4 Low-cost Options for Zero Waste Laundry

Laundry detergent is one of the few things that might need replacement once you are on board with zero waste lifestyle. In this post, I would like to share my FOUR different zero waste laundry option that you can try!

Most of this options are cost efficient and easily be made/found. After all, living zero waste should not be costly. It should be the most cheaper kind of lifestyle because you will retract yourself from the consumerism lifestyle.

1. Soapnuts

Soapnuts or soapberries had been quite popular these days as the option for zero waste laundry. This berry is great because it contains saponin which gives the foamy texture. Besides washing your cloths, this soapberries can also be used for your body, hair and dishes. Once you are done with it, just toss it into your compost bin. However, I would strongly suggest not to use this kind of soap in the sub-tropical region. Check on my article about soapnuts.

2. Powder laundry detergent

Another option in hand is to make your laundry detergent. There are many blogs or zero waste people make their own laundry detergent using various substances. One recipe that you can find is from WellnessMama. It uses:

  1. 1 part of grated bar soap
  2. 2 parts of washing soda (this is different than baking soda)
  3. 2 parts of Borax
  4. Mix it well and store it in a jar
  5. Use 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load

Big disclaimer to this recipe: I don’t really use it. So I am not entirely sure whether it work as effective as regular detergent. But, if you give it a go, please let me know because I would love to hear your result!

3. Horse chestnuts

The third option that I really recommend for someone living in sub-tropical area is the horse-chestnuts laundry detergent. You can collect around 5 kg of the horse-chestnuts in the forest nearby your home during autumn and use it for the rest of the year until the next autumn arrived. You can look at my separate post about this horse-chestnuts and noted down the recipe there.

4. Castile soap

Another option which I recommend is to use castile soap or an Aleppo soap. Grated Aleppo soap can be used as your laundry detergent. You can dissolve these grated soap bar into the water and treat it like any other liquid soap. The amount of soap and water is dependable on the type of consistancy that you want to have.

Those are the list of cost-efficient soap for your laundry. Of course, there are other options out there that are more efficient but a bit pricy. I will make a separate post about it later on.

For now, I hope this info help you to get your low-cost laundry detergent.

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