What are Detergent Strips?

Detergent strips are pre-measured, concentrated sheets of laundry detergent that dissolve in water. You may know them by different names: laundry sheets, laundry tabs, liquidless laundry detergent squares, etc. Our detergent strips are rectangular, biodegradable detergent sheets that dissolve quickly in water to remove stains and odors from clothing. 

No more measuring messy liquids and powders or lugging heavy plastic containers—laundry strips usually come in lightweight cardboard packages.

The Best Laundry Detergent Strips

The best laundry detergent strips will be eco-friendly, effective, and affordable. Our detergent strips are all three.

At Smart Sheep, we believe in crafting solutions that are as effective as they are ethical. Our detergent strips are evidence of this dedication, shining as an example of excellence in a field of mediocrity.

So, what makes our laundry strips the best? Let’s see their specifics:

  1. Superior cleaning power: our detergent strips are formulated with powerful cleaning agents that effectively remove stains, dirt, and odors from your clothes, ensuring a pristine clean with every wash.
  2. Eco-friendly formulation: we prioritize sustainability by using eco-friendly ingredients that are gentle on the environment. Our detergent strips are free from harmful chemicals and phosphates, making them a safe and responsible choice for your laundry routine.
  3. Convenience: each package of our laundry strips contains 48 strips, providing long-lasting convenience. The lightweight and compact design of the packaging makes them easy to store and ideal for travel or on-the-go laundry needs.
  4. Plastic-free solution: unlike many traditional laundry products, our detergent strips are completely free from plastic. They dissolve easily in water without leaving any microplastics behind. They come in paper-based packaging, reducing plastic waste and protecting our planet.
  5. Versatile performance: our detergent strips are suitable for both regular and high-efficiency (HE) washing machines, ensuring exceptional performance across various laundry appliances.
  6. Trusted quality: we take pride in our commitment to quality. Smart Sheep Detergent Strips are meticulously crafted using premium ingredients, undergoing rigorous testing to ensure they meet our high standards of effectiveness and reliability.

How to Use Detergent Strips?

Detergent strips are simple to use. Just toss a strip into each load of laundry. 2 strips if your load is large or especially dirty. 

  1. To use, simply tear off a premeasured strip.
  2. Place the strip into the washing machine drum.
  3. Add the laundry.
  4. Start your preferred wash cycle.

No mess, no measuring, and no complicated instructions.

The Benefits of Laundry Strips

Our laundry strips are a perfect, eco-friendly solution for your washing process. Plus, they give your laundry a fresh scent without any artificial fragments. They also come with a bunch of other benefits. 

Let’s see what benefits detergent strips have to offer.

Powerful Cleaning

Our laundry strips are highly concentrated for effective stain removal and odor elimination, leaving your clothes fresh and clean.


Our plastic-free detergent strips are a more sustainable option than traditional detergents because they are made with fewer chemicals and packaging materials. They dissolve completely in water, leaving no microplastics behind and minimizing the environmental impact.

Space Saving

Laundry strips are an excellent choice for people who live in small apartments or are constantly on the go. They take up very little space in a suitcase or a storage closet because they are thin and lightweight. This makes them an ideal choice for travelers, college students, and anyone who values convenience and simplicity.

No Measuring or Spills

Unlike liquid or powder detergents, laundry strips require no measuring or pouring. Simply grab a strip and toss it into the washing machine for hassle-free laundry.


Laundry strips can be used for various types of laundry, including regular clothes, delicates, and even baby clothes. They're also gentler on fabrics and less likely to cause fading or pilling. They are, therefore, a great option for delicates and other sensitive items that harsh detergents might harm. They are suitable for both top-load and front-load washing machines.

Better than Traditional Liquid Laundry Detergents

Our detergent strips are way better than liquid laundry detergents. They’re more compact, more eco-friendly, and better for your health.

Liquid detergents can cause a range of problems for our planet and for people. Switching to eco-friendly detergent strips can help avoid some of these problems. Here’s why our strips are better.

  • Work just as well as traditional detergents
  • Take up less space than the average detergent container
  • No mess in measuring or pouring
  • Reduce the amount of plastic waste
  • Zero-waste packaging
  • Made primarily from plant-based ingredients
  • Travel friendly
  • Available without added fragrance, making them suitable for individuals with dry or sensitive skin

DIY Laundry Strips

DIY laundry detergent strips aren’t exactly easy, but they’re doable. If you’re super motivated to create your own laundry strips, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Supplies needed:

  1. Bar of soap
  2. Cheese grater
  3. A cooking pot
  4. Water
  5. Whisk and spatula
  6. Easy to clean flat surface, such as a cookie sheet
  7. Base textile, such as a washcloth or paper towel

Step 1

Pick a fabric (handkerchief, washcloth, or paper towel) to act as the base for your laundry detergent sheet. Spread your clean fabric out on a surface that can be easily cleaned.

Step 2

Grate the entire bar of soap into a pot using a cheese grater.

Step 3

Add it to the cooking pot. Stir constantly over medium heat while adding water a little at a time and using a whisk. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water at a time until it reaches a soupy consistency.

