7 Easy to Use Natural Laundry Detergents

Zero waste products that will clean your clothing.

Nov 27, 2020

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You are careful about what you put in your body and what you wear but are you concerned about what you’re cleaning your clothing with? Organic laundry detergents have been around for a long time as liquids, powders, and pods. But now, there are innovative sustainable zero waste laundry detergents that will help you care for your clothing and the planet at the same time.

Tru Earth’s Eco-Strips

This unique laundry detergent comes in biodegradable strips that you throw in your washing machine. Tru Earth detergent strips are  ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, vegan, paraben free, and work in all washers. The packaging is free of all plastics and the company has a very small carbon footprint. The eco-strips are clean, green, and simple to use. You can order on the company’s website.

Dropps

Dropps are cruelty free, vegan, non-toxic, and free of palm oils. This laundry detergent comes in plastic-free pods. You can choose between lavender, eucalyptus, or sensitive unscented detergent. Plus, the company also sells fabric softener and dishwasher pods. The products come in carbon-neutral shipping to your door. Dropps also partners with Oceana to educate consumers about plastic pollution.

Bestowed Essentials

This laundry powder is hypoallergenic, natural, safe, and cruelty free. What’s best about Bestowed Essentials is its eco-friendly packaging. The laundry powder comes in a 3 lb (1.3 kg) compostable bag made from recycled paper and a plant-based liner. You can also order larger quantities through the company’s zero waste program. The detergent comes in a reusable pail that you just send back when it is empty. The woman-owned company also has many other natural products.

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Eco Nuts

These natural soap nuts are actually made from berry shells grown in the Himalayas, according to Green Matters, that contain the cleaning agent saponin. You use them by putting four or five soap nuts into the cloth bag that comes with your order and they will naturally produce suds. Each nut can be reused 10 times. You can purchase this natural product and more from the company’s website.

Zero Co

This new Australian company uses containers that are made from plastic pulled from the ocean floor or made from recycled materials from landfills. Zero Co sells a range of plant-based products that is locally made, vegan, palm oil free, and grey water safe. The laundry detergent combo includes one full container and two additional refills.

Ethique

This laundry bar and stain remover for hand washables is made of 100 percent biodegradable ethically sourced ingredients and essential oils. The bars come with minimal packaging that is recyclable and is long-lasting. In 2020, Ethique  partnered with Offset Earth to plant a tree for every order.

DIY Laundry Detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is easy, inexpensive, and that way you control the ingredients so you can avoid harsh chemicals according to DIY Natural. There is a recipe for powdered detergent that only uses three ingredients – bar soap like Castile, borax, and washing soda –  and only takes a few minutes to make.

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