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Natural washing powder and liquid

Better for you and the environment for two key reasons:                                                                                                     Firstly, the chemicals in conventional detergents leave a residue on our clothes that can be absorbed by our skin. This can cause a whole range of health problems including, but not limited to, allergies, headaches, nausea, and contact dermatitis.

Secondly, millions of tons of detergent are used every day to wash our clothes. They end up in our waterways and are toxic to both human and aquatic life. If the toxic fragrances weren’t enough, conventional laundry detergents also contain phosphates, sulfates, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, optical brighteners, EDTA, and more. These chemicals can affect not only your health, but they also have long term toxic effects on the environment.                                                                                                                                        

See our comparison of 8 natural washing detergents, to help you buy better.

Ecologic lavender laundry liquid - anti irritant 1L Price $10.95
Rating: 4/5
Contains no Zeolite, ammonia, added mineral phosphates, bleaching and brightening chemicals, fillers, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or animal products.
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Concentrated, economical, effective environmentally-friendly laundry liquid. Use only 2 to 4 small capfuls per wash! Natural lavender fragrance. Low-suds: suitable for both front loaders and top loaders. Because this products does not contain detergents, expect not to see lots of suds -- but it still works.

Phosphate-free.

Ingredients: Water, Coco-betain (Coconut derivative), Soapwort herb, Coconut extracts, Seaweed extracts, Sodium Chloride (salt), Organic herbal blend of Lavender flowers, Horsetail herb, Witch hazel bark, Guar gum, citrus seed extract, Citrus acid and Lavender Essential Oil.


Kin Kin naturals laundry liquid - lavender & ylang ylang 1L Price $16.95
Rating: 4/5
Natural plant-based formula
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Free from any nasties, full of cleaning power. This natural plant-based formula is safe for front and top loaders, grey water and septic systems. Low sodium content with no phosphorus. Ultra concentrated and economical. Handmade in the Queensland Noosa hinterland by a small family business.

  • All natural, skin friendly.
  • Ultra-concentrated meaning you use less and save more. Approx 30 washes in each bottle.
  • Septic & grey water system safe, biodegradable.
  • Low sodium content and no phosphorus.
  • Free from 'alcohol ethoxylate', a very harmful substance to soil and aquatic organisms.

Ingredients:

Coconut-derived anionic & non-ionic surfactants (no alcohol ethoxylate, LAS or SLS), rain water, potassium coconut soap, potassium citrate, enzymes, lavender essential oil, organic ylang ylang essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, organic lemon myrtle essential oil.


Euca laundry powder 2kg Price $14.95
Rating: 5/5
No fillers, synthetic perfumes, palm oil or petrochemical surfactants
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Euca laundry powder cleans brilliantly and is safe for you and the environment. Ultra concentrated with absolutely no fillers, synthetic perfumes, palm oil or petrochemical surfactants and independently tested for low trace elements. Low allergenic. Safe for grey water and septic systems. Australian made.

  • Low allergenic.
  • Suitable for both top and front load washing machines.
  • 100% soluble in cold, warm and hot water.
  • Ultra-concentrated meaning you use less and save more. Average number of washes: 100 front loader, 50 top loader.
  • Free from all fillers, Zeolites, SLS, enzymes, synthetic perfumes and petrochemical surfactants.
  • Independently tested to have 35% less sodium suphate (salts) which is harmful to our soil, waterways, causes corrosion and is a major allergy trigger.
  • Very low percentage of food-grade phosphorus, a non-renewable resource. Readily degradable and contains less than the Australian responsible environmental standard.
  • Septic & grey water system safe.
  • Not tested on animals.

Ingredients: A blend of sodium carbonate, bio detergents and bio surfactants with 100% Australian eucalyptus oil.


Abode Top Loader Laundry Powder - Lavender & Mint - Top Only 1kg Price $12.95
Rating: 4/5
No palm oil, artificial fragrances, or petrochemicals
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This Abode Top Loader Laundry Powder will leave your clothes smelling of delightful Lavender and Mint, while providing excellent cleaning power. The super-concentrated formula means that you only need to use a tablespoon in your top loader machine. Made in Australia. No palm oil, artificial fragrances, or petrochemicals.

