Detergents Without Optical Brighteners

So, what is all the hub-bub about detergents without optical brighteners?  Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals. So if you’re trying to keep chemicals away from your precious little ones’ skin, this is something you should be checking out on the labels!

What are optical brighteners in laundry detergent?

Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals that are added to liquid & powder laundry detergents. Laundry detergent manufacturers add this chemical for the sole purpose of making clothing appear whiter and brighter, and thereby looking cleaner.

What To Look For On The Package

Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs), Optical Whiteners, Fluorescent Brightening Agents, Fluorescent Brighteners, Fluorescent Optical Brighteners, Fluorescent Whitening Agents (FWAs), Fluorescent White Dyes, Organic Fluorescent Dyes, Blankophor, Dikaphor, DMS, Intrawite (textile use), Kolocron, Optiblanc, Tinopal, Tuboblanc, and Uvitex.

 

** Currently SOLD OUT! I will update when the product becomes available again.

 

 

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Brand 
Name & Size Additives HE PETA APPROVED – Cruelty Free Cost Per Load
allens Best Detergent for Cloth Diapers Allens Naturally Powdered and Liquid Laundry Detergents No No $0.10 cents, or less, per load!

NOTES: Best for Babies with Sensitive Skin.
A completely natural detergent (the only detergent with the ingredients listed on the label) that works great!

 

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Name & Size Additives HE PETA APPROVED – Cruelty Free Cost Per Load
biokleen liquid Best Detergent for Cloth Diaper Bio-O-Kleen Liquid Laundry Detergent No  No peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent $0.08

NOTES: This brand of detergent has repeatedly caused repellency issues with pocket diapers.

 

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Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Charlie’s Soap

 

Powder No Yes $0.17

NOTES: Similar to Allen’s Naturally, however ingredients are proprietary. Extensive studies by Clemson University have shown it leaves no residue. Biodegradable. Technically a “detergent” (not soap, despite its name).

 

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country save Best Detergent for Cloth Diaper Country Save Country Save Liquid No  Yes $0.53

NOTES: Cost effective, additive free, and great results.

 

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country save Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Country Save Country Save Powdered Detergent No Yes 80 loads =$0.96

160 loads = $0.48

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Dropps Liquid Laundry Pacs No Yes $0.22

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ECOS Free Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Ecos Baby Ecos No Yes $0.20

NOTES: Phosphate-free, chlorine-free, enzyme-free, borine-free, cocamide DEA-free, dye-free, and free of petroleum ingredients.

 

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envirorite Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart EnviroRite Clearly Clean No  Yes $0.22

NOTES: Ingredients: Deionized Water, Vegetable-Based Cleaning Agents, Surfactacts, Microbiostat

 

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 honest-cloth-diaper-laundry-detergent Honest Company Laundry Detergent  liquid No  Yes ?

NOTES: Currently SOLD OUT!

 

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lifekind-cloth-diaper-laundry-detergent Lifekind Naturally Safer Triple Concentrated No  Yes $0.25

NOTES: Contains Seed & Pulp Extracts, Orange Peel Extracts, Surfactants from Coconuts.

 

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Name & Size Additives HE PETA APPROVED – Cruelty Free Cost Per Load
Maggies Soap Nuts Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Maggie’s Soap Nuts Maggie’s Soap Nuts No Yes ?

NOTES: 100% natural – Grows on Trees.   Currently SOLD OUT!

 

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Mountain Green 3X Free and Clear No Yes  peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent $0.31

NOTES: Currently SOLD OUT!

 

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Sodium percarbonate Sodium carbonate Citric acid Pure lemon essential oil Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener No Yes peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent $0.20

NOTES: Sodium percarbonate, Sodium carbonate, Citric acid, Pure lemon essential oil

 

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mollys-cloth-diaper-laundry-detergent Mollie’s Suds  Laundry Power No  Yes  peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent $0.19

NOTES:

 

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Name & Size Additives HE PETA APPROVED – Cruelty Free Cost Per Load
natureclean-2 nature clean cloth diaper laundry detergent Nature Clean All Natural Laundry Liquid No  Yes peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent ?

NOTES: Although this is an excellent product, it ships from Canada so if you are in the USA shipping is outrageous!

 

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Nellie’s Nellie’s Laundry Soda No Yes $0.15

NOTES: contains coconut oil based ingredients. From Vancouver; free from SLS, SLES, Phosphates, Fragrance, and Chlorine, biodegradable

 

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oxy-prime-cloth-diaper-laundry-detergent OXY-PRIME OXY-PRIME Powder No  Yes $0.21

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planet Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Planet Ultra Powder No Yes $0.48

NOTES: Currently SOLD OUT!

 

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Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent No No $0.65

NOTES: From Austin, Texas; No phosphates, sulfates, petrochemicals, animal by-products, chlorine, perfumes, dyes, allergens.

 

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rockin green soap Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Rockin Green Classic Rock Formula Optional Fragrances Yes $0.22

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Rockin Green Unscented No Yes  $0.22

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sensiclean Best Detergent for Cloth Diapers SensiClean No No $0.26

NOTES: Reports of burns and rashes by users of this detergent.

 

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Brand 
Name & Size Additives HE PETA APPROVED – Cruelty Free Cost Per Load
Seventh Generation Natural 4X Concentrated

Free and Clear Unscented

Plant-derived enzyme Yes Certified Cruelty-Free $0.31

NOTES: Plant-derived enzyme stain removers. Certified Cruelty Free. From Vermont; 0% fragrances, dyes, or artificial brighteners.

 

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Seventh Generation Baby Essential oils and botanical extracts. Yes Certified Cruelty-Free $0.33

NOTES: Plant-derived enzyme stain removers. Certified Cruelty Free. From Vermont; 0% fragrances, dyes, or artificial brighteners.

 

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sportwash Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Sport-Wash Residue Free No No $0.29

NOTES: Reports of burns and rashes by users of this detergent.

 

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sun-earth-cloth-diaper-detergent Sun and Earth Unscented No Yes $0.16

NOTES: Ingredients in this detergent are problematic for build-up/repellency issues with cloth diapers.

 

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 Trader Joes Best Detergent for Cloth Diapers Trader Joe’s No Yes peta-approved cloth diaper laundry detergent ?

NOTES: Not Available online

 

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vaska Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Vaska Baby No No $0.26

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vaska Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart Vaska Perfect essential oils No $0.26

NOTES: Contains plant based surfactants and lavendar contains essential oils

 

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