5 best laundry detergents of 2020

These options from brands like Tide and Seventh Generation just might upgrade your laundry routine.

There’s probably a pile of it waiting for you right now. As long as humans wear clothes, laundry day will be one of the most important days of the week.

Consequently, laundry detergent becomes one of our most important purchases.

You may spend so much time juggling dirty socks in one hand and a handheld steamer in the other, that you’d rather have a laundry room makeover than a living room remodel. Fortunately, though, choosing a detergent doesn’t have to be that stressful.

Wondering what the best laundry detergents are? Here are a few tried-and-true formulas from the brave men and women who make a living doing other people’s laundry:

The 5 best laundry detergents

1. Seventh Generation Free & Clear

As a Forbes Five-Star Hotel, The Little Nell in Aspen has sky-high standards. That’s why Gioanna Villabrille, the director of the property’s housekeeping and health center, uses Seventh Generation for guest laundry (she uses commercial-grade detergent for tablecloths, rugs and linens).

“Seventh Generation is clear, unscented and good for sensitive skin,” said Villabrille. At Target.com, this popular dye-free, bleach-free and paraben-free formula has over 800 reviews and close to a 5-star rating.

2. Dreft Stage 1: Newborn

For the youngest guests at The Little Nell, Villabrille relies on Dreft. “It’s hypo-allergenic and the best for babies,” she told us.

Dreft, beloved by moms for more than 80 years, claims to be the No. 1 pediatrician and dermatologist-recommended baby laundry detergent. With its signature formula specifically designed for infants, it’s as gentle on skin as it is tough on getting out stubborn baby food stains. On Amazon it has a 4.6-star rating from over 2,500 reviews. Celebrity fans, and Dreft partners, include Kevin Jonas and Kelly Rowland who said she uses it on her own clothes so she’s reminded of her son wherever she goes.

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