Ingredients:

Soda ash (alkalinity builder), baking soda (food grade), sodium citrate (food grade), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (derived from coconut oil), sodium coco sulphate (derived from coconut oil), sodium disilicate (derived from sand), alkylpolyglucosides (derived from corn, wheat and coconut) and pure lavender and mint essential oils.


Abode laundry liquid sensitive (fragrance free) 1L Price $14.95
Rating: 5/5
No nasty chemicals, grey water & septic safe, hypoallergenic and biodegradable
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Abode natural sensitive laundry liquid is made from food grade plant & mineral based ingredients and is unscented for those with sensitivities. PH balanced and formulated for high performance cleaning. No nasty chemicals, grey water & septic safe, hypoallergenic and biodegradable.

  • Non-irritant and hypoallergenic - specifically made for those with sensitivities in mind.
  • Suitable for top and front loading machines.
  • Ultra concentrated - up to 20 washes per 1 litre.
  • Contains no nasty chemicals - only food grade plant & mineral based ingredients. Industrial grade ingredients are typically contaminated with heavy metals.
  • Free from petrochemicals, palm oil, zeolites, phosphates, optical brighteners, coco betaines and salt.
  • No phthalates or artificial fragrances as they are sources of hormone disrupting chemicals.
  • Grey water & septic system safe.
  • Biodegradable.
  • PH balanced neutral.
  • Australian made and owned.

Ingredients:

Water, soda ash, sodium citrate (food grade), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, sodium coco sulphate, baking soda (food grade), alkylpolyglucosides and sodium lactate (food grade).


That Red House Organic Soapberries - 1kg Price $39.00
Rating: 5/5
100% Natural, Certified Organic by the USDA and Eco Cert, hypoallergenic, vegan. Not tested on animals.
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These Organic Soapberries from 'That Red House' are one of the most natural and most cost efficient alternatives to mainstream laundry detergents. Simply place five soap berry shells into the free wash bag provided and pop that into your washing machine with your next load. When they are agitated in the water they produce a natural soap-like foam and do a brilliant job of washing the families laundry.

They are very effective as they contain natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Plus because these berries are all-natural, organically grown and hypoallergenic they are an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin and various skin conditions.

You can then re-use those same shells again in four more loads! Based on a 1kg bag, the cost per load is 11c, compared to the average supermarket laundry detergent which is approx 52c*

You can also use these for general household cleaning, just boil the shells for fifteen minutes and use that the liquid as a natural soap! Soapberries are harvested from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree in Nepal, and are often referred to as 'soap nuts'. The shell of the fruit has a high concentration of saponin, which provides excellent cleansing properties. Sustainably packed and dried by local communities.

*The Red House provided cost analysis

Ingredients:

Organic soapberries (soap nuts)


Little Innoscents Eco Laundry Liquid - 1 Litre Price $14.99
Rating: 4/5
Made in Australia, plant based, gentle on skin, no SLS, parabens or EDTA
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Incorporating Australian Eucalyptus, Natural Cherry & Coconut extracts into this laundry liquid means it can clean effectively, especially for those with sensitive skins. The unique blend of ingredients in this deliciously scented liquid is even suitable for newborn baby clothes and bedding.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Potassium Cocoate (Non-Ionic Plant Based Surfactant), Sodium Coco Sulphate (Anionic Plant Based Surfactant), Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Meta Silicate, Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Cherry Coconut Extract, Aloe Vera Callus Extract, Sodium Phytate And Aqua And Alcohol (Preservative).


The Goodnight Co. Luxury Laundry Liquid - Unscented 1 Litre Price $24.95
Rating: 4/5
100% Organic and Natural formula
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Delicate silk pillowcases need extra-special loving care which is provided with this Luxury Laundry Liquid. The gentle formula keeps silk feeling soft, whilst still being effective at removing stains.

The 100% Organic and Natural formula comes in a choice of a fresh Lavender scent, or fragrance free. It is suitable for use in all top loader and front loaded washing machines, at any temperature.

Please note: Unfortunately due to Customs and Postal regulations, this product is unable to be sent overseas outside of Australia.

Ingredients:

Unscented: Pure filtered aqua, Oleic soap, Seaweed extract, Vitamin C.