We can all agree that clothes need to be washed and it is important to have an effective detergent that ensures this. No one wants to walk around in dirty clothes and it is therefore important with the right detergent that cleans your clothes. Historically, detergents have come in the form of powder and in liquid form, while washing tabs have started to become more and more popular. But with all these products, there are big challenges.
The first challenge is that all of these products contain an incredible amount of chemicals that can be potentially dangerous to your skin and your body in general. In addition, the liquid detergents contain an incredible amount of water which you end up transporting around. It is heavy to carry, but in addition it also fills up when the logistics companies have to distribute the products around, and that way through it creates unnecessary pollution. And with the right product, you can reduce 94% of transportation pollution. With liquid detergents, we are also often extremely bad at dosing the right amount, and most often end up putting too much in. And last but not least, the packaging is most often made of plastic, and of a type of plastic that can not be recycled.
And then comes the big question, of course, about what more natural alternatives are available to the classic detergent. We give here 5 bids on what it could be.
Use things you already have in the home
Yes you read that right. You actually do not have to go down to the supermarket and lug liters of detergent home. You can easily replace the classic detergent with things you already have in your home. This can sound scary and will definitely give a little frown the first few times. Examples of things you can use from your home can be:
- White vinegar – Most often used with baking soda powder for dirtier clothes. It can also simply be used as a stain remover
- Lemon juice – Is suitable for both white and colored clothes and is mixed with baking soda powder
- Baking Soda / Sodium – The powder is often used with the white vinegar or lemon juice to get the best effect
- Dishwasher get – Can be used if nothing else is nearby. But do not use too large amounts, as it generates large amounts of bubbles … and who, besides your children, wants your entire laundry room filled with white soap bubbles 🙂
- Shampoo or body wash – Like dishwashing liquid, shampoo can be used in smaller amounts and has approx. same effect
- Vodka – You read that right. If you get a stain on your clothes and do not have detergent close then mix vodka and water 50/50 and spray it on the stain
- Washing Soda / Sodium carbonate – The powder can be used independently or for increased effect see section below about mixing various ingredients
You can read more about this here about the individual products and how they are best used. Several of them have the best effect if combined.
Homemade detergent – for the person who wants to do things themselves
An alternative is to buy various natural products and make the thing yourself. It usually requires a little extra work. First of all, you need to buy ingredients. The typical ingredients for homemade detergent are:
- Washing Soda / Sodium Carbonate
- Special soap bars
- Detergent booster
Some find it a bit cumbersome to even have to mix the ingredients, so if in doubt you can get a more detailed guide here.
Natural detergent that for confusion looks like the normal one you buy
There are natural alternatives to the detergents that contain many chemicals. One of the most often highlighted is Free and Clear from Seventh Generation. First of all, it is 97% plant-based and 100% free of perfumes, dyes and artificial bleaches. It is also hypoallergenic and made for sensitive skin and EU Ecolabel certified. In addition, the detergent comes in a bucket that for confusion is similar to those you usually buy in the supermarket, but it is made of recycled plastic and can be recycled again. And most importantly, it is known to be hammering effective. If you want a detergent that is similar to what you normally use, but with more natural ingredients and a reusable bucket, then Free and Clear from Seventh Generation is right for you.
Soap nuts became really well known in Denmark when they were presented in Løvens hule and Mia Wagner used them, among other things. They are in principle not a new invention and have been used for centuries as a detergent. But with a focus on more sustainable alternatives to detergents with chemicals, they have had a minor revival. It works in the way that you put the nuts in a bag which you then put in the washing machine. When the wash is done, hang the nuts to dry, after which you can reuse them again approx. 5 times. Then you replace them. To some it may seem a bit cumbersome, but the effect should not be mistaken.
Washing strips – an effective detergent that takes up minimal space
A new trend has begun to emerge during 2021, namely washing strips made of paper, the so-called eco-strips. It sounds incredible, but one has managed to take all the different ingredients and gather it in a thin strip of paper. The smallest come from the company Tru Earth. Each washing strip contains a concentrated, allergy- and environmentally friendly detergent in a measured amount, which is ready to be thrown in the washing machine. The washing strips are easy and straight to walk. Do not measure detergent or spill washing powder next to the soap drawer. All you have to do is take a washing strip and throw it in the washing machine – and it works in all types of washing machines and can be used in both cold and hot water. A simple eco-strip weighs 3 grams and contains the equivalent of 40 grams of ordinary detergent or powder, and there is documented research that it makes the transport pollution is 94% less than with the classic detergents. It’s no secret that Tru Earth washing strips are our favorites here at the editorial office, and you can read more about the product here.
It was our top 5 alternatives to the classic detergents made with chemicals.