Eco-Strips Zero Waste Laundry Detergent FAQ
Q- Where do I place the Eco-Strips in my front-load High Efficiency (HE) washing machine?
A- For best results, here are the recommended instructions for adding Eco-Strips to your washer:
- Detach a strip
Top-load washer: place strip inside washer.
Front-load washer: place strip in detergent dispenser (tear strip into smaller pieces if necessary).
- Add clothes and start washer.
Some newer HE machines use very little water and it is possible, in rare instances, that the Eco-Strips can get wrapped up in clothes before it gets wet enough to dissolve completely. Consumers report the same occasional issue with uni-dose liquid pack detergents. Eco-Strip has the advantage that it can be placed in the dispensing compartment where the flow of water at the start of the filling cycle dissolves the strip.
Q- How much is shipping and handling?
A- Free! We want to make Eco-Strip is as accessible as possible. We keep our shipping costs low by using the United States Postal Service and minimal packaging for all deliveries.
Q- How long will it take to receive my shipment
A- All packages are shipped via USPS from Medford, Oregon. Depending where you are located, shipping can take up to 5 days to arrive, but typically come within 2-3 business days from the actual ship date.
Q- Why doesn’t Eco-Strip produce many suds?
A- In modern laundry detergents, the amount of suds produced does not relate to cleaning power. High Efficiency (HE) washing machine manufacturers recommend the use of low-sudsing detergent formulations that are specifically designated as HE-compatible. Eco-Strip uses a special, patent-pending low-sudsing formulation that is HE-compatible and effective for all other types of washing machines. Other detergents that produce lots of suds typically include suds-producing agents that do not enhance cleaning power – they are added mainly for appearance purposes.
Q- How many strips of Eco-Strip should I use?
A- 1 Strip = 1 Load
In most situations, one strip of Eco-Strip is recommended for one load of laundry. A standard single load is considered to be 3 to 5 kg of dry laundry that is lightly soiled and washed in moderately hard water. As with any detergent, you may want to increase the amount of detergent used if your water is very hard, the load extra soiled, or your load size is extra large. Simply add a second or third strip depending on your situation. Unlike other uni-dose detergent packs, you have the flexibility to tear a strip of Eco-Strip in half for very small loads or hand-washing.
Q- Is Eco-Strip good to use on natural wool?
A- With special care, Eco-Strip can be safely used for hand-washing some wool fabrics but we always recommend that consumers follow the specific washing and detergent recommendations of each clothing manufacturer. Wool fabric manufacturers usually recommend dry-cleaning or hand-washing wool with specific cleaners. Eco-Strip may be used for hand-washing if care is taken to fully dissolve the strip in water prior to adding the wool clothes.
Q- Is Eco-Strip good to use on natural silk?
A- We do not recommend washing silk fabrics with Eco-Strip. We recommend that consumers follow the specific washing and detergent recommendations of each clothing manufacturer. Most silk fabric manufacturers usually recommend dry-cleaning or hand-washing silk with specific cleaners.
Q- Is Eco-Strip good to use on cloth diapers?
A- Eco-Strip is safe for 100% cotton cloth diapers but we always recommend that consumers follow the specific washing and detergent recommendations of each clothing manufacturer.
Unlike most leading brand liquid detergents, Eco-Strip will not affect the absorbency of the cloth and is hypoallergenic. However, many modern cloth diapers also contain some combination of synthetic materials and glues in their support structure. Depending on the materials used, Eco-Strip (and other detergents) may affect the strength and durability of that support structure.
Q- Is Eco-Strip good to use on technical sports clothes that contain special synthetic moisture-wicking fabric?
A- Eco-Strip is safe for most synthetic fabrics but we always recommend that consumers follow the specific washing and detergent recommendations of each clothing manufacturer.
Most fabric softeners and many liquid detergents contain cationic surfactants or solvents that can impair the wicking properties of specific fabrics after multiple washes. Eco-Strip is safe for most synthetic fabrics because it does not contain cationic surfactants or solvents.
Q- What is the shelf life of Eco-Strip?
A- We recommend Eco-Strip be used within three years of purchase. That is a much longer than the six to twelve months shelf life recommended for most leading-brand liquid and powder detergents.
Q- Are Eco-Strips septic safe?
A- Yes, Eco-strips are safe to use even if you are on a septic system.