Meliora Laundry Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Bucket (Unscented)
Meliora Laundry Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Bucket (Lavender)
Meliora Laundry Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Bucket (Lemon)
Meliora Laundry Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Bucket (Lemon Lavender Clove)
Meliora Laundry Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Laundry Detergent Bucket (Peppermint)

Laundry Powder Detergent - Zero-Waste Bucket

Regular price$ 259.99
Shipping calculated at checkout.
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
Eliminate packaging waste with our Zero-Waste Laundry Powder Bucket.
Our Laundry Powder is a people- and planet-friendly laundry detergent made with safer ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. This powder detergent is just as effective as liquid detergent but is ultra-concentrated and preservative-free.
  1. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon for HE washing machines or 1 tablespoon for standard washing machines.
  2. Add powder detergent directly to the drum before adding clothes.
  3. Wash as normal. Powder dissolves in hot or cold water and is safe for natural fibers.

Read our How to Use Laundry Powder guide for full usage instructions.

Ingredient Common Name CAS Number Purpose
Sodium bicarbonate Baking soda 144-55-8 Odor neutralizer
Sodium carbonate Washing soda 497-19-8 Laundry booster; adjusts water pH
Sodium cocoate Vegetable soap 61789-31-9 Enemy of dirt; cleaner of clothes
Cocos nucifera oil Organic coconut oil 8001-31-8 Byproduct of soapmaking
Glycerin Glycerin 56-81-5 Byproduct of soapmaking
Lavandula hybrida grosso oil Organic lavender essential oil 8022-15-9 Scent (lavender and lemon-lavender-clove only)
Citrus medica limonum peel oil Organic lemon essential oil 8008-56-8 Scent (lemon and lemon-lavender-clove only)
Eugenia caryophyllus bud oil Organic clove essential oil 8000-34-8 Scent (lemon-lavender-clove only)
Mentha piperita leaf oil Organic peppermint essential oil 8006-90-4 Scent (peppermint only)

For more information, visit our Ingredients page.

Contains Fragrance Allergen Unscented Lavender Lemon Lemon Lavender Clove Peppermint
Mentha piperita oil
Lavandula hybrida oil
Citrus limon peel oil
Eugenia caryophyllus bud oil
Cymbopogon flexuosus oil
Linalyl acetate

"✔" means that the finished product contains above 0.01% of the fragrance allergens listed. For more information, visit our Ingredients page.

Our zero-waste laundry detergent bucket is an eco-friendly option for heavy launderers. We send you a full 5-gallon bucket of our concentrated laundry powder, enough for an incredible 2,320 HE loads of laundry—the equivalent of 18 Laundry Powder Refill bags! 

The price of each bucket includes shipping to your home and return shipping to our factory. Keep the box it comes in and send the empty bucket back with the included pre-paid shipping label.

We use only what you need to clean your clothes: a simple formula of baking soda, washing soda, and vegetable soap made with organic coconut oil. Our scented varieties are made with organic essential oils—no mysterious “fragrance” blends that contain undisclosed ingredients.

All of our ingredients are MADE SAFE® Certified, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, and vegan. We list every ingredient, including scents, on the front label so you can see what’s in your detergent.

Due to the size and weight of these buckets, there are no refunds or returns on these buckets. We strongly advise trying our Laundry Starter Bundle or standard Laundry Powder canisters before upgrading to a 5-gallon bucket.

Available in unscented, lavender, lemonlemon-lavender clove, and peppermint.

Net wt. 40 lbs. (18.1 kg). Contains 2320 HE (1160 Standard) loads.

For a full load of laundry, we recommend using up to half a tablespoon in a high-efficiency (HE) washer and up to one tablespoon of Laundry Powder in a standard washer. The stainless steel scoop included measures one tablespoon. For large or extra dirty loads of laundry, double the amount of Laundry Powder.

Our Laundry Powder does not contain enzymes, so it is safe to use for washing natural protein-based fibers like wool and silk. It is also safe to use with all water temperatures and gentle enough for baby clothes and people with sensitive skin.

Many washing machines are designed for liquid detergent rather than powder detergent. We suggest adding laundry powder directly to the drum before adding the dirty clothes to the machine. This ensures the powder dissolves adequately.

