5 tips – eco friendly laundry products
Last week I talked about reducing the environmental impact of your laundry by making careful use of water and electricity and swapping harsh, toxic products for eco friendly ones.
Today I’m going to share 5 greener laundry products with you. These reduce the amount of petroleum-based ingredients, harsh synthetic chemicals and toxic residue which can adversely effect you and the environment.
Please share your favourites in the comments below!
Ecover is probably one of the best-known brands for eco friendly cleaning and laundry. Based on plant derived cleaning agents, Ecover have a good range of products including bio and non bio powders, liquids and fabric softener. They even sell a stain remover and no-chlorine bleach.
Ecos make fragrance free launcry powder with soy based fabric conditioner and non-chlorine bleach that uses oxygen power to remove stains. Their concentrated detergent means just 30 mls is needed per load.
Ecoballs. I’m sceptical about these beauties, but some people swear by them. You just pop three ecoballs in your machine instead of detergent and the ‘magic filling’ ionises the water to penetrate fibres and lift dirt away. No chemicals means you can miss out the rinse cycle.
Soapnuts are natural, biodegradable and compostable! They are the shell of the nuts of the sapindus tree, grown in India. Most companies ship by boat rather than air freight, so they are an environmentally friendly option. Excellent for people with eczema and allergies to conventional products.
Soap powder. If you’re lucky enough to have soft water, you can use pure soap flakes for laundry. Dissolve 25 g (1 oz) of grated castile soap in hot water and put in the wash cycle. You’ll need to use a cold water rinse if using soap and will need to experiment with amounts to get it right.
What is your favourite eco friendly laundry product?
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