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Looking for Eco Friendly Laundry Products suitable for allergies and vegans

Looking for Eco Friendly Laundry Products suitable for allergies and vegans
Ethical, cruelty and allergen free laundry products are the biggest headache in my daily life. I feel like the worst person ever for the products I currently use and I've beaten myself up about it but I'm stuck in this really difficult place. I desire a more natural formulation, I don't want it to be tested on animals, I'd like it to be Vegan, I want fragrance but need to avoid linalool, there is the dreaded MI (methylisothiazolinone) to avoid and accessibility is important.


I think the most eco-friendly laundry product available is soap nuts. I experimented with these some years ago but it just didn't suit me for the long term. I wasn't happy with the way my clothes were feeling and smelling over the long term so I ditched that plan.

When looking for ethical products available in supermarkets, most people think of Method and Ecover but both brands were acquired by S.C. Johnson & Son in 2017, a company not associated with ethical or cruelty free values. Seventh Generation has hit the shelves at Tesco, its a popular US brand but despite the claims of suitability for sensitive skin, I was shocked to see it contains methylisothiazolinone (MI). This can also be said for Tesco's own brand Eco Active. Astonish and own brands from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Co-Op and Marks & Spencer carry the Leaping Bunny logo which gives reassurance for cruelty free but you're not getting a "natural" formulation and on my last inspection I was struggling over MI and linalool (I do need to re-visit this to check labels as things can change).

I know of Greenscents, Bio-D and Mangle & Wringer which are greener brands so tick all my boxes. I do use various cleaning supplies from their ranges and have repurchased from time to time.  Since I can only buy online (no local stockists) this leaves me agonising over courier charges and delivery slots which I find expensive and stressful. It also requires me to be organised and when you're down to the last drop it's much easier to pop to the supermarket. 

There are several brands on my list which I need to do further research on including Faith In Nature, Ecozone and The Gentle Label. I'd be interested in getting feedback from readers who have tried any of their products.

I guess I'm writing this as a personal rant because sometimes I think living your best "green" lifestyle can get a little stressful. I wanted to demonstrate that I don't have the answer to everything, I do struggle with decisions. I've spent months going round in circles but I determined to find a solution. Anyone else in the same position?

Sarah x

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  1. This is a really helpful article. Thank you. You mention a number of brands I haven't tried. I took a really bad reaction to the restyled Ecover Concentrate which we are to believe is naturally fragranced with Sandalwood (at around £2K a litre) and Lavender. I'm now using a combination of soap nuts (I boil a large handful in a litre of water until there's around 500 ml left) and castille soap. So I put around 50 ml of the soap nuts extract in the laundry detergent drawer and add the same measure of castille soap and a few drops of essential oil. This works fine but is a bit of a carry on. I add a ladle of sea salt into the barrel for whites or stubborn stains. Like you though I need a fast fix for when I don't have time for this, and will try some of the other brands you have mentioned.
    There are a number of essential oil allergen charts that I'm sure you know of to help avoid specific allergens. Thank you again. Kirsty

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    1. sorry to hear about your problems with Ecover, the only product I use from them is the fabric conditioner with the yellow lid, I forget what it called exactly right now but it's linalool free. You have much more patience than me with your soap nuts routine. I hope one of my suggestions turns out to be a winner for you :)

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  2. Hello. Have you looked into the Ecoegg at all? Admittedly I don’t know whether it would suit your skin or not, and I haven’t looked hard in to the ingredients, but a friend got one for Christmas (slightly odd present I know!) and really rates it. I’ve got 4 children so find the whole issue of natural vs convenient very difficult, but I’m trying my best - and posts like this really help 😊

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    1. It's nice to know that you find this sort of post helpful. Thanks for the recommendation, I forgot about the Ecoegg it didn't suit me for same reasons as the soap nuts but I do use and rate their stain remover. I had a new washing machine since I used these ecoegg and soap nuts so perhaps I might try them again.

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  3. A very interesting article, we have sought out products by Splosh and are currently trying the handsoap and wash up liquid. We will be posting our thoughts on the products on our blog. They are vegan friendly, and minimise plastic consumption which is important to us.
    It seems pretty cost neutral so far. It is a shame they use plastic for their bottles which you have to have for some products.
    But they may be worth a try for you.
    For clothes we currently use the fairy range as they have the least chemicals and dont set off my OH's allergies.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation for Splosh I will have to look into that. Good that you found something for your OH but sadly Fairy isn't suitable for me.

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