Katherine Martinko at Treehugger.com asked the question, and it really is the best question.
“What’s the point of doing laundry with non-toxic soap if it still produces loads of un-recycled plastic waste?”
- When choosing to use natural products, looking beyond the ingredients is now a necessity. Packaging matters! Whether you buy Tangie Laundry Concentrate because you…
- Have reactions to fragrance.
- Want to get more loads washed for your money.
- Need to use natural ingredients to stop skin irritations
… it will never cost you more than the cost of the laundry detergent. Buying something that costs you your health, well-being or your budget, well that’s just irresponsible. Wouldn’t you agree? You want to feel good, you want to be healthy, you want to thrive!
There is an innate obligation within us to do better. To win for ourselves, our families and hopefully for those generations that come after us. Winning doesn’t have to come at an excessive cost or inconvenience.
This Laundry Concentrate is like the current liquid laundry soap you use, just without the chemicals and plastic bottle waste. It is a concentrated paste-to-liquid formulation you dissolve at home with your own water and your choice of container. Yes, refilling your laundry container forever is now a reality!
What a nice change. Getting to choose the right laundry bottle that works for you. The right size for your shelf, the right fit for your hand, the right look for your laundry room, all those things matter!
No more letting the manufacturer dictate the type of container you use. At Tangie, we choose minimal (and no packaging options), so you can be the decider of how to use, store and dispense the products that keep you clean and healthy.
How To Use
Benefits of Waste-Free Laundry Detergent
- No water weight decreases shipping costs.
- Cardboard packaged paste is cheaper than a bottle in cost and environmental damage.
- Over 14,000 US tons of plastic containers and packaging was produced in 2018 and under 2 US tons of that was recycled. It has been estimated that over 1 billion laundry detergent bottles are disposed of every year in just the USA alone! You can do better for yourself and the environment with your purchases like choosing from the Tangie line of household cleaning and body products.
- No Fragrance or Essential Oils added.
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is not a clinical diagnosis yet, but close to 13% of adults in the USA have been diagnosed with MCS and are experiencing negative physical reactions to certain chemicals, many from those found in plastics and perfumes. 1
- According to Johns Hopkin Medicine, MCS is “a medical disorder triggered by exposures to chemicals, electromagnetic forces, or other environmental triggers. This often begins with a short-term, severe chemical exposure, such as a chemical spill, or a longer-term exposure. It is reported that once exposed, low levels of chemicals found in everyday materials, such as soaps, detergents, cosmetics, and newspaper inks, can trigger physical symptoms in people with multiple chemical sensitivities. 2
Tangie started out making all-natural liquid laundry soap. After a few years, we realized the plastic bottle was still part of the problem. Using good ingredients was not good enough. People already had water and containers at home, we shouldn’t need to provide them. After years of reformulating, Tangie emerged with the Laundry Paste and no longer needed to sell liquid laundry soap in a plastic bottle. We can ship you a gallon of laundry soap without plastic or wasteful water weight! Reducing our dependence on single-use plastic is possible. We can all start one load at a time.
- A Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certified product.
- Tangie is a carbon-balanced company for office and shipping.
- The packaging is plastic-free and can be recycled or home composted.
- The lightweight cardboard is made from 75% post-consumer waste.
- Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) gave it an ‘A’ rating for consumer safety.
We only see about 30% of the dirt on our clothes. They might not be dirty with dirt, but they are loaded with body oil, dead skin cells, sweat and lots of lotions and deodorant. Think about that next time you go to rewear your pajamas or jeans for the fourth time!
Don’t think you sweat much?
According to studies, we can sweat as much as 30 ounces while sleeping. Maybe changing our sheets once a week is not enough?! An average adult can sweat as much as 3 litres just from their feet. Hmmmm… stinky socks anyone?
