5 eco-friendly Laundry Detergent Cleaners

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Hello and welcome back to Memphis Maids! Today, we want to talk about eco-friendly laundry detergent cleaners. Have you heard of them?

Detergents are often strong chemicals, and their products can be abrasive, harmful to the environment and even dangerous if you don’t handle them correctly. And while a professional cleaning service can take care of this using professional-grade cleaning supplies, we understand you might want to do laundry on your own sometimes.

We love talking about good cleaning supplies and this time we’re going to discuss the best detergents for doing laundry while taking care of your family and the environment.

Let’s hear about some green flags for detergent cleaners and some brands that you can try.

What are Laundry Detergent Cleaners?

We are all used to detergent cleaners to help us remove grease, stains and dirt. The main ingredient of detergents are surfactants, which is short for surface active agent.

They help to remove dirt and grime from surfaces by surrounding the dirt particles and lifting them away from the surface.

Although most commercial soaps are safe and harmless if you touch them, they can cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. Besides, most of them are harmful to the environment once they go down the drain and reach the ocean or other water bodies.

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Why Use Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Cleaners?

There are many reasons why you should switch to eco-friendly detergent cleaners.

First, eco-friendly detergent cleaners are made with plant-based or mineral-based ingredients that are biodegradable and non-toxic.

They are often more convenient as well because they strive to be as efficient as possible. This goes everywhere from reusable packaging, concentrated products, or multi-purpose cleaners.

Eco-friendly detergent cleaners are free from abrasive or harmful chemicals. They cause less respiratory problems, skin irritation, or other health issues.

Keep in mind that eco-friendly detergents are often more expensive than commercial cleaners. They are usually smaller brands and their ingredients are more expensive. Besides, the manufacturing process is more expensive, especially if they don’t test on animals.

Now, let’s talk about some of the most well-known eco-friendly brands that create laundry detergent cleaners:

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

Seventh Generation is one of the most well-known eco-cleaning brands. Since we’re talking about detergent cleaners, this brand is a good choice because it has laundry detergent as well as dishwasher detergent.

Their laundry detergent in particular is ultra concentrated, fragrance free, and made with plant-based or mineral-based ingredients.

Besides, it’s free of optical brighteners, which are chemicals that make your fabrics look whiter due to an optical effect. They sort of strengthen the blue light that impacts your clothing and reduce the amount of yellow light, making your clothes .

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

This one is a brand with plant-based products that are free of synthetic fragrances and dyes. It is also pH-balanced and the active ingredients are all plant based.

This product in particular comes in different sizes up to 210 oz. Large bottles are usually made out of plastic that is more resistant and they are also designed with a wider mouth.

This makes it easier to clean, recycle and refill many times with other cleaning or personal care products, which is great if you don’t want to have single-use plastics in your home.

ECOS Laundry Detergent Cleaner

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Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

Castile soap is extremely versatile and safe to use on many different surfaces. You can use it for laundry, dishes, and countertops.

In the case of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, it’s free from dyes, preservatives and synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances are often strong and can be irritating to our noses and flare up our allergies, so always look for natural fragrances instead.

Besides doing laundry, you can use castile soap for many other surfaces and items. That’s another “green flag” from eco-friendly laundry detergents: they’re multi-purpose and safe to use in different circumstances.

Dr Bronner's Castile Soap

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Kind Laundry Detergent Sheets

Laundry sheets are a fantastic type of laundry detergent because you don’t need to measure how much you’re putting.

It’s usually one sheet if you have a regular load, or you can even split sheets in half for a smaller, light load of laundry.

Even though eco-friendly laundry detergents are often more expensive than other brands, these pre-measured presentations (e.g. sheets, tablets, pods) can be cheaper in the long run.

Kind laundry detergent sheets

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Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder

So far, we haven’t mentioned any powder detergents. And this one is our top pick!

The nice thing about powder (or liquid) is that you can choose using a smaller amount for a load of clothes if they are not that dirty. Just keep a serving cup or spoon reserved for your soap.

Charlie’s Soap is highly concentrated, free of synthetic fragrances and biodegradable. A fantastic plus from this company is that they also have laundry boosters for hard water.

If you live in Memphis, you probably have hard water issues. And if that happens, the minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) will reduce the effectiveness of your detergent. You might want to try their laundry powder and booster combined to figure out if this brand works for you.

Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder

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We hope these tips help you find the best eco-friendly laundry detergent cleaners! Remember, it’s all about trial and error.

Some of these detergents might be too fragrant, others might be too sudsy, but we know that in no time, you will find the detergent that is perfect for your home.

Finding the perfect cleaning products can be challenging, so make sure to visit our blog to find more cleaning tips and tricks!

Remember to check Memphis Maids if you need more help with your cleaning service in the Memphis area. We’ll be back with more articles soon!