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The 20 Best Baby Detergents of 2017

KOKOPAX TOP PICK

To be honest, the overall cleaning power of all of the detergents we tested was so similar that it really is hard to pick a clear winner, but if we had to pick a top baby detergent then we would choose Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent.

This is a really wonderful baby detergent has been specifically formulated for babies to be as gentle on their little skin as possible while still removing even the toughest stains.

What is special about Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent is that you can buy different formulas for the two different stages of your baby’s development. There is a stage 1 formula that is designed specifically for newborn babies and a stage 2 formula for all other babies.

Both baby formulas are hypoallergenic so won’t cause any allergies or other skin irritation, and both have been clinically approved by pediatricians too. This formula is also recommended by Pampers and has been formulated for both high efficiency and standard washing machines.

If you have just had a new addition to your household or found that your existing detergent is causing you infant skin problems, then we recommend that you start using this really top infant detergent from Dreft immediately.

 

Product DescriptionUsers ScoreOverall Score
Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent

Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent

This hypoallergenic baby detergent was really effective at protecting our baby’s skin, and it should be since it has ...

User Rating: 2.9 (1 votes)
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2 Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces

Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces

This plant based formula might not seem at first like it is the most baby friendly detergent, but the results of ...

User Rating: 2.45 (1 votes)
3 Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent

This is another detergent for your baby that really packs a punch. It cleans really well, removing all kind of ...

User Rating: 3.8 (1 votes)
4 Organic Rain Laundry Detergent 2L

Organic Rain Laundry Detergent 2L

This 100% organic detergent really cleans well for the small amount of detergent you need to add per load. It is ...

User Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)
5 Eco-Me Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free

Eco-Me Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free

This eco-friendly detergent is another natural formula that is concentrated to give the best wash possible. Each 32 ...

User Rating: 2.95 (1 votes)
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6 Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free, 60 Fluid Ounce

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free, 60 Fluid Ounce

If you are looking for the top choice baby detergent for eczema, then this is the one our tests showed was the best. ...

User Rating: 3.8 (1 votes)
7 Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry Detergent

Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry Detergent

This is a really powerful detergent that we found to be really good at removing most kinds of stains. Though it is not ...

User Rating: 3.85 (1 votes)
8 Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent

Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent

This is the number one selling detergent in the US today and as soon as you give your clothes a wash with it you will ...

User Rating: 3.5 (1 votes)
9 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent

The label says it all, an uncomplicated product for a happy home and baby. This naturally produced baby detergent is a ...

User Rating: 3.7 (1 votes)

Product Pediatrician & Dermatologist TestedEco FriendlyHypoallergenicFeedback Score
Dreft Liquid Laundry DetergentYesNo Yes 4.5 out of 5
Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry DetergentYesNo Yes 4.5 out of 5
Purex Liquid Laundry DetergentYesNo Yes 4.4 out of 5
Organic Rain Laundry DetergentYes Yes Yes 4.4 out of 5
Biokleen Laundry LiquidNo Yes Yes 4.3 out of 5
Eco-Me Liquid Laundry DetergentNo Yes Yes 4.2 out of 5
Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry DetergentYes Yes Yes 4.2 out of 5
Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry DetergentNo95% Bio Based Yes 4.1 out of 5
Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry DetergentYesNo Yes 4.1 out of 5
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry DetergentNoNo Yes 4.0 out of 5

How to choose the best baby detergent for your child?

Few people understand the real art to finding the best detergent until they have their first baby. Since adults skin is much less delicate than a baby’s, few people even think twice about which detergent they buy as long as it cleans well and doesn’t cost too much.

Once your little baby pops out, it is time to give your laundry detergent some serious consideration to make sure it is suitable for your baby. Though few of us would think of spending a night in reading about laundry detergents as fun, unfortunately it is something that is definitely worth it as it might turn out to be very important for your baby.

In the first few years of life, our children are really vulnerable to all manner of illnesses, infections and allergies. Many children develop sensitive skin, which means that they will suffer with skin rashes, irritation and other conditions such as eczema.

Though it is not always possible to prevent these conditions entirely, it is possible to help reduce the causes significantly. No sooner than a parent brings up the topic of skin problems in their child, more experienced parents will immediately raise the question of what brand detergent they are using.

What things should I look out for when buying a baby detergent for my child?

The first thing you need to check is whether a detergent has been formulated for use with babies. The main difference between these specially formulated detergents and normal ones is that they will be milder on your child skin thereby helping to prevent irritation and rashes.

