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How to Laundry the Eco Way 3

Looking to do laundry the eco way? Here are some tips!
Doing natural, sustainable, eco-friendly laundry doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here are some easy and simple eco friendly steps you can take.


Looking to make a change to eco-friendly washing of clothes? Look no further, we have put together a guide to help you every step of the way! These are some of the eco steps you can take!

Use natural soaps

There are lots of natural, eco friendly, sustainable alternatives to using harsh chemicals to clean clothes. Some of our favourites are egg-shaped! Eco friendly laundry eggs from Ecoegg come in a variety of scents and last for 70 washes before you have to refill the pellets. They are free from harsh chemicals, palm oil free and the laundry eggs completely replace the need for detergent and conditioner. Just pop them in with your washing, and remove once the cycle is complete. Our range of eco friendly laundry eggs are also vegan and recyclable! If you are stuck on the idea of using a natural, eco wash powder, we have a solution for that as well. Planet Detox offers two natural, eco wash powders scented with rose geranium or lavender and both can be used for machine or handwashing, a great eco-friendly laundry essential. 

Upgrade your washing machine

Another important step when taking on a more sustainable approach to eco-friendly laundry is using your washing machine. We have a question, is your washing machine older than you? If the answer is yes, you really should consider upgrading it. Older models consume more power and more water and don’t do such a good job at getting stuff clean. An investment in an energy-efficient, more modern model will save you money and make your clothes washing a little less damaging for the planet and more eco friendly!

Ditch the dryer

Dryers are great- convenient, quick, and they make your clothes nice and warm which is particularly nice in the winter months. BUT, do you really need to use it? Think of all the extra power that is consumed and ask yourself “is a warm bottom really more important than the future of the world?” If you really are set on drying your clothes in a dryer, you can invest in Dryer Eggs by Ecoegg that dry your clothes up to 28% quicker, whilst making them smell lovely. Oh and they are hypoallergenic, reusable, vegan, cruelty free, and natural.

Turn down the heat

Did you know that you don’t need to do your laundry on a high heat setting to get optimum results? When you set out to do your eco-friendly laundry if you turn down the temperature to 40 degrees or below, is uses as much as 57% less electricity! This means that not only are you doing your bit for energy efficiency but you will save money on your electricity bill as well, hooray!

Use a eco-friendly washbag

Did you know that when you wash synthetic fabrics, particles break off and go down the drain? These microplastics end up in the rivers and oceans before inevitably being consumed by fish and turtles having a toxic effect on them. Putting your nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics in a sustainable, eco-friendly wash bag like this one from Guppyfriend is a great way to prevent the shedding of microplastics. A simple eco step that will enhance your eco-friendly laundry routine!

Don’t use plastic pegs

If you are going sustainable, eco friendly, zero waste with every other aspect of your new eco-friendly laundry regime, then you should go eco friendly with your clothes pegs as well. These natural wooden beauties from Eco Living come in a pack of 20 and are biodegradable, plastic free, zero waste, sustainable and recyclable. We also have these wonderful bamboo pegs from Zero Waste Club which also come in a pack of 20 and have the same great eco-friendly benefits.

Do full loads

It can be tempting to throw on a half load if you are in a hurry to wash your favourite shirt, but please don’t! When it comes to being more sustainable and eco friendly half loads don’t cut it. Half loads, even on the half load setting still use a lot of water and power, and it is much more economical to just wait, or manage your laundry more efficiently to only do full loads.

All of these eco-friendly laundry steps are simple and great for helping you take the steps to become more eco friendly, sustainable and natural when it comes to washing your clothes – so what are you waiting for, lets wash eco!


  1. Hello. I’m slowly going eco and natural. Is there an alternative to calgon? Can I use the planet detox toilet scrub? Would it ruin my clothes or me? Should I use the toilet scrub in my washing machine with no washing in?

    1. Hi Alan,

      Great question !

      I have done some research for you and a great eco alternative would be to use our Borax substitute.

      Calgon works as a water softener and stops dyes affecting your washing machine and vice versa.

      the hardness of your water will affect the effectiveness of the borax, so i would recommend looking into this first !

      I hope this helps

  2. I understand the need for lower temperatures however, a hot wash now and then extends the life of your machine as it gets rid of the bacteria which disintegrates your machine.

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