To reduce waste associated with laundry, here are a few things I do:
I buy Bionature ultra concentrated liquid detergent in bulk from Épicerie LOCO. Refilling this 32 fl. oz. bottle costs only $4.75, which is enough for 38 loads. That comes to only 12.5 cents per wash! 😲 And check out my repurposed glass jug 😉
Bionature laundry detergent is safe for humans and the environment 💚🌎 And they sell their locally made cleaners in bulk at eco-friendly stores across Quebec 🙌
If you can’t find package-free laundry detergent near you, you can easily make your own liquid detergent or laundry powder with just a handful of ingredients.
You can also try soap berries (or soap nuts) as a natural alternative to soap. They contain saponins, which are a natural soap-like substance that produce a lather when mixed with water. Not only do they clean my clothes well, they’re also chemical-free, super cheap and zero waste! 🙂
To use, I simply throw five soap nuts in a small muslin bag then put the bag directly in the drum of my HE washing machine with all my dirty clothes. After washing the load in warm water, I remove the bag of soap nuts so it can dry out. That’s it! The soap nuts are good for several washings (7-10) before they need to be composted.