Washing the Laundry

Washing clothes can be next to zero waste. There are options available to help homeowners switch away from jugs of detergents.

  • Find a refillable option, such as Down East laundry detergent. You can easily contact this company to find the nearest location to you. All you got to do is bring a container, get it tared at the store, fill up with as much detergent you need and pay for it. No waste created. The closest store to me is in Charlottetown at Riverview Country Market and Cafe.
  • Buy powder detergents in box packages. I believe most packages come with a scoop, usually made of plastic, but it’s much less compared to a whole plastic jug! I opt for Tide unscented. I use it for cloth diapers solely. I found the product at Atlantic Superstore.
  • The laundry detergent I do use comes from a local maker, The Farmer’s Wife. It’s called Laundry Soap. All you need is a cap full per load of laundry, 1 bottle will last us 3 weeks for $14. Once the jug is empty, I return it for a dollar discount and the jug will get cleaned and reused! You can find the Farmer’s Wife at The Summerside Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s or order online here.
  • Fabric softener can be switched to Vinegar, and it does not leave a smell on your clothes! I find I do not even need to use it myself.
  • Washing Soda helps with boosting detergents as well. I mainly use it for towels as they are more dirty than clothing.
  • Borax is used for cloth diapers in my home. It helps stop mineral buildup on the diapers, otherwise they become liquid proof and carry a bad smell.
  • Oxygen Bleach is much better to use instead of Clorox. It is more natural and not so harsh. I mainly use oxygen bleach for cloth diapers as well, just to help pull the dirt away. Sometimes I will use it for some towels or sheets, if they are really in need of a good cleaning.
Regular everyday laundry. Washing soda and laundry soap. I am reusing an old cap from another detergent jug for my scoop with the washing soda. It equals out to hold 1/2 cup which is what is directed on the box. The laundry soap is measured by it’s own cap, nothing more is needed.
Ingredient list if anyone is interested.
Cloth diaper cleaners. Borax, I use a half cup per load. Oxygen Bleach, the one wasteful container I do use. I can not find its form in a powder box form. Currently I am reusing some containers as buckets. The cap there measures to a 1/2 cup. A full cup is directed in the instructions. Tide unscented powder cones with a scooping it’s own, not sure what I will do with the scoop once the box is empty.

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