Laundry detergent… it’s essential and it’s not easy to find one that’s cruelty-free. So I’ve gathered them all in one post! Plus some fabric softener options.

Most of the detergents below are suitable for both top-loading and front-loading washing machines. Also, they tend to be greener and less toxic than traditional detergents, which is always a plus. If you’re sensitive to a specific ingredient, definitely check the labels to ensure that those ingredients aren’t in there. Green detergents are healthier, but they’re not always exactly healthy!

There are 2 places I love for shopping cruelty-free and natural when it comes to household products. The one first is obviously Amazon, which is hard to beat. They have a huge selection and lower prices than retail stores. The second one is Abe’s Market, which is an online shop that offers sooo many green options, from pet supplies to beauty to food. They stock some brands that Amazon doesn’t, and they even have soap nuts! Shipping is free over $49 if you live in the US.

For the sake of convenience, I organized the laundry detergents by store. If you choose not to shop at Amazon of Abe’s Market (or if you live outside of the US and Canada) you’ll still be able to find some these brands at your local store. Most likely. Also, if you have your own favorite cruelty-free detergents, feel free to share in the comments!

Okay, enough yapping and let’s get on with the lists.



1. Seventh Generation Free And Clear (Laundry Detergent)

2. Seventh Generation Free And Clear (Fabric Softener)

3. Scent + Dye Free Dropps (Laundry Detergent) — These are capsules you just pop in the washer.

4. Method Fresh Clover (Laundry Detergent) — One of my faves! I love Method products.

5. Earth Friendly Products Magnolia & Lily (Laundry Detergent w/ Softener) — I’m currently using this one. It’s Leaping Bunny-certified.

6. Mrs. Meyers* Clean Day (Dryer Sheets)

7. Mrs. Meyers* Clean Day Lavender (Laundry Detergent)

8. Mrs. Meyers* Clean Day Lavender (Fabric Softener)


Abe’s Market

1. Soap Nuts (Laundry Detergent, $32.24 for 1lb) — 100% natural detergent.

2. Dropps Orange Blossom Scent Booster (Fabric Softener, $28 for 6-pack) — Abe’s stocks many Dropps products.

3. Molly’s Suds (Powder Laundry Detergent, $13.99) — Leaping Bunny-certified.

4. HomeLogic Citrus Grove (Laundry Detergent, $32 for 2-pack) — PETA-certified.

5. Puracy Free & Clear (Laundry Detergent, $17.99) — Leaping Bunny-certified.

I hope these suggestions will work out for you! Have you tried any of these brands? Please leave your opinions on the comments!

*All of the brands mentioned in this article are 100% cruelty-free, except in the case of Mrs. Meyers which is owned by a company that tests on animals. Mrs. Meyers itself remains a cruelty-free company.

  • When I still lived in Belgium I used to buy Ecover, but here in Switzerland they don’t have that brand πŸ™

    • That’s a bummer. I’m so jelly though! I love Switzerland! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Nichin

    I have been searching and searching for cruelty free detergent and fabric softener, but with allergic contact dermatitis, it’s been nearly impossible. I really wish companies like method and Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation would stop using cheap toxic preservatives (methylisothiazolinone)…it’s such a hazard for the skin! Thank you so much for such a comprehensive list, I hope to finally find something here! xx

    • I hope you find something! I’m not particularly sensitive to any ingredients, but I know it’s a pain to find anything actually “free and clear”.

    • Ali

      Have you tried Better Life? I’m extremely sensitive with multiple allergies and it’s been a God-sent.. all products!

      • Elizabeth Nichin

        Thank you so much! I just looked them up and it looks like that would work for me! It’s hard because my contact dermatitis is to methylisothiazolinone, organge dye, lanolin, and ylang ylang oil. Most CF detergents use methylisothiazolinone and many use ylang ylang but I didn’t see either of those on the better life ingredient label. Appreciate the suggestion! xx

  • Ali

    Has Seventh Generation been deemed cruelty-free again?

    • Yes, they never lost their cruelty-free status officially however.

  • It’s no makeup story

    It is so hard to believe that we still test on animals even when there are other options available. It is an unnecessary and cruel form of torture. It’s hard to keep track of what is and what isn’t cruelty free, so this is a great example of those little everyday products we forget! MC

  • deb

    Yay, Dropps! I’ve been using this brand for years. I order online in bulk. My building has a laundry room in the basement and Dropps packets are much easier to carry than a bottle or box of detergent. The scent- and dye-free type has been great to my laundry and my sensitive skin. πŸ™‚

    • Ooh, glad to hear they’re good for sensitive skin!

  • Tasha Barrientos

    I noticed the Kirkland eco friendly and lavender scented laundry detergent advised never animal tested. I haven’t delved further into asking if that means no ingredients have been tested or anything like that. I’m also not sure if they sell in China. Anyone aware?

    • I just contacted them recently and there’s good news. πŸ™‚ Here’s their statement:

      “We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale. None of our suppliers test any of the ingredients for any Kirkland Signature products on animals. We hope this information is helpful.”

      • Tasha Barrientos

        That’s amazing! Thank you for that info πŸ™‚

      • Shilo Hazard

        But do they have any animal ingredients, I wonder? (obviously I mean their products other than meat, dairy and eggs. πŸ˜‰ )

      • Vanessa

        They say that they don’t test “any of the INGREDIENTS”. Does that mean that they could test the final product on animals ?

        • The bottles claim “not tested on animals”, so I specifically asked about their ingredients in that e-mail.

  • I use Earth Friendly’s lavender laundry detergent and Bio D or Ecoleaf fabric conditioner. I love using these natural products and find they work really well! I’m quite interested in trying soapnuts, too. xxx beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

    • I know right, I want to try soapnuts when I run out of detergent!!

      • I use soap nuts. I like them.

        • That’s cool!

          • I think they are better in warm or hot water. But, then again, I sort of feel that way with all detergent.

  • Paula Miller

    I love Mrs Meyer’s; however, they are owned by SC Johnson which does test on animals.

  • edertruk

    I believe that all Shaklee products are cruelty free. Is anyone sure??

  • Vanessa

    I saw on Bio-Vert web site that they don’t test their products on animals. Do you know if it’s true or not?

  • Kathleen Joy Burns

    I think Seventh Generation is also owned by a non-CF company, isn’t it? I saw something really recently (like a week ago) about Unilever buying them, or trying to. :< Update maybe?