Sustainable Living

Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Strips That Work!

An Innovative Laundry Detergent Alternative That Fights Stains and Is Gentle On Skin!

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Change can be uncomfortable.

Anytime that we consider doing something new or out of our comfort zone, we tend to hesitate, and not do it at all—missing out on something great. Lifestyle and routine changes are one of them.

Take laundry for example. Like the majority of the population, I’ve done laundry the exact same way for years. You get the water running, pour in some liquid detergent (or soap suds) and then load the clothes. Pretty simple. But what if one day you swapped the liquid detergent for an alternative ‘cleanser’? Would you ever consider making such a change? What would stop you?

I made that lifestyle change not too long ago—about a month ago. I switched from a traditional liquid detergent to eco-friendly laundry strips by a company called Tru Earth . Their eco-friendly “eco-strips” are pre-measured laundry detergent strips that you simply throw into the wash. They’re free of phosphates, parabens, bleach, dyes and best of all, they’re vegan, zero-waste and cruelty free.

And trust me, even though I was excited to switch to a nontoxic laundry detergent, I had hesitations about using them at first.

Some of my biggest questions were “would these even remove stains? Would they cause skin irritation? And would they even dissolve properly? All valid questions, and I was pleasantly surprised after using them on a ton of different loads in different water temperatures with an assortment of different stains.

I’m a mom of a pre-schooler, a first grader and I’m married to a soldier whose uniforms are always in need of a wash! So I was excited to try these zero-waste Tru Earth laundry strips on all of this variety!

These eco-strips smell so great!

Packaging

The first thing I want to address is the packaging. The Tru Earth Eco Strips were delivered in zero-waste cardboard packaging—which is 100% compostable and biodegradable. There was absolutely no plastic in there whatsoever. And then….there was the smell. OMG the smell that shot out of the box was heavenly. It was like a subtle scent of fresh linen, and actually, just having these in my laundry room makes the entire space smell fresh and airy.

TruEarth Packaging

Variety

I received five packs of the Tru Earth Eco Strips, with each pack containing 32 strips equaling 32 loads of laundry. Each package was different, that way I could try out the different formulas (scented, unscented, platinum, ultra, and one made just for babies, etc), and see which one worked best for my family.

WHAT MAKES THEM NON-TOXIC?

Tru Earth

How Do They Work ?

The Tru Earth laundry strips come connected in one big square (about the size of a toilet paper square). And you can rip them apart and use 1/2 to one strip on a small-medium load. Or you can throw in two (the entire square) for a large to extra large load. I’ve found that throwing just one in a large load, if the clothing isn’t really that stained, works really well, and there wasn’t a need to use two eco-strips.

Do They Dissolve PROPERLY?

As I mentioned earlier, I was curious to see if these zero-waste laundry strips would even dissolve, or would they just stick to the side of the laundry machine and just turn to goo. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that the strips indeed started to dissolve under running water and even foamed, just like traditional detergent.

Sometimes I’d even throw the strips on top of a few clothes, and they still dissolved once water came in contact with them. So if you have a front load washer and not an old school top load like mine where water shoots down like a waterfall, your clothes will be just fine. I’ve actually attached a video of the eco-strips in action at the end of this post!

Throwing one strip into a small size load

ARE THEY GENTLE ON SKIN?


These zero-waste, nontoxic detergent laundry strips are especially great for babies and young children because they are hypoallergenic. My daughter has sensitive skin and she’ll easily break out in a rash when it comes to certain detergents, so I always have to be careful with what I buy and use. I found that the TruEarth Baby Eco-Strips caused absolutely no irritation whatsoever and I love how her clothing smells after each wash. I’ve actually used all of the other strips on her clothing as well, and they all work perfectly with her skin.

Gentle for my toddler’s skin

HOW ARE THEY ON STAINS?

The zero-waste Tru Earth Eco-Strips are great at stain fighting. My daughter gets food stains on her clothing every single day, and lately she’s been into popsicles so she’s always dripping red popsicle juice on her t-shirts. And my son, who’s in the first grade, constantly comes home with dirt and grass stains on his sweat pants that he acquires during recess. These eco-strips tackle all of these stains, and don’t make the fabric fade either.

TruEarth Eco-Strips

SAVE SHELF SPACE

The Tru Earth Eco-Strips save so much space on my laundry room shelves. Before, I would have several different laundry detergents stacked all across my shelf, but these detergent alternatives can simply be stored in a basket. This saves so much space and I can use the extra space for towels or other gadgets.

My TruEarth Eco-Strips in a basket on my laundry room shelf
This saves so much space!


Overall, I am in awe of how great an eco-friendly laundry detergent actually works. And I genuinely wish that I had heard about Tru Earth sooner. The safer ingredients are great for sensitive skin, they do an excellent job at removing stains, they smell fantastic (though you can get unscented strips as well), and they don’t cause irritation. So would do I recommend these? Absolutely. And as a thank you for checking this amazing laundry detergent alternative out, please take 10% off with code EcoMom10 — just click the Tru Earth link to be taken to their site!

Change is hard, but you’ll never know if something works way better than what you’re currently using without giving it a try!

Tru Earth

Would you consider making a switch to a non-toxic laundry alternative such as TruEarth Eco-Strips? What would stop you?

4 replies »

  1. I’ve seen these before and was curious about them! We still have a lot of detergent to finish and I’ll need to start convincing housemates to try the switch but this post is a great start for that!

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