Zero Waste Laundry Soap

zero waste laundry soap

We have been on a mission to make zero waste switches in our home. This mission is filled with goals to create a healthier home and make better choices for the environment. One area that we have been focusing on recently is the laundry. I have written about our zero waste laundry essentials but I wanted to do a larger review of the zero waste laundry soap we have been using.

We recently started using Tru Earth laundry detergent and they rock! These are so easy to use and smell great! I’m seriously recommending them to everyone. Below I thought I would walk you through the ordering process, how to use them, and tell you about some things I have learned along the way.

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These awesome Eco friendly laundry detergent strips can be ordered at They have a couple options for ordering. You can purchase a single package or use a subscription service, which offers huge savings. There are a several package amounts, including 8 loads, 32 loads, 64 loads or 384 loads. I know that was quite a jump. However, the first subscriptions are more of a monthly and the large one is for a year. There are also three scent options: fresh linen, fragrance free and one that is formulated for babies.

At first I was a bit unsure about getting laundry detergent sent to me. I was worried about all the extra wasteful packaging that would be coming with it. To my delight, however, there was not much. The laundry strips were shipped in their normal box (I’ll include a photo below) with my husband’s hand for size reference. It is a slim, recyclable envelope that had our address label on the back. The box was a bit dinged and dented here and there from the mail but the contents inside were untouched. This box was a nice size and it was able to fit in our mail box. If you don’t have to deal with snow this isn’t really an issue, but we have lost more than one package to a snow bank!

I do recommend that if you find one you like, get the big box. Then there is that much less energy going into shipping your product.

Tru Earth laundry soap package

Using Tru Earth Laundry Detergent

Using Tru Earth Laundry detergent couldn’t be easier. Before throwing your laundry in, tear off one strip of the laundry soap along the perforated line and toss it into the bottom of the washer. Next, add your laundry and then run your cycle as normal…it’s that easy!

Tru Earth recommends that you use one strip for one load. However, if you have a really small load that has one shirt in it or something of that nature, I recommend tearing the strip in half.

The Smell

I normally go for unscented laundry soap, but I wanted to try the fresh linen scent that was available. It smells so fresh and clean! I don’t really notice too much scent on my laundry after they have been dried but it was wonderful coming out of the washer. I did order some unscented strips to try next month, so I will update this post when I give it a go.


So stains are going to happen, as much as we would like pristine clothes all the time. I have a couple of examples but I did not go out and try every stain. Could you image that project? Yikes.

The first stain I tested was a raspberry stain on a light green shirt. I didn’t treat it at all and the stain came right out the first time. The second stain was a red sauce stain, which did not come out the first try and I had to use my stain remover.

I have one more story and it involves our toddler. If you don’t have kids jump ahead to the next paragraph. If you do, keep reading…you have been warned.

So I woke up one morning and our Little One had been quite sick. Unfortunately, his diaper did not contain all of his sick and his pajama bottoms and top were messy. I, of course, threw them into the wash. The top, which was less messy then the bottoms, came out in great condition and the stain was completely removed. The bottoms were not quite so lucky. I put my stain remover on them and threw them in the wash again with another load. This time the stain came out!

Zero waste laundry soap

Allergens/Sensitive Skin

We do not have allergens in my home, so I called upon my dear mother to be my test subject (sorry, Mom). She has been in a constant battle to find products that do not cause her irritation. She tried our fresh linen laundry soap first and did, unfortunately, break out. Many times it’s the fragrance that make her break out, so I have ordered the fragrance free strips and hopefully she will be a willing test subject once again.

So if you have sensitive skin or allergens, I recommend still trying the fragrance-free option in the small package first.

Tru Earth does say on their website that they are paraben-free, phosphate-free, and vegan. The zero waste laundry soap is also free of added dyes, chlorine bleach, and free of 1,4 dioxane.

Final Thoughts

Tru Earth zero waste laundry soap is fantastic. It does a great job cleaning and is better for the environment than the large plastic containers of liquid detergent. While slightly more expensive than some of the store brands, the ease of use and subscription services makes it easy peasy.

