8 Laundry Sheets That Will Make You Say Goodbye to Liquid Detergent for Good

updated Dec 13, 2023
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Innovations in laundry move slowly. The first commercially-available laundry detergent — a powdered soap called Persil, which is still sold today — launched in 1907, then people waited nearly 50 years before liquid detergent was invented. It was another 50 years before liquid pods came about, and more recently laundry detergent has taken its latest (and possibly final?) form: laundry sheets. 

What Are Laundry Sheets?

Like pods, laundry detergent sheets are a super convenient approach to the age-old problem of having to scoop or pour detergent from a big, heavy container. They also don’t require you to do any messy measuring (which we love). But unlike pods, these are much easier to travel with and have zero risk of causing a mess — after all, you can’t accidentally pop a square of dried soap!

We rounded up the best laundry detergent sheets available and tried some ourselves to see just how well they work. Check out our picks and learn why these may replace your liquid detergent forever.

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Made in Sweden, Spot's laundry sheets use a plant-based formula that's paraben and 1-dioxane free and safe for babies and people with sensitive skin. But that doesn't mean it plays nice with dirt. The quick-dissolve sheets work in any temperature to fight stains and will work in any kind of washer, from fancy, brand-new HE washers to the dinosaurs at the laundromat. You can even use them for sink washing.

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Earth Breeze

If you want to save money in the long run, try using Earth Breeze's subscription service, which keeps you well-stocked with their vegan laundry detergent sheets at a 40 percent discount from the regular price. For our senior commerce editor Alicia, these sheets have changed the way she thinks about laundry products altogether. "I had never tried laundry sheets before, but EarthBreeze's thoroughly impressed me," Alicia says. "They're gentler on my clothes than liquid laundry detergent. My clothes had been feeling too starchy and now they're back to being soft. I also love that this is a more eco-friendly solution and I don't have to deal with messy liquid detergent."

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Grove Collaborative

With Grove Co.'s laundry detergent sheets, you can take your pick of three scent options, including two limited aromas developed in partnership with Drew Barrymore, or go fragrance-free. The sheets dissolve quickly and come in recyclable paper packaging that helps you cut down on your plastic use. Our commerce managing editor Tamara found them to be a much-needed upgrade from traditional detergent. "I was super skeptical of laundry detergent sheets when I first heard about them. But when I tried these ones from Grove Co., my mind instantly changed," Tamara says. "Even better? They’re TSA-friendly so you’re ready to do laundry as soon as you arrive at your destination." Read our full review of them here.

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These environmentally-friendly laundry detergent sheets are vegan and hypoallergenic, which makes them suitable for people of all lifestyles and with any kind of skin sensitivities. The sheets are a certified biobased product by the USDA, which means they're made with a considerable amount of renewable ingredients, and even the packaging is recyclable or compostable.

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We like that Tru Earth gives you scent options with their laundry detergent sheets. Choose either Fresh Linen or Lilac Breeze, or opt for fragrance-free sheets that leave your clothes smelling like nothing except clean. Our Best List editor Britt tried them and appreciated the minimal packaging, as well as how great they work. "The detergent itself cleans just as well as liquid detergent without the mess," Britt says. "It's super convenient and effective, and has been one of my go-to's as of late!"

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Lazy Coconuts is known for only using vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, and their laundry detergent sheets make good on that commitment. These have zero starch or fragrances, so they break down easily without leaving any residue, and they're conveniently perforated if you ever want to tear them in half to use just half a sheet.

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If you don't want added fragrances in your laundry, these fragrance-free detergent sheets are the perfect pick. They're made almost entirely from plants and include tea seed oil, which is a naturally-occurring antibacterial agent. They also don't have filler ingredients or starches, so they break down quickly in your washer and leave no residue behind.

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One reason we like these laundry detergent sheets is that they're easy to tear in half, so if you're washing a small load of clothes and don't need to use a full sheet, you can just fold and rip one in two. The soap used in these sheets was designed for people with sensitive skin, which makes them a great choice for families that either have children or elderly adults.