CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent Review

Posted on Jul 24 2012 - 11:00pm by Susan Bewley

For the past four years, I have tried a variety of different green laundry detergents.  Before I made the decision to move to more natural cleaners and green products, I started looking for eco friendly laundry detergents, due to my sensitive skin. A lot of the cleaners I found that claimed to be green either didn't work, or weren't as green as they advertised, still having many of the irritating chemicals that made me break out in the first place. It wasn't until recently that I found my new favorite laundry detergent – CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent!

CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent

In our house, I have been a fan of the CitraSolv brand for some time, especially after trying CitraDish – their dishwasher detergent.  Like Citradish, CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent contains no harmful chemicals, including phosphates, EDTA, or NTA. As well, they contain no synethetic perfumes or dyes, allowing you to enjoy fresh smelling laundry made with real citrus essences.  This septic- and greywater-safe laundry detergent is a vegetable based detergent, completely non-toxic and void of petroleum-based ingredients. 

What I appreciate most about CitraSolv, (beyond the fact that their products work so well) is the fact that they never test on animals! The company actually donates thousands of dollars a year to help different animal organizations and local shelters in their area.  All of their products are also certified with the following programs and companies:

  • Leaping Bunny Certified
  • PETA Animal Treatment Assessed
  • Green America Seal of Approval – Gold

CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent: Effectiveness

Over the past few months, I have really enjoying using CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent .  Most of the other green laundry detergents that I have tried previously did a terrible job of cleaning my laundry – either not cleaning the laundry effectively or even actually staining clothes.  I have really tested this detergent and seen it get rid of even the worst stains, including tomato sauce! Unfortunately, I have not tested it with grass stains, since I don't have a bottle of this at our house in Kentucky. 

One of the only drawbacks I can see to using CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent is if you do not have a front loading washing machine.  The bottle claims it can wash 32 loads of laundry since it is very concentrated, but I usually expect to get a bit more than that out of my detergent.  Luckily, for people who need HE detergent like me, I get a great bargain with this stuff. If you are using Citra Suds Natural Laundry Detergent with a front loading machine, you do not even pour it to the first line in the cap, as stated by the instructions.  You can really get almost twice as many loads with this detergent! For individuals living on a budget and still trying to stay green, this detergent is perfect!

CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent: Smell

If I had to pick one thing I love the most about doing laundry with CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent , it is the smell! This detergent has a very strong orange smell that makes your clothes and washing machine smell fresh and wonderful.  Once your clothes are dry, however, it only has a very subtle scent, something that is perfect if you don't want to smell too strongly scented, or have someone with allergies. 

Even though I likely shouldn't brag about, it also keeps your clothes smelling amazing if you happen to leave your clothes in the washer for a day or two. Normally when this happens, our clothes have an awful smell to them that could easily turn your stomach, forcing us to rewash clothes at least two additional times to remove the smell.  With CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent, our clothes still have a slight citrus smell the next day.  While it's not very strong, this is much better for my time and for the environment than having to rewash clothes!

CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent: Overall

Right now, I couldn't imagine using anything else other than CitraSuds Natural Laundry Detergent . While it may seem expensive at first, it really is worth the money if you own a front loading washing machine.  I still wish it was in a larger container, but with it lasting me about two to three months, I really cannot complaint too much.  Overall, I give the CitraSud laundry detergent an A+ rating with it being a very effective green laundry detergent.  I usually purchase Citra Suds either on or, depending on who has the better sale. Usually, however, it is Amazon since they do ship to our apartment for free.

Note: Budget Earth & its writers did not recieve compensation or products from said company for this post and it's completely the opinion of the writer.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mia Buchsein August 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Is there anywhere else to purchase this product? and does it come in a trial size? Since the grandbaby is so sensitive to detergents I would hate to spend money on it and then have her break out. Thanks.

    • Susan Bewley August 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Mia,

      I first found this product on, but I think they are a bit expensive. I bought it there before they priced themselves out of the market (at least in my opinion.) I linked to the big bundle of them since this is what I buy to save money (yeah, I’m a penny pincher).  If you like to buy a single bottle to try it, you can find it here.

      Citradish Laundry Detergent

      As for samples, while I haven’t seen them, but most companies are very happy to send you a sample if you write them. I believe their email address is .  I have very sensative skin and break out with just about everything. Most things that claim to be for people with allergies (such as the free & clear) break me out. This is one of the first things I found that really works. The only thing I would say is that it is very very concentrated. A large load of laundry only take about a 1/6 – 1/8 of a cup if you have an HE washer.  It has a very nice measuring thing on the lid for everyone to make it easy.  As someone with skin sensativies though, I can really vouch for this stuff. I hope I helped 🙂

  2. LaTonya (Detroit Mom) August 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I'm always on the look-out for some awesome soap powder, I have 3 boys I wash for. They get things extremely dirty. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tammy August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I need to try this for my daughter.  She has really sensitive skin, and breaks out easily from chemicals.

    • Susan Bewley August 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      It is one of the few I have tried that doesn’t break me out. I always feel bad when I go visit family and they try helping with laundry since I’m just so sensative.

  4. Melanie S August 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I haven't tried any of these green laundry detergents yet.  Partly because they're so expensive, and party because I worry about how effective they will be.  I really want to though!  I hate to think about how awful the stuff I usually use is.  This sounds like a good one to try!

    • Susan Bewley August 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      If you have an HE washer (front loading), this stuff is sooo cheap since it is very concentrated.  Like I said, a little really goes a long way. If you don’t it can be a little pricy. I think the bottle I have is 50 oz and does a little over 50 full loads. I have been on this bottle for about three months.

  5. Jennifer Clay August 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of this brand before, but after reading your review I want to try it out! I am going to look for it! Thanks for sharing! 

    • Susan Bewley August 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      It’s a little hard to find but so very worth it! I am about to be purchasing another bottle from Amazon. I am finally close to running out after 3 months.

  6. Melinda Dunne August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I am changing over my products to Eco Friendly, as well. I will have to try these products they sould awsome! 

  7. Patty A August 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I love trying out green laundry detergents. Good to know this one works. I currently use a powder, but I really need liquid. Checking the website out right now. 

  8. Shan August 27, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Sounds lovely!! I love natural cleaners and detergents and I also love to try various ones. I'm going to keep an eye out for this one, because citrus cleaners and scented cleaners are my favorite!!
    Thank you for the review and heads up on another great option!

  9. Sue Invegas August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Would love to try since as I get older my skin is getting more sensitve. Thanks!

  10. Tamara August 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    What a great detergent, I really need to find a new laundry detergent and that its green makes me a happy mommy. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. MamaBreak September 16, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Always looking for green ways to clean! Thanks for offering so many ideas!

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