Ultra-concentrated and handmade locally in small-batches, our best-selling zero waste laundry detergent is our ultimate sustainable home essential. The light essential oils delight the senses without overpowering. Your laundry will emerge from the washer clean, fresh, and long-lasting.
16oz = 32-64 loads
32oz = 64-128 loads
Castile Soap (Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide), Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Tetraborate, Sodium Carbonate, Pure Essential Oils*
* A note about rosewood: Did you know that rosewood (Aniba rosodora) is an endangered species? Yeah, we didn't either. But as of July 2020, the IUCN Red List has officially classified it as endangered, due to urban development, agriculture, and logging. But don't worry - you can still enjoy the floral, earthy delight of rosewood in our laundry detergent, because it doesn't actually contain rosewood! That's right, our rosewood natural laundry detergent is scented with a blend of essential oils to mimic the smell of rosewood, so no endangered species were harmed in the making of our detergent. Enjoy!
Add 1 tablespoon to your laundry load for regular machines, or a 1/2 tablespoon for high-efficiency machines.
Packaging + End of Life
Ships in a glass jar or a reused plastic bag. When you’re running low, order a new jar here, but select “Refill Jar” or "Refill Bag." If you order a Refill Jar, we’ll include a return label for your old jar so you can send it back at no cost. We’ll sanitize and reuse the jar.
* What's up with the plastic bag?
Our jar lids and bottle pumps come to us in plastic bags. It's one of those things that's out of our control. We've been saving these bags since we launched in 2019, trying to figure out what to do with them. In November 2021, we took to Instagram to find out how you, our EcoWarriors, would feel about using them for shipping laundry detergent. Overwhelmingly you all voted to reuse them. So we've added this as an option!
Now here's what you need to know...
- The intention behind the bags is to be for shipping only, not delivery. The bags reduce weight in shipping and therefore cut costs for both you and us. We also only have a limited amount of these bags. If you are within our delivery radius, we kindly ask that you please choose a jar option, as that is the most sustainable option for delivery.
- We will not be taking these bags back for reuse. We do not have a way to wash and sanitize them effectively.
- We will never purchase plastic bags for this purpose. If we run out, we run out. At that point, then, the only options will be the jars.
We're so grateful to have a community of EcoWarriors that values progress over perfection, and reuse over new. Thank you for helping us give these bags another life!
Handmade in La Conner, Washington.
Made in the USA
Love this detergent
Gets clothes clean and smells terrific without being overwhelming. A little goes a long way too.
Best detergent I've ever used
I live just outside Tacoma city limits within Local Delivery routes, so I opted for two large jars of rosewood detergent. Our entire house was uprooted for reflooring, so I was unable to do laundry for nearly a month and when it was all done, I had to wash literally every textile our family of 4+4 cats owns. It has been two months since I finished all of that, plus our regular wash cycles, plus the month's worth of laundry that I wash for a friend and his child on a regular basis--I even used this in a hand-wash cycle once when my kid wanted to wear a specific pair of socks but the washing machine was already in use, and I could physically see the dirt coming out of the fabric. After all that, the first jar of detergent still has about 1/4 of the powder left! I made the change from plastic coated pods, and will never go back, especially knowing now that those plastic coatings just get washed into our water supply. I have an He machine and didn't even know what this little blue tray was for. I even gave up using dryer sheets though we still have some left over; nothing comes out staticky in the dryer! When I finish the first jar, I have a second on standby and will return the empty for refilling when I order a replacement. I love this system, the conservation impact through donations, and that you're local! Thank you for existing!
All my clothes are clean!
This is my favorite laundry detergent ever. It works great and sending my bottle back when I a done is an added bonus! Thank you to the shop for helping me keep my clothes clean and smelling fresh.
Works great, nice smell. I'm still working through my first jar; it is lasting a long time.
Favorite Laundry Soap
The search is over! This is hands down my fav laundry soap...all around. Great smell, ingredients, works great, only use a small amount, and no plastic container.
Refill > Landfill
It's easy to get your everyday essentials refilled, no matter where you live.
Here's how it works...
1. On your first order of a new product, choose the “New Bottle” or “New Jar” option.
This tells us it’s your first time purchasing this product from our online shop.
2. We’ll ship (or deliver) it to you!
If you’ve ordered something liquid (maybe shampoo or body lotion), we will include a plastic pump in your order.
3. When you’re running low, order the same product, but choose the “Refill” option.
We’ll send you another bottle or jar of your chosen product, and will include a return label in the box for your empty container. If you’ve ordered something liquid, the refill order will not include a pump.
If we're delivering your order instead of shipping, just leave your empties on your porch on delivery day (Tuesday) and we'll pick them up when we drop off your new items.
4. If you’ve ordered something liquid, transfer the pump from the old bottle to the new one.
Then place the cap from the new bottle onto the old one.
5. Pack the empty container(s) into the same box the new ones arrived in, put the return label on the box, and hand it off to USPS.
When we receive the empty containers, we will wash and sanitize them, and get them back into circulation to be used again and again.
I stumbled across A Drop in the Ocean on my quest to reduce our family's plastic use. I have a small family and live in a rural area with only a few big box stores and zero plastic recycling options. Finding plastic free items locally can be a challenge. I was thrilled to find a shop in my home state that would reuse returned glass and aluminum bottles. I'm a repeat customer as the products are excellent and the shop owner makes it super simple to return our used bottles by mail.
We ship ugly boxes
Our commitment to sustainability doesn't end when you press that checkout button.
We pack all of our orders in reused boxes and envelopes, with reused paper packaging, post-consumer recycled paper labels, and even paper tape.
You may not get an IG-worthy unboxing, but you will get the most sustainable packaging we can possibly find.
Oh and did we mention our shipping is always carbon negative?
Let's go to the real winner in my eyes. Honestly, I could have purchased this exact razor many other places, but the packaging A Drop in the Ocean uses to ship will have me coming back time and time gain.
My first purchase from them was some floss a while ago and it arrived in a reused tea box with a hand written note that was written on scrap paper. I was blown away.
I had never seen a company who claimed to be sustainable ACTUALLY prove to be sustainable through and through. The fact that every piece of the packaging was reused and minimal will have me come back over and over again. If I can purchase it here, I will purchase it here.
1% for the Ocean
We're on a mission to use business as a force for good. That's why we donate at least 1% of your purchase to our ocean conservation partner, Vermilion Sea Institute.
In 2021, we donated $1,304 to VSI.
We ship worldwide!
If you're in the Tacoma, Washington region, we probably deliver to your doorstep. Check out the Delivery FAQ below!
Shipping costs are determined by weight and travel distance, and automatically calculated at checkout.
If you're in the continental US, we offer free shipping for all orders over $50.
If you're in Alaska, Hawaii, or any of the US territories, we offer free shipping for all orders over $75.
Nope! We cover the cost of getting your empty bottles and jars back to us.
Even if you don't need a refill, you can always send us an email to request a return label and we'll get you one asap. We want to keep the containers in circulation!
A Drop in the Ocean is an online zero waste and sustainable living boutique based out of Tacoma, Washington. We do not have a brick-and-mortar shop, but we do offer local delivery around the South Sound region, including refills of your household essentials.
We do all of our deliveries on Tuesdays. Orders must be placed by 5pm on Monday for guaranteed Tuesday delivery. At checkout, select the "South Sound Local Delivery (Tuesdays)" shipping option, and we'll add you to our route.
Note that we do have a $20 order minimum for delivery, and a $5 delivery fee for orders under $50.
For full details on our delivery system, check out our Local Delivery page.