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Plastic-Free & Low-Waste: 8 Laundry Detergent Sheets to Try

I’ve recently started doing laundry with a newfangled, ultra-concentrated detergent that looks like slips of paper. It’s feels like paper, too, and is dissolvable in cold water—I simply toss a sheet into my high-efficiency machine’s main compartment along with the dirty clothes, and have been very happy with the results.

Laundry detergent strips, it turns out, have been around a while—often packaged in plastic and touted as all-in-one detergent, stain remover, brightener. Of late, a number of brands the world over have jumped in with a cleaner look and green billing. They’re blessedly plastic-free—all come in biodegradable or recyclable boxes slim and light enough to pack in your space kit. In truth, I don’t know enough to weigh in on whether this engineered solution is all-around good and eco-friendly (I hope a nonprofit research organization such as the Environmental Working Group conducts a study). But I will say that the advertising is appealing: hypoallergenic, plant-derived, and free of parabens, phosphates, added dyes, and chlorine bleach. And so far, I like using detergent that’s as thin as a potato chip.

Here’s a small sampling of what’s available. N.B.: most companies offer money-saving subscriptions and both scented and unscented options.

UK-based Simple Living offers a box of 60 unscented laundry detergent sheets for £12.50.
Above: UK-based Simple Living offers a box of 60 unscented laundry detergent sheets for £12.50.
Australian company Laundry Project offers packs of 30 Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets for AU$18.50.
Above: Australian company Laundry Project offers packs of 30 Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets for AU$18.50.
Eco Green Spirit offers tins of 25 Eco Laundry Sheets for $24.95.
Above: Eco Green Spirit offers tins of 25 Eco Laundry Sheets for $24.95.

Tru Earth bulk strip laundry detergent by from Boston General Store
Above: Tru Earth Eco-Strips from Boston General Store are $19.95 for 32 sheets (half of one of these is enough for a full load).

Let's Be Kind Together laundry detergent sheets
Above: Kind Laundry Detergent Sheets are $16.96 for 60.
Eco Laundry Club laundry detergent strips
Above: From the UK, Eco Laundry Club laundry detergent sheets are £6.95 for 40.
EC30 laundry detergent swatches
Above: EC30, a line from Proctor & Gamble, makes laundry detergent “swatches” that look like a cross between a strip and a pod; $29 for two boxes of 15 swatches. Available only in “blue mist,” a fragrance that P&G describes as “like fresh bamboo surrounded in a bouquet of white roses and Sicilian lemon peels.”
Well Earth Goods Laundry Detergent Strips
Above: Well Earth Goods Ultra Laundry Detergent Strips are $15.50 for 32 loads worth.

Take a look at Laundry Rooms—we have a lot of favorites, including The Germantown Laundomat, an Eco-Minded Gathering Spot

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