Step 4

When the soap reaches a soupy consistency, remove it from the heat and pour it over the fabric that will serve as your homemade laundry detergent sheet. Spread the soap evenly across the surface of the fabric using a spatula.

Step 5

Allow your detergent sheet to dry. The soap mixture will return to a dry, semi-rigid state as the water evaporates.

Step 6

Because your laundry detergent sheet may shed some flakes during travel, you should place it in a bag. If you're using paper towels as the base for your DIY laundry detergent sheets, cut them to size and fold them before packing them.

Homemade detergent strips may not be as concentrated as commercially available ones. Adjust the number of strips used per load based on your laundry's size and level of dirtiness.

Detergent Strips FAQ

Why use detergent strips?

Detergent strips have many advantages compared to traditional liquid and powdered detergents. Some of these advantages include:

  • zero plastic waste
  • no harmful chemicals
  • strip equally 
  • no wasted space
  • uncompromising cleaning power
  • no artificial fragrances
  • perfect for sensitive skin
  • offer a fresh linen scent
  • work with all kinds of washing machines

Where do you put detergent strips?

You put a detergent strip into the washing machine drum. For the best effect, the strip should be tossed in the wash drum before loading it with your laundry.

Do laundry strips ruin clothes?

Laundry strips do not ruin clothes. When used correctly, they are safe and gentle on fabrics. Their concentrated formula ensures effective cleaning without causing damage or fading to your garments. Always follow the instructions provided and test a small area if unsure.

Do laundry strips work in hot or cold water?

Laundry strips work in both cold and hot water. They dissolve equally well in hot, warm, and cold water.

Do laundry strips expire?

Laundry strips do not typically expire. However, their effectiveness may decrease over time if they are not stored properly or if they are exposed to extreme conditions. It is recommended to use laundry strips within a reasonable timeframe and store them in a cool, dry place to maintain their quality.

Are laundry sheets better than liquid?

Laundry detergent sheets are as effective as liquid detergent, but are better for the environment.

Do detergent pods have plastic in them?

Most detergent pods contain a plastic film that holds the detergent inside. This film is designed to dissolve in water during the washing process. However, studies have shown that a significant portion of the plastic film in laundry pods does not fully break down and can contribute to microplastic pollution in the environment. Using plastic-free alternatives like laundry strips can help reduce plastic waste and its impact on the planet.

What kind of eco-friendly laundry products do you offer at Smart Sheep?

Smart Sheep sells the following eco-friendly laundry products:

Do laundry detergent strips eliminate the need for measuring and messy liquids?

Premeasured detergent strips take the hassle out of laundry. Just grab a strip, toss it in the wash, and enjoy a mess-free and convenient cleaning experience.

Are Smart Sheep detergent strips packaged in plastic containers?

We are committed to reducing plastic waste. Our laundry detergent strips come in eco-friendly packaging made from recycled paper, contributing to a more sustainable future

How many loads of laundry can I clean with a package of your detergent strips?

Each package of our detergent strips contains 48 strips for 48 loads of laundry.

Can I use your laundry strips on different fabric types?

Our detergent strips work on all fabrics, including natural fabrics, synthetics, and blends. They effectively clean and care for your clothes without compromising their quality.

How do your laundry strips compare to traditional powdered detergents?

Our detergent strips offer concentrated and effective cleaning power in a compact and lightweight form. They eliminate the need for measuring and reduce the plastic waste associated with traditional powdered detergents.

Are liquidless laundry detergents suitable for hand washing?

Liquidless detergents can be used for hand washing as they easily dissolve in water, providing effective cleaning power for your hand-washed garments.

What makes laundry products Earth-friendly?

Earth-friendly laundry products are designed with Mother Earth in mind. They are readily biodegradable, packaged in recycled paper, and free from single-use plastic, reducing waste and minimizing environmental impact.

Can concentrated laundry detergents remove heavily soiled stains?

Concentrated laundry detergents may remove heavily soiled stains. Unfortunately, many of them are not earth friendly. To remove stains with an eco-friendly product, buy our stain stick.

Is unscented laundry detergent effective in cleaning your clothes?

Unscented laundry detergent is just as effective at clothes cleaning as scented detergent. It contains the same powerful cleaning agents but without any added fragrance, making it a suitable choice for those with sensitivities or preferences for fragrance-free laundry.

How can I measure detergent with no mess?

To measure detergent with no mess, consider using pre-measured laundry strips. They provide the perfect amount of detergent for each load, eliminating the need for measuring cups or dealing with spills.

How does scented laundry detergent leave clothes smelling fresh?

Scented laundry detergents contain fragrance additives that are released during the washing process. These fragrances adhere to the fabric fibers, leaving your clothes smelling fresh and pleasant after each wash. 

Unfortunately, most scented laundry detergents contain harmful chemicals. To scent your clothes the natural, earth-friendly way, get our scenting spray, spritz it on your wool dryer balls, and toss them in the dryer.

Is fabric softener really necessary?

You don't need to use fabric softener in your wash. Fabric softeners don't contribute to the washing and cleaning of your clothes, so you don't need to worry about stain removal or lingering odors if you leave them out.

Alternatively, you can spritz our wool dryer balls with a scenting spray. Put the balls in the dryer to scent your clothes with your favorite fragrance.