Plastic Free July 2020: Day 9 – Laundry Detergent

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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