{"id":605702848818,"title":"Laundry Sauce Review: Is Fragranced Detergent Unhealthy?","created_at":"2023-06-18T23:52:27-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Laundry Sauce Review: Is Fragranced Detergent Unhealthy?\",\n \"keywords\": \"laundry sauce, laundry sauce review, laundry sauce reviews, laundry sauce pods\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Laundry Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not it's unhealthy. We feature real customer reviews including scent tests, and discuss whether detergent pods can pose a risk to young children.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/laundry-sauce-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Does it contain any additive ingredients that are questionable from a health perspective? How do real users rate and describe its scent? And what retailer sells Laundry Sauce for the best price?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Laundry Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether the brand is a healthy or unhealthy option.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll compare the ingredients in Laundry Sauce to other major laundry brands, feature real customer reviews, and provide a cost comparison to document which retailer sells Laundry Sauce for the best price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Laundry Sauce selected ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Laundry_Sauce_Selected_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1687146620\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome of the ingredients in Laundry Sauce are shown above (this product contains a large number of ingredients so we chose to highlight only the ones we plan to discuss).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eButylphenyl methylpropional\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, commonly referred to as lysmeral, is a fragrance ingredient analyzed in a 2021 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33220982\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e, and the researchers concluded the following:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“the data still calls for efforts to reduce the exposure towards lysmeral since \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emetabolites of lysmeral were detected in nearly all samples and adverse effects cannot be excluded.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an additive ingredient that’s questionable from a health perspective. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5093181\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAir Quality, Atmosphere \u0026amp; Health\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal concluded the following: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Results of this study provide compelling evidence that everyday fragranced products can impose serious risks to human health, environmental quality, businesses, and society.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis suggests that fragrance-free detergent may be a healthier option.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredients in Laundry Sauce include naturally-derived enzymes like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eamylase\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which are clinically shown to be safe, non-toxic and effective detergents, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/blueland-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBlueland reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another detergent brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Laundry Sauce likely to be effective for cleaning clothing, but we don’t currently recommend the brand due to the inclusion of fragrance ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut before comparing the ingredients in Laundry Sauce to commercial detergents, we’ll feature some real user reviews that include smell tests and overall experience tests.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Users Review Laundry Sauce\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Libertyland” has an unsponsored review of Laundry Sauce:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/L5-fUhf4pyY\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok creator named “Samijo” has a Laundry Sauce review with a favorable take on the scents:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7214140120373529902\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@samijo_xoxo\/video\/7214140120373529902\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@samijo_xoxo?refer=embed\" title=\"@samijo_xoxo\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@samijo_xoxo\u003c\/a\u003e Please take 2 minutes out of your day to watch this 😂👏🏼🎉 this laundry detergent smells so amazing! I compare it to a louis Vuitton perfume 🙌 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/laundrysauce?refer=embed\" title=\"laundrysauce\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#laundrysauce\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/luxury?refer=embed\" title=\"luxury\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#luxury\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/louisvuitton?refer=embed\" title=\"louisvuitton\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#louisvuitton\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/firsttimemom?refer=embed\" title=\"firsttimemom\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#firsttimemom\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/laundry?refer=embed\" title=\"laundry\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#laundry\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/sahm?refer=embed\" title=\"sahm\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#sahm\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/momlife?refer=embed\" title=\"momlife\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#momlife\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Aesthetic-7087825341401565185?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ Aesthetic - Gaspar\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ Aesthetic - Gaspar\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLaundry Sauce vs. Commercial Detergent\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTide is arguably the most popular commercial detergent brand in the US.