The Best Laundry Detergents and Stain Removers, According to HGTV Editors

Shop our go-to laundry essentials that work hard and smell great.

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January 01, 2022

HGTV staffers swear by their laundry detergents, and it’s easy to see why. Some are masterful at getting out baby and kid stains and some just smell really, really good — perfect for washing bedding and reusable face masks. We even share our favorite concentrated detergent, delicates wash and cashmere shampoo that cost a bit more but last for a while. Shop our top picks, and — dare I say — love laundry day.

Our Favorite Laundry Detergents

"My favorite laundry detergent is Capri Blue Volcano — it smells just like my favorite candles! It leaves my clothes smelling great but doesn’t irritate my skin (normally my skin reacts to scented detergents). It also lasts a while — a little capful goes a long way." — Caroline Alkire, HGTV Magazine Editor

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"I love any Mrs. Meyer's cleaning product and their laundry detergent. I like washing my sheets and towels in the lavender scent and personal clothing in the honeysuckle. I typically like my clothes and sheets to smell different, because mentally, it’s a nice change from being awake to crawling in bed at night with a different, more relaxing, scent." — Virginia Moon, Managing Editor

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"My husband and I are trying to use more natural products in every aspect of our lives, including our laundry and cleaning supplies. Grove Collaborative's laundry detergent smells amazing (we love the lavender and rosemary scent), works really well on stains and is great for our sensitive skin. I particularly love that they're plastic-free, made with 100-percent plant-derived ingredients and without harsh chemicals or dyes. The delicious scents are even 100-percent natural. I'm obsessed!" — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"I love the fresh, relaxing scent of lavender in this detergent which makes putting on my face mask a little more pleasant. Scent is a huge issue for me in cleaning products, and this is the kind of clean smell I really enjoy on my towels and sheets." — Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor

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"I got a sample size of Glamorous Wash at a pre-COVID 'favorite things' party, and I've been hooked ever since. It’s definitely a splurge, so I use it only on my delicates and where the lovely scent (Diva is my favorite) makes an impact, like when I hand-wash my silk pillowcase." — Mariel Clark, VP of Editorial & Programming

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"For the fall and winter months when I pull out my cozy sweaters from the back of the closet, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is taken out, too. I find this shampoo helps my wools keep their shape longer, and they feel even softer after I wash them. (I use my delicate setting with a cold-water wash.) — Jennifer Cicatelli, Digital Commerce Manager

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"There is nothing — and I mean nothing — that smells as good as Dreft baby detergent. I bought the 150-ounce container before my son was born, and I only recently had to replace it. (He is 17 months old.) Plus, not only does it smell like heaven, it gets out food, dirt and grass stains so well." — Kayla Kitts

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"Nathan Brand sport wash and power wash is the only thing that seems to work on my husband's workout clothes. I buy the largest size, and since it only takes a very small capful, it lasts for a long time." — Michele Purcell, Executive Producer

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"I use Tide Free & Gentle on my kids' clothes. New parents (myself included) splurge on newborn/baby-specific detergent when you can simply wash newborn and baby clothes in Free & Gentle detergent. I even throw my own clothes into the cycle to save myself time (because we all need extra time!)." — Jennifer Cicatelli

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"I usually alternate between a more natural detergent and a conventional one. While I prefer to use natural household cleaning products, it's hard to deny the power of Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean. It just works so well. Plus, it smells amazing and makes my family's clothes feel clean. For heavily-soiled loads, Arm & Hammer is my go-to." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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Our Favorite Stain Removers


"I was pleasantly surprised at how effective Puracy's Natural Stain Remover was! I always prefer non-toxic, natural household items with the understanding that they may not work as well as conventional products, but this stuff really works. Even tough stains from diaper blowouts, messy mealtimes and outdoor play come out with a few spritzes of this stuff. I like to keep it on my son's changing table so that I can immediately treat fresh stains and let the solution sit and work its magic until I throw clothes into the washing machine." — Molly Miller

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"This soap bar from SallyeAnder is, like the packaging states, a 'stain-removing powerhouse.' While it's the perfect hand scrub for kids, gardeners and mechanics, it's also an incredible spot treatment for everything from laundry and upholstery to car interiors and can remove tomato sauce, mustard, ink and more. The handmade (yes, handmade!) bar is all-natural, hypoallergenic and contains no petroleum, animal by-products or palm oils. It's good for you, the planet and fights tough stains." — Kayla Kitts

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"This is a miracle product. I spilled turmeric-laden Indian food on my brand-new white, canvas sneakers, and this stain remover took that intense yellow/red stain I thought could never be removed right out. You may need to spray several times and let it sit a while on a tough stain and wash more than once, but it works!" — Felicia Feaster

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