Laundry Today [What Are Laundry Detergent Sheets]
Laundry is an inevitable chore that we can't get rid of no matter how hard we try - how many laundry hacks we know that make us a laundry pro. Lots of people do the laundry once or twice a week. To get a pile of laundry done, you may need to sort them out, make trips to the washer more than once to drop the clothes, deal with messy detergent caps and clean up heavy plastic jugs. Especially when the family number grows, so do the washing efforts.
So what can we do? Laundry detergent sheets!
Let's find out.
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1. What are laundry detergent sheets?
Laundry detergent sheets are pre-measured, concentrated detergents that contain all the cleaning power of traditional powder and liquid detergents. They are wrapped in small recyclable cardboard, which can be easily divided into one paper-thin sheet and added to your usual wash cycles.
As washing machines have promised to free people from having to toil over the laundry, detergents are in the process of revolutionizing the way we wash clothes from liquids and powders and pods to sheets.
While those traditional detergents realize the promise of cleaning your clothing, they hold the blame for increasing single-use plastic.
2. Why choose laundry detergent sheets?
I hope you have jumped on the bandwagon of laundry sheets and reaped the benefits of them.
If you are still skeptical about laundry sheets, there are great reasons to change the way you do the laundry with these sheets.
Benefit #1 Properly Formulated Ingredients
If planet-polluting plastics of detergent jugs haven't already put you off, then what about the chemical ingredients of various detergents on the market that are bad for health?
Zero-waste laundry detergent sheets are created by smart formula with properly formulated surfactant and protease enzymes to seek out and dislodge molecules and stains in the wash.
Clearalif laundry detergent sheets use ultra-concentrated formulations with the following carefully selected ingredients to sustain effective cleaning power:
Glycerin is widely used in medical, pharmaceutical and personal care preparations, to improve smoothness, provide lubrication, and serve as a humectant.
There are two main types of glycerin——plant-based (vegetable oil) and animal based (fat). This ingredient contained in Clearalif sheets is derived from oils and fats of coconut, natural, plant-based, and vegan.
In conjunction with water/alcohol, glycerin acts as a stabilizer. It is also added to prevent skin dryness with its moisturizing properties and mitigate SLS-included skin irritation, helping create a proper, gentle formulation.
(2) Polyvinyl Alcohol
PVA is a water soluble synthetic resin that we use in detergent sheets, along with the ingredients fully dissolve and fully biodegrade in the environment.
(3) Polyglycol Ether
Derived from coconut and used to absorb oil and grease from your garments.
When purchasing commercial liquids and pods, you're paying mostly the water which can be as much as 70% water or even higher to 90%.
Clearalif laundry sheets contain 10% demonized water, eliminating any buildup that might have occurred and preventing mineral deposits in your washing machine.
(5) Protease Enzyme
Protease in laundry detergents works to break down stains effectively.
(6) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Also derived from coconut and added into detergent sheets.
SLS is used as a surfactant in Clearalif detergent sheets for stain removal and foaming. It is bonding with all the other soluble ingredients to biodegrade in the environment. For years, there have been spurious statements about this ingredient, labeling SLS as a carcinogen, which, has been falsified by a number of governments.
Clearalif sheets are created by proper formulation development and have been appropriately tested and mitigated the dermal toxicity from SLS. NCBI's review has also demonstrated SLS is safe for use in household cleaning products.
(7) Natural-derived Fragrance (Osmanthus blossoms)
Clearalif scented version of laundry sheets achievez natural fresh linen scent from Osmanthus blossoms. It makes your clothes come out clean and pleasantly fresh.
Benefit #2 Recyclable Packaging
The eco value of Clearalif liquidless detergent comes not only from the natural biodegradable ingredients but also from its eco-friendly packaging.
There are a variety of materials that are environmentally friendly, one of which is the cardboard that Clearalif is using. No plastic is an integral part of Clearalif's commitment to our environment.
In terms of its size, less amount and weight of overall packaging are a major effort in saving substantial amounts of energy required for the laundry detergent and helping reduce carbon footprint.
Benefit #3 Liquidless, No fuss, No mess
Perfectly pre-measured detergent that combines all typical cleaning ingredients in one small-size box frees you from dealing with messy liquids. Simply drop in your usual wash cycle - Voila.
