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