Washing clothes is a physical activity. There’s the sorting, the lugging loads up and down flights of stairs in your laundry basket, the hanging, the folding, and even, the putting clothes away. If you don’t have a washer or dryer in your home, laundry day may also involve walking, driving or taking transit to the closest laundry mat. While these steps are difficult to eliminate, one element of cleaning your clothes that can easily become less physically burdensome is detergent. Instead of carrying heavy, plastic bottles of liquid detergent home from the store, opt for lightweight, eco-friendly laundry detergent sheets
Laundry detergent sheets look similar to dryer sheets. They are typically made from plant-derived ingredients, are biodegradable, and dissolve in water. Often packing as much cleaning power as the leading liquid laundry detergents, laundry detergent sheets are placed inside the washing machine before clothes are added and the concentrated formula is released once activated by water.
Laundry detergent sheets have several benefits:
- Like liquid detergent, they have ample stain, odor, and dirt-fighting power.
- Similar to laundry pods, laundry detergent sheets are pre-measured for a no-mess cleaning experience.
- Lightweight, compact, and gentle on the environment, laundry detergent sheets are great for use at home, in laundry mats, dorms, and when traveling.
- Most laundry detergent sheets work in hot and cold water as well as front and top-loading machines.
- Like all types of laundry detergent, sheets are available in scented, fragrance-free, and free and clear options for sensitive skin.
All the sheets on our list are highly rated by customers. We’ve included a cross-section of sheets for users with sensitive skin, those who need tough stain-fighting power, and customers who prefer scented detergent. We’ve also focused on laundry detergent sheets by brands that are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
If you’re ready to cut down on plastic and water waste, stop storing large, heavy bottles of liquid laundry detergent and make the switch to sheets.
1. Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets
For a cleaner that won’t aggravate your skin, is gentle on your washing machine, and still gets out tough stains, it’s tough to beat Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets. Earth Breeze, which makes their sheets in a Fresh Scent and fragrance-free option, don’t use bleach, phosphate, or parabens. The hypoallergenic sheets are great for users with sensitive skin and arrive in biodegradable packaging. We also like that Earth Breeze work for both top and front loader washing machines and are septic-safe.
2. Kind Laundry Detergent Sheets
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Kind Laundry prides itself on being gentle on skin and the environment. Free from bleach, dyes, and parabens, the detergent sheets are made with five plant-derived ingredients for natural laundry soap. Appropriate for all machines and for use with septic systems, the Kind sheets can be used in hot or cold water. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, Kind Laundry Detergent Sheets are ideal for baby clothes and users with sensitive skin.
3. Sheets Laundry Club
Wash out dirt, stains, and odors and leave clothes wrinkle-free with Sheets Laundry Club detergent sheets. The Shark Tank-approved sheets are safe for white and color loads and can be used in hot, cold, soft, or hard water. Made without the use of dyes or artificial brighteners, the detergent sheets are also biodegradable and septic safe. One box contains 50 sheets, enough for up to 100 small loads (sheets can be cut in two). The bleach-free sheets, which can be used for handwashing delicates, leave clothes with a gentle Fresh Linen scent.
4. Breezeo Laundry Detergent Strips
If you’re looking to save space in your laundry room and laundry sheets are still too big, check out the Breezeo Laundry Detergent Strips. The most compact option in the compact laundry world, Breezeo strips make it easy to get the exact amount of detergent you need for each load. The perforated strips feature a guide on the Breezeo box to instruct customers on how many strips to use per load. One small strip is enough for a medium load, while two strips are preferred for larger loads. Good for hot and cold water as well as front and top loading machines and HE washing machines, the Breezeo strips are a plant-based, cruelty-free USDA Certified Biobased Product.
5. Tru Earth Laundry Detergent Sheets
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Whether you want to protect your skin, the planet, or both, Tru Earth detergent sheets are a great option. The sheets can remove tough stains and keep colors vibrant without irritating sensitive skin thanks to its paraben-free formula. Tru Earth is committed to reducing its carbon footprint as much as possible, which includes using plastic-free, compostable packaging that is also lightweight, which reduces transportation fuel consumption en route to stores and customers. The vegan sheets are also biodegradable in accordance with OECD-310D. We also like that the 32 sheets are packaged in a slim sleeve which makes this a great option for travel.
6. ECOS Plastic-Free Liquidless Laundry Detergent Squares
FREE AND CLEAR
Get clothes clean and stop skin from feeling irritated with the ECOS Plastic-Free Liquidless Laundry Detergent Squares. Available in Lavendar Vanilla and Magnolia Lily scents, we especially like the ECOS free and clear option that is hypoallergenic, made without dyes, optical brighteners, parabens, and phosphates, and therefore is great for use on baby clothes and for users with sensitive skin. ECOS uses natural enzymes to help lift and remove dirt and stains from fabric. Suitable for high-efficiency washing machines, the sheets arrive in a recyclable box for a completely plastic-free laundry experience.
7. Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets
BEST FOR TOUGH STAINS
Switching from liquid detergent to detergent sheets doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get tough stains out of clothes. Grove Co. has created a line of laundry detergent sheets that can still tackle everything from grape juice to spaghetti sauce while remaining completely liquid and plastic-free. The biodegradable, dissolvable sheets are made with plant-based ingredients and free from optical brighteners and dyes. Customers can choose from inviting fragrances like Peony & Freesia or Mango & Tangerine or opt for the free and clear sheets that are ideal for baby clothes and users with sensitive skin.
8. Frey Laundry Detergent Sheets
If you prefer your clothing to come out of the washing machine smelling great, check out Frey’s lineup of must-smell scents. The personal care company has three great smelling laundry detergent sheets, including Sandalwood/Bergamot/Clove, Cedarwood/Oakmoss/Amber, and Jasmine/Rose/White Cedar. All made with a plant-derived solution, the Frey detergent sheets are made without harsh chemicals and leave clothes looking and smelling great. The sheets dissolve in water and the entire box is recyclable and biodegradable. For an extra-green footprint, Frey plants a tree for each order received.
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