UPDATE: Gluten Free Laundry Detergent:

Some of you may remember I posted a blog last August about Gluten and Chemicals in Laundry Detergent. I am happy to report that the D-Man’s rash is considerably better having switched to an environmentally friendly brand that the company confirmed was free of gluten.

There continues to be confusion about laundry detergent, and I am frequently asked by people “which laundry detergents are gluten free?” This is difficult to answer as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governs labeling of laundry detergents. The EPA’s concern is whether a laundry detergent is “environmentally friendly”, not whether the detergent may contain gluten as a filler. The EPA does not require labels of cleaning agents to list all ingredients. I’ll digress for a moment, when originally searching for a gluten free detergent I called a well known company, I was told laundry detergent is for washing clothes, not for human consumption. The bottom line is that the EPA does not adhere to the labeling requirements set forth by the FDA. For those of us who need to avoid gluten (or grains), it’s buyer beware.

I have continued researching laundry detergents (and other household cleaners), and have found recently that more companies are producing “gluten free” detergents. One must still be a careful label reader, as most companies out source (to keep prices down), and their ingredients change frequently. To be safe I always recommend that you contact the company directly to ask about the ingredients in a product. Many companies, especially those producing environmentally friendly products are happy to provide you with a list of ingredients. I have compiled a list of “gluten free” detergents, please note that some of these can be found in your local grocery store or WalMart, while others can only be purchased on-line, or through a Health Food Store.

Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent
Purex Free and Clear
Tide (liquid and powder)
ECOS Free and Clear (Environmentally Friendly)
GrabGreen Laundry Detergents (Environmentally Friendly)
Seventh Generation Free & Clear 2X-formula Laundry Liquid (Environmentally Friendly)
Dakota Free Laundry Detergents (Environmentally Friendly)
Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent (Environmentally Friendly)

I know this list is not extensive, however, it is what I have been able to confirm to date. Please, if you know of other companies producing Gluten Free and/or Grain Free Laundry Detergents feel free to add to it via the comment section of the blog. The more verified information we gather, the more people we help.

Happy washing!

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42 responses to UPDATE: Gluten Free Laundry Detergent:

  1. English

    Thank you so much for posting this list! I've been on a search recently. I just emailed All detergent to see if their Free and Clear is gluten free. I will let you know if they respond. Thanks again!!

  2. Cora

    Melaleuca’s laundry soap is also gluten-free.

    • Laura

      Thanks for sharing that information Cora. This is a blog that I will be updating after the first of the year. More and more companies are bringing gluten free detergents to the market, so there are many new products to add to my original list.

    • anna dumars

      All dove products are gluten free as well

      • Laura

        Anna, at the time of the writing of this post not all Dove products were gluten free. I will contact Dove.US and see if they have made changes to their product line. Thanks for sharing this information.

  3. Norwex Laundry Detergent is Gluten Free! Have been using it for almost 3 years and would never buy anything else.

    • Laura

      Thanks for the information Audra! This is a detergent that I am not familiar with, but I appreciate you letting the community know about this safe detergent.

    • Patty

      I was trying to find out if Norwex was gluten free and saw your posting. I couldn’t tell from list of ingredients. I didn’t thinks so. But we just started using it and my husband (celiac) is breaking out ALL over with a rash. This is one of his sypmtoms. This is the only thing I can think of that we have changed.

      • Laura

        Patty, If you are at all concerned discontinue using the product. Unfortunately I have not been able to confirm that Norwex Ultra Plus Laundry Detergent is Gluten Free, and the information that it was free of gluten was submitted by a reader. Please also keep in mind that companies change their suppliers and ingredients frequently, so what may have been gluten free a month ago may not be gluten free when you purchase it next week. I have also found that Norwex Ultra Plus contains some chemicals which concern me, so I would definitely not use this product for my family.

  4. Ingrid Hohe

    My daughter an adult that is pregnant is super sensitive for gluten. I am buying and making things for the baby and want to make sure I am laundering them without gluten. I have been using Tide liquid, but wonder if there is a baby detergent that is good for the infant things. Also what about the diapers and baby products…that are gluten free. My daughter can’t use tape for disposables etc, no cross contamination…or she gets very sick. My daughter is super sensitive. All toothpaste soaps, lotions etc. Can’t kiss anyone that isn’t free of gluten. I am afraid the baby won’t be able to be at my house tho I am slowing way down on gluten things myself tho I don’t have a problem. Help!

    • Laura

      Ingrid, I have sent you an e-mail with more detailed information, but the gluten free laundry detergents that we have used without reaction include: Seventh Generation, ECOS, and Tropical Traditions. We avoid the scented products (just to play it safe), and each of these companies produce unscented laundry products. Good Luck!

      • Ingrid Hohe

        Thanks so much Laura. I got the email and appreciate it so very much. I sent it on to my daughter. I also read Dreft laundry soap for babies is gluten free?
        Thanks and have a nice weekend.

  5. Thanks for this list. Some of these brands I can buy at my local Whole Foods store. I have to eat gluten free, grain free, dairy free and sugar free for now because of health reasons…and it’s mean life-saving. I’m gradually switching over my entire lifestyle to gluten free…and when I started seeing a rash on my face after showering, I was wondering what is from. I began to suspect gluten in my laundry soap….and researched it online and found your article here. THANK YOU….I think this will make a huge difference in how my skin feels and looks!!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

    • Laura

      Heather, I am glad you found the list helpful. Many of these can be purchased at Whole Foods and I’ve got my fingers crossed that your rash clears up sooner rather than later. Good luck to you as you continue on the path of health :)

  6. Denah

    Someone please help me find a shampoo-conditioner-hairspary- toothpaste that is gluten free…. I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue almost 4 years ago and seem to becoming more sensative to things. My head has soars every where and Ive tried all kinds of products. I keep getting thrush like symptoms in my mouth and am wondering if this is because toothpaste?
    Oh PLEASE Help me!

    Thank you ,Denah

    • Laura

      Denah, Personal Care Products can be tricky, but there are quite a few safe products on the market. See my post: http://livingglutenandgrainfree.com/2011/02/14/gluten-free-pe…are-products-2/ . That should get you in the right direction. For multiple allergies GFsoap.com is a good place to start. Several on-line retailers also allow you to search by allergen….Try Vitacost.com, or Lucky Vitamin.com. Plain Organic Coconut Oil is a great skin moisturizer and gluten free. We use Weleda Toothpaste, but Logona, Toms of Maine, Desert Essence, and Jason also make Gluten Free Toothpaste. Hope this information helps and I wish you the best in health!

    • Sauve Shampoo and Conditioner are gluten free. I switched a few months ago and I now feel like a human being again. For about 9 months my dog and I were in completion as to who could scratch the most. It does take a few months for all the itching to go away.

      • Laura

        Be careful as not all Suave products are gluten free. Always check labels as manufacturers change ingredients frequently.

        • Sara

          Just coming up on this now, but Costco’s Kirkland brand Shampoo and Conditioner is gluten free. Also, Tide may have been gf as of this post, but I found I had problems with it, so I had to switch away from it. I went with Seventh Generation and haven’t had any problems.

    • Karen Quish

      Neutrogena line is corn, soy and gluten free but now I can’t find a laundry detergent that is free of all those things. Any idea anyone??

      • Laura

        Try Seventh Generation, Ecos, Planet Inc, Molly Suds, or Tropical Traditions….those are gluten, corn and soy free. Always check the labels because ingredients can change.

  7. Karena

    Nellie’s All Natural is gluten free.

  8. Olivia Nuckols

    I have just gotten off the phone with the Purex folk who checked with their chemists. They assure me that no grain or soy derived ingredients is in or will ever be in their Natural Elements brand…Hope I haven’t developed an allergy to something else…I suspect it is hidden corn/gluten in my prescription meds and over the counter meds…

  9. I have a 2 year and she was dignosed with celiacs 11months ago please help me find safe products that are gluten free like laundry detergent and shampoo diapers wipes please help!!!

  10. Jennifer

    I am new to this whole “Guess My Ingredients” game but when I saw purex here I was very happy, until I realized my exact type of purex was not listed I just call the company and was told that ALL their liquid detergents are gluten fre ????

    …And I am very happy to have found this sight and the others how helpful you all are so THANK YOU!

    It has been a 3 year battle looking for an answer that my doctors kept telling me was a product of my head or age ???? and it is finally coming to and end with a very good allergist. Well the question of what’s wrong with me anyway. Now the work… “Guess My Ingredients” game isn’t always fun.

  11. Lou

    Do you have any info on fabric softener – specifically, Downy Fabric Softener?

    Thanks for any help!


    • Laura

      Lou, I do not use Downy, but I understand that Ultra Downy Free and Sensitive Liquid is Gluten Free. I have also heard that Their April Fresh Sheets and Simple Pleasures Almond Cream Bliss Sheets are also free of Gluten. I hope this information helps. Seventh Generation and Mrs. Myers Clean Day also have Gluten Free Fabric Softeners that you may want to try as they contain fewer chemicals.

  12. Christy

    I see Tide liquid and powder is listed above. Do you know if the PODS are gluten free as well, they are technically liquid. What about Tide dryer sheets?

    • Laura

      Christy, I have spoken with a representative from Proctor & Gamble and they say that “none of the Tide products contain gluten”. I do not use them so I can’t speak from experience. Please keep in mind that “not containing gluten” and gluten free are two different things in the world of commerce.

  13. kari

    I have recently developed a really bad gluten allergy. I have completely stopped eating anything with gluten, but I am having issues with hives on my face back and chest and also with my comes swelling terribly and bleeding sometimes from the amount of swelling. I currently use gain flings and gain firework products and downy dryer sheets. I also use either Colgate or crest 3d toothpaste and listerine mouthwash. Could gluten be causing my skin and mouth issues? Could these products I’m using be the culprit? I’m new to this whole gluten issue, and wasn’t even aware until recently that it is found in things like tooth paste and detergent! Thank you for any help you can give :)

    • Laura

      Kari, I would suggest that you seek the advice of a Doctor to have testing done to determine if this is an allergy to gluten or if it is Celiac Disease. There are many brands of gluten free detergents, soaps, toothpastes on the market that could be used. Weleda toothpaste, Dr. Bronner’s bar soap, ECOS laundry detergent, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Fabric Sheets are all gluten free. Wishing you health and the answers you need from the medical community.

  14. I was wondering (because I see you answer comments), do you know if Arm and Hammer is “GF”. I see OLD posts that say they won’t confirm and there is cross contamination.

    I usually contact the company as well, just curious if you know off hand. :)

    • Laura

      Stephanie, Arm and Hammer Baking Soda is Gluten Free and Aluminum Free, other brands such as Frontier and Bobs Red Mill are also safe for those with Celiac Disease. Hope this information helps, and happy baking :)

      • Hi Laura,

        I’m sorry, I meant the laundry detergent :)

        • Laura

          Stephanie, apologies I misunderstood. No, I would not use Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent. Try Seventh Generation, Ecos, Planet Inc, Molly Suds, or Tropical Traditions….those are gluten free.

          • We bought it a while ago, not thinking. I have been trying to figure out if I had a stomach bug, or ate something bad, I have been getting colds, and headaches and been exhausted slowly getting worse for weeks. Today I was itchy and it was like a lightbulb lit up! Thanks for the help!!!

          • Laura

            I am so sorry Stephanie, but it can happen to even the most experienced person. Switch to one of the safer detergents and don’t forget that Epsom Salt Bathes can help reduce the effects of getting glutened. Feel better soon!

  15. Laura… I must say “You Rock Girl!”… Wow! You sound like our life-line!
    Seems I’ve been living behind a curtain. My now 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac a little over 18 months ago, after two biopsies. She also has Down Syndrome, with other medical issues and immune system diseases.
    We have not been successful in lowering her TTG levels after all this time and it is creating other health issues (f.ex. her newly started menstrual cycle had her bleeding profusely, for 7ish days in a row and start again after 20 days…?!@#*) therefore an IUD to control (hopefully stop completely) for 5 years was inserted late June; and she only JUST stopped bleeding a few days ago, yay! Her hypothyroidism has plummeted, etc…
    Anyway, I do not recall ever hearing about laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo, conditioner or wipes being w/GLUTEN?!! Been warned about toothpaste, mouthwash and makeup… never gave the others a thought.
    Soooo glad I had an enlightenment moment of asking on-line… and here I found Laura!!
    Thank you for the direction – and I will be on the hunt for these items first thing in the morning!! Bless You! :)

  16. Barbara Carter

    Thanks for this information. I had been using gain detergent. Have to rethink

  17. Barbara Carter

    Laura Thanks for all the information. I am new at this. I will have to rethink
    my detergent and toothpaste

  18. Annie

    OMG, thank you so much for all this information I have learned so much. It is hard when you are first diagnosed it is a little overwhelming. You have to hurry up and change all the products in your life in hopes that you or your love ones will get better. I struggled in pain for 2 years before I figured out what was going on.

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