Do laundry detergent sheets really clean your clothes?

If you’re environmentally conscious, laundry detergent sheets hold great promise: clean clothes without harming the planet.

But do these sheets really work?

For those who don’t know, laundry detergent sheets are made of concentrated laundry detergent held by a type of paper that dissolves in the wash. They have been touted as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional methods of washing clothes, which use detergents contained in plastic containing chemicals that can pollute waterways and landfills.

Unfortunately, this new, greener method of washing clothes leaves a little to be desired, according to consumer reports.

CR’s team of experts recently tested six brands of laundry detergent sheets:

  • land breeze
  • OSCE
  • Ecological
  • Kindly
  • Club Laundry Sheets
  • True Earth

After putting the detergents to the test, the CR team concluded that the sheets were underperforming, with scores ranging from “ok” to “poor”.

Earth Breeze Liquid-Free Eco-Friendly Sheets received a “good” rating for cleaning dirt, but that was the only rating above “fair” that any of the sheets got.

In a summary of the CR rating of laundry detergent sheets, CR laundry expert Rich Handel says:

“In fact, they performed worse as a group than our lowest performing liquid or pod/pack detergents.”

Still, it may be a good idea to use laundry detergent sheets in some situations. CR notes that their environmental footprint is smaller than that of liquid detergents — which come in plastic jugs — and pods and packs, which come in plastic containers.

CR says the products should work well for clothes that are only lightly soiled. Still, the publication’s overall verdict for laundry detergent sheets is negative:

“Until laundry sheets up their game, environmentally conscious consumers will have to continue to push the laundry industry to address environmental concerns with better packaging and more effective eco-friendly detergent formulas. – there, it will take patience and ingenuity because, for the moment, the laundry sheets are a little leached.

You can use your washing machine for more than just cleaning clothes, as we detail in “15 Surprising Things You Can Clean in a Washing Machine.”

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