I know this might seem a little crazy to some of you but before i start digging deep in this post about zero waste laundry detergent, i want you to know that yes i am really doing this! I have made a lot of changes and shifts in my lifestyle, my choices and i will continue to do so until i reach my goal. I am aware that i may never be able to achieve “zero waste” per se but there’s a still a lot to do when it comes to simply reducing plastic waste and sticking up with the goals.
The month of July was very important for me in terms of getting closer to my goal to use the least amount of plastic in our household and basically reduce & avoid buying any such products that are either made up of plastic or come packed in it, much more than just focusing on plastic bottles or bags.
+ With that said, we have been trying to find alternatives to a lot of products that we use on a daily basis but i am going to be honest here, it has been quite difficulty and honestly hard to get away from things that we might not even think about otherwise while making a list of our plastic consumption.
Well if you are also on a mission to reduce plastic waste from your life, you would already know that there’s so much to do and so much to take care of. Every possible thing in our household (kitchen, bathroom) is made up of plastic or packed in it and it almost seems impossible to get away with it.
+ But its achievable, all you need is a proper planning and strong will to stick to your beliefs and never forget why you started this journey.
A good news is that there is quite a lot of inspiration out these days on social media. People are literally finding ways the most creative ways to make their household all natural, plastic-free and of course low waste. At first it all seemed very unachievable and honestly quite difficult but then i realized that all i need is planning and a little extra effort & motivation. And you can clearly see where i stand today 🙂
We have been using the most famous “Tide” detergent from i don’t know how long, couldn’t even think! And trust me when i say this: Every single bottle/jar that i have used till now might still be on this planet just lying somewhere or waiting to be recycled.
+ Part of the problem is that most people are unaware of the fact that (1) plastic is not 100% recyclable. Some of it may be recycled into other uses or broken down into micro plastic (the worst kind of plastic, which enters into food chains through sea creatures swallowing it by mistake) and in some cases, (2) just because a plastic is recyclable does not guarantee that it will be recycled. There’s a whole lot of plastic waste generated in one day that it can be recycled. You do the math and choose your reason to make these necessary shifts really.
This month my goal was to switch 2 major household products and find better alternatives for: Laundry Detergent and Dish washing liquid.
The low waste options in both the cases were either (1) a liquid in a big plastic jug that can be refilled again, or (2) powder in a plastic bag. Both are definitely low waste but did involve use of plastic in some or the other way, leaving me disappointed and honestly not satisfied.
So here’s what i found and i think this might be the best alternative i have found so far:
+ A laundry soap bar, referred to as Tangie’s Laundry Paste, that dissolves into water to make your own liquid detergent, zero waste and chemical free.
+ I found this bar on Amazon, similar to what we were paying for the other one but with zero plastic involvement, which is where it really wins for me.
At first i was very skeptical about this regular looking bar of soap that really seemed too good to be true but on the other hand, i was also quite excited and relieved to have found a brand that thinks outside of the norms, creating an eco-friendly detergent, not packed in any kind of plastic.
+ But it definitely changed my mind after using it. Its simply all-natural, plant based soap of coconut & olive oils, that contains no dyes, phosphates, or optical brighteners. Easy to use and space saving too.
+ A full bar dissolved into water works for 256 small loads & 128 large ones. But a great thing i liked about it is can we can dissolve it into pieces for a required quantity. It comes with an instruction card on for different quantities.
Here’s how i made my first batch of liquid detergent that lasted for 4-5 loads:
+ I cut the bar into half and then again half (32oz) and added the same amount of water that is 32oz, 4 cups. I used filtered water and not regular tap water.
(You could also use hot water to accelerate the dilution.)
+ Kept it overnight and waited for the bar to dilute on its own. No stirring required.
The detergent was ready the next morning 🙂
+ Also, since the detergent is very natural and doesn’t have a lot of fragrance, i added 8-10 drops of Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oil (each) in it.
(The Eucalyptus oil is great for spots and stains from clothes and fabric and has a refreshing smell. Lavender mostly great for antiseptic, bactericidal, and fungicidal qualities and so as Lemon essential oil.)
+ I am going to be honest with you guys, i am quite happy with this all-natural laundry detergent that involves “make-your-own”, something that i truly enjoy and prefer over buying pre-packaged plastic wrapped products.
If you wish to make some changes, you could find other low waste alternatives like buying in bulk and finding refilling stations for liquid detergents or find powder detergent in bulk quantities. In both the cases, there’s less plastic waste involved as compared to buying multiple small ones throughout the month.
But for me, this laundry paste has been a great alternative so far and has also helped me stick to my goal of buying any more plastic.
+ I might still be looking for more ideas. There’s always a learning curve and i shall update you guys with it soon 🙂
Their Hand soap paste also looks great and is next on my list after we finish our existing hand wash soap.
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