What is the right natural laundry detergent for you?
September 19, 20224 min read
Are you one of those people who loves doing laundry? No, me either. But it has to be done, and we have so many fab options for those of us wanting to go natural, ethical and chemical free you might find yourself loving laundry time.
So we've put together this list of some of the great tox-free laundry detergents we have at Natural Supply Co to help you find the right one for you. And hopefully make doing the laundry a little bit more satisfying knowing that you are pitching in to help the planet!
Best if you don't want a strong fragrance / Best refillable option
This comes in a glass dispenser bottle with a pump for easy use and no wastage. It has a very light 'spring' fragrance which is not overpowering at all. We love it because it is made in Australia and can be refilled with the Dirt refill pouches. We also have it in bulk so if you can make it in store, you can bring in any container to fill up from our drums.
Celeste and I have fallen in love with the Kerzon range from France. All the fragrances are delightful but we can't go past the Place des Vosges to transport us to the beautiful park in Paris after which this rose geranium scented fragrance is named, even if we're really just stuck at home in our grey marle trackies and ugg boots with the hole in the toe.
The range is great for both machine and hand washing, with a natural and biodegradable formula. It has been dermatologically tested and is non-irritating for sensitive skin. You'll get about 22 washes out of the 1L bottle. We also have the little travel size which is great to test it out or take with you for on-the-go washing.
We have all used this for our babies and loved it so much we continue to use it with our toddlers and primary school children. It really does get tough stains out but is gentle enough for delicate baby skin, and great for adults with sensitivities too. We have so many customers buying this for a practical baby shower gift as well.
This little bar packs a powerful punch for hard stains and is natural, non-toxic swap for the old Sard Wonderstick. Its small size means it can tuck into your toiletry bag for doing socks and jocks in the hotel sink.
No plastic bottles here, just two little 40g size bars that are 100% palm oil free with a refreshing fragrance from natural lemon myrtle and eucalyptus essential oils. The half moon shaped half means you can grip it easily and go to work on the tomato sugo splatter stains from last night's bolognaise.
You can add a couple of teaspoons for this concentrated spruce-scented cleaner to an average washing load but it can also be used to mop floors, wipe down benchtops or even mixed with baking soda to make a natural, non-toxic Jif alternative for sinks and baths. Super economical!
And lastly, some tips to save energy with your washing
If you’re not using your washing machine, unplug it. Most people don’t realise that it’s still drawing energy even though it’s not on. And stop using the standby mode (yes it’s still using energy even then)
Only wash full loads, because it takes just as much energy as a half-empty machine
If clothes are highly soiled, be sure to pre-treat them. Doing so means you need only wash them once
Did you know up to 90% of the energy to wash clothes is heating the water? So go ahead and turn the thermostat down and use less energy. Even better, turn it to cold. Be sure to choose laundry detergents that work best in cold water
Special note: if you wash in cold water, be sure to clean out your machine with an occasional hot wash. We recommend the Dirt Drum Wash for a fail-safe way to clean your washing machine
Useful tips to save energy if you have to use your tumble dryer
Wash clothes assembly line style: When you use the residual heat in your dryer from the previous load to help start a new load, you save energy. So get in the habit of washing multiple loads sequentially. Pull one load out of the dryer (to fold elsewhere), and then put a new, wet load in right away
Use timed drying: Timed dryer settings are convenient and eco-friendly, so be sure to match the drying time to the load every time you dry clothes. For instance, nylon underwear dries faster than, say, a load of denim jeans