Do you remember when laundry detergent used to come in powder packaged in cardboard boxes? There was no non-recyclable plastic jugs ending up on the landfill at this time. This is the reason why we are offering Meliora's laundry detergent who comes in a cardboard/steel canister, making it easy to reuse/refill.
The other reason why we chose Meliora's laundry detergent is because powder detergent is more effective than liquid ones. Powder cleaning agents are more stable, retaining their cleaning power much longer, while liquid cleaning agents loose their strength when mixed with water. Plus that's a waste of our precious resource: water.
But there are several other reasons why we carry Meliora's products: the company was created by a sweet couple of engineers, Kate and Mike in Chicago, IL. Meliora is certified B Corporation, MADE SAFE Certified, a 1% for the Planet Member, and Certified Cruelty-Free.
Meliora (meh-lee-OR-ah) is Latin for "Better" and we agree with that!
Meliora's Laundry Powder is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and brighteners.
✓ 100% Plastic-Free
✓ Palm-Oil Free
✓ Synthetic Fragrance-Free
Choose from the Unscented, Lavender or Lemon scented options. All scents are made from Certified Organic essential oils; no fragrance blends that contain undisclosed ingredients.
Each item is Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and MADE SAFE Certified. 1% of every sale goes towards environmental causes.
Sodium Bicarbonate: Also known as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate is an odor neutralizer.
Sodium Carbonate: Also known as washing soda or soda ash, sodium carbonate is a pH adjuster. It raises the pH of the washing water, which results in more effective cleaning. For this reason, it's often referred to as a laundry 'booster'.
Sodium Cocoate: This is the chemical name of saponified (that is, 'made into soap') coconut oil. It's the chemical that grabs onto both dirt and water to do the cleaning.
Glycerin: This substance is chemically a type of alcohol and is naturally created when the oil is converted into soap. Glycerin is known for skin-softening abilities and is an effective solvent, meaning it can dissolve substances such as stains and dirts.
Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil: There is a small amount of coconut oil left in the soap after conversion to sodium cocoate. This is because we use sodium hydroxide, or lye, in the conversion process and leaving excess oil ensures there is no remaining lye in the finished product. Some soapmakers refer to this as 'superfatting' and more oil remaining results in a softer, more moisturizing soap. Our coconut soap has only a small amount of excess oil, so it is not the luxurious body type and more of a 'get the job done' soap.
Water: Water is used in the soapmaking process as a substance that dissolves lye and then is a medium so the lye can reach all of the oil to react. After being useful in this process, the water is allowed to evaporate from the soap over a period of several weeks, and the resulting dried soap has very little water. There is only about 5% water remaining in the finished soap, thus making it more shelf stable than a liquid soap that would require a preservative due to the high (about 60%) water.