Less is more. For loads that are less than full, you can decrease the amount of detergent you use. Though it may seem counterintuitive, too much detergent can make clothes feel unclean. Excess detergent can get caught in clothes and washing machines, resulting in build-up and causing unwanted odors and dinginess.

Pre-treat stains before washing with our Soap Stick Stain Remover. Simply wet the fabric and rub the soap stick onto the stained area, then wash as usual. The friction caused by rubbing a solid soap on the fabric adds to its effectiveness in removing stains. The sooner you are able to treat and wash the stain, the better the results. Please do not put your clothing in the dryer until the stain is gone, or else it might become more stubborn to treat.

This stain remover works great on difficult stains like wine, grease, grass, pasta sauce, and more. For grease stains, using hot water may be helpful in lifting the oil from the fabric. 

For loads that need a boost to remove stains and sweat odors, you can add our Oxygen Brightener Bleach Alternative to a wash alongside our Laundry Powder. This color-safe product brightens, whitens, and deodorizes your clothes by removing the dinginess and build-up that accumulates over time and reviving fabrics to their original vibrancy. We recommend adding up to a full tablespoon in a standard washer, and a half tablespoon in an HE washer.

Oxygen Brightener is not compatible with natural protein-based fibers, such as wool and silk, or with septic systems.

Ingredient disclosure and transparency is the cornerstone of our business. We list every ingredient on the front label of each product and here on our website. Our Ingredients page lists the technical name, chemical identification (CAS number), country of origin, and additional details for every ingredient we use.

You'll never see the word "fragrance" on our ingredient labels. This catch-all term allows companies to hide ingredients that are potentially harmful to the health of people and the planet. In the US, hundreds of ingredients in the "fragrance" family have never been tested for their impact. Every product is available in an unscented base formula. We also offer products scented with organic essential oils. 

Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is an odor neutralizer.

Sodium Carbonate, also known as washing soda or soda ash, is a pH adjuster. It raises the pH of the washing water, which results in more effective cleaning. For this reason, it's often referred to as a laundry 'booster'.

Our vegan, plant-based Vegetable Soap is made from organic coconut oil that is processed into soap, resulting in the following ingredients:

Sodium Cocoate is the chemical name of organic coconut oil that is saponified, or 'made into soap’. It's the chemical that grabs onto both dirt and water to do the cleaning.

Glycerin is chemically a type of alcohol and is naturally created when the oil is converted into soap. We do not add any additional glycerin to our soap. 100% of the glycerin present is a byproduct of the soapmaking process and is vegan and cruelty-free.

Organic Cocos Nucifera, or organic coconut oil, is left in the soap after conversion to sodium cocoate. This is because we use sodium hydroxide, or lye, in the conversion process, and leaving excess oil ensures there is no remaining lye in the finished product. Our coconut soap has only a very small amount of excess oil, so it is designed to get tough jobs done without leaving oil behind on your clothes or in your washer.

Water is used in the soapmaking process to dissolve the lye and help evenly mix the oils and lye together for a complete saponification reaction. After saponification is complete, the water evaporates. There is only about 5% water in the finished soap, making it more shelf stable than a liquid soap that would require a preservative due to the high percentage (about 60%) of water.

Organic Lavandula Hybrida Grosso, or organic lavender essential oil, is a scented oil derived from lavender flowers. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a fresh, floral scent to our laundry powder.

Organic Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil, or organic lemon essential oil, is a scented oil derived from lemon fruit. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a zesty, citrus scent to our laundry powder.

Organic Eugenia Caryophyllus Bud Oil, or organic clove essential oil, is a scented oil derived from clove buds. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a warm, spicy scent to our laundry powder.

Organic Mentha Piperita Leaf Oil, or organic peppermint essential oil, is a scented oil derived from peppermint leaves. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a festive, invigorating scent to our laundry powder.

Zero-Waste | MADE SAFE® Certified | Cruelty-Free | Made in the USA | No Synthetic Fragrances | Vegan | Dye-Free | SLS-Free | Preservative-Free | Palm Oil-Free | Phthalate-Free | Biodegradable Ingredients | Organic Ingredients

How to Use Our Laundry Powder

How to Use Meliora Laundry Powder - Measure

Measure for your machine

Use 1/2 tablespoon for HE washers and 1 tablespoon for standard washers. The stainless steel scoop included measures 1 tablespoon.

