Pennies A Brew: Eco-friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent

The Food and Drug Administration does not monitor the safety and efficacy of laundry detergent.

Pennies a Brew provides homemade laundry detergent that is cheaper and eco-friendlier than commercial laundry detergents.  The detergent quality is not compromised by its low cost of production or ingredients.  

-works in high efficiency (HE) machines and top loaders in all water temperatures
-works in hard water
-safe for washing infant wear
-brightens clothes, avoids color fading
-deodorizes, removes stains, does not damage clothes

ingredients: soap flakes, sodium borate, sodium carbonate
-unscented or scented upon request

-use 2 tablespoons per large load

-no heavy dyes or perfumes; available unscented or scented at no extra charge with essential oils that add only a light fragrance (lemon, lime, lemongrass, orange, sweet tangerine, grapefruit)
-natural ingredients that are more biodegradable and less toxic to the environment than ingredients in commercial products
-commericial products often use ingredients that are carcinogenic and toxic to environment


Pennies a Brew started when I was researching the Internet on products to wash my then 3 month old son's clothes in the machine.   I started the company in the hope to provide others with a better alternative to doing laundry while being eco conscious.  I noticed the significant number of chemicals listed in commercial laundry detergent products.  Most consumers, including myself, have never heard of these chemicals and they were so toxic that they could only be handled in a lab by a scientist.  The Food and Drug Administration does not monitor the safety and efficacy of laundry detergent.  No law exists in the United States requiring laundry detergent companies to list product ingredients.  I realized my son's clothing were being washed in chemicals so toxic they were known to cause cancer.  I decided to start Pennies A Brew, LLC, to use safer and more natural ingredients than those found currently on the market.  My goal is to especially help college students and residents of homeless shelters, who may be using commerical products with unnecessarily high costs per load. Using Pennies a Brew homemade laundry detergent would help decrease the overall operating cost of homeless shelters.  College students would improve their monthly budget by applying saved money towards other costs of attending school (ie tuition, books, etc).


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Pennies A Brew February 28, 2013 at 04:19 AM
1 bag= $5.99= 1 1/2 lbs= approximately 32 large loads of laundry Please note that by buying Pennies A Brew detergent you are supporting two local businesses vs national chains! Available at the following stores: The Connecticut Country Store in Coventry, CT http://www.connecticutcountrystore.com/ New Morning Market in Woodbury, CT http://www.newmorn.com/general/home.php The English Apothecary in Bethel, CT https://stores.healthmart.com/englishapothecarypharmacy/ Elm City Market in New Haven, CT http://www.elmcitymarket.coop/ Fiddleheads Food Coop in New London, CT http://www.fiddleheadsfood.coop/ Health Food Corner in Winsted, CT http://healthfoodcorner.net/ My New Wardrobe Boutique in Avon, CT http://www.mynewwardrobeboutique.com/ Rosie's Laundry Company in Avon, CT http://www.rosieslaundry.com/ Teen Scene Consignments in Canton, CT http://teensceneconsignments.com/Home_Page.html
Chris March 02, 2013 at 04:10 AM
I love Pennies A Brew! It is economical, natural and does a wonderful job cleaning my laundry. Thanks for a great product!
Jillian Cheney March 04, 2013 at 05:17 PM
This is a great product. I try to buy Eco-friendly when I can, and Pennies a brew is just that, not to mention its also a local CT based business! It does a great job on all my laundry and I feel better knowing exactly what I am washing all my and my children's clothes in!
Juan March 05, 2013 at 12:58 AM
My 4 year old son has severe eczema and I tried all the name brand products to wash his clothes. None of them helped his itchiness, so I searched the internet for more natural ways to wash his clothes. Now we use Pennies a Brew for the entire families clothes and we've saved money too!
Christi March 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
This is great detergent! It leaves my clothes so soft and the lemongrass scent is amazing.


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