Q&A: Does anyone know of a good eco-friendly laundry detergent?

Question by JenJen: Does anyone know of a good eco-friendly laundry detergent?
I’ve been using Tide for years and it has always worked really well. However, I know that it’s not biodegradable (okay the packaging says it is BUT in reality it takes 5 years for Tide to completly biodegrade) and I really don’t feel good about polluting the water so I can have clean clothes. Any suggestions on eco-friendly laundry detergents that work well? Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by DEB
I use this and it is AWESOME!


Totally eco-friendly!

Works GREAT.

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6 Responses to “Q&A: Does anyone know of a good eco-friendly laundry detergent?”

  1. Eco-sense from Melaleuca is what you want. Go to http://www.melaleuca.com. I use the stuff and love it. It cleans well, clothes smell fresh but not perfumed, and you use just a fraction of what you would for Tide.

  2. I have used Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent for about 15 years and highly recommend it. If every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of 18 load petroleum based powder laundry detergent with our vegetable based product, we could save 93,200 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool, 5,300 U.S. homes for a year! See – oil in many more things than our gas tanks!

    * Non-toxic.
    * Biodegradable
    * No petroleum based cleaners
    * No optical brighteners
    * No phosphates
    * No dyes or artificial fragrances
    * No chlorine bleach
    * No NTA or EDTA
    * Safe for septic and greywater systems

    The seventh generation laundry detergent works well on general cleaning. The whites do get a bit dingy after awhile but you can use OxyClean or hydrogen perioxide bleach to whiten them up again.

    Buy from drugstore.com, gaiam.com or some grocery stores (Krogers in eastern US). Drugstore.com has a sale right now.
    with free shipping! I’m gonna stock up right now.

    PS….Please don’t use Tide!

  3. I make my own laundry and have for the past 5 years.
    I started making it because I’m broke, & had skin reactions to the enzymes in commercial detergent.
    I also had serious concerns about the environment.
    Now it’s all I use.
    Homemade Detergent for Laundry
    1 Box Borax (from the laundry aisle)
    16 oz Baking Soda
    1 t. Essential Oil (ie Peppermint, lavendar, etc)
    Put it all in a clean, empty milk jug, shake well and use 3T. per load. On extra dirty workclothes, use up to 1/2 cup.

  4. AMWAY products are very eco friendly

  5. I use a machine called LaundryPure made by EcoQuest that hooks to my washer and completely eliminates the need for detergent, bleach or chemicals of any kind. It works great! my clothes come out fluffier and have absolutely no odor! It is great for my sensitive skin and for the environment too. I bought mine from a local dealer called Environmental Planning Solutions: cleanindoorair@optonline.net
    You might want to contact them for more information…they are very helpful.

  6. soccerwifeandmommy2 Reply August 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I use Method cleaning products. They are eco-friendly, animal & people friendly, and they smell great. You can buy them at Target.

    Method Laundry:
    Our formulas are not only effective but also safe for people and the environment. method detergent is biodegradable, contains no phosphates and of course is never tested on animals

    December 14, 2006
    method is proud to announce that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently named method cofounders, Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry as their 2006 “Persons of the Year”.
    PETA recognizes method’s founders for “creating a trailblazing line of surface cleaners, soaps, home fragrances, and more that make it easy for caring consumers to choose products that haven’t been tested by blinding rabbits and poisoning mice.”
    With more than a million members and supporters across the globe, PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world. method is proud to be acknowledged for its animal friendly business practices by the leading organization for animal rights.

    P.S. Melaluca is good, but I couldn’t stand the smell.

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