Once the temperature rises above 85, you start sweating even if you’re at rest. Tests conducted in the Sonoran Desert found that subjects sitting naked in the shade in 95-degree heat produced 220 milliliters of sweat per hour. Assuming comparable conditions were to prevail at night, you’d lose close to two liters over an eight-hour stretch. But then you wouldn’t even be thinking about a new mattress— you’d be shopping for an air conditioner. https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/221338/straight-dope-do-you-really-sweat-one-liter-each-night/
Doing Laundry in Space —
There are no washing machines up there in the black velvet sky. Ever wonder how astronauts wash their underwear while flying around at 17,500 miles per hour? They incinerate them! After reusing them for about a week (if they are lucky), those undies get burned. They have enough to do up there to not worry about washing and folding clothes!
No laundry system means the ISS crew try to wear all their clothes until they smell bad, then throw them in the trash.
According to Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, Former resident of the ISS:
“The difficult part was that I had to wear those boxer shorts for at least four days. You see, with no laundry service up there, clothes (including underwear) are what we at NASA call a “consumable.” Using up your consumables too fast results in a need for more frequent supply deliveries, and when those deliveries come by rocket ship… well, let’s just say it’s a bit costly.”
Robert Trevino is a senior engineer with NASA’s Crew and Thermal Systems Division and reported to Vice.com that “on missions farther from Earth, we’re not going to have that luxury, of the space station having cargo vehicles that bring them fresh clothing. We’ve done trade studies of providing a laundry system which uses water and power and requires something to take it up, versus the cost of just replacing the clothing, and right now it’s essentially cheaper to replace the clothing because water is just too valuable of a resource.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/kbyamw/why-astronauts-burn-their-dirty-underwear
Waste Free Laundry Detergent Instruction Sticker:
Once you’ve purchased our waste free laundry detergent you can make your own laundry detergent container. Simply apply this sticker to the container you want to use for your laundry soap and you will have all the reminders you need, such as how much to use and where to re-order.
After the laundry paste is dissolved, we recommend you use it within 6 months, with the caveat that water is the breeding ground for mold. Of course, mold has a hard time growing on soap but if you feel you won’t be using up the dissolved laundry concentrate within 6 months, cut the bar in half and make less.
The bar has a long shelf life of 3+ years. The outside of the bar will develop soap ash which will not look pretty but it is completely safe and will not reduce the efficacy of the soap. Store in a dry location.
Not really. It depends on how much clothes you load in at one time.
If the machine fills the tub all the way with water, you may want to start with one ounce of dissolved Laundry Concentrate and see how it goes for you.
I just read from a “Going Zero Waste” (by Kathryn Kellogg) blog that homemade laundry soap can damage clothes–maybe Tangie doesn’t fit the description of the homemade type soaps We are big fans of Kathryn Kellogg too! Homemade soap I think she refers to is made from soap bars. We use yucca root and soap nuts liquid which are natural saponins, or natural detergents.
Oil build up has not been reported to us by users. We’ve had reports from some front load machine users.They report the smell they used to have in their machine before using Tangie went away after using Tangie Laundry. Not sure why that is but we were happy to hear it and share their experience.
Yes, that will work and so would the hand soap paste. Wash the brushes out by hand and rinse. Just like washing your hands, scrub for at least 20- 30 seconds. Depending on the makeup level on the brushes, you may need to wash and rinse two times.
I understand. Allergies suck!! I formulated this laundry soap because I have super sensitive skin. I can’t guarantee she won’t be allergic but I certainly understand her nervousness. I offer a 30 day money back guarantee if not satisfied. Contact me if she has any issues.
Half an ounce to 1 oz depending on load size and dirt level. Try one half ounce for clothes that are not super dirty or stinky. ADjust up from there per your needs and load size.
Depending on how many items you wash at one time by hand, I would start with 1/4 ounce of Laundry Concentrate Bar after you dissolve it.
Yes. Our laundry paste works in high efficiency washers.
I’ve heard that when the laundry soap was made by grating a bar of soap to make laundry soap. We use yucca root and soap nuts liquid as cleaning agents which are nature saponins, not grated soap.
I think your machine will ask what the concentration level is. The laundry paste is 3x concentrate.
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Soap Nuts Liquid, Saponified Lye, Yucca Powder, Baking Soda, Oxalic Acid, Salt, Rosemary Oleoresin.