The smell is great and all, but it’s pretty meaningless if the detergent can’t actually clean clothes. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. It—combined with a Seventh Generation Laundry Stain Remover spot treatment—has helped me keep my preschooler’s clothes relatively stain-free, a feat considering the 92-degree day when we went out for ice cream and she completely covered herself in it. (See the results above.)
Admittedly, this combo isn’t entirely effective (I’m still staring at chocolate milk stains on a white cotton tee that refuse to budge), but I’ve yet to find a detergent and stain remover combo that can get out everything.
The other con worth noting? The cap seems to drip easily, leaving the bottle itself in need of a wipe-down about once a week. A minor nuisance, but it’s been a recurring issue with every bottle I’ve tried.
So, Is Safely Detergent Actually Safe? Yes, With a Caveat
The brand touts itself as being plant-powered, avoiding sulfates, stabilizers, parabens, phthalates, dyes and animal byproducts. And, overall, the Environmental Working Group has given the detergent a B rating in terms of its impact on the environment and your health. (The ingredients give the organization “some concern” about causing asthma/respiratory problems, skin irritation and, potentially, developmental and reproductive issues.)
The Bottom Line:
If you want a solid detergent with an incredible scent, check out Safely. It’s relatively affordable, as far as premium, plant-based detergents go, and if people stop by while you’re doing laundry, prepare for them to ask what oils you’re putting in your diffuser, or what candles you’re burning. Your call whether you reveal the true source.