In the household cleaners section were Greening the Cleaning glass cleaner, Greening the Cleaning all-purpose cleaner and Method products (Method's not a big leap - but, it's a step). In the body soap sections were pure glycerin soaps and bottles of castile. In the detergents aisle I found A&H washing soda and borax ... and, then I froze!
Before me was a product labeled "Arm & Hammer Essentials Detergent" ... biodegradable, no petroleum products. The new manager was checking prices next to me and saw me staring. She smiled, flipped the bottle around and prompted, "Look at the ingredients."
A&H baking soda
naturally derived cleaning agents
natural water softener
I opened the cap, took a sniff - not bad, light and clean.
O.K., a new manager explains the inclusion of crunch brand household cleaners, soaps and laundry additives. But, what about the mainsteam brand of laundry detergent? :
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
nothing else ...
It was put in limited market areas at the end of 2006, and its distribution was recently expanded.
Unless the "perfume" is something vile and toxic, this may be a "green" product. Those adverse to scent may not be served by this detergent. But, heck, you've got to admit that its good news when a mainstream consumer products company puts out an evironmentally friendly, well-priced product.
Because I'm still looking for the "catch", I'm going to do some laundry tonight and see how well this stuff works. My husband did some home repairs last night (another reason to wonder if there has been a recent shift in the universe) and rewarded me with greasy, dirty clothes. And, for good measure, I'll do a load of whites in cold water.
If the stuff does a good job of cleaning, I'm going to give my non crunchy friends and family a gift of laundry detergent. Does everyone else know about this already, or is this news?
the fragrance in the Arm & Hammer is SO overpowering it almost made me light headed ... I can also tell by smelling it that it would wreak havoc on my daughter's eczema. If they used EO's to scent it would be perfect!
After a second load of laundry, I came back and edited this post.
The first load I ran came out nice - no lingering scent. But, I had run it with an extra rinse cycle that included some vinegar - a long held habit from the days when I washed with laundry soap (instead of detergent). The scent probably washed out because it is water based, not an oil (i.e. essential oil).
I ran the second load without a second rinse and without any vinegar in the rinse. There was fragrance residue after the rinse. Not a a bad scent - not like the smack-in-the-face of Method products. It almost disappeared after a run through the dryer. But, when I planted my nose into the clothes, it was definitely there. DH thought it was faint and pleasant. DSD agreed. But, I'm a real pain in the a** about lingering fragrance on laundry. People who don't share my peeve should not be discouraged from trying this product. It did clean well.
I sent A&H an e-mail suggesting they offer an unscented version. Fragrance is a very expensive additive, so it is silly for the manufacturer to be adding it to a product aimed at a crunchy audience IMO.
If they offer a fragrance-free version, It will be a REAL winner. Right now though? I'm LOVIN IT.
Keep in mind, though, that whenever you see the number of loads per box-bottle-whatever printed on the item, it is referring to medium size loads. So, that's to the half-fill line on the cap.
We have an very large capacity machine and I only do full loads. But, rather than add more detergent, we stick with the 1/2 capful and add washing soda (which is pretty cheap) and find all comes out clean.
jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.
Mom to Liv (9/07) and Nora (2/11)
Amy ~ SAHM to DS (9) DD (5) and DS (2) And expecting a late May 2012!
|The only drawback for me is the scent, but it's not enough of a drawback to make me want to switch.|
|Is it ok for cloth diapers tho? I get so confused about all that...|
|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.|
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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.
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).