Detergents

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The tables below are based on over 1,500 survey responses to the Washing Diaper SurveyYou can consider the numbers here like a grade (on a 0-100) scale.

You can use the interactive table below to (a) search for a detergent by using the search engine in the top right of the table, (b) use the small triangle arrows in each column to sort statistics (e.g., if you want to see which detergents performed best, you click on the black triangle in the overall score column). Numbers over 80 are generally good, under 40 are generally bad.

Detergent (# responses)
Overall Score (%)
% Damage (low is good)
Soft Water (%)
Hard Water (%)
Front Loader (%)
Top Loader (%)
Top Loader HE (%)
Allen's (73)
80
16
78
84
All Free and Clear (201)
60
12
74
72
81
77
Arm and Hammer Free and Clear (27)
84
6
Biokleen (36)
83
15
88
Bumgenius (70)
83
13
79
81
83
Charlie's Soap (powder) (167)
82
11
77
80
84
Country Save (201)
81
10
81
73
80
83
76
Crunchy Clean (45)
80
15
85
Dropps (20)
86
5
EcoNuts (Liquid) (22)
83
6
Eco Nuts (soap nuts) (55)
85
11
86
Ecos (30)
75
11
Ecos Free and Clear (36)
84
8
EcoSprout (117)
81
9
80
81
80
Homemade (142)
(See this article for top performing "recipes")
86
11
88
88
88
88
Laundry Tarts (36)
81
7
78
Lulu's in the Fluff (46)
87
8
87
Nellie's (70)
81
7
81
82
Purex Free and Clear (84)
85
10
83
Rockin' Green Classic (450)
79
11
80
67
78
80
79
Rockin' Green Hard (276)
78
13
79
79
79
78
Rockin' Green Soft (46)
80
9
78
80
Ruby Moon (74)
81
8
87
80
Tide (liquid) (106)
85
10
83
80
89
Tide Free (74)
83
9
85
82
88
Tide Ultra (Without Acti-Lift) (91)
90
11
92
83
93
Tiny Bubbles (75)
79
13
74
82
75

 

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This information was collected in collaboration with Green Diaper Demos.