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Tide Fresh Coral Blast laundry detergent are shown below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Tide Fresh Coral Blast ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Tide_Fresh_Coral_Blast_Ingredients_Optimized_86e11de3-5d81-41cc-b21f-1b95726d0c46.png?v=1687146685\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis detergent contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e like Laundry Sauce, but it also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eethanolamine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is described by the New Jersey Department of Health’s Hazardous Substances \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/nj.gov\/health\/eoh\/rtkweb\/documents\/fs\/0835.pdf\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFact Sheet\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as “corrosive.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere’s almost certainly a small amount of ethanolamine in Tide, but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewe consider Laundry Sauce to be a healthier option than commercial detergent\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e based on its lack of questionable active ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut are detergent pods unsafe for parents with young children? We’ll discuss in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eChildren and Detergent Pod Risks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25384489\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePediatrics\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal analyzed data on children and laundry detergent pods and concluded that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Laundry detergent pods pose a serious poisoning risk to young children.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChildren under the age of three years old accounted for 73.5% of cases, and 7.5% of those exposed experienced a “moderate or major medical outcome.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2021 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/34129255\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e claims that most cases of accidental ingestion occur in children under 5 years old, and that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eingestion “may lead to some severe consequences.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t come across comparative studies on the child safety risks with detergent pods versus standard liquid detergent, so we’re not necessarily suggesting that detergent pods are  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003euniquely\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e dangerous. We’re simply highlighting research that parents of young children may wish to be aware of.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA news segment from the popular “CBS Mornings” show is only two minutes long and analyzes the risks that detergent pods pose to young children:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/8ID8FKm3GO0\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Detergent Pick\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Laundry_Detergent_Image_v2.png?v=1691645968\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/trulyfreehome.pxf.io\/c\/3271428\/1653149\/19182?irck=irclickid\u0026amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Ftrulyfreehome.com%2Fproducts%2Fsignature-scent-laundry-wash\" rel=\"sopnsored\"\u003eTruly Free Laundry Wash\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis our top laundry detergent for two reasons: formulation and eco-friendliness.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUse code LABS30 for 30% off your first order.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTruly Free uses essential oils like lime oil and eucalyptus oil to scent their detergent rather than harsh fragrances.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAll of the active ingredients in this detergent are safe and non-toxic based on our review of clinical studies\u003c\/strong\u003e, and the product is sold in a large refillable plastic jug, which is better for the environment than single-use plastic pods in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Truly Free Laundry Wash \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/trulyfreehome.pxf.io\/c\/3271428\/1653149\/19182?irck=irclickid\u0026amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Ftrulyfreehome.com%2Fproducts%2Fsignature-scent-laundry-wash\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website, where the product retails for \u003cstrong\u003eonly $19.95.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Laundry Sauce\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Laundry Sauce in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost online customers have favorable reviews of scents\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGreat branding\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould be effective as a detergent\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains non-toxic active ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains fragrance\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains butylphenyl methylpropional\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDetergent pods may pose safety risks to young children\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExpensive\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSingle-use pods are not environmentally friendly\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLaundry Sauce is an interesting brand, taking a luxury approach to the detergent market.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that Laundry Sauce is likely to be effective for cleaning clothing based on its active ingredients. We do not currently recommend this brand because it contains several fragrance ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective, and because we consider single-use plastic pods to be a poor choice for the environment.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLaundry Sauce is also more expensive than most laundry detergents.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do consider Laundry Sauce to be a healthier option than commercial detergent like Tide.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDetergent pods may pose unique safety risks to children, so it may be worthwhile for parents of young children to choose a laundry product that’s non-toxic and less of an accidental ingestion risk.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost online customer reviews we came across while researching this article had highly favorable comments on the scents of Laundry Sauce pods.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-06-18T23:54:26-04:00","updated_at":"2023-09-08T13:39:21-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Laundry Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not it's unhealthy. We feature real customer reviews including scent tests, and discuss whether detergent pods can pose a risk to young children.","template_suffix":"","handle":"laundry-sauce-review","tags":"_related:personal-care-products"}

