08 August 2006

I am a Charlie's Soap convert

Charlie's Laundry PowderLike most families, we produce a gargantuan amount of dirty clothing, so laundry is a major part of every week. I'm up for anything that makes the process easier without filling the environment with more chemicals and phosphates. So, I read Busy Mom's post about Charlie's Soap with interest. Eerily, not long after, I got a note from the clairvoyant and friendly folks at Charlie's offering to send me a sample.

I've since tried both the All-Purpose Cleaner and (now that I finally finished my massive Costco box of Tide) the Laundry Powder. Let me tell you, this stuff is fantastic. The All-Purpose Cleaner made short work of a stain on an unwashable heirloom woolen rug (it was vomit, if you must know, and not only did the stain come up easily, the smell disappeared, too). Shiny'd-up a gungy sponge holder in my sink that nothing else had been able to clean. Removed a few stray mildew stains in the tub. A dozen other uses I can think of but haven't yet tried.

The Laundry Powder works as well as or better than any major brand I've tried, as all-natural and environmentally friendly, and costs 4 cents less per load than Tide (based on the price at Amazon Grocery). Plus, I find that I don't need fabric softener when I use Charlie's.

Great stuff. Check it out.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE my Charlie's Soap!

How does this stuff work in a front-loading washer? We use liquid laundry detergent from Trader Joes - also environmentally friendly - because powdered soaps in front loading washers usually suck.

I have a front loader (Frigidaire Gallery), and it works wonderfully.

I'm a sucker for fresh smelling laundry - does it smell good?

Is it available in bricks-and-mortar stores, or just online?

aqua_vitae: no perfumes, but the clothes come out smelling fresh. If you dig nice smells, perhaps a dryer sheet (I cut mine in half when I use them) will do the trick?

Genevieve: only available online I believe.

I have bought it in a bricks-and-mortar store here in Georgia. Earth Fare to be exact. You might try your local health foody store.

I have bought it in a bricks-and-mortar store here in Georgia. Earth Fare to be exact. You might try your local health foody store. I love it. I originally bought it for use with cloth diapers (it doesn't leave residue that causes leaking) but now I use it for everything.

I have bought it in a bricks-and-mortar store here in Georgia. Earth Fare to be exact. You might try your local health foody store. I love it. I originally bought it for use with cloth diapers (it doesn't leave residue that causes leaking) but now I use it for everything.

Love it, I reviewed it for UBR. Works GREAT for cloth diapers, especially when you have buildup from other detergents like Tide.

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