If you would to mare your laundry routine Eco Friendly in other ways check out my zero waste laundry essentials post.

Have you tried Tru earth zero waste laundry soap? Let me know of your experiences in the comments below!

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Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments

I’m pretty green, but I hadn’t considered using a different laundry soap. I will definitely look into this.

1 year ago

Thanks for this helpful review on a product that helps limit waste!

Lisa Favre
1 year ago

We’re trying to be eco friendly as a family as well! Love the idea of these detergent strips.

Amber S Battishill
1 year ago

Wow, I love how sustainable the packaging is and how little you have to use too! Glad to hear that it works great…going to check them out!

Ashley R
1 year ago

We try to be pretty green in our home. It’s so much more expensive with laundry.

1 year ago

These look awesome. I’ve never seen this type of detergent before. Definitely something I’m going to look into. Thanks for sharing!

Morgan, Vegan Life & Wellness Coach | The Veg Quer

This is super cool! I’ve wanted to try this byt haven’t yet! Thanks for showing how its done !!!

Jessica Goodpaster
1 year ago

It’s amazing how much waste the average household creates! Thanks for introducing us to a zero-waste laundry solution.

1 year ago

I’ve been thinking more about the products my little boy is exposed to. We do a good job with his bath and skin care products, but not so well with laundry detergent. Clean linen is my favorite scent, so I even more intrigued by Tru Earth. Thanks for sharing.

Katie | Mom By Day
1 year ago

My best friend LITERALLY just asked me if I knew about any good eco friendly laundry detergents! I will have to send her this post 🙂

Mommy Peach
1 year ago

It’s my first time to hear about this soap. It sounds like such a great product.

1 year ago

This looks such a great alternative to regular laundry soap! I can’t believe they actually work!

1 year ago

I love the idea of being more environmentally friendly and reducing waste. Thanks for reviewing this product

Patricia Turk
1 year ago

I really want to try these when I run out of my current soap. I use Seventh Generation unscented pods and absolutely love them, However, I am looking for a more cost effective natural soap. I love that you can tear one in half if you just have a few items to run. I’ll be keeping this in mind for my next purchase!

1 year ago

Thanks for the helpful review. Never thought about the laundry soap so will definitely look into this

1 year ago

This is so interesting, I’d love to try it, it’s always important to be as ecofriendly as possible

Amber Myers
1 year ago

I will have to try this out for sure! It sounds awesome and I like that it’s zero waste.

Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

We have been making small steps toward living greener for years, but I’ve yet to switch our laundry soap. I appreciate your thorough test drive of this product: you’ve answered so many of the important questions, and so I think I’ll be giving it a try. Thank you.

1 year ago

I don’t think I have ever used a laundry detergent strip. This is probably the best option I have seen for getting as close to zero waste as possible- the strips and packaging are so extremely minimal, it’s hard to believe.

1 year ago

This looks like a wonderful product. I look forward for good smell and strain free laundry soaps and this fits it….thank you for sharing about it and will check whether this product is available in my part of world….

Madi Rowan
1 year ago

What a cool idea! I have to be honest, I’m not sure that I’ve heard of zero waste laundry detergent before this! It’s definitely something I plan on looking into though, especially because I am trying to make changes to reduce my carbon footprint!

-Madi xo |

Leanne Wong
1 year ago

So glad I came across your article and your recommendation on this zero waste laundry soap. Will check out TruEarth as well. Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

This looks interesting! Being on a fixed budget I didn’t think it would be anything I can afford but the subscribe and save discount makes it affordable! I may have to pull the trigger and try it out!

1 year ago

I love eco friendly products! Will have to give this detergent a try!

Ashley R
1 year ago

Wow this seems wonderful. I am looking for a laundry alternative!

Stacie @

I really love how this is dispensed!

1 year ago

I’ve been wanting to try this laundry soap!

1 year ago

I’ve never heard of laundry detergent strips before. This would be super convenient when traveling they would fit without taking up much space at all. I love that it is paraben free too!

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