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Domestic Science: 8 Thin-as-Paper Laundry Detergent Sheets, Eco Edition

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Domestic Science: 8 Thin-as-Paper Laundry Detergent Sheets, Eco Edition

May 14, 2021

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.

simple living eco laundry sheets
Above: UK-based Simple Living offers a box of 60 unscented laundry detergent sheets for £12.50.
wipe that eco laundry sheets
Above: Australian company Laundry Project offers packs of 30 Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets for AU$18.50.
eco green spirit laundry sheets
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 20
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).

kind laundry detergent sheets are \$\16.96 for 60. 21
Above: Kind Laundry Detergent Sheets are $16.96 for 60.
from the uk, eco laundry club laundry detergent sheets are £6.95 for 40. 22
Above: From the UK, Eco Laundry Club laundry detergent sheets are £6.95 for 40.
ec30, a line from proctor & gamble, makes laundry detergent &#8\2\20;sw 23
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 ultra laundry detergent strips are \$\15.50 for 3\2 loads wort 24
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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Frequently asked questions

What are laundry detergent sheets and strips?

Laundry detergent sheets and strips are a type of laundry detergent that come in the form of pre-packaged sheets or strips. They are designed to be added directly into the washing machine along with your laundry, and dissolve during the wash cycle to release their cleaning agents.

How do laundry detergent sheets and strips work?

Laundry detergent sheets and strips work by dissolving in water and releasing their cleaning agents, which then work to break down and remove dirt, stains, and odors from your clothes.

Are laundry detergent sheets and strips as effective as traditional liquid or powder detergent?

Yes, laundry detergent sheets and strips can be just as effective as traditional liquid or powder detergent. However, you may need to adjust the amount you use depending on the size of your load and the level of soiling.

Are laundry detergent sheets and strips more eco-friendly than traditional liquid or powder detergent?

Laundry detergent sheets and strips can be more eco-friendly than traditional liquid or powder detergent, as they often use less packaging and are lighter to transport. Additionally, some brands may use more environmentally-friendly ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals.

Can laundry detergent sheets and strips be used for all types of laundry?

Yes, laundry detergent sheets and strips can be used for all types of laundry, including whites, colors, delicates, and towels.

Do laundry detergent sheets and strips come in different scents?

Yes, laundry detergent sheets and strips come in a variety of scents, as well as unscented options for those with sensitivities or preferences.

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