Best eco friendly laundry detergents in Australia 2023

Eco friendly laundry detergents

I’ll admit that I have always been dubious about earth friendly cleaning products, mainly because I didn’t think they’d do the job and would therefore be a waste of money.

Recently, and with encouragement from some eco-warrior family members, I’ve made the switch … and have not looked back.

I can honestly tell you that many eco-friendly products work even better than their chemical-packed counterparts. Which genuinely surprised me.

But, I’ve not yet switched my laundry detergent. For this reason, I need to to do some research and I thought why not share it with others looking to lessen their carbon footprint.

Here’s what you need to know about eco friendly laundry detergents that are safe for the environment.

Further reading: 7 Best eco friendly cleaning products to buy in Australia. 

What is an eco friendly laundry detergent?

An eco friendly laundry detergent is a greener alternative to traditional detergents that contain non-biodegradable chemicals and other ingredients that leech into our water supply and pollute the environment.

They use ingredients and packaging that are gentle on clothes, our skin and the environment.

No laundry detergent can be truly “green” or have zero impact on the environment, but the use of eco friendly options (and doing less laundry in general) can go a long way in helping families save the planet.

What are the benefits of going green with my laundry?

  • Gentler on the skin and clothes. The absence of harsh chemicals makes greener detergents gentler on the skin and on your clothes. Perfect for people with allergies or skin sensitivities.
  • Save money by using less detergent. Many eco friendly laundry detergents are highly concentrated so you need only a small amount per wash/load.
  • Reduce water pollution. Eco friendly detergents do not contain chemicals like phosphates that end up in waterways and sewage systems.
  • Reduce plastic waste. Eco friendly detergents use biodegradable/compostable packaging or plastic packaging that can be reused and recycled.

What to look for when buying eco laundry products?

Ingredients: Check the ingredients list of your detergent. Look for words like non-toxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced. Avoid detergents with a long list of harsh chemicals like phosphates and parabens.

Certifications: Look for certifications on the label indicating that the product has passed safety checks and standards.

Packaging: Choose detergents with biodegradable, compostable, or reusable packaging. Many brands offer refills so you don’t have to buy the same plastic container when you run out.

Cost per wash: Some eco friendly options tend to be pricier than traditional detergents. Compare prices and cost per wash to get the best deal.

Eco friendly laundry detergents that are safe for the environment

Zero Co

Zero Co delivers eco friendly laundry detergents and home cleaning products to your door without all the single-use plastic. Simply send back the empty refill pouches for free.

Zero Co

We found this at: ZERO CO
Different scents: Lemon Myrtle & Australian Grey Gum, Finger Lime & Davidson Plum, Lemon Aspen & Pepperberry, Earl Grey & Cucumber

Koala Eco

Koala Eco laundry wash is plant-based, biodegradable, and grey water/septic safe. Natural antibacterials clean your clothes effectively without harsh chemicals. Smells amazing, too. A great septic safe laundry detergent Australia.

Koala Eco | eco friendly laundry detergents

We found this at: The Well Store
Different scents: Lemon Scented Eucalyptus & Rosemary

Mild By Nature, Laundry Detergent Pods

Mild By Nature takes the guesswork out of measuring detergent with these pre-measured pods. It has 10 pods that’s the right amount of laundry detergent for 10 loads. With no phosphates and dyes, it’s a great detergent for newborn clothes. They’re also very handy when travelling.

Mild By Nature Laundry Detergent Pods

We found this at: Mild By Nature

Different scents: Fragrance-free

The Dirt Company

Dirt laundry detergents are super concentrated (8x more concentrated) and use 4x less packaging than supermarket brands. Proudly Australia-made.

The Dirt Company | eco friendly laundry detergents

We found this at: The Dirt Company
Different scents: Spring Scented, Wild Water

Eco Store

Have skin allergies or sensitivities? The ultra-gentle Eco Store laundry powder is free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. It’s great for your clothes and your skin.

Eco Store

We found this at: Doorstep Organics
Different scents: Fragrance-free


Abode laundry liquid is another eco friendly choice for those with skin sensitivities. The formula is hypoallergenic and completely free from fragrances, salt, phosphates, and harsh ingredients.

Abode | eco friendly laundry detergent

We found this at: The Well Store
Different scents: Lavender and Mint

Earth friendly laundry detergent (cont.)

Organic Soap Berries (Soap Nuts)

Save Himalayan trees and reduce pollution by using 100% organic soapberries (soap nuts) to wash your clothes. The dried shells contain high amounts of saponin (nature’s soap) and can be reused for up to 4 loads.

Organic Soap Berries (Soap Nuts)

We found this at: Biome
Different scents: Soap berry


If you hate measuring cups, Biocasa offers eco friendly laundry strips that you pop straight into the washer. The no plastic formula is highly concentrated but gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.

Biocasa | eco friendly laundry detergents

We found this at: Biocasa
Different scents: Fresh Linen, Delicate & Baby, Fragrance-free

Nellie’s Laundry Soda

Good for 100 regular-sized washes, Nellie’s Laundry Soda is non-toxic, scent-free, septic safe, allergy-friendly, not tested on animals, and packaged in a recyclable tin can. Whew! If you’re not drawn to the vintage design, you will love this long-lasting powder detergent that’s good for you and the planet.

Nellie's Laundry Soda

We found this at: Nellie’s
Different scents: Fragrance-free

Tru Earth

Tru Earth is another eco friendly option for laundry strip lovers. The concentrated, hypoallergenic strips zap stubborn stains and are suitable for all types of washing machines.

Tru Earth | eco friendly laundry detergents

We found this at: Tru Earth
Different scents: Fragrance-free

Final words: Eco friendly laundry detergents in Australia

Embracing eco-friendly laundry detergents marks a significant stride towards sustainable living in Australia.

These conscientiously crafted products, designed to minimise environmental impact, hold the promise of a cleaner future for our planet and our homes.

When you are looking for the ideal eco-friendly detergent, remember to scrutinise labels for biodegradable, plant-based ingredients, and certifications from reputable eco-labelling organisations. Opting for phosphate-free, low VOC, and cruelty-free options further amplifies your positive contribution.

The benefits of adopting eco-friendly laundry detergents are multifaceted. By reducing harmful chemicals and synthetic additives, you protect aquatic ecosystems and conserve water resources.

Not only that, these detergents prove gentler on sensitive skin, ensuring the well-being of your loved ones. Over time, your commitment to environmentally-friendly choices not only minimises your carbon footprint but also influences industry practices, propelling a more sustainable market.

So, let’s take the small yet impactful step of embracing eco-friendly laundry detergents, as together, we weave a cleaner, greener fabric for our shared future.

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