My first post on sustainable living covers laundry detergent. My journey to sustainability with laundry detergent has taken many turns over the years. Originally, I used powdered laundry detergent because that's what my mother always used. Then I learned about how bad phosphates were for the environment and that liquid detergent didn't contain phosphates, so I switched to liquid. A few years ago, I started buying Seventh Generation laundry detergent to avoid the other nasty chemicals found in your typical laundry detergents. However, I knew that even Seventh Generation was not perfect and that the plastic bottles were not good for the environment. So now, this is what I use:
Soap nuts! Soap nuts are entirely organic in the sense that they grow on a tree, the sapindus tree to be specific. There is minimal packaging and a few soap nuts go a long way. As you can see from the packaging, I should be able to get 330 loads out of a bag the approximate size of a typical laundry detergent bottle. All I need add is boiling water, some essential oils, an upcycled bottle, and my time. And the used soap nuts go to compost. It's a win-win situation.