Norwex Liquid Laundry Detergent: EWG Rating of Ingredients

Recently, I decided to try Norwex's Liquid Laundry Detergent. I usually refer to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) website to verify the safety of a product. However, Norwex is not listed in EWG's database so I created the list below that shows the rating of each individual ingredient. EWG rates ingredients from A to F with A being the safest to F being the most hazardous. As you will see there is a mix of ratings: 5 - A's, 8 - B's, 6 - C's, and 1 - D ratings. There were also a couple of ingredients I was not able to locate in EWG's database.

It is important to note that even some of the best products in the EWG database include some lower-rated ingredients. However, when the amount used is considered along with the other ingredients, their algorithm may still rate the product high overall. Even though I can give you the rating of the individual ingredients of Norwex's Liquid Laundry Detergent, I cannot guess what the overall rating would be. To learn more about how EWG rates ingredients, please click here.

With that said, overall, I do trust Norwex and their 360 Product Safety Review which you can read more about here. They review every ingredient to ensure that there are never any CMR substances – substances that are known Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, or are endocrine disrupters (EDCs). They also have an extensive no-no list with ingredients that they will not include in their products. This list goes far beyond just no sulfates and no parabens. For 25 years, Norwex has been on this mission to reduce chemicals and create healthier havens. I can stand behind that!

Ingredient Ratings

Purified Water - A Rating

Disodium Oleoyl Glutamate (Plant-based) (Surfactant) - Rating not found

Glycerin (Plant-based) (Humectant); A Rating - Source

Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate (Plant-based) (Surfactant): C Rating

Decyl Glucoside (Plant-based) (Surfactant): B Rating

Sodium Citrate (Plant-based) (Water softener): A Rating

Propanediol (Plant-based) (Preservative booster): C Rating

Protease (Enzyme) (Breaks down protein-based soil): B Rating

Amylase (Enzyme) (Breaks down starch-based soil): Rating C

Pectate Lyase (Enzyme) (Breaks down plant-based soil): B Rating

Mannanase (Enzyme) (Stain removal booster): B Rating

Cellulase (Enzyme) (Fabric maintenance): B Rating

Lauryl Glucoside (Plant-based) (Surfactant): B Rating

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Plant-based) (Chelator): C Rating

Polyquaternium-88 (Plant-based) (Antistatic agent): D Rating

Calcium Chloride (Synthetic) (Enzyme stabilizing agent): A Rating

Sodium Bicarbonate (Mineral-based) (Deodorizer): A Rating

1,2-Hexanediol (Synthetic) (Solvent): Rating not found

Phenoxyethanol (Synthetic) (Preservative): B Rating

Decylene Glycol (Synthetic) (Preservative): Rating not found

Chloroxylenol (Synthetic) (Preservative): C Rating

Phenethyl Alcohol (Synthetic) (Scent component): C Rating

Hydroxyacetophenone (Synthetic) (Preservative booster): Rating not found

Cellulose Gum (Plant-based) (Thickener): B Rating

Citric Acid (Plant-based) (pH adjuster): A Rating

Features and Benefits of Norwex's Liquid Laundry Detergent

  • It is free from phosphates, sulfates, chlorine, dyes, fragrances, fillers, optical brighteners, phthalates, ammonia, bleach, and SLS, SLES.

  • Ultra-concentrated: A small bottle goes a long ways! I have an HE Washer and use 1 to 2 squirts per load. It is advertised to wash up to 215 loads in an HE machine.

  • Enzyme-based innovation

  • Biodegradable: almost 100% within 30 days

  • USDA certified 97% biobased content: from plants and other renewable sources—one of the highest ratings on the market

Quick note: Norwex products are only available through their website and must be purchase through a rep. I frequently purchase Norwex items and love supporting my friend who is a Norwex rep. If you don't have a rep, don't worry. You can easily locate one through their search.

Click here to read more about Norwex's Liquid Laundry Detergent and to purchase.

Other Products to Consider

If you prefer to find a product to purchase at your local brick and mortar or online retailer, here are some other great safe laundry detergents to consider that are rated A by EWG:

Biokleen Laundry Detergent - A Rating

Molly's Suds - A Rating

Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Landry Detergent Packs, Fresh Citrus - A Rating

To see all my product recommendations for a healthy home, please click here!

Thanks for reading!

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