10 Best Smelling Laundry Detergents in 2018

Many people want to know what laundry detergent smells nicest and lasts longest. From fresh air and citrus to lavender and eucalyptus, popular detergent manufacturers focus on adding a wide range of scents to their products. They use plant-based formulas and natural oils, guaranteeing that a good smelling detergent is also non-toxic and safe for children. After carefully analyzing hundreds of products and customer reviews, we’ve finally nailed down 10 of the best smelling laundry detergent options on the market.

Whether it is a natural, hypoallergenic, liquid, or powder product you are looking for, this article will help you find the best one out there according to your fragrance preferences. Read on to see what laundry detergent will make your clothes smell the best.

10. Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods, Lavender with Vanilla

Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent

This ultra concentrated laundry detergent has one of the softest and most appealing scents in the world. The fragrance is made from essential oils derived from lavender, patchouli, lavandin, and eucalyptus. Aside from the delightful smell that will persist on your clothing, one added advantage is that this product has a non-toxic formula, and is free of phosphates, chlorine, and dyes. It is also cruelty-free, which makes it one of the most ethically responsible brands out there.


  • Non-toxic
  • Not tested on animals
  • 100% recycled bottles
  • Highly concentrated – good for 75 loads


  •  May take a long time to dissolve in cold water

9. Method 8x Laundry Detergent – Fresh Air

Top 9 Best Smelling Laundry Detergent Reviews

This is one of the strongest laundry detergents out there. It’s also one of the greenest detergents out there, having never been tested on animals, and coming in a 50% biodegradable bottle. It comes in three fragrances: fresh air, lavender cedar, and no fragrance. The fresh air version was declared the best one by satisfied customers. Without being overpowering, the clean smell will last for a while! All fragrances are natural, and do not cause allergies. This detergent works even better in combination with the Method spray fabric softener.


  • Naturally-derived
  • Never tested on animals
  • Recycled bottles
  • Highly concentrated – good for 75 loads


  •  The scent is a bit heavy

8. Seventh Generation Natural 4X Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla,

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent

Containing no traces of synthetic fragrances, brighteners, or dyes, this cleaning product may not have the strongest smell, but it certainly is one of the best scented laundry detergent options. An EPA Safer Choice certified product, it is also non-irritating, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and safe for children. Its formula is also biodegradable.

This Seventh Generation product is made almost entirely out of plants (it has just two synthetic ingredients). The essential oils that are part of its composition give this detergent a very pleasant and light smell. While the blue eucalyptus & lavender, and citrus fragrances are also very pleasant, it’s the Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla that takes the cake.


  • Not irritating on the skin
  • Ultra-concentrated detergent – good for 53 loads
  • Not tested on animals
  • Plant-based ingredients


  • Not very efficient with cleaning hard stains
  • Does not fully maintain the brightness of the colors

7. Ecover Laundry Liquid 2.5X Concentrated Zero

Ecover Laundry Liquid 2.5X Concentrated Zero

If this is an article about the best smelling laundry detergent out there, why is a detergent that has no fragrance included here? Because the lack of fragrance makes the clothes smell clean and fresh afterward. Ecover is not only a very qualitative laundry detergent, but also non-toxic and suited for sensitive skin. Its 2.5x concentration makes it more effective than any leading brand, and it can keep colors bright without any optical brighteners. It has no phosphates, no chlorine, and no fragrance whatsoever.


  • Plant and mineral-based ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
  • Phosphate and chlorine free
  • Cleans well


  • No actual smell, just a scent of freshness

6. The Laundress Signature Detergent, Classic

The Laundress Signature Detergent

This unique laundry detergent has a romantic fragrance to it, that incorporates lily of the valley, jasmine, citrus, and sandalwood. With this delicate combination of aromas, you will feel like you’ve just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. It works great with both cotton, as well as with delicate fabrics such as silk or cashmere.


  • Brightens and preserves colors
  • Exquisite scent
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Phosphate-free and biodegradable


  • Expensive

5. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent, Lavender

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean is a naturally fresh, phosphate-free detergent. It contains a lot of surfactants from plants, as well as essential oils, and it is compatible with most washing machines. It can also be used as a very effective stain pre-treater, making sure that stains will be a memory of the past. You’ll generally only have to use one tablespoon for every standard load, but it’s the wide array of very pleasant fragrances that make this detergent a contender for the position of best smelling detergent. All fragrances are long-lasting, while the scent is light and natural.


  • Aromatherapeutic properties
  • Delicate scent of lavender


  • The smell is not highly persistent
  • Not very efficient with hard stains
  • The bottle design makes it difficult to pour from

4. Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, Clean Burst

Arm & Hammer 3320000106 210oz Dual HE Clean-Burst Liquid Laundry Detergent

Even though Arm & Hammer technically has no fragrance, its Clean Burst aroma somehow makes your clothes emit a smell reminiscent of a burst of clean, fresh air. Many customers praise the scent of this laundry soap as being awesome and long-lasting. The special agents in its composition trap the soil in the wash water, making sure it doesn’t deposit on your clothes again.


  • Inexpensive (one bottle is enough for 140 loads)
  • Does not contain any phosphate
  • Persistent smell


  • The container design has a defect, which will cause it to deform (product may leak from the bottle)

3. All Small and Mighty Free and Clear Laundry Detergent

all Stainlifters Small & Mighty Liquid Detergent

Perhaps one of the most unique laundry detergents out there, All Small and Mighty has a special ability aside from being completely free of dyes and perfumes. All Small and Mighty can remove two of the biggest and most common everyday allergens – cat dander and mite matter. Because it is free of perfumes, it actually gives your clothes a very clean and fresh smell, making for a very effective laundry detergent. Plus, it is affordable too!


  • Hypoallergenic
  • Powerful cleaning product


  • The scent is not highly noticeable

2. Tide PODS 3 in 1 HE Turbo Laundry Detergent Pacs, Original Scent

Tide PODS Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent

One of the most renowned and easily recognizable laundry detergents in the world, Tide has well earned its right as the number two best smelling laundry detergent. The good news is that you only need about a third of the quantity you’d need for other detergents.

While it does come in more fragrances than just one, the Tide PODS Original scent is definitely the best. It is a mild, yet memorable aroma, smelling of citrus and green floral. It is almost impossible to be near somebody who used the detergent and not think of a clear summer day in the mountains. This laundry detergent will make your clothes smell really nice and fresh!


  • Extremely efficient cleaning product – good at removing most stains
  • Highly concentrated


  • Not eco-friendly
  • Not recommended for sensitive skin

1. Gain Flings, Original

Gain Flings Original Laundry Detergent Pacs

Well, the satisfied customers have spoken. Gain has taken the mantle of best smelling laundry detergent, even overtaking America’s number one most used detergent. According to the detergent’s own marketing campaign, it smells so good it can make laundry exciting.

Also advertised as music for your nose, the pods have 50% more Gain smell ingredients than the liquid variety. The brilliant, clean, fresh smell hits you the instant you open the packet, and it stays with you for a long while. You can combine the Gain Original smell with that of the liquid fabric softener, giving birth to your own new, exciting aroma. Or you can just enjoy the refreshing Gain aroma that so many people love.


  • Highly persistent smell
  • Great at removing stains


  • Scent may be overpowering


We hope that we’ve managed to help you find the best smelling laundry detergent out there for you. Because, as you most likely know, taste is personal, you might not enjoy any of the items on this list, or you might like all of them. Whether you’ll go for the strongest scented laundry detergent, or simply for the best laundry detergent smell is up to you. What is the best smelling laundry detergent in your opinion? Drop us a line in the form below!

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