Disclosure: I received 4 pounds of Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder and 3 wool drying balls from Molly’s Suds for review purposes.
After discovering the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning earlier this year, I had been puzzled about what laundry products I should try. Especially after I discovered my trusty homemade laundry detergent recipe wasn’t so trusty – in fact, I wasn’t comfortable with using it because of its safety rating.
So when I was asked to review Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder, I happily agreed. Molly’s Suds was 1 of 12 laundry products (out of 271) to receive an A on the Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Made completely with natural ingredients – sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, sea salt, magnesium sulfate, and peppermint oil – it’s safe. (To read an incredibly touching story about how and why Molly’s Suds was created by a mother, click here.) The detergent also is safe for cloth diapers and septic systems.
The powdered detergent comes with a disclaimer: “While our Laundry Powder does not have any chemicals that cause sudsing, it does get into the fibers and release build up from previous detergents and fabric softeners. It’s amazing how many toxins are stored in clothing fibers. As the build up is released, you will notice sudsing from the previous products used. It will stop after a few washes. You may also notice certain odors come out of the clothing. This is because of the synthetic musk companies use to mask odor, even fragrance free versions of detergents. It will also be released with the Molly’s Suds.”
My laundry test
While I was happy to use a product that didn’t include optical whiteners, phosphates, synthetic surfactants, sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, formaldehyde, parabens, EDTA, PEG, diethanolamines, 1,4 dioxane, artificial colors or fragrances, I wondered how effective it would be.
The first thing that surprised me about Molly’s Suds was the fragrance – the detergent smells very pepperminty and fresh. While it’s not exactly a traditional fragrance for a laundry detergent, I liked it a lot.
I didn’t notice any fragrance once my laundry was fully washed and dried. I dried my laundry with my own dryer balls and three dryer balls I received from Molly’s Suds. The drying time was shortened, and by the time I folded and put my laundry away, I noticed my clothes were very clean and the softest they’ve ever been. I’m not sure if the softness is a result of the natural detergent or the dryer balls, but I’ve been very pleased.
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