How big is your Laundry Container?


Continuing with my theme of reducing my plastic usage, one of the largest chunks of plastic in my house, at one point in time, was liquid laundry detergent. I didn’t need a commercial to tell me that they are full of water, I figured that out for myself when I remembered that they used to be a powder that came in a cardboard box. I’ve since been using different detergents because they don't come in GIANT plastic containers that will last forever.


Now, remember I’m not sponsoring any of these products, I just like to share my experimentation for those who might be trepidatious about it.

I am also not even getting into the intensive information about what is in each soap. This is truly just about plastics.


The True Earth brand is available as a mail subscription service from the company itself but you can also get a GIANT box from Amazon for quite a good price. It is contained in a cardboard box, no plastic. (Price: $149.95 for 384 loads so that's $0.39 per load)


The Charlie’s Soap was from Sprouts Farmers Market and again, comparably inexpensive compared to regular brands and you use so little, ⅔ of a tablespoon per regular load. It came in a resealable plastic bag but so much less plastic. (Price: $19.99 for 100 loads so that's $0.19 per load)


The Nellie's soap was bought in Canada so I can only go by what Amazon is telling me the price is, but I’ve seen it at Sprouts and other stores. It comes in a reusable metal tin. (Price: $18.79 for 50 loads so that's $0.38 per load)


The Himalayan Soap Nuts was a treat. They are very interesting to learn about, I suggest if you google anything today, it's Soap Nuts. They came with a mesh (read plastic) bag to keep them from floating all around your washing machine and possibly plugging it. No matter how tight I tied it, my bag always opened, so I improvised and used a light fabric and a rubber band. I don’t know if they sloshed around well enough in the water to get enough soap out of them because they were wrapped so tightly but my clothes seemed cleaner afterward, so I considered it a win. I have not seen these for sale down in the Bay Area anywhere, but if 2020 has taught us anything it's how to buy things on Amazon. (Price: $5.90 or $0.26 per load for the most comparable product)


You can also purchase the saponin from the Soap Nuts already extracted in metal or dare I say plastic bottles. These are an interesting choice when you see just how little you need to use. I think it was ½ a teaspoon. (Price: $18.25 or $0.19 per load)


I find they all work just fine, especially the ones with no synthetic fragrances. I think your clothes shouldn't smell at all, especially after you've washed them.


What laundry detergent have you used that uses less plastic?






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