Ok, I had another thread going at "Mindful Home Mgmt." and I wanted to post the Charlie's update here. It probably won't make much sense here, but at least Charlie's is "in the clear" for actually *not* being scented.
Here is the cross-post:
There is more to the Charlie's story though. After speaking with Taylor at Charlie's, I decided to try it out some more. I tested it with my water, and it looked fine. So I ran a load of rags, and they did not come out scented.
So my best guess of what had happened was this - the Charlie's was pulling the fabric softener out of the sheets, and some of it was staying in the washing machine. So when I finally gave up on the sheets, I put a load of clothes (no scent to start with) in the washer with the Charlie's, and the clothes came out scented. That's when I decided that the Charlie's is scented (because it does have a smell in the bag - like a "clean, soapy" smell.)
But what really happened was the clothes I ran were picking up the scent from the washing machine (that the sheets had left behind). After a few more loads of clothes & rags using the Charlie's, all of the laundry started coming out without scent again - thank goodness. I really wanted to like Charlie's because it seems really great for cloth diapers.
I also bought brand new sheets from Costco, and we washed them once in Charlie's and put them on the bed - no problems at all.
I will give the scented sheets back to my mom. I really have no idea if the Charlie's would eventually get all the scent out of the sheets, but I am really tired of washing them, and I could never put them back on the bed, even if I did get the scent out. So that Charlie's exeriment will have to sit on the shelf for someone else to try.