Best laundry detergents

Between grass stains, messy dinners and diaper fails, kids make laundry more than a little challenging. We know you’re looking for a detergent that gets the job done without a lot of hassle. So we put a range of original formula liquid detergents to the test to bring you a list of the best laundry detergents out there. In our Today’s Parent Approved lab, we stained pre-washed 100-percent cotton white onesies with a range of messes—sweet potato puree, grass, mud, coffee and more—and then hit the laundromat to see how well detergents tackled the stains in a cold water wash. Plus we asked families to use the detergents at home and give us their feedback on how well it performed. Here are the detergents that made the cut to get the Today’s Parent Approved seal.

Persil ProClean Power-Liquid Original Scent
Best for Families looking for a high-performing fragranced detergent
Top benefits Good stain removal, good cost per load
Considerations Strong fragrance, cap measurements do not correlate to the provided instructions
Bottom line Persil is a high-quality fragranced detergent with the power to tackle tough stains and get clothes clean

 

Compliments Original Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fresh Scent
Best for Families that prefer mildly scented detergents, and those who would like to avoid dyes
Top benefits Free of dyes and phthalates, good stain removal, budget-friendly
Considerations Mild scent, only available at Sobeys stores
Bottom line Compliments Original Liquid Laundry Detergent is an inexpensive, dye-free detergent that has above-average cleaning power
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Sunlight Lemon Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best for Families who want a well-priced detergent that works well
Top benefits Good stain removal, clear instructions for use, mid-range price
Considerations Scent may be strong for some
Bottom line Sunlight Lemon Fresh is a pleasantly scented laundry detergent that has above-average cleaning powers

 

Tide Original HE Turbo Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best for Families that want a very good stain-fighter and don't mind fragrance
Top benefits Excellent cleaning and stain removal, clear cap measurements and instructions
Considerations Higher cost per load, stronger fragrance
Bottom line Tide is a high-quality fragranced detergent that excels in stain-fighting and getting clothes clean

 

Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, Clean Fresh
Best for Families who want a low-cost detergent with a lot of fragrance
Top benefits Low cost per load, good cleaning power
Considerations Strong scent
Bottom line Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, Clean Fresh offers good value for families who prefer a scented detergent

 

Gain Original Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best for Families looking for a high-performing, strongly fragranced detergent
Top benefits Good stain removal, mess-free dispensing, mid-range cost per load
Considerations Strong fragrance
Bottom line Gain combines very good cleaning power with its signature strong fragrance
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