I tried out a new laundry soap recently and want to tell you about it...
It's called Rockin' Green and it was created by this lady Kim. She has 3 kids, so she knows about being on a budget, but she also wanted an environmentally friendly product that actually killed stains and dirt.
Rockin' Green is:
Biodegradable and made from recycled materials
Uses recyclable packaging
Uses no animal products or gluten
SLS- and Parabens-Free
Free of optical brighteners and bleach
Rockin’ Green was created for the most sensitive skin (great for babies!) and is made from distillations of natural essential oils.
I received 5 packets of laundry detergent powder, each enough for two loads, and used them all up in a week, no surprise considering the amount of laundry I do.
The soap has barely any fragrance, a light fresh herbal sniff and that's it. It's a plain white powder and it appeared to dissolve well in the washer. I didn't do it the smart way (dissolve in the water first, then add clothes) but instead put the gis in, turned on the water, and poured the powder on top. Seemed fine, even with black gis-- no clumping or residue.
The knees of my white gis did seem less dingy, and old rashguards washed in this soap didn't "revert" to a funk smell once they got wet again (as so often happens at the start of a class, where you KNOW you haven't gotten stinky yet.) There was no difficulty removing a few little spots of blood here and there. I usually use the laundry softener that leave my clothes scented "April Fresh" or whatever-- but this is a great soap to use before that stage of the wash. They do have some scented ones though-- watermelon and lavender-mint-- which I think I'll try out.
The company also makes lots of other green products-- dishwasher soap, a coming-soon surface cleaner, several types of laundry detergent including one for hard water, ones designed for funