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.