Benefit #4 Convenient to store, Easy for travel
Forget about decanting fair enough amounts of detergent like you used to do before. Compact size of lightweight sheets allows you to easily store no matter in your laundry room or travel baggage.
Benefit #5 Safe for septic systems
No phosphates, no bleach, no paraben, no toxic chemicals involved. Clearalif laundry sheets are created with gentle formulations with plant-based and biodegradable ingredients. They are soluble in water and do no harm to septic systems.
Your septic tank does not filter chemicals or toxins while they go directly back into the natural environment instead, which has a negative impact on our natural surroundings. This is why important to choose septic safe cleaners that won't add synthetic chemicals to our environment.
Again, laundry detergent sheets are natural, biodegradable, septic safe and eco-conscious.
3. Are laundry detergent sheets better than laundry detergent pods?
Detergent pods have gained great popularity over liquids and powder for years due to their single-pack simplicity. Both pods and sheets are convenient, compact, mess-free and do the same job as standard detergents.
Despite the weights of unit-dose detergent being just a fraction of liquid and powder detergents, liquid pods pose health concerns that compromise the benefits brought in.
In fact, liquid pods maintain the same harsh chemicals as commercial detergents that might leave toxins on your clothes and your skin. So laundry sheets are much better both in simplicity and formulation.
4. Do laundry detergent sheets really work?
The answer is clear —— Yes!
Laundry sheets are created with typical cleaning ingredients without harsh additives to deliver effective cleaning power. They dissolve in cold and hot water.
Consumers generally give high remarks on laundry sheets in online reviews.
Clearalif formulation enables detergent sheets to dissolve immediately in the wash and leave no residue on your clothes. These sheets have been well tested with a group of users that a box of detergent equals a big plastic jug of detergent. Simply toss one sheet in the machine and the clothes will come clean and fresh.
In terms of removing tough stain, soak the garment in warm water and put one sheet in it for 30 minutes or more, rub on the stained spot and rinse it off. Clearalif is good at eliminating stains and odors.
5. How do you use laundry detergent sheets?
Clearalif laundry detergent sheets are wrapped up in a small-size box. It's simple and easy to use.
Put your laundry
in the washing machine.
Easily divide one sheet from the box and drop it in your washer.
Read the dosage reference on the packaging to decide
how many laundry sheets to use.
Start the wash cycle - Voila.
For handwash, it's the same to place the sheet(s) on top of your clothes,
rinse and wash,
and hang to dry.
6. How to store laundry detergent sheets?
Tip 1: Store in a dry place to avoid the detergent sheets sticking together due to humid environment
Our liquidless detergent contains a small amount of water that is ready to dissolve when gets wet, with no residue left on your clothes.
Tip 2: Keep out of reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion
Clearalif laundry sheets are created with plant-derived ingredients. Still, coconut oil derivatives included might cause irritations for some people, so precautions are essential.
The environmental problem with plastic
As of 2017, the world has produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, while less than one tenth of plastic is recycled. For the jugs, bags, any plastic items that skip over recycling, their final stop is mostly wound up in the ocean and landfills, or sent to incinerate, taking up approximately 500 years to decompose.
Glancing around laundry detergent aisle at the local grocery store, bulky and colorful plastic jugs are everywhere on shelves that attract your attention. But they're also extremely harmful to our environment and contribute to a large portion of plastic waste that goes into our oceans, landfills, and waterways annually. Now plastic waste is widely regarded to be a cause of species extinction, ecological damage, and human health problems.
To reduce single-use plastic, discarding HDPE (high=densitiy polyethylene) plastic containers of detergent and switching to the recyclable box of liquidless detergent is just one of the most simple ways to go.
Building sustainable lifestyles with help from Clearalif
Clearalif is an ideal solution for you to switch from heavy chemical jugs and detergent. Our ingredients are formulated to be biodegradable. Our packaging is designed with the intention to reduce single-use plastic and carbon footprint. Every time you wash a load, you can feel good about the fact that you're doing something positive to our planet rather than hurting it.
Laundry sheets clean just as well as traditional detergents and are kinder to our environment. With all those benefits brought in that are better for your home and family, the choice is clear.
For the plastic jugs that stay in your home, reusing them in a nifty way is a good idea that it costs nothing and brings you a sustainable lifestyle as well.