Laundry Sauce Review: Is Fragranced Detergent Unhealthy?

Laundry Sauce Review: Is Fragranced Detergent Unhealthy?


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Laundry Sauce is a brand that describes itself as “the world’s best smelling laundry detergent.” The brand sells single-use pods that they suggest can help users “smell good, look good, feel good.”

But what’s actually in Laundry Sauce? Does it contain any additive ingredients that are questionable from a health perspective? How do real users rate and describe its scent? And what retailer sells Laundry Sauce for the best price?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Laundry Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether the brand is a healthy or unhealthy option.

We’ll compare the ingredients in Laundry Sauce to other major laundry brands, feature real customer reviews, and provide a cost comparison to document which retailer sells Laundry Sauce for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis

Laundry Sauce selected ingredients

Some of the ingredients in Laundry Sauce are shown above (this product contains a large number of ingredients so we chose to highlight only the ones we plan to discuss).

Butylphenyl methylpropional, commonly referred to as lysmeral, is a fragrance ingredient analyzed in a 2021 medical review, and the researchers concluded the following:

“the data still calls for efforts to reduce the exposure towards lysmeral since metabolites of lysmeral were detected in nearly all samples and adverse effects cannot be excluded.”

Fragrance is an additive ingredient that’s questionable from a health perspective. A medical review published in the Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health journal concluded the following: 

“Results of this study provide compelling evidence that everyday fragranced products can impose serious risks to human health, environmental quality, businesses, and society.”

This suggests that fragrance-free detergent may be a healthier option.

The active ingredients in Laundry Sauce include naturally-derived enzymes like amylase which are clinically shown to be safe, non-toxic and effective detergents, as we documented in our Blueland reviews article on another detergent brand.

Overall, we consider Laundry Sauce likely to be effective for cleaning clothing, but we don’t currently recommend the brand due to the inclusion of fragrance ingredients.

But before comparing the ingredients in Laundry Sauce to commercial detergents, we’ll feature some real user reviews that include smell tests and overall experience tests.

Real Users Review Laundry Sauce

A YouTube creator named “Libertyland” has an unsponsored review of Laundry Sauce:

A TikTok creator named “Samijo” has a Laundry Sauce review with a favorable take on the scents:

@samijo_xoxo Please take 2 minutes out of your day to watch this 😂👏🏼🎉 this laundry detergent smells so amazing! I compare it to a louis Vuitton perfume 🙌 #laundrysauce #luxury #louisvuitton #firsttimemom #laundry #sahm #momlife ♬ Aesthetic - Gaspar

Laundry Sauce vs. Commercial Detergent

Tide is arguably the most popular commercial detergent brand in the US.

The ingredients in Tide Fresh Coral Blast laundry detergent are shown below:

Tide Fresh Coral Blast ingredients

This detergent contains fragrance like Laundry Sauce, but it also contains ethanolamine, which is described by the New Jersey Department of Health’s Hazardous Substances Fact Sheet as “corrosive.”

There’s almost certainly a small amount of ethanolamine in Tide, but we consider Laundry Sauce to be a healthier option than commercial detergent based on its lack of questionable active ingredients.

But are detergent pods unsafe for parents with young children? We’ll discuss in the next section.

Children and Detergent Pod Risks

A medical review published in the Pediatrics journal analyzed data on children and laundry detergent pods and concluded that “Laundry detergent pods pose a serious poisoning risk to young children.”

Children under the age of three years old accounted for 73.5% of cases, and 7.5% of those exposed experienced a “moderate or major medical outcome.”

A 2021 medical review claims that most cases of accidental ingestion occur in children under 5 years old, and that ingestion “may lead to some severe consequences.”

We haven’t come across comparative studies on the child safety risks with detergent pods versus standard liquid detergent, so we’re not necessarily suggesting that detergent pods are  uniquely dangerous. We’re simply highlighting research that parents of young children may wish to be aware of.

A news segment from the popular “CBS Mornings” show is only two minutes long and analyzes the risks that detergent pods pose to young children:

Our Clean Detergent Pick

Truly Free Laundry Wash is our top laundry detergent for two reasons: formulation and eco-friendliness.

Use code LABS30 for 30% off your first order.

Truly Free uses essential oils like lime oil and eucalyptus oil to scent their detergent rather than harsh fragrances.

All of the active ingredients in this detergent are safe and non-toxic based on our review of clinical studies, and the product is sold in a large refillable plastic jug, which is better for the environment than single-use plastic pods in our opinion.

Interested consumers can check out Truly Free Laundry Wash at this link to the product page on the brand's official website, where the product retails for only $19.95.

Pros and Cons of Laundry Sauce

Here are the pros and cons of Laundry Sauce in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Most online customers have favorable reviews of scents
  • Great branding
  • Should be effective as a detergent
  • Contains non-toxic active ingredients

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance
  • Contains butylphenyl methylpropional
  • Detergent pods may pose safety risks to young children
  • Expensive
  • Single-use pods are not environmentally friendly
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Conclusion

Laundry Sauce is an interesting brand, taking a luxury approach to the detergent market.

We believe that Laundry Sauce is likely to be effective for cleaning clothing based on its active ingredients. We do not currently recommend this brand because it contains several fragrance ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective, and because we consider single-use plastic pods to be a poor choice for the environment.

Laundry Sauce is also more expensive than most laundry detergents.

We do consider Laundry Sauce to be a healthier option than commercial detergent like Tide.

Detergent pods may pose unique safety risks to children, so it may be worthwhile for parents of young children to choose a laundry product that’s non-toxic and less of an accidental ingestion risk.

Most online customer reviews we came across while researching this article had highly favorable comments on the scents of Laundry Sauce pods.