Updated: Nov 12, 2021
This blog provides a selection of DIY and readymade laundy products with safer ingredients and less packaging that more traditional options used today.
Please use the comment function to tell us how these solutions worked for you, and/or propose other options. A lot is happening in this field, and more products might become available.
It is tricky to find a product in store that avoids synthetic polymers, surfactants, fragrances, optical brighteners, and comes with minimum plastic. Most of the big brands, and even Ecover and Method, have issues with either ingredients or packaging. They often include surfactants without providing details. Here is a selection of products that disclose their ingredients, have been found to be safe and efficient.
Store option – no detergent
The EcoEgg. Safe ingredients, simple to use: just mineral pellets that can be reused several times . When the clothing is heavily soiled, a separate stain remover is necessary (refer to stain removal section for ideas) – but isn’t thisthe case for most detergents? Mineral pellets should be changed after approximately 2 months of use, but it remains a cost-effective method.
DIY Detergent Powder
DIY Liquid Detergent
DETERGENT FOR DELICATES
Use the DIY recipes for laundry detergents, with the appropriate program on your machine. And learn how to wash wool with Moral Fibres.
DIY - white vinegar
DIY - Citric acid
Citric acid also works as a fabric softener. Either add a spoonful of citric acid into the fabric-conditioner compartment of the washing machine. You can add filtered water to help dilute if it appears to be needed after your first attempt, and essential oils to add fragrance. If this works for you, you can prepare it in advance:
To revive both whites and colors.
You need: Sodium percarbonate (or baking soda – but percarbonate is more efficient).
How to make it: nothing to do
How to use it: either add 2 spoonful to your detergent when you want to revive colors/white; or, for more serious help, dissolve 1/2 cup of sodium percarbonate soak in 5l of hot water; soak your laundry for 3 hours.
Buy sodium percarbonate (or Natural Oxygen Bleach) from Allavare, with 100% home compostable bags.
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