I’m excited to share with you that I will now be adding a new ongoing series to The Pistachio Project. This series will be called Crunchy Cheats and will basically supply you with suggestions of better products that you can easily buy. Just in case you are not ready to dive all the way into crunchiness and make everything yourself.

Today’s Crunchy Cheat is laundry detergent!

It was laundry detergent that really started me on my journey to crunchiness. My second child had eczema and laundry detergent can often irritate it. With him in mind, I began to use more natural detergents.


While making your own laundry detergent may be the most frugal and perhaps crunchiest method to cleaning your laundry, not all of us are ready for that. For those who would rather just buy a more natural laundry detergent here’s a list of some of the detergents that are closer to all natural.


Crunchy Cheats: Laundry DetergentBiokleen Liquid Laundry Detergent


Cost: $10.05/64 loads or 108 HE loads


Ingredients:  Surfactants and conditioners from coconut and/or corn, orange peel extract, grapefruit seed and pulp extract, linear sulfonate, and filtered water.

Crunchy Cheats: Laundry Detergent(Edited to add: Recently Biokleen has changed the ingredients in some of it’s products. I know that their dish washing liquid now contains SLS but I am not certain on their laundry detergent. If their laundry detergent has be reformulated then I more than likely do not recommend Biokleen)


Ecos Liquid Laundry Detergent Free & Clear Unscented
Cost: $11.12/50 loads or 100 HE loads
Ingredients: 100% natural anionic coconut kernel oil based surfactant, soap bark, chamomile, horsetail plant, & purified water.


J.R. Watkins Laundry Detergent Fragrance Free
Cost: $8.98/32 loads
Ingredients: Purified water, plant-based surfactants, natural soap bark, chamomile and natural plant-based extracts.
Crunchy Cheats: Laundry Detergent

Soap Nuts (there are many brands, Yoreganics, Eco Nuts, etc. Eco Nuts were used for price point)
Cost: $12.90/100 loads
Ingredients: soap nuts


There are a few other natural laundry detergents out there. However considering ingredients, these were the ones that I feel most comfortable recommending.


Being crunchy doesn’t mean you must make everything from scratch. Thankfully there are some amazing green and natural minded companies out there who help you cheat in your crunchy journey.

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