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post #21 of 47
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Originally Posted by daisymommy View Post
For us fabric softener freaks, they just came out with dryer sheets too I saw them at Target yesterday. The box does smell insanley strong, but then again, it is a box of 144. I didn't buy them, so I don't know how it would be if I cut one in half and used it.
Love them! They work great. Even ripped in half (which is what I do for a small load) and they leave your clothes soft and static free. Since they aren't petroleum-based, they don't leave any oily spots on clothes. The only drawback for me is the scent, but it's not enough of a drawback to make me want to switch.
post #22 of 47
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Originally Posted by Kaitnbugsmom View Post
it's awesome, and the free & clear version is the stuff my dreams are made of...
Where did you find the free and clear version? The only thing I find is the scented version which is too strong for us!:
post #23 of 47
at Kroger. : I know, not the most eco friendly store on the planet But it's five minutes from home and I can walk, as opposed to 2.5 hours in the car to each way to the closest natural store
post #24 of 47
Oooh, I would love a free and clear version! I can't hack the scented stuff.
post #25 of 47
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The only drawback for me is the scent, but it's not enough of a drawback to make me want to switch.
I bought the detergent and the dryer sheets (I'm a fabric softener freak, too, and a scent freak!). Even if using the full recommended amount and a full uncut dryer sheet, our laundry does not have any scent to it when I pull it from the dryer. I'm not sure what the deal is, but if I smell anything at all on the laundry, it's VERY faint. I'm actually a little disappointed that the laundry doesn't have more of a scent, as the pretty smelling stuff motivates me to do laundry in the first place! However, I love the scent these products have.


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Is it ok for cloth diapers tho? I get so confused about all that...
It gets 4 yellow stars on the pinstripesandpolkadots.com detergent list, meaning that it's considered a good choice for cloth diapers. I was referred to this list from both the diaperswappers and TBW forums.


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I wonder if they sell it at Sams in bigger jugs? I only found a tiny bottle, but I'd like to stock up if the price is right.
I wondered this myself, as I hated buying such a tiny bottle for our family plus cloth diapers. Then I found out a close family friend buys a large container of it at Sam's. My DH and I have decided to get a Sam's card so we can purchase this and other items there.
post #26 of 47

If you call and ask specifically they list optical brighteners.

If you call them they admit to having optical brighteners which are very environmentally nasty and some cause bacterial mutations etc. They also bond irreversibly to the skin. I wish so much that they would just take them out of the recipe. It is silly that they don't list them on the ingredients-they said it was proprietary info that they don't want to share. Please call them and ask them to take it out of the recipe.
post #27 of 47
Thanks for posting about the optical brighteners. I was just scrolling down to ask if anyone knew about that.
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by mitra9898 View Post
If you call them they admit to having optical brighteners which are very environmentally nasty and some cause bacterial mutations etc. They also bond irreversibly to the skin. I wish so much that they would just take them out of the recipe. It is silly that they don't list them on the ingredients-they said it was proprietary info that they don't want to share. Please call them and ask them to take it out of the recipe.
Sorry to bump this thread, but has anyone been able to confirm what this person is saying?

I looked at the bottle in the store, and it didn't list optical brighteners in the ingredients (though Arm & Hammer does list them in there normal Free & Clear detergent).
post #29 of 47
I am interested in knowing if it does truly have optical brighteners. I really hope not!!
post #30 of 47
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Originally Posted by mitra9898 View Post
If you call them they admit to having optical brighteners . They also bond irreversibly to the skin.
OK, I want more info on this. We have used this detergent also, when we were working on our house 7 days a week & I didn't have time to make homemade. I liked it & my clothing ends up with no scent. That may be our water? I don't know much about optical brighteners, I never worried about it since I didn't think we were using any. Does this mean that if you get detergent on your hand while loading the washer that this stuff doesn't wash off? That is scary sounding. I think I will do some research on this.
post #31 of 47

my 2 cents

I've been using it for over a year and like it. I only use 1/2 cap even on large loads and it cleans great. The only downfall is it DOES NOT get out bf poo stains at all. My cds stay bright yellow if not sunned LOL!
Optical brighteners? Anyone know for sure yet?
post #32 of 47
When I used A & H I used the cap only about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch full. My bottle would last for probably 75 loads or so.
post #33 of 47
Washing right now and playing online...just bumping for more info when someone has any! I think I might even call myself.
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by Naturalyst View Post
I used the toll-free number listed this morning and, sure the manufacturer would be "busted", asked for a full ingredients list.

:
A&H baking soda
coconut and/or palm oil derived surfactants
natural water softener
water based perfume
water
nothing else ...
This is what the OP was told when she called the 800 number to request info on the ingredients.
post #35 of 47
I just called the 800 # and asked specifically if this product contains optical brighteners. The answer was "YES, this product does contain optical brighteners" and that they could not tell me specifically what that ingredient is because it is "proprietary" . Bummer!
post #36 of 47
Okay, so we now know they're in there. So can somebody please explain to me what the heck they are and why they're bad? I use this stuff because I thought it was natural and the price is right, and I'm going to be really pissed if I've been putting horrid stuff on our skin.
post #37 of 47

No Brighteners!!!!

I just called them today and they assured me that there are no optical brighteners in either Essentials (Free&clear version AND mountain rain version).

Christine
post #38 of 47
well i purchased this product .. the one without perfume .. and i love it ..ii only did a load of towels and in that load was a dishtowel .. and i was truly amazed to see it come out 'clean' .. i mean . it had stains from berry juices being wiped up . greasy oven grime embedded in it . and it came out clean .. all of those stains that didn't come out in the past were gone .. i can't wait to try it out again on my clothes to see what happens
post #39 of 47
Where are you getting the fragrance-free version??? I've checked Target and Walmart in our area. They only have the scented version.

ETA: Also, very weird that different answers were given to the optical brighteners question! One mama was told "yes" and another told "no"....what's a mama to do?
post #40 of 47
I really like this detergent. I've been using it for about 2 months. I hope that it is still safe to use with cloth diapers. DS is very sensitive to enzymes and such.
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