Laundry day is lame, ain’t no two ways around it. You’re either hanging in a musty basement dodging cobwebs, trying not to spill gloopy detergent on your sweatpants, or for city-dwellers, aggressively avoiding laundromat-eye contact with the guy you matched on Tinder and then blocked immediately. And let’s not even get started on folding, you guys.
The last thing you need on top of all this trauma is residual guilt at having wrecked the environment in the process. So how do we keep our clothes clean without turning our planet—and its water—into a dirty mess? Luckily bleach is no longer the only option, and some truly brainy brands have stepped in to fill the apathy gap, making it easier than ever to turn your laundry green (metaphorically speaking) in 2019.
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If you’re going to go for green this year, why not really go for it?! This portable hand crank washer will slash your water bill in months, and wash a 5-pound load of laundry in minutes, all while building arm strength! Even if you’re not ready to commit to a non-electric washing machine on a full-time basis, this popular water- and electricity-saving model could make a good supplement for a delicates wash, small load, or those days you’re feeling extra mighty! It comes in white and way fun array of retro colors, too, like this minty green.Buy Now
This green line of no-nonsense, heavy duty cleaning and laundry products was developed by a gal who was sick of mislabeled products or ones that simply didn’t work. She took matters into her own hands and created Rockin’ Green, which may sound and look a little like an off-brand energy drink, but is actually a biodegradable, natural laundry detergent free from phosphates, dyes, bleach, optical brighteners, and parabens. And bonus….it actually works!Buy Now
You know her. You love her. Mrs. Meyer has basically become a surrogate grandmother to all of us. Whoever she is, she makes some of the most incredible-smelling and eco-friendly cleaning products on the market. These biodegradable natural laundry detergent packs are plant-derived, lavender-scented, and perfect for anyone who has to lug their crap to a laundromat for washing.Buy Now
At just sixteen bucks for 100 loads of laundry, this concentrated 3-in-1 natural laundry detergent powder is the best bargain on our list. People love the fresh lily scent, and that it’s 100 percent naturally derived; made without, dyes, phosphates, phthalates, chlorine, animal by-products, toxins, dyes, or masking agents. A sensitive-skin-friendly option that’s far superior to bleach for you and the planet, too. Buy Now
Method prides itself on making plant-based versions of household cleaning products. Their fresh air laundry detergent is biodegradable, hypoallergenic for sensitive skin with mostly water and plant-based ingredients, and comes in a handy pump bottle for easy use. For $19.40 you can expect about 75 loads’ worth.Buy Now
Not to be confused with the mayor of South Bend Indiana, and Presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg, Budieggs hypoallergenic wool dryer balls are made from premium New Zealand wool and designed to help soften, de-stress, and de-wrinkle your fabrics with no harsh chemicals or harmful compounds.Buy Now
Seventh Generation has been leading the charge with green-friendly household products for years and they’ve got the laundry thing down, too. This fabric softener with plant-based ingredients is free of petroleum, parabens, and latex—all harmful to the environment. No abrasive scents either, which would likely mix with the detergent in an unfortunate way or bother people with sensitive skin. Throw a splash in your next wash and enjoy the silky smooth results. Buy Now
If you’re looking for more of a natural scent in your dryer sheet but still want that no-harsh-chemicals, biodegradable vibe, these Frey dryer sheets may be just the thing. Not cheap, however. A pack of 40 clocks in at $12, but if you’ve got sensitive skin or give a hoot about the planet, for cryin’ out loud, it’s a small price to pay!Buy Now
Mrs. Meyer’s is at it again, this time with natural dryer sheets. Normally dryer sheets are chock-full of chemicals that no one can pronounce and irritate sensitive skin (like mine), but not lady Meyer! These luscious honeysuckle-scented paper sheets are plant-derived—so much so that you can actually compost ’em! A claim I can’t imagine Downy or Tide could ever make.Buy Now
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