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DIY Laundry Room Recipes

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Laundry Routine

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If you’re a health conscious person like I am, and you’re concerned about what you put into your body, then you should be equally concerned about what goes on it.

Clothing, undergarments, bedding and towels—all of those items make constant contact with our skin. So washing these items with safe and non-toxic laundry alternatives is key to avoiding potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into our body.

The more friends and relatives I lose to cancer lately, the more I realize just how environmental factors really do influence our health. So for me, swapping to all-natural cleaning recipes has become a serious commitment—especially because I want my kids to be as healthy as possible.

When it comes to laundry products, I have begun to my make own—and it’s amazing how well they work and how much money I’ve been able to save. The only laundry product that I do purchase every once in a while are zero waste laundry strips for travel purposes—they’re so convenient for hotel stays and for when we visit family.

All of the ingredients required for DIY laundry products consist of simple pantry products, and to store them, you simple need a few glass mason jars—or anything with a tight sealing lid.

It’s also amazing how much little effort goes into making home-made laundry products, not to mention the freedom you have to experiment with different scents from essential oils.

So, without further ado, below are some of my favorite home-made laundry room recipes that are wonderful and effective alternatives to toxic store bought brands. I hope you give them a try and eventually make the switch for good!

DIY LAUNDRY SOAP

For this home-made laundry soap recipe, you’ll need to grate your Castile soap bar into fine powder (this can be done with a food processor). Once you have your powder, simply mix it with all of the other ingredients and store in a tightly sealed container of your choice (about a gallon sized container is ideal). This recipe yields around 90 loads of laundry.

To Use: 1 TBSP per load is ideal for high efficiency machines. 2 TBSP per load is ideal for regular machines.

To Brighten Whites: Pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the bleach dispenser to whiten and soften clothing.

  • 1 Bar Of Castile Soap (Finely Grated)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 30-40 Drops of Essential Oils (Of Your Choice—I love using coconut and lemongrass or vanilla).

DIY LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER

For this simple home-made liquid fabric softener recipe, you only need two ingredients. Mix them together and pour the mixture into your softener dispenser.

I really love this alternative fabric softener recipe because I can easily make it on demand whenever I do laundry and I love that I have the option to create different scents each time! My clothing and towels also come out soft, fluffy and fresh!

1/4 Cup Of White Vinegar

  • 5 Drops Of Essential Oil Of Choice (I love using Vanilla essential oil)


DIY FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS

This home-made dryer sheet recipe is an alternative to liquid softener, though these sheets will also be wet. In addition to the ingredients, you will need a mason jar with a lid as well as flannel or cotton fabric that you will cut into about 20 or so 3 inch squares (I use old flannel receiving blankets which work perfectly).

Simply add the ingredients into your mason jar, shake well, and add the cloth which will soak up all the liquid. I typically place the cloth back into the jar where it will absorb some more mixture. When all of your sheets no longer feel damp, you should start the process all over again.

1/4 Cup White Vinegar

10 Drops of Essential Oil

20-25 Small Squares Of Flannel (Around 3 Inches)

1 Mason Jar

DIY Laundry Scent Booster

This easy laundry scent booster consists of only two ingredients. Simply mix the epsom salt and preferred essential oil in a mixing bowl (double the measurements for a larger batch) and store in an air tight container.

To Use: 1 TBSP per load is ideal

  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 20 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil
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10 Most Effective Zero-Waste Laundry Detergents

The 10 Best All-Natural Laundry Detergents For A Non-Toxic And Eco-Friendly Laundry Routine.

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One of the most used cleaning products in the home is laundry detergent—and it’s used on products that make constant contact with our skin—clothing.

For years, consumers have purchased laundry detergent based on factors like popularity, price and performance, while completely turning a blind eye to the ingredient label—until now.

With cancer and other health conditions sky rocketing in the past couple of decades, people are starting to become more aware that certain environmental factors—to include household cleaning agents—are to blame for society’s declining health and overall life expectancy.

Mainstream multi-purpose cleaners, air fresheners, scented candles, and many laundry detergents are just a small example of household items that are actually packed full of carcinogens.

