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4 Tips To Make Your Spring Cleaning More Earth-Friendly

Apr 3, 2023

4 Tips To Make Your Spring Cleaning More Earth-Friendly
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Spring has sprung, and it’s time to rotate your wardrobe, strip the sheets, and air out all the dusty surfaces in your home. But are you missing the essentials for a more sustainable cleaning routine? If you’re still buying laundry detergent in plastic jugs, your cleaning routine may do more harm than good to mother nature.

Swap Plastic Jugs for Cardboard Boxes

According to studies, only about 5% of plastic in recycling centers is actually recycled. So even when you take every step to recycle that plastic jug – wash it out, remove the label, put it in the correct bin – it’s still only being recycled 5% of the time. An easy swap? Grab powdered laundry soap in a cardboard box instead. Our Laundry Soap is packaged in a paper bag inside a cardboard box – totally [actually] recyclable.

Go Liquid-Free

Most jugs of laundry detergent contain 60-90% water. So, while only 10-40% of the product is cleaning ingredients, you’re paying for shipping and freight costs [and emissions] for jugs that are practically just water. Plus, your washing machine will add about 20 gallons of water to dilute your detergent anyway. Products like powdered laundry soap are a great solution to reduce the amount of water being shipped across the globe.

Pitch the Pods and Detergent Sheets

So, if you shouldn’t be buying plastic jugs filled with water, are pods and laundry sheets the sustainable solution? The plastic wrapping around most laundry detergent pods is made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a plastic substance that, according to recent studies, may only dissolve when water conditions are perfect. When not fully dissolved, PVA can leave behind microplastics. Most laundry detergent sheets are also made from PVA.

Avoid the Harsh Chemicals

Ingredient labels are notoriously difficult to read, and in the laundry and cleaning aisles, some products don’t even list their ingredients! With names like Sodium Laureth Sulfate and C12-16 Pareth, it’s challenging to know what’s in your laundry products and if the chemicals are safe or too harsh for your clothes, skin, and the environment. Consulting websites like EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, or scanning products with the Think Dirty app can be super helpful to arm you with everything you need to know about those difficult-to-pronounce chemicals.

So, what products can you use for a more eco-conscious clean?

Our ultra-sustainable products check all the boxes when it comes to better-for-the-planet cleaning. Our concentrated powder Laundry Soap is packaged in a cardboard box and made with just coconut soap flakes, salts, and natural and essential oils, so it's both biodegradable and hypoallergenic. It's also made without skin-irritating ingredients like synthetic fragrances, dyes, and sulfates, AND, is totally free of petroleum-derived detergents and the potential carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane. So you can feel good washing your baby’s bibs, your favorite duvet, and your date night undies in our laundry products.


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