The best baby laundry detergents

Between diaper related mishaps and dinner disasters, laundry is a challenge on a good day. Plus, when it comes to washing clothes for your little one, you need your detergent to be as gentle on their sensitive skin as it is tough on stains. So to find the best baby laundry detergents on the market today, we put a bunch of products to the test, assessing the quality, ease of use and value of each one. In our Today’s Parent Approved lab, we stained dozens of 100-percent organic cotton jersey swatches with common stain-makers like formula and frozen blueberries, then hit up a laundromat to see how well each detergent would performed in a cold water wash. Plus, we asked families to use the detergents at home and give us their feedback on everything from how well it performed to the fragrance of the detergent. Here are the baby laundry detergents that made the cut to get the Today’s Parent Approved seal.

Purex Baby Soft Laundry Detergent
Best for Parents who want a scented baby detergent that's still gentle on sensitive skin
Top benefits Low cost per load, good stain-removal power, pleasant scent
Considerations Measuring cap is difficult to read, no pretreatment instructions on the bottle
Bottom line Purex Baby Soft is a pleasantly scented and effective option for parents on a budget

 

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent
Best for Families who want to use a natural, unscented detergent but don't want to spend more than necessary
Top benefits Fragrance- and dye-free, 97% plant-based, impressive cleaning power, good value
Considerations Limited availability in stores and online
Bottom line Seventh Generation Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent for Baby is a well-priced natural detergent that will leave your clothes clean and fresh

 

Ivory Snow Stage 1 Newborn Liquid Detergent
Best for Parents of newborns looking for a hypoallergenic detergent
Top benefits Hypoallergenic, safe for cloth diapers
Considerations Mildly scented
Bottom line Ivory Snow is a mildly fragranced, hypoallergenic laundry detergent that’s formulated to be gentle on the delicate skin of newborn babies

 

The Honest Company Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best for Parents with an HE washing machine who prefer a plant-based detergent
Top benefits Gentle enough for baby's skin but strong enough for the entire family's laundry, biodegradable, pH-balanced
Considerations Cap measurements can be difficult to see, you have to use nearly double the detergent with top-loading washing machines
Bottom line The Honest Company Liquid Laundry Detergent is a high-quality, plant-based detergent that works

 

Bio-Vert HE Baby Laundry Detergent
Best for Parents who want an eco-friendly detergent with good stain-fighting power
Top benefits Tough on stains, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free
Considerations Works best with pretreatment, thick consistency can make measuring less precise
Bottom line Bio-Vert HE Baby Laundry Detergent is a high-quality, eco-friendly detergent that gets clothes clean and is gentle on baby's tender skin

 

Attitude Natural Baby Laundry Detergent
Best for Families who are committed to using eco-friendly products and need a detergent that won't irritate sensitive skin
Top benefits Endorsed by the National Eczema Association, pleasant smell (even though it's unscented)
Considerations Works best with pretreatment, higher cost per load
Bottom line Attitude Natural Baby Laundry Detergent combines effective cleaning power with natural, skin-friendly ingredients and a commitment to the environment
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Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent
Best for Families with sensitive skin who need an effective stain-fighting detergent
Top benefits Powerful stain fighting, free of dyes and fragrances, good value
Considerations Formulated for HE washers, ingredients are not listed on bottle
Bottom line Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent washes away stains while staying gentle on skin
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