But thankfully, alternatives are available for a lot of household products, and in this article, we’re going to focus on laundry detergent alternatives for a non-toxic and environmentally friendly laundry routine.

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Why Should You Switch To A Natural Laundry Detergent?

As mentioned above, mainstream laundry detergents contain ingredients that are actually harmful to our health—but how?

Well, even in the rinse cycle, detergent doesn’t entirely wash out—it lingers in the fibers. And when we sweat, our pores absorb whatever leaches out, resulting in skin conditions like rash and eczema.

That’s why it’s especially important to at least invest in non-toxic laundry detergent when it comes to your children, as well as undergarments, which are tight fitting, and can actually be the cause of your recurring BV (bacterial vaginitis) due to all the synthetic chemicals.

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How To Choose The Right Zero Waste Detergent

Choosing an all-natural, zero-waste laundry detergent can be confusing for anyone—especially because there are so many different kinds like: pods, sheets, powders, liquids and even “berries”. But, there are certain qualities to look for when shopping for eco-friendly and natural laundry detergents and those are:

  • Paraben Free
  • Pthalate Free
  • Phosphate Free
  • Bleach & Dye Free
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Recyclable & Compostable Packaging
  • Plastic-Free Packaging
  • Hypoallergenic & Dermatologist Tested 

And to help make your decision easier, I’ve made a list of zero waste detergent brands that I have tried personally and found that they work very well on both stains and odor (as I’ve had the privilege to test a few out, while others I’ve purchased based on curiosity).

And for a complete zero-waste laundry routine, I recommend switching from dryer sheets to organic wool dryer balls and a Cora Microfiber Ball, which catches the microfibers that naturally shed from clothes in the wash, and end up in our waterways. 

Altogether, these alternative laundry products greatly reduce your carbon footprint—because laundry is something we do often and contributes greatly to environmental pollution whether we like it or not.

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EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

EarthBreeze

EarthBreeze laundry strips are my zero waste detergent of choice. These pre-measured laundry strips are plant-based and smell absolutely fabulous. I also can’t stress enough how convenient these detergent strips are for travel, and can easily be stashed in a baby wipe box or pencil case. For my full review of EarthBreeze laundry strips, click here.

Price: $20 For 1pack of 60 Loads or $12 with subscription at EarthBreeze

Dropps Laundry Detergent Pods

Dropps

If you’re someone who loves the convenience of laundry pods minus the plastic waste, then you’ll love Dropps laundry detergent pods. This low-waste laundry detergent is wrapped in biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol film and packaged in a recyclable and compostable cardboard box to minimize single-use waste.

Price: $14.99 For (1) 32 Count Box on Amazon

Bestowed Essentials Zero Waste Laundry Powder

Bestowed Essentials

This zero-waste laundry powder from Bestowed Essentials is an easy swap in making your laundry routine plastic-free. Just one tablespoon of this eco-friendly detergent will get your clothing nice and clean, and you’ll feel good knowing that the detergent bag and inner liner are both compostable.

Price: $14.99 For (1) 64 load bag at EarthHero

TrueEarth Laundry Strips

TrueEarth

TrueEarth is another fantastic eco-friendly laundry strip brand with pre-measured laundry strips. I love that they offer several scent options including a formula made just for baby clothing, and that they use recycled material for their packaging. The downside to laundry sheets is that they can sometimes clump when used in front load washers—resulting in slight goo on your fabric. I have a top load washer and the cascading water does a great job at dissolving these.

Price: $16.95 For (1) 32 load pack on Amazon

NaturOli Soap Nuts / Soap Berries

NaturOli

Soap berries (better known as soap nuts) are perhaps the most natural and affordable zero-waste alternative to mainstream laundry detergents. The shells of these Indian soap berries release saponin (a natural cleaning agent) when they come in contact with water. They are also pesticide free, anti-fungal and completely compostable—making these soap ‘nuts’ a true zero waste laundry detergent alternative. The downside is that soap nuts must be used with warm or hot water to activate.

