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Animal-friendly laundry detergent

dharmamama's Avatar dharmamama (TS)
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I have tried a bunch of animal-friendly laundry detergents, such as 7th Generation, Ecover, Trader Joe's, etc. I have made my own. I have added Borax and Super Washing Soda to the wash. None of these things work.

Only commercial detergents work for me.

I considered buying Mrs. Meyer's until I saw the price. :

I don't want to buy from a company that tests on animals. But our laundry looks AWFUL unless I use something like Purex or All (the free/clear versions). I mean, to the point of I "washed" a pair of my son's jeans that had dirt on the knees and the dirt didn't come off! This was not even ground in mud. It was just some dirt! I washed them again in Purex and they came out spotless!

Help!
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Hey DM when I lived over on that side of town and used the more natural detergents I had to add Calgon (not the take me away sort, but the water softener in the laundry aisle) to get my clothes clean. The water over there is really hard and imo natural detergents aren't harsh enough for it. I did get the cleanest clothes with All F&C, which I'm still using over here in soft water land. Does All test on animals? I need to start looking up that sort of info.
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I considered buying Mrs. Meyer's until I saw the price. :
But it smells so good! I can't afford it, either. The Easter Bunny did find it in his heart to get me some $9 Mrs. Meyer's dryer sheets and put them in my basket, though.
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What about Planet detergent?
DevaMajka's Avatar DevaMajka
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Yeah, I was going to suggest Calgon, but they test on animals too. Darnit. I liked it too.
Do you have a Safeway near you? Their store brand doesn't test on animals.

Ecover works well for me, but I'm pretty sure we have soft water. Oops! It's not Ecover. It's EchoClean that I have. It's made in Canada, so it might not be available in the US.

I was trying to find a mainstream company that makes laundry detergent that doesn't test. I didn't recognize any, but its a big list! Lots of companies that don't test that do make laundry detergent, just none that I would expect to see in most grocery stores, yk?

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Does All test on animals? I need to start looking up that sort of info.
All is made by Unilever, and they test on animals.
You can find the list here. The list of "do test on animals" is pretty easy to remember. It's not too long, and many of the "major" companies DO test on animals. Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Unilever, Kimberley Clark, Cogate Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser (they make Calgon) etc.

As far as major companies that don't test on animals, Revlon doesn't (and never has). Conair, Estee Lauder, Safeway (house brand products only), White Rain, The Works (cleaning products).
Calgon (take me away) evidently doesn't test on animals (Ascendia- Mr. Bubbles, Baby Magic, Ogilvie, Lander)

eta- forgot to add the link! http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp

etaa- I see that DM already added it! lol.
dharmamama's Avatar dharmamama (TS)
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What about Planet detergent?
Never heard of it!

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Here is the PETA list. This is the "do test" list. They also have a "don't test" list.

dm
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I was just researching, and I read good things about Method. I guess you can get it at Target, Lowe's and Home Depot.

Oohhh look what I found http://www.leapingbunny.org/shopping.php
You can choose to see companies by category.
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I just got a bottle of Bio-Kleen laundry detergent. (I got the cold-water formula). They don't test on animals, and are devoted to working toward a healthy environment. It's much cheaper than Method brand here where I live. I buy the Bio-Kleen at Kroger.
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I was going to suggest Method too Kind of pricey, but cheaper than Meyers.
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I just got a bottle of Bio-Kleen laundry detergent. (I got the cold-water formula). They don't test on animals, and are devoted to working toward a healthy environment. It's much cheaper than Method brand here where I live. I buy the Bio-Kleen at Kroger.
We use Bio-Kleen.
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I use Ecos laundry detergent (Earth Friendly Products is the company that makes it.) We have super hard water too, and I've found that adding about 1/2 cup of Borax to each load (along with the detergent) helps a lot. It smells nice and works well. If you have Costco near you, they sell gigantic bottles of the stuff (like, over 100 loads) for about $12. We got a Costco membership pretty much just for the laundry detergent!
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I love Charlie's Soap. It is cheap and is delivered to my door.
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Here is the PETA list. This is the "do test" list. They also have a "don't test" list.

dm
Uggg...I knew I shouldn't have looked at that list. :
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We use Charlies Soap
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We use Charlies Soap
I've read some bad things about Charlies causing major diaper rash when used on diapers. Others really love it. It makes me nervous to try it though.
littleaugustbaby's Avatar littleaugustbaby
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I really love Method. They also have cruelty-free dryer sheets!
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I really, really like Planet powder detergent.
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Super hard water over here and I am having the same natural not getting our clothes clean problem. I just got a big box of Bio-Kleen powder. Works better than most. I have to run the washer with fewer items - more room to swish around? - for better cleaning. Also, Charlies is fantastic. We used it on diapers with no issues. Just the hot wash/cold rinse with one extra rinse.

No optical brighteners and animal free testing that really cleans well in hard water? still searching....
ReadingMama's Avatar ReadingMama
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I really love Method. They also have cruelty-free dryer sheets!
Is Method also non-toxic? I've heard good things about Charlie's Soap and about Bio-Kleen. I wonder which is the best of the 3 in getting clothes clean without causing fading or detergent spots on clothes.
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We use Biokleen and love it.
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Is Method also non-toxic?
Yep. Non-toxic and biodegradable!
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I have never had any residual dirt, fading, or detergent spot problems in 4 years of using Biokleen - powder OR liquid, worked great on cloth dipes too! (I wash for: myself, one sweaty-pitted man, one extremely smelly becoming-man, one small female child and one small male child who both produce bed-wet laundry 2-5x a week. I know my laundry soaps! )
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