Best Eco-friendly laundry detergents 2021

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Laundry Products That Help You Save Money—and the Planet

Did you know?

39% of a garment's environmental impact comes from washing, drying and consumer care.

One way to have a positive impact on the environment is to take better care of the clothes we own and that starts with wearing, repairing and washing less.

We are all guilty of throwing our clothes in the wash at the end of the day, even when they don't need washing. Or never getting round to sewing a button back on and the garment ending up in the bin. Washing clothes that aren't dirty wastes, water, power, time AND your money. So STOP! Think before you throw it in the washing machine.

  • Is there visible stains or dirt?

  • Does it smell?

  • Has it come into contact with a lot of dirt or contaminated?

If the answer to these questions is no, does it really need washing?

Just think, if we all washed our clothes only when they actually need washing, we could cut down on the amount of hours we spend a week doing laundry as well as helping the environment.

So how about when they do need washing?

How can we still save money and the environment?

As a cleaner in Plymouth we often get asked about laundry and other cleaning hacks. Here are some of our greener cleaning tips.

We can start by turning down the temperature on our washing machine. Most detergent is designed to wash effectively at lower temperatures. Only wash when you have a full load. Turning on the machine to wash one or two items of clothing often uses the same amount of power and water as washing a full load. Use a clever laundry detergent alternative such as an eco egg laundry egg.

Eco friendly laundry egg available from Ocean City Cleaning in Plymouth

They are safe for you and your family but also better for the earth. They contain Non-toxic ingredients, Each egg can be reused for years and they are refillable too! They are pretty inexpensive and are an effective way to clean your laundry without any harsh chemicals, phosphates, sulfates, chlorine, dyes. A great addition to your eco friendly laundry kit.

There's no need to sacrifice cleaning power for ethics with our tried and tested best eco-friendly laundry detergents.

We could also spot clean our clothes. Just remove that spot of dirt rather than washing the whole item.

The best Eco friendly laundry detergent alternatives are non toxic, gentle on clothes and the earth. As a bonus they're also good for your pocket.

Drying our clothes

The best way of drying our clothes is on the washing line but this isn't always an option. Here in Plymouth it rains, it rains a lot!

If you need to dry your clothes using a tumble dryer then there are things that can help cut down on drying time. Saving power and money !

The best eco-friendly laundry dryer eggs for use in a tumble dryer are:

Eco egg drier eggs. Made by the same company as the laundry eggs, these drier eggs help reduce drying time and leave a pleasant fragrance on your clothing. They can also reduce creasing, meaning less ironing. The scent sticks in the dryer eggs are replaceable so the eggs can be used over and over again.

Ecoegg dryer eggs. Eco friendly cleaning in Plymouth

Understand Your Washing Symbols

Understanding the different symbols on laundry detergent packaging is vital to make sure you are using an eco-friendly product. The "green" logo means that this company has met rigorous environmental standards and is an environmentally responsible company. Look out for symbols that warn of environmental harm and try to avoid plastic packaging if possible.

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