Price: $24.95 For 1lb bag (240 loads) on Amazon

Nature First Soap Berry Laundry Pods

Nature First

If you love soap berries, but prefer the convenience of laundry pods, then the soap berry laundry pods are a fantastic laundry detergent alternative for your household. These eco-friendly laundry pods by Nature First are produced using a proprietary natural water extraction method to pull the super-concentrated cleansing agents (saponin surfactants) to create a soap berry concentrate, and they’re packaged in a compostable bag.

Price: $11.99 For 1 Bag of 30 Pods

Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets

Sheets Laundry Club

The Sheets liquid free laundry sheets are slightly bigger than their laundry strip competitors and do a fantastic job when it comes to stain and odor removal. The scented variety does have a very strong scent, but once used in the wash, clothing comes out with a subtle fragrance that’s not overpowering.

Price: $15.95 For 1 Box of 50 Sheets & Save 10% With Subscription On Amazon

Meliora Eco Laundry Powder

Meliora

The Meliora Natural Powder Laundry Detergent is made with highly concentrated, all natural ingredients like baking soda, pH boosting washing soda, and skin softening coconut oil, which easily removes stains. This non-toxic laundry powder is packed in a recyclable and reusable stainless steel canister, and the brand donates 2% of all sales to environmental non-profit organizations.

Price: $17.99 for 1 Can of 64 standard loads at EarthHero

Grove Collaborative Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent

Grove Co.

If you prefer to stick with a liquid detergent, then Grove Collaborative is one of the best go-to brands for an all-natural liquid detergent—and their’s is ultra concentrated. What I love about Grove Collaborative is that is that they will send you a prepaid envelope so that you can mail them your empty detergent pouch and they will recycle it through Terra Cycle. The only downside to this non-toxic liquid detergent is that you have to buy a separate bottle to store and measure the contents.

Price: 9.95 For 1 (24oz) pouch (33 loads) of laundry & 17.95 For Dispenser

Lazy Coconuts Eco Friendly Detergent Strips

Lazy Coconuts

The Lazy Coconuts eco-friendly laundry strips are yet another one of my favorite zero-waste laundry strips that are made with plant-based ingredients and come in recyclable packaging. I also love that they have a “gentle” formula for baby’s sensitive skin.

Price: $14.95 for (1) pack of 48 loads or save 5% with subscription

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What Are Zero-Waste Laundry Strips?

All About The Eco-Friendly Laundry Trend, How They Measure Up To Conventional Liquid Detergent, And Which Brand Is Most Affordable

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Walk down the laundry aisle of any super market and you’ll find a large variety of conventional liquid laundry detergent in single-use plastic jugs, plastic bag filled laundry pods and boxed soap suds—but not a single “pack” of zero-waste laundry strips, which explains why many people haven’t heard of the “eco-friendly” alternative. Including myself.

So when a few companies reached out to me and offered me samples of these detergent alternatives, I jumped at the opportunity to explore them. I was genuinely intrigued by such a concept.

Fast forward a few months later and I’m writing this article with what I like to call “veteran” knowledge about the zero-waste laundry product because I’ve used it for a good while. With that said, I have had a chance to study laundry strips, use them with different fabrics, deploy them to fight various stains, and compared various brands amongst one another.

Like all products, laundry strips have pros and cons. They have benefits and they have flaws. Hence, I’d like to give my honest knowledge and opinion about both and hopefully that will help you decide if these eco-friendly laundry alternatives are a good fit for you, your lifestyle, and more importantly, your budget.

What Are Laundry Strips?

Laundry strips are pre-measured, thin concentrated strips of laundry detergent that dissolve in water, and are flexible with a soft, smooth and almost spongy texture.

These [eco-friendly] laundry strips are offered in both scented and fragrance-free options, and they’re made with plant-based ingredients that are not only hypoallergenic, but also non-toxic and pet-friendly.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Laundry Strips?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using laundry strips is that you’re able to lower your carbon footprint by purchasing a plastic-free laundry detergent. Because while it’s true that your typical liquid detergent bottle is recyclable, many people fail to remember that plastic production results in some pretty serious air pollution.

Another benefit of using laundry strips is improved health. Eco-friendly laundry strips are plant-based, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic, while mainstream detergents contain phthalates, parabens, carcinogens and other toxins that our skin absorbs. On the plus side, these toxins fabulously remove stains and create a fresh scent, but on the downside, they’re a ticking time bomb that potentially cause tumors and other health issues in the long run.

