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Find out why your jug of laundry detergent can be dangerous — and what to use instead

Doing laundry used to mean dumping a pre-measured cup of detergent or powdered soap (some of which you'd invariably spill all over the floor) into your washing machine and letting it get to work. But options for laundry soap have evolved in recent years, most notable with the invention of space-saving pods. But bulky detergent bottles and even the beloved pods aren't great for the environment (more on that in a moment), and people have searched for a better option. Now, there's another, more eco-friendly option in the mix: laundry sheets. Specifically: Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets.

These sheets eliminate the traditional laundry detergent plastic jug, and one box can tackle 60 loads.
$15 at Amazon

Laundry sheets have only recently shown up on most people's radar, so it's completely understandable if you have no idea what they are.

"Laundry detergent sheets are concentrated strips of detergent held together by dissolvable paper," Mallory Micetich, home expert at Angi, tells Yahoo Life. "They are usually easier to store and found in compostable packaging, making them a more eco-friendly alternative to most of their liquid and powder counterparts and often contain fewer unnecessary chemicals."

"If you’re someone who prioritizes green products and practices, they may be a great option for you," Katie Dills, senior vice president of The Cleaning Authority, tells Yahoo Life. Okay, but why are they considered more green? "They eliminate the often chemical-laden bottles that liquid detergents come in, resulting in an environmentally responsible alternative," Dills explains. "They’re also typically hypoallergenic, making them safer for your clothing – especially for those with sensitive skin or allergies."

Laundry sheets can also be a cost-saving option, especially when compared to pods.

But the big reason why people use laundry sheets is to avoid using laundry detergent bottles. These bottles — which are usually made of plastic — can end up in landfills and degrade slowly. Like other plastic packaging, they also can wind up in the ocean. The large bottles often contain a lot of water, requiring more fossil fuels to transport the jugs from factories to stores. (That's driven the rise of concentrated liquids and sheets, which don't take up as much space in trucks.)

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Put down the jug! And give the landfills a break. (Photo: Amazon)

But not everyone is sold on them for everyday use. Becky Rapinchuk, author of Simply Clean and creator of the popular cleaning website Clean Mama, suggests using laundry sheets for "travel or occasional use" vs. making them your daily go-to. (Unless, again, being eco-conscious is important to you.)

Still, this form of laundry soap has developed a growing fanbase. Interested in giving them a try? Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets are currently on sale at Amazon — they'll end up costing you just 25 cents a load!

These bestselling sheets are compatible with high-efficiency washers, making them a good fit for just about anyone. They come in a compact pouch that's easy to store and toss in your suitcase when you're on the road. (Worth noting: You can fit 12 packs of Earth Breeze in the same space as a plastic jug.

The sheets are bleach-free and hypoallergenic, making them a great option for people with sensitive skin.

More than 30,000 Amazon shoppers swear by Earth Breeze Laundry Sheets. "It's getting harder and harder for me to lift those big jugs of liquid detergent, and I've been transferring it into smaller containers for the last several years because of their heaviness," shared a five-star fan. "I didn't think these little sheets could do it, but they match the quality of my favorite big brand detergent that I have used for many many years."

A fellow happy user said these are "definitely a keeper." They added, "It definitely is and does what it says. I only have used half sheets, but when I do bedsheets I will use the whole sheet. The half sheet does the same as a whole, and no more lugging the hefty jug! Not to mention the money it has actually saved. Kudos to the inventor — genius."

Again, laundry sheets aren't for everyone or even every situation. But if you're interested in switching up your laundry routine to a more eco-friendly option, or just want an on-to-go solution, they're definitely worth considering.

The sheets are compact and easy to toss in your suitcase for cleaning while you travel.
$15 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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