Hypoallergenic.

Another really important thing is to make sure that the formula is hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic detergents will have been clinically tested to make sure that they don’t cause allergies in young children and babies.

Though cases of detergents causing severe allergies are extremely rare, they are frequently found to be the cause of skin rashes and general irritation. If you notice that your child is getting rashes on areas of its skin that are covered with clothing, particularly around the feet, wrist and neck areas, there is a good chance that it is the result of an allergic reaction to the detergent you washed the clothes with.

A hypoallergenic detergent will not cause any of these kinds of rashes and irritation unless your child has a severe case of sensitive skin or is allergic to one of the ingredients.

Chemicals

You should take extra special care to try to avoid any chemicals that might be harmful to your child’s skin. Now, we do realize that unless you happen to be a chemist this might be a bit difficult.

The easiest way to do this is to check the items description to see if it specifically mentions that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. If it doesn’t give this information, then try to check the ingredients to see if it contains any phosphates, sulfates, chlorine, fragrances and perfumes or dyes. These are the chemicals you should avoid.

Organic

We generally recommend trying to avoid petrochemical based chemicals though this can be quite a challenge, and for ethical reasons, any animal by-products too. Though there is no conclusive proof linking petrochemical detergents to skin disorders, exposing your child to synthetic chemicals that have only recently appeared on this earth could pose a long term health risk.

To avoid this, we recommend buying an organic detergent that has been made from entirely plant based ingredients. Take care to make sure that all the ingredients are sustainably sourced and organically farmed, meaning no petrochemical fertilizers have been added to the soil to help make them grow.

How we review

We love anything and everything to do with babies. Our team of professionals are all experts in the field of baby care and nutrition. We set out to review as many products as possible in order to do our best to find out which are really the top baby products and which are the let downs.

We rigorously test all the baby products in accordance to our independently developed in-house testing system. Once we have done so, we then choose the best products to review in our articles.

We want you to know that we take our reviews very seriously and do not accept financial rewards or incentives for offering any product positive reviews.


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Editor’s Choice: Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent

Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent ReviewIf you want the peace of mind knowing that you have the best detergent money can buy for you little one, then get to a store and buy Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent now.

This formula has a really great cleaning power, getting excellent results on all the different types of stains we tried it out on, whether it was light drool and other such food stains, or heavy duty diaper mess and oily stains it performed excellently.

The detergent also smells really great, which was something that all of our parents loved about this detergent. A delicate rose smell, it really makes your clothes smell delightful, though one or two of our parents were concerned at whether the strong smell would affect their baby.

The only drawback with this great infant detergent is that it is not ecofriendly, otherwise we found it to be a superb cleaner, which leaves your clothes looking and smelling great. It is delicate on baby’s skin and thanks to it being hypoallergenic doesn’t cause any rashes or other such skin irritation.

This is a superb detergent, so if you have a newborn then get yourself a bottle of the stage 1 detergent, or for all other babies grab a bottle of the stage 2 and you will never look back.

Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you want the peace of mind knowing that you have the best detergent money can buy for you little one, then get to a store and buy Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent now.

Cons

  • Not eco friendly

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Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces

Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces
When you first set eyes on this detergent in its tiny bottle no one would fault you for asking, is that it? It comes in a 25 Fl Oz (739ml) bottle with a no frills label. But believe us, don’t let this fool you as this is
one of the best detergents we have ever tried.

The secret to this formula is that it is highly concentrated, meaning that you only need to add a few drops instead of a cup full. A 10X concentrate baby detergent, it has been formulated by a team of doctors for people and babies who suffer from delicate and sensitive skin.

The detergent is not made from any harmful chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine, perfumes, sulfates or petrochemicals, but is instead gets its punch from its safe enzyme powered formula.

It is made in the USA and we love the fact that it has not been tested on animals either.

Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces

The detergent is not made from any harmful chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine, perfumes, sulfates or petrochemicals, but is instead gets its punch from its safe enzyme powered formula.

Cons:

  • The bottle pump tends to leak

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Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent Review

This is another detergent for your baby that really packs a punch. It cleans really well, removing all kind of stains from food to heavy dirt. This is another formula that has been formulated for babies, so is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested.

What our parents really liked about this detergent and made it stand out is that it really gives great value for money, since it costs only $0.05 per Fl Oz and still gives an excellent level of cleaning performance.

If you are looking for the best clean at the lowest possible price, while still making sure your detergent takes care of your baby’s skin, this is the detergent you should buy.