Laundry strips are made with only vegan ingredients and never tested on animals. whereas many big brand detergents will state that their products are cruelty-free “except when required by law to test on animals”—which means that many of their products have probably been tested on animals.

Laundry strips save you a ton of space because they’re thin, flat and packaged in what resembles a cardboard envelope. This makes them especially dorm-room and apartment friendly—especially if your living space doesn’t contain a washer and dryer and you’re constantly having to haul your laundry to a laundromat. Detergent jugs are heavy to carry around—strips are basically weightless.

Unlike liquid and powder detergent, laundry strips don’t require any measuring—which is especially great if you’re a bachelor who tends to overdo it with the measurements. In fact, they come with pre-measured strips that you simply toss into your washing machine; and if you happen to accidentally drop in an extra strip, it’s perfectly fine! Laundry strips don’t “bubble” like conventional detergents, and the plant-based ingredients won’t harm your sensitive skin.

Laundry strips are incredibly convenient for road trips, travel and vacations. If you’ve ever had to stay at a motel/hotel, you know how annoying it is to have to buy detergent from a dispenser, and you certainly don’t want to purchase a huge jug that you can’t take back on the plane with you. I’ve taken my laundry strips with me in a flat baby wipe dispenser and didn’t have to worry about buying a hefty jug.

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What Are The Cons Of Laundry Strips

One of the cons of switching to eco-friendly laundry strips is having to plan ahead and order at the right time before you run out. As consumers, we’re used to grabbing a jug off of store shelves and hauling it home with us—whereas laundry strips, which are not offered in your neighborhood supermarket must be ordered online.

Heavily stained clothing is harder to clean. However, if you’re a household that doesn’t deal with very many heavy stains on a regular basis, then that shouldn’t really be such a huge concern. I personally find that laundry strips do a great job at tackling stains on my kids’ clothing and that even Tide can’t perfectly get rid of heavy stains. It is what it is.

The last issue is price. Eco-friendly laundry strips cost more than your mainstream laundry detergent, and that’s most likely because they have to source alternative ingredients which contribute to the overall non-toxic formula. These brands may also have to jump through extra hoops to get certifications proving that they’re nontoxic and environmentally friendly.

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What Is Currently The Most Affordable Laundry Strip Brand?

EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

The fact is, a majority of eco-friendly laundry strip brands are not cheap—in fact, some can be down right expensive, which is a deal breaker for the average stay at home mom on a tight budget.

However, there are so many benefits to eco-friendly laundry strips that it’s worth buying at least one package of. If not for use on a regular basis, then at least for travel purposes—and especially if you’re living a single or dorm room lifestyle and don’t need to do as much laundry as a family of 4. And there are certain eco-friendly laundry strip brands that don’t require your entire paycheck.

The average price for a pack of laundry strips costs around $20—but, some brands (like Earth Breeze) have a subscription plan that significantly knocks the price down to an affordable amount that’s equivalent to big name brands like Gain or Tide.

Plus, it’s important to point out that the Earth Breeze laundry strip packs contain 60 loads of laundry, whereas other laundry strip brands contain 32 and for double the cost. Hence, their subscription cost at $12 a month is absolutely excellent when it comes to affordability for this type of product.

Even if you do a one time purchase at $20, you’re still getting more product with 60 loads than another brand that’s the same price and offers only a 32 load pack.

Earth Breeze is a member of 1% for the planet, and for every pack of eco-strips sold, they donate 10 loads of laundry to someone in need.

Earth Breeze Laundry Strips

So whether you’re just trying to be a more mindful consumer, or you’re looking for a healthier laundry detergent alternative, I whole heartedly recommend eco-friendly laundry strips like Earth Breeze for your laundry routine. And as for the dryer, you should definitely consider looking into wool dryer balls.

TruEarth Zero Waste Laundry Strips Review

Plant-Based Laundry Detergent That’s Zero-Waste, 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.

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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!

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 removing most stains. 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 work well to remove stains, and don’t make the fabric fade either. You definitely have to pretreat the heavily soiled items though.

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!

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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?