So now that you know natural laundry detergent is the best choice for your laundry needs, how do you know which brand is best for you and your family? These days, most laundry brands offer a green or natural detergent option, so you might think you can just grab one at random and it will work as well as anything else. But not all natural laundry detergents are created equal. In fact, not all natural laundry detergents are as natural as you would like them to be.
We have compiled some tips of what to look for when shopping for a natural laundry detergent that is best for you. Unless it fits these specifications, it may not be very green or natural.
Standards Natural/Green Laundry Detergent Should Meet:
- Non-toxic ingredients
- Phosphate and sulfate free
- Petrochemical free
- Free from bleach, dyes, and fragrances
- No optical brighteners
Finding all of these specifications in one detergent can be difficult, so just look for a majority of these features. If your family is sensitive to fragrances and the chemicals that makes them, don’t risk a skin reaction by buying scented detergent. This means really paying attention to labels and knowing the difference between unscented and fragrance-free. It also means avoiding fabric softeners and dryer sheets that are chemical-based and anything that leaves behind a strong scent that is most likely chemically based.
Unscented detergents contain masking ingredients that simply cover up the scents of the other ingredients, which makes the detergent appear to have a neutral odor. However, the addition of these masking ingredients often causes detergents to no longer be all-natural. Fragrance-free means just that: no added fragrance. It does not mean scent free, though. So don’t be alarmed if you smell the other ingredients in the detergent. Being fragrance-free makes the laundry detergent hypoallergenic and safe for your skin, which is why Roux Maison offers all of our products in a fragrance-free option.
Choosing the best detergent for your lifestyle
Another important factor in choosing your laundry detergent is choosing the right one for your laundry lifestyle. Roux Maison offers Essential, Delicate, Sport and Swimwear detergents. Your fabrics are special and they deserve specific care, so choose the detergent that’s right for each one. You don’t wash your delicates with your jeans, so why wash them with the same detergent?
If you live in an area with hard water, be sure your detergents can perform in hard water or along with water softeners. Since natural laundry detergents do not contain harmful chemicals, they will not react negatively to the mineral deposits in hard water. Just another reason to choose natural detergents over those name brand detergents your mother uses.
The most important factor in choosing a natural detergent is knowing what you want in your detergent and what you want to avoid. A good rule of thumb is to look for the detergent with the fewest ingredients. For example, each bottle of Roux Maison laundry detergent contains purified water, all-natural biodegradable surfactants and all-natural biodegradable salts. Our scented detergents also contain 100% pure essential oils. That’s it. No scary chemicals or allergens]will ever make their way into Roux Maison laundry detergents. Interested in learning more? Check out our complete list of ingredients used in Roux Maison products.
Choosing a natural laundry detergent doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Armed with the right information, it might be one of the easiest decisions you make today.