Plastic Free July 2020: Day 9 – Laundry Detergent



Finding plastic-free, laundry detergent can sometimes be a challenge depending on where you live.

Over the past 3 years, I have tried a variety of plastic-free alternatives that are both safe and effective at cleaning your clothes, without harming the environment.

Zero Waste TV: Laundry Tips


My first recommendation is to try to find a refill service, bulk store, or co-op that may offer refillable detergent.  Liquid laundry detergent is usually available, and some places offer powdered detergent as well.

If you’re looking for a refill/zero waste store in your area, check out Bulk Food Store List. It’s not just limited to California, it includes all of the U.S. and the United Kingdom as well.


You can also try soapberries (AKA soap nuts and eco nuts). These little non-edible walnut-like thingies contain saponin – which works as surfactant and helps remove grease and dirt.


You can toss some soapberries into a small mesh bag and right into the wash, or make soapberry tea and use it as a liquid detergent. Its pH balanced and safe to use as a body wash and shampoo.



Soapberries can be found in bulk stores and co-ops. Rainbow Market carries them occasionally but they sell out quickly. You can also order them online, but they will usually come packaged in a non-recyclable plastic bag.


READ: Biokleen is no longer a family-owned business.


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