How I Zero Waste: Laundry
Laundry can be a large source of waste in the household. With detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners, scent additives, and dryer sheets, you can quickly have a large addition to your trash each month. Yes most of these items come in recyclable packaging, but the production of these items far outweighs the recycling capabilities currently.
I have stopped using fabric softener, and have never really needed to use a specific stain remover or scent additives. I have recently switched from using the normal store bought Tide liquid detergent for these dissolving laundry detergent strips.
I was introduced to the Tru Earth laundry strips through an Instagram advertisement offering a 50% off deal, meaning I paid $6.50, which works out to about $0.20 a load. I have used them for six loads of laundry now, and find they work really well, for large heavy loads I will need to use one and a half of the strips. I was worried because I purchased scented strips and when opening the packaging the scent is strong, but after washing there was no longer a scent I could detect on the clothing.
Currently the price has increased on their website to $20 for a 32 load package. Price wise that works out to $0.63 a load, or if you select the subscribe and save option it is $13 for a package of 32, working out to $0.40 a load. They are also sold on Amazon.
After I finish using the strips I plan on trying Dropps, which retail for $20 for 56 loads ($0.36 load) or the subscribe and save option $16 for 56 loads ($0.29 a load). Their price point is much closer to what I was paying to use Tide, and their mission includes packaging with out any plastic.
Before I would always purchase Tide detergent, which prices at a 50 oz container for $8 for 32 loads ($0.25 a load) or a larger container at $12/64 oz ($.19 a load). Tide also has a economy line called Simply Clean which retails for $10 for 89 loads ($0.11 a load), and by far the cheapest option. These do require purchasing single use plastics.
I also use wool dryer balls now instead of dryer sheets. The wool balls reduce static and create additional air pockets when they bounce around speeding up drying time.
Additionally, I have a portable washing machine that I can use within my house for small loads. It has a washbasin and a separate spin basin I can use to get my items almost completely dry. I air dry the items after, and I will air dry items like dish clothes and jeans, to help them last longer.
How do you create zero waste with your laundry?