I received for the purpose of review some great homemade laundry soap from the ShadedLily home arts shop on Etsy. The shop owner there is a Christian wife, mother, homemaker, homeschooler, and even occasional artist – just the business owner I enjoy supporting with my family dollars! I know you appreciate that as well, so I’m happy to bring you this review!
I was sent two different scents, “Clean” and “Autumn Spice” in full-sized bags enough to do up to 90 loads each! It’s looking to me like a bag will last us about a month to six weeks; keep in mind we are a family of 7 and go through a ton of laundry! I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that the average family may be able to stretch a bag to close to 3 months. It only takes a tablespoon (front loader) or two (top loader) to do an entire load!
We’ve had a while to review these, but in that time our washer was out of commission and we’ve mostly been using the laundry mat, which of course has top-loading machines. In the past, I haven’t had very much success with using powder in my front-loading washer, so it worked out great that I wasn’t even using that during this review time, but I was able to get my washer fixed this week and try it in there too! It’s true that I needed less detergent, so my 6-week estimate may increase drastically now that I have my own washer back. YAY!!
My husband didn’t realize a front loader would take less soap, and still loaded 2 tbsp in the washer. Then he forgot to start it and left it overnight, and it caked over. I chopped it up with scissors, however ineffectively, and there is under a tablespoon of detergent left in the holder. I haven’t had powder act like that; it always caked up and stayed in the holder without getting into the wash at all, so I’m not sure what the difference is here… but it works!
I’ve really enjoyed this soap, especially the Autumn Spice, because of its great scent. She uses 100% Pure Essential Oils to add fragrance, and I could smell it right out of the packaging. It smells wonderful! Now, my husband has been helping quite a bit with laundry and I have had a hard time convincing him to not use dryer sheets so I could tell about smell coming out of the dryer. As it is, I can smell the autumn faintly on a few things, but I’m sure it would be stronger if you aren’t using scented dryer sheets. (Hey, my hubby was doing laundry to help since my washer was out, so I had a hard time complaining about anything he did!! Know what I mean??)
I also like the Clean scent, and was using it especially on our cloth diapers. Yep, I washed our cloth diapers with this soap, and it got them just as clean as ever! I will say that, because of the very nature of this particular load, smell is a bigger factor. I couldn’t tell that this soap helped with that smell, but just adding vinegar to my rinse (which I do often times anyway on this load) helped get rid of the smellies. My toddlers didn’t smell like autumn, but they didn’t smell yucky either, and I was definitely impressed at how well this soap DID clean the diapers. Really, if a soap can do that, it can clean any of your laundry!
I was very happy with the results of this laundry soap, and having never used homemade soap before it has definitely made a believer out of me!! If you love the thought of using homemade soap but despise the thought of having to actually make it – or maybe you just don’t have the time or inclination to do so in this season of life, like myself – please go visit ShadedLily on Etsy, and tell her I sent you!
In fact, ShadedLily is offering my readers their very own discount! Just use coupon code hissplendor10 at checkout to receive 10% off of your purchase!