 HE loads/100 fl oz. ($.14/load)
  • No scent at all straight out of the bottle.  Liquid is clear and there is no smell on the clean clothes.
  • Key highlights: No fragrance, no sodium laureth sulfate, no phosphates, phthalates or clorine.
  • Bottle is made from 50% post consumer recycled materials
  • Both clothes and cloth diapers came out clean.  Detergent rinsed out very well in the cloth diaper load.
  • One con~ for HE machines like mine, you only need to use 1/3 cup for most loads. It’s easy to over pour with a full bottle and it’s difficult to judge the proper amount needed.

Biokleen Free & Clear Laundry Liquid Allergen-fighting Formula, 64-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)2. Biokleen Free & Clear Laundry Liquid

  • This was my newest favorite detergent, it runs $8.25/bottle when you purchase a bulk pack of 6 from Amazon. Biokleen Free & Clear Laundry Liquid Allergen-fighting Formula, 64-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
  • Works great on both clothes and cloth diapers
  • Allergen fighting formula
  • Bottle is for 64 regular loads or 128 HE loads.  I have a HE washer so it’s an average of $.06/load.
  • The lack of ingredients is most important here again: no phosphate, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, SLS or SLES, EDTA, DEA.  No fragrance or dyes or preservatives.
  • Liquid smells a little like a bottle of blowing bubbles, but doesn’t leave any smell on clothes.
  • I find it works great as a stain treater as well, I tested it primarily on food stains on my 2 year old’s clothes.
  • Product not readily available in most stores, but is available at my local Whole Foods

Method Laundry Detergent Free + Clear- 50 Loads, 20 Ounce Bottle3. Method Laundry Detergent

  • Loved their commitment to less outer packaging, one small bottle does 25 loads/10 fl oz. They do have a lot more internal packaging with the pump mechanism than the other two products.
  • More expensive when at full price, at CVS it retails for $10.39, or $.41/load, making it the most expensive option
  • Works fine on clothes, but did not get stains out of my cloth diaper load.  This is frustrating to have to rewash cloth diapers that take a long time to clean (2 cycles) to begin with.
  • Package is made from 50% recycled plastic.
  • It makes more sense to buy the larger 20 oz bottle for 50 loads at $14.99 on Amazon. Method Laundry Detergent Free + Clear- 50 Loads, 20 Ounce Bottle

Overall, I’m really happy with both Whole Foods and Biokleen’s laundry detergent.  I like that I can easily buy a store brand with Whole Foods since it’s a little harder to find Biokleen product in many stores. Plus, there is a $1 off coupon in the March/April flyer at Whole Foods for an even better value!

  As spring cleaning starts to get underway, what other green cleaners are you going to be using?
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Disclosure: I was provided laundry detergent to review from Whole Foods.  It did not change my opinion in any way.  Links listed above are affiliate Amazon links.  

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  1. Jen says:

    I have been loving the Ecos detergent for the washing machine and then Method grapefruit all purpose cleaner for around the house.

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