I feel like being way into soap is all part of a mothers work, work which is never done. The task I hear the most complaints about be it from my own mouth or from other moms is laundry. Laundry is literally never done. If only we could wear the same clothes all week long I might have a chance of catching up! Unfortunately with a baby that eats food comes very messy clothes. Not to mention my husbands bike to work clothes, nice work clothes on top of towels, blankets and sheets, it is a virtual mountain of work. If you hate doing laundry, kids might not be for you. I jest but really, it’s all about the laundry.
We try to be green but I also need to be economical and make things easy. I don’t want to wonder if my laundry soap is doing a good job. I don’t want to worry about what is in it that might irritate sensitive baby skin. I don’t want to think about it at all to be honest, I want to put the soap in and be done with it. Having a blog means thinking about things maybe a bit more then the average person. I need content for you after all and that means I basically obsess over small things like finding the best soap.
Cloth diapering brings its own problems since you aren’t “supposed to” use regular detergent on your diapers. Many diapers have strict policies on the soap you can use, meaning you void your warranty if anything else is used to wash them. One more headache none of us needs. So like most of you that leaves me searching for a cheap, effective soap that I can use on clothes and cloth diapers. Something natural or eco friendly is a huge bonus.
Enter Charlie’s Soap. Now I’m not going to sit here and pretend I came across some hidden gem or that you haven’t read a million reviews of Charlie’s Soap from cloth diaper mamas all over the internet. That just wouldn’t be like me. There are a thousand reviews out there for Charlie’s and if you cloth diaper I would venture to say at least 5 people have told you to use Charlie’s Soap. I won’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I think.
Charlie’s was nice enough to send me a bunch of their soap to test out. I got a bag of the powder, a small bottle of the liquid and a small bottle of the stain spray.
First the regular laundry powder. I was sent a 2.64lb bag of soap, using 1 tablespoon per load even in my HE washer that gives you 80 loads of laundry. Retailing for $15.49, that seems pricey but it actually equals .19cents per load of laundry. OK, that didn’t mean much to me either until I looked further. A 150 oz bottle of Tide at my local grocery store is $19.99. Based on the measurements, 150 oz will yield you 78 loads of laundry; simple math tells me that Tide will cost .25cents per load. That’s some good savings.
So, you can be green and save money, see, because Charlie’s Soap is totally all natural and biodegradable. Don’t you wonder what regular laundry detergent is pumping into the ecosystem? I mean, that dirty laundry water goes someplace after all and it goes there filled with phosphates and bleach alternatives, enzymes and brighteners. Those things are all well and good. I’m sure year’s worth of research went into bleach alternative. Millions of dollars even, to get you the whitest shirt possible. Personally though, I could care less about having the whitest shirt on the block. Keeping up with the Jones’ is not really my thing. What I care about is that my daughter’s clothes don’t come fresh from the laundry filled with chemicals and dyes. I care that the banana gets off her shirt and the grease is off my husband’s shorts.
I learned some other very interesting things while researching Charlie’s Soap, things I would not have thought about on my own ever. Like washing your children’s sleep clothes in other detergents, actually reduces the flame retardant quality. Charlie’s Soap on the other hand, increases the safety actually making it more flame retardant. Neat, right?
The best part about Charlie’s Soap for me is that it works. What other proof do I need? I read the information; I know it’s hypoallergenic, biodegradable, cost effective, all of it. But the fact that it does its job is all I need to know. I can throw my clothes in the wash, and know that yes, the banana is coming off. I can also accidently toss a cloth diaper in with the clothes and know I’m not voiding my warranty or worse, ruining a $20 diaper.
Charlie’s is the brand in this house. You will always find an adorable canvas bag sitting near the washing machine at the ready for my .19cent load.
(If you hate Charlie’s Soap they will refund you, that is how confident they are that you will love it!)
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Disclaimer: I did receive a free product for the purpose of review. I was not paid for a positive opinion. The opinions and ideas expressed above are my own, based on first hand experience. You may have a different opinion.