How to Use Meliora Laundry Powder - Add to Washer

Add powder directly to the washer drum

Laundry Powder dissolves in water. For best results, place directly in the drum beneath clothes, not in the dispensing drawer.

How to Use Meliora Laundry Powder - Wash as Normal

Wash as normal

Once dissolved, our Laundry Powder works just like liquid detergent. It’s safe for all fabrics and water temperatures.

Zero-Waste Bucket Program

Our zero-waste laundry detergent bucket program is an eco-friendly option for heavy launderers. We eliminate packaging waste by loading 40 pounds of laundry powder into a reusable 5-gallon bucket. When you run out of powder, send the empty bucket back to us and we’ll wash and reuse it.

Your bucket purchase includes shipping both ways—from our Chicago factory to you and back again. Each bucket comes in a cardboard box with a pre-paid shipping label, making it easy for you to send it back.

Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – We Ship to You

We ship you a 5-gallon bucket

Enjoy 2,330 HE loads of zero-waste laundry powder! Each bucket has a screw-top lid for easy opening and reclosing. Shipping is included in the price.

Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – You Ship It Back

You send the empty bucket back

Keep the cardboard box the bucket comes in. When you run out of powder, just put the empty bucket back in the box and apply the pre-paid shipping label.

Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – We Clean and Reuse

We clean and reuse the bucket

We receive the empty buckets, clean them thoroughly, and reuse them for another happy, people- and planet-friendly home. Nothing gets thrown away!

Safer Ingredients, Listed on the Label

Our laundry detergent is MADE SAFE® Certified, meaning it meets the strictest ingredient screening requirement in the industry. MADE SAFE® certification means that a product has been Made With Safe Ingredients™ that are not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, aquatic life, or ecosystems.

This powder detergent is made from baking soda, washing soda, and vegetable soap. Scented varieties are made with organic essential oils, not synthetic fragrances.

Laundry Powder is non-toxic when used as directed. For additional safety information, see the Safety Data Sheets on our Ingredients page.

Eco-Friendly Concentrated Powder

Our eco-friendly laundry detergent is concentrated to minimize waste and environmental impact. By making a concentrated dry powder, we eliminate the need for added preservatives or unnecessary plastic, like hidden liners or PVA pods and sheets

Powdered detergent is lighter and more concentrated than liquid detergent, making it more energy- and cost-effective to ship to you.

With our zero-waste bucket program, we remove the packaging altogether and reuse buckets and the boxes they come in to send bulk laundry powder to happy homes.

Everything You Need to Clean Your Clothes

Start with the refillable Laundry Powder canister

Try our Laundry Powder in a plastic-free container before you buy in bulk. Keep the can and refill it from the bucket.

Shop Laundry Powder

Fight stubborn stains with our Soap Stick

Pre-treat stains before washing with our Soap Stick stain remover.

Shop Soap Stick

Add an extra boost with our Oxygen Brightener

Brighten and revive your laundry with our color-safe Oxygen Brightener bleach alternative.

Shop Oxygen Brightener

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Gladys Cofrin
Good product, less waste

I love Meliora cleaning products! This laundry soap works great and the tub is returnable at no cost to me! Less plastic waste should be a goal of every company but Meliora is way ahead of all the rest!


Love this detergent. It smells great, it cleans well, it comes in bulk…AND, I can send back the bucket for refills! Brilliant!

Eva Gardner
The Best

We absolutely love Meliora laundry detergents. No horrible artificial scents that give you headaches and leave clothes smelling awful. We’ve used it for a couple of years. Tried other things when on vacation or in a pinch but honestly, nothing is like a Meliora product. We buy the large container with the recyclable bucket. Knowing that we’re not contributing to the growth of landfills with plastic laundry detergent bottles is a great feeling. Our daughter is going to college abroad and I’ve already bought her a container of Meliora to take with her so that she can use Meliora detergent in the UK. I can’t say enough good things about this product.


This is my second bucket, love this laundry detergent!

Emily Lutken
So excited!

I’ve been using Meliora for years and love it. And now I bit the bullet and bought the big bucket! If my calculations are correct, my family is set for three years!