The 4 Best Laundry Detergents for Babies

Buying the best laundry detergent for babies should be a top priority as you’re preparing for Baby’s arrival.

top-rated laundry detergent for babiesThat’s why I worked hard as a mom to find the best laundry detergent for babies. One of your new roles in addition to Mama or Dadda is now the Washing Maniac.

You think you are doing laundry often now? Just wait! You are about to become the king or queen of never-ending mountains of laundry.

It will feel like your life is being swallowed whole by the beauty of dirty clothes and baby equipment.

Sometimes I think, “who are these people in my house that wear and use all of these clothes, towels, spit-up-burp blankets (we have blankets as opposed to tiny cloths around this place), toy covers, bedding, AND ALL OF THE THINGS? Are they my humans? Or do we have secret dwellers using all of our things in addition to us, laughing at my frantic daily marathons of laundry?

We even made the educated decision to use cloth diapers, knowing it was best for our family, which has added a few loads of laundry a week. (Check out 4 Reasons You Should Use Cloth Diapers).

With all of this additional laundry comes a need for additional detergent, and you want to be sure it is safe for and compatible with your baby’s skin as well as your wallet.

You’ll more than likely buy or receive brand new clothes for your little one before his or her grand arrival and you will need to wash them before your baby arrives!

Most new clothes are finished with a chemical to keep them stiff and folded perfectly; washing this chemical out of the clothing, blankets, and towels before your baby’s sensitive skin touches them is important.

Babies’ skin is extremely tender and delicate. Think about it: our skin is completely moisturized and safe in mama’s cozy womb, protected from itchy fabrics, fragrances, chemicals, and dyes.

It is in its purest state while in utero. Many mamas find that their little one is allergic to even the purest of detergents, especially in the first three months as Baby adapts to life outside of the womb.

(While on the topic of sensitive, delicate baby skin, read Love That Baby Skin! Top 5 Best Baby Lotions and Moisturizers.)

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Popular detergents like Tide, and even Dreft, is filled with irritants and chemicals.

The mainstream detergents stick a “free and gentle” or “for baby” label on the packaging and increase their price when in reality there are still massive amounts of irritants and toxins.

Yes, they do an excellent job cleaning your clothes, but (like ALL regular detergents) leaves an invisible residue on your laundry.

Detergent residue “can cause a multitude of issues, such as eye or skin irritation (which is even more likely on a child’s delicate skin), endocrine disruption, and allergic breakouts,” says Jennifer Taylor on

You may think you can use the regular detergent such as Tide for your own clothes, but I found that my babies were still showing signs of irritation because I hold, snuggle, and wear them in baby carriers so often.

(Looking for pros and cons to baby carriers? Read the Must Know Pros & Cons of Various Baby Carriers.) The best thing to do is switch your laundry detergent altogether to one of these four detergents to ensure your baby’s skin is protected.

Let’s have a conversation about what makes a laundry detergent safe for babies so that you know what you are buying or looking for as well as what I am basing my research on.

There are three very important things to look at when purchasing detergent.

1. Chemical + Toxin Free

“Pick up a bottle of Tide and you’ll be astounded by the number of chemicals listed on the label. Things like:

  • synthetic detergents (often made from petrolium)
  • phenols (endocrine disrupters like BPA)
  • chemical fragrance (phthalates)
  • optical brighteners (benzene)
  • bleach

Any good, safe detergent won’t contain any of this junk..” //

2. Gentle For Baby Skin 

As we talked about earlier, baby skin is extremely sensitive. Because of this universal reality, they are very susceptible to irritation outbreaks and even baby eczema which can be easily caused by regular detergents such as Tide.

3. Removes Baby Stains

If you don’t already know this, babies are messy. Really messy. Think poop, spit up, and more poop. Even spit-up stains white onesies yellow, so you can’t even avoid that by dressing your baby in white.

Often times, the reason we choose detergents like Tide is because we are confident in its ability to effectively fight stains. But the four best laundry detergents I found for babies is also effective in stain removal.

Trust me: I have dealt with some soupy-poops and these detergents have proven themselves to me time and time again.

So let’s get to it! Here’s our top 4 picks for…

The Best Laundry Detergent for Babies

I will also link to Amazon because let’s be real: who doesn’t love to save a trip to the store?

CHARLIE'S SOAP laundry detergent for babies

Appearing to be an industrial soap, it is actually in the top four best laundry detergents for babies. I would argue it is the best laundry detergent for babies.

Many cloth diaper manufacturers recommend Charlie’s Soap; it is the purest detergent available. No fragrance nor chemical brighteners. It is biodegradable. It is non-toxic and safe for not only the environment but also your baby!

Many cloth diaper manufacturers recommend Charlie’s Soap; it is the purest detergent available. No fragrance nor chemical brighteners. It is biodegradable.

It is non-toxic and safe for not only the environment but also your baby! The soap itself has a slight scent when you open the bottle or powder, but the clothes are odorless after being washed with Charlie’s Soap.

The soap itself has a slight scent when you open the bottle or powder, but the clothes are odorless after being washed with Charlie’s Soap. Not only is this detergent great for your baby, but it is also nice to the clothes and fabrics being washed.

If you decide to use this detergent full time, you will find your clothes lasting a lot longer than they did with mainstream detergents.

BIOKLEEN LAUNDRY LIQUID, FREE + CLEAR laundry detergent for babies

Ranking at number two, next only to Charlie’s Soap, Biokleen is also chemical, fragrance, and dye-free making it an excellent decision for your baby’s precious skin.

This detergent lasts a lot longer; you do not use as much per load. If you do laundry four to five times a week, a 64-ounce container should last you about two months.


ECO-ME LAUNDRY DETERGENT laundry detergent for babies

Third up is Eco-Me laundry detergent. This all-natural soap is also free of chemicals and toxins. It is third in line because it is not as effective on incredibly impressive stains.

If your baby poops his back, which he will, you may have to wash that onesie a second time with Eco-Me. Or you can plan to pre-treat or soak your stained clothes.

This is great for older kids who don’t have as many (if any) blow-outs.

PLANET 2X LAUNDRY DETERGENT laundry detergent for babies

This detergent ranks fourth for the top four best laundry detergents for babies because it has Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS).

Besides that fact, it is an amazing cleaner and works well in HE and standard washing machines.

This detergent also does not have a fragrance. This detergent stands out because of how well it works with cloth diapers; you will notice that you don’t see any built up residue!

It also comes in a .

It turns out that just about every product sold as “special baby laundry detergent” isn’t exactly something you would want to use on your baby’s clothes.

That is why we decided to go the all natural route.

At the end of the day, the laundry detergent you use on your baby’s clothes is a very personal choice. What one parent recommends, another will absolutely hate. //

Do you feel informed and ready to buy laundry detergent for your baby? I sure hope so!

My hope is that I can do all of the grunt work of research for you and deliver clear information so you can make an educated decision about what is best for you and your family.

Do you have a different suggestion for the best laundry detergent for babies? Please let us know in the comments!


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