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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Detergent Chronicles: Gain Ultra Powdered

gain powder review

The journey continues …

Figures.
I want to compare and review laundry detergents and my first choice is the mass produced and mass marketed Gain.


My reason for buying Gain on this trip was based on the primarily on the packaging and availability. I had run out of laundry detergent and was nervous of jumping into a product that was out of my budget if it wasn’t going to be the clear cut better choice.

Contains no Phosphates and is made from recycled paper.

Pros:
Came in cardboard box. Only option that wasn’t plastic.
Made from recycled material.
Recyclable in my city.
Acceptable price point at .15¢ per load.
Easily accessible.
Phosphate free.
Made with 100% Renewable Power by Wind
Cleans very well.

Cons:
Made in Mexico.
The product can be an irritant.
It does mention that it is an eye irritant and contains one or more ingredients classified by the European Union as respiratory sensitizers Category 1 in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.
The SDS does not have any information on whether or not it is biodegradable.
Sodium hydroxide is considered a hazardous material under the Clean Water Act in the US.

I should have conducted more research prior to the purchase.
My line of reasoning was that GHG emissions from shipping would eventually dissipate whereas the plastic containers from another choice would indefinitely remain.

Another sneaky tactic that I was not pleased with was the advertised loads.
It’s 120 loads if you use the smallest load size. Realistically, it can be anywhere from 24-120 loads. I didn’t notice this on the side of the package until I got home

Overall thoughts?
I am concerned about some of the ingredients being listed as hazardous substances when it comes to the Clean Water Act and also appearing on the Canadian Hazardous Products Regulation.
Being made in Mexico and shipped to Canada is also a concern
There is a very strong fake floral chemical scent.
Some people associate it with clean clothes. To me, it just screams synthetic.

Packaging wise? It is the better option.
Product wise? I’m not as confident in it.
It will do in a pinch.
The only other powdered option that was offered at that store was Tide.
I find that disappointing.