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you are looking for the best clean at the lowest possible price, while still making sure your detergent takes care of your baby’s skin, this is the detergent you should buy.

Cons:

  • Contains surfactants

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Organic Rain Laundry Detergent

Organic Rain Laundry Detergent 2LThe amazing thing about this detergent is that it is not really a detergent at all. The packaging for this product uses really helpful drawings to show just how detergents get trapped in the clothes and then exposed to your skin as you wear them. The fact that many of these detergents are carcinogenic is quite a scary thing indeed.

Rain detergent cleans really well and as a result scores really highly on customer satisfaction. Our parents really loved it, adding that the peace of mind is really worth the little extra in cost.

If you are looking for a good detergent that will give you peace of mind that you are not exposing your baby to these harmful chemicals, then this is definitely worth giving a try.

Organic Rain Laundry Detergent

Rain detergent cleans really well and as a result scores really highly on customer satisfaction. Our parents really loved it, adding that the peace of mind is really worth the little extra in cost.

Cons

  • A little on the pricey side

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Biokleen Laundry Liquid

Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Free & Clear, 64 Ounces

A plant based formula that is as tough on stains as it is friendly to the planet, Biokeen laundry detergent is formulated for babies with sensitive skin. It contains no harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances, colors or preservatives, so won’t risk harming your baby’s skin.

It is a 3X concentrated detergent meaning that each 64 Fl Oz bottle will give roughly 128 high efficiency loads or 64 standard washing machine loads. This detergent rinses clean leaving no nasty chemical detergents on your baby’s clothes so you don’t need to worry about carcinogens or anything like that getting on your baby’s skin.

This is a really great detergent for those parents seeking a more natural, but inexpensive detergent for their child.

Biokleen Laundry Liquid

This is a really great detergent for those parents seeking a more natural, but inexpensive detergent for their child.

Cons:

  • New formula is a little less thick than the old one, though the results are the same.

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Eco-Me Liquid Laundry Detergent

Eco-Me Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free Review

Another concentrated ecofriendly detergent, Eco-Me’s formula is completely natural ingredient based and doesn’t contain any harmful sulfates or synthetic fragrances which can irritate lungs, skin and eyes

This detergent is manufactured in the US and meets the government’s safety standards as well as those set out by the Green Seal association. With each 32 Fl Oz bottle doing up to 64 loads, this is another great ecofriendly detergent for the whole family.  

Our parents liked this detergent for its good level of cleaning power and the fact that it was environmentally friendly. They did however say that they felt it was a little in the high price range for what you get.

Overall, this is a good cleaner that helps you take extra care not just of your baby, but the environment too.

Eco-Me Liquid Laundry Detergent

Another concentrated ecofriendly detergent, Eco-Me’s formula is completely natural ingredient based and doesn’t contain any harmful sulfates or synthetic fragrances which can irritate lungs, skin and eyes

Cons:

  • A little on the expensive side

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Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free, 60 Fluid Ounce Review

A plant and enzyme based detergent that really leaves your clothes looking clean and your baby’s skin nice and happy also.

Babyganics as their name suggests, are a company that focus on making all manner of products for infants. They make everything from sunscreen to creams for eczema care, so it is little surprise that they have come up with such a great detergent.

This X3 concentrate, plant based detergent that contains no harmful chemicals like cholrine, artificial perfumes or other allergens. It can be used in all types of machines, and on any kind of stains.

We loved that it was so gentle on our babies’ skin, where even for our children with severe sensitive skin it didn’t seem to affect their skin at all. Overall, this is a great detergent, but also not the cheapest either.

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent

A plant and enzyme based detergent that really leaves your clothes looking clean and your baby’s skin nice and happy also.

Cons:

  • Not as good at cleaning tougher stains as others on this list
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Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry Detergent

Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry DetergentThis is a really powerful detergent that we found to be really good at removing most kinds of stains. Though it is not totally organic, this detergent is still 95% plant based.

A X4 concentrate, it uses powerful enzymes to remove stains, but despite this is still very gentle on your baby’s skin. Created for sensitive skin, it is hypoallergenic and free of artificial perfumes, dyes and phthalates.

A great detergent, this is an ideal solution for those parents trying to balance cost with their desire to buy a natural detergent for their baby.

Mama Bear Gentle-Care Baby Laundry Detergent

This is a really powerful detergent that we found to be really good at removing most kinds of stains. Though it is not totally organic, this detergent is still 95% plant based.

Cons:

  • Contains almond oil so not good for children with nut allergies

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Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent

Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent ReviewThis is the number one selling detergent in the US today and as soon as you give your clothes a wash with it you will immediately understand why.

It would clean the dirt off anything you throw at it. One of best cleaners on this list, it is also hypo allergenic for sensitive skin and is free of dyes and perfumes too.

Though not specifically designed for babies, we did find this a really effective detergent. Our babies for the most part seemed to be fine with it and did not get any rashes or irritation from it.

The only problem we really found was that the bottle it comes in is a little small, while our experts weren’t able to find an ingredients list on the packaging or on Tide’s website to find out exactly what chemicals are in it. As a result, we had to give it a lower score than it probably deserved.

Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent

This is the number one selling detergent in the US today and as soon as you give your clothes a wash with it you will immediately understand why.

Cons:

  • Bottle size could be bigger
  • Ni ingredients list

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Laundry Detergent ReviewThe label says it all, an uncomplicated product for a happy home and baby. This naturally produced baby detergent is a good all round option. Though not the best cleaner or cheapest detergent on this list, it still does a great job.

It is dermatologically tested and contains 97% natural ingredients, which are all biodegradable. Our parents really loved the nice smell this detergent left on the clothes, and most seemed very happy on how delicate it was on their child’s skin.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent

The label says it all, an uncomplicated product for a happy home and baby. This naturally produced baby detergent is a good all round option.

Cons:

  • Some people might not like the smell

  


Conclusion

As you will have seen from our article, there are lots of really great detergents out there for your baby. In general, you can choose whichever one gets the best customer feedback to ensure that you are going to buy the top detergent for your infant.

You will need to keep in mind the price, as well as whether you want an all-natural baby detergent or an artificial chemical based one. Concentrate detergents are a good idea, though for many modern washing machines that add the detergent from an internal tank, you will need to know the concentration to set the machine to use the correct amount.

We strongly recommend trying natural based detergents first as this will limit the amount of chemicals coming into contact with your child.

Finally, whenever trying a new detergent, remember that should your child show any signs of a negative reaction whatsoever, then you should immediately switch to another brand.

What is the best baby detergent?

With so many detergents for babies on the market today, the real hard question is how can you find out which one is the best baby detergent?

We strongly recommend that you take 10 minutes to read a good quality baby detergent review article such as this one. You will save yourself loads of time and wasted energy by getting the best information all in one article rather than by scouring the internet for bits of information.

As always, our usual top tips are to make sure that you read plenty of customer feedback about the product you wish to purchase to see how good it really is. You should also make sure that should your child show any sign of skin irritation or increase in signs of sensitive skin, that you immediately change brands of detergent until you find one that doesn’t effect your child’s skin.

Are detergents for babies safe?

Detergents are on the whole safe for infants. However, there can be a risk using general detergents on your young child. Children have much more delicate skin than their adult counterparts, so need to be given a little better care and attention.

Detergents work by stripping dirty off of clothing and whatever other laundry you might be washing. Unfortunately, this action doesn’t distinguish between bad dirt and the essential oils for example that are important for healthy skin.

Though different washing machines have varying level of success at rinsing all the dirt and detergent out of your clothing before the end of the wash, no washing machine is completely successful at making sure that your clothes are completely clean of residual detergent.

As your child wears their freshly washed clothing, your baby’s skin comes into contact with the detergents that remain on the material. If your child’s skin becomes irritated or exhibits an allergic reaction to these detergents this can be a real problem.

Detergents that have been designed specifically for children are gently formulated so as to as delicate on your child’s skin as possible. Many of these detergents are hypoallergenic, meaning that they act to prevent allergies and irritation to your skin.

They won’t contain any other chemicals that are harmful to your child’s skin that normal detergents might contain. As a result, these baby detergents are kind and gentle to your baby’s skin.

What are the risks of using baby detergents?

Generally speaking, baby detergents are very safe for your child. There a few obvious dangers that really don’t need much explanation. Any detergent that is consumed is a danger to your child’s health. It is worth making sure that the detergent bottle has a screw tight bottle that your child won’t be able to open. You can be sure that this risk is negated by putting the bottle out of reach of your infant.

Otherwise, provided that you buy a good quality baby detergent that has been designed for babies then it is unlikely that your child will experience any problems. That said, many children do suffer with sensitive skin, which might mean they still experience a reaction to many different types of baby detergents.

In this case, you should buy a baby detergent that has been specifically formulated for infants with sensitive skin in mind. These formulas will be delicate on your child’s skin, helping to keep it healthier and in better shape.

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