Lemieux Ultra Concentrated Detergent [The Detergent Chronicles]

Thanks to the never-ending cycle of laundry, it was once again time to purchase laundry detergent.
I was correct in assuming that the powdered gain detergent would not last me long enough.

This time, I went with a semi-local option.

I came across Multiservices Vert, a local family run green products store and bistro. We lovingly call this store “the milk store” at my house. I started shopping here after hearing that you could purchase milk in your own reusable sanitized containers. Since I have started shopping there, they have also added dry bulk goods, bulk olive oil, and bulk vinegar. It’s also where I buy my toilet paper. As much as possible, products that are sold here are made in Quebec. This makes me feel better as I am supporting local businesses and reducing the miles and greenhouse gas emissions related to my purchases.

Lemieux Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Multiservices Vert proudly stock Lemieux cleaning products. Lemieux is a family run company that produces all of its products in Quebec. They have three storefronts in the province. 

Multiservice Vert carries most of their products.
I have also bought a stove-top cleaner and a 3-in-1 soap, body wash, and shampoo made by Lemieux.
You can buy the products pre-measured in a marked container or bring in your own cleaned containers to buy the product or get a refill. I prefer to have cleaners and detergents in their original containers since we have kids in the house.

Overall, I am pleased with the product.
Cleans very well and is safe for the environment. 
I went with a eucalyptus scent, which I love and it wasn’t over-bearing. The amount to use varies based on your load size and type of machine.

HE Washer:
15 to 20 ml for a small load
20 to 25 ml for an average
25 to 30 ml for a large load

Conventional Washer:
30 to 40 ml for a small load
40 to 50 ml for an average
50 to 60 ml for a large load

I unfortunately have a “conventional” top loading washing machine which requires me to use more detergent. I bought around 4 litres for aproximately $20. Calculating the amount I would need to use, I will only get around 65 loads — around .31 per load. Which doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up for a family of four on a very tight budget.

I feel like with the prescence of a surfactant, that this detergent is a better option than Nellie’s which is super cheap per load and the usualy reccomention from other zero and minimal waste enthusiasts.

Pros:
  • Produced locally — lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Refillable — reduces waste
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable (OECD 301D)
  • Not tested on animals
  • Does not use petroleum-based surfactants
Cons:
  • Initially sold in plastic containers — but they can be refilled.
  • Not much information was available on some of the certifications.
    • 100% Eco-Technology
  • Uses essential oils, which I have read can impact the environment
  • No SDS available
  • The website is entirely in French. English is provided on the product labels. Google translate helps.
  • Pricey for my budget and type of washer.

Verdict:

The best option that I have found thus far.
Best for the environment.
Locally produced.
Reduces waste.

This will probably be my go-to detergent as long as I can squeeze it into my budget.

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