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.

3 Little Buttons

Trying to be Zero-Waste

There’s a semi local zero-waste grocery store that I have been interested in trying out. Its about 12 km away. I have no real reason to be in that part of the neighbouring city … so I don’t feel quite so zero-waste driving there just to check it out.

So the husband did the next best thing.
He tried looking up the store’s offerings online.
They showed some of the household goods and gift items that they sold. I understand, it’s kind of hard and maybe even expensive to keep a running inventory online of their foods. But, a general idea of their offerings and prices would be nice.

Then we saw it.
A french press for $30.00.
Glass tea infuser for $45.00.
To us, that is expensive.
We got our french press for about $10.00.

It has been on my mind a lot lately.
This current zero waste movement seems to be geared towards the affluent members of society. I am aware that sometimes products cost more than their plastic counterparts. Then there is the supply and demand aspect.

This has inspired me to do research.
I want to identify the barriers to a low or zero-waste lifestyles and propose ways to overcome them.