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The 7 Best Smelling Laundry Detergents

One cap of these heavenly scented laundry detergents will change the way you look at doing laundry—fresh smelling fabrics ahead!

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Scented laundry detergents you just have to smell

The best smelling laundry detergents can make doing the laundry from plain old housework to domestic bliss. Scenting your clothes, towels and bedsheets in a fragrance you love works as a dose of aromatherapy and adds a little bit of elegance to the spin cycle.

Our picks for the best smelling laundry detergents will get your clothes clean and gently perfume your fabrics for a lingering scent that lasts. Before you throw anything in the wash though, you’ll want to brush up on what common laundry symbols mean so you can choose the best detergents to use on your clothes (and check out how to do laundry the right way). And while you’re at it, make sure to read about Swiff spray, too—it’s 100% natural and prevents odor on clothes.

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Tyler Glamorous Wash Diva Fine Laundry Detergent

Tyler Glamorous Wash laundry detergent is a cult favorite with over 11,000 Amazon ratings.  The Diva fragrance smells like fruits, florals and notes of chocolate. It’s safe to use Tyler Glamorous Wash in front-loading washing machines, or you can use it for hand-washing items in the sink. Users swear that their entire home smells good while they do the wash with this best-smelling laundry detergent. Some high-end boutiques put a capful of Diva in a spray bottle, add water and spritz the mix onto clothes as a linen spray. Genius! These are the safest laundry detergents you can use.

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The Laundress Delicate Wash

You probably won’t use The Laundress Delicate Wash for every single load of wash. That’s OK! It’s not meant to be a workhorse laundry detergent. But it’s perfect for the special items you want to lightly scent and gently clean. Bras, lingerie, linens and cashmere all deserve special attention. In fact, the scent was specifically designed to complement delicate fabrics.

What makes the Laundress products so special?  “Our scents comprise of at least 12 notes for a fine fragrance experience that makes the act of doing laundry feel more luxurious,” explains Hannah Yokoji, brand director for The Laundress. “To create each Laundress scent, we dedicate hours in The Laundress lab blending a selection of our favorite essential oils and fragrances.” It doesn’t smell much better than that! By the way, here’s how to tell if you’re using too much laundry detergent

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Cleancult Liquid Laundry Detergent

Cleancult liquid laundry detergent is a best smelling laundry detergent that’s packaged and formulated with eco-conscious methods and available to order in an easy subscription model. The non-toxic, biodegradable detergent smells incredible in a range of three yummy scents. We’re partial to the sweet honeysuckle for florals, but juniper and sandalwood or sea spray aloe are strong contenders for earthier or saltier notes. The clean keeps going beyond laundry: your refills ship sustainably in recyclable packaging, and the laundry detergent bottle features a plant-based cap. Smell good and do good. Here’s what you need to know about laundry stripping.

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Zum Clean Laundry Soap

If you like the scent of patchouli, you’ll love Zum Clean laundry soap in patchouli. The plant-based liquid laundry soap is made with essential oils, coconut oil, baking soda and vegetable glycerin—and scented with the lovely fragrance of patchouli. Since coconut oil acts as a moisturizer, you won’t need dryer sheets. Pro tip: use wool dryer balls to naturally dry clothes faster. Try laundry strips for another eco-friendly option.

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Method Lavender and Cypress Laundry Detergent

Sure, lavender smells amazing on clothes but Method Lavender and Cypress laundry detergent adds a woodsy scent to the floral notes for a wonderful aroma that’s a mix of sweet and pine. If your dream best smelling laundry detergent is more masculine, this is your scent. Ginger mango is another best smelling laundry detergent option, with a subtly spicy and fruity scent. One bottle of any fragrance should last you 66 loads, and get your clothes very clean. Avoid these laundry myths that are ruining your clothes.

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Seventh Generation Geranium Blossom and Vanilla Laundry Detergent

Seventh Generation’s triple-enzyme formula fights tough stains and the botanical extracts smell ahh-mazing in their geranium blossom and vanilla laundry detergent. Seriously, this stuff should be made into a scented candle. Plus, it’s a USDA Certified biobased product, meaning 96 percent is made with plant-based ingredients. It’s concentrated, so one bottle should be good to go for 53 loads of fragrant laundry. Get your hands on these products that make doing the laundry easier

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Love Home and Planet Rose Petal and Murumuru Laundry Detergent

What is murumuru you ask? It’s a palm native to Brazil, and murumuru butter, extracted from the seeds of the plant, is often used as a moisturizer. Combined with a lush rose scent, Love Home and Planet’s rose petal and murumuru is one of the best smelling laundry detergents on the market. The formulation is made with 94 percent plant-based cleansers that smell delicious. Users especially like this laundry detergent for washing and scenting towels. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. Next, read the best laundry trick you’ve never heard of before.

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Megan Wood
As Deputy Affiliate eCommerce Editor, Megan Wood helps Taste of Home readers find the best products to make their lives better, easier, and more joyful. She has 10 years of service journalism and product review experience across a variety of national websites. When she’s not tracking down the best sales and deals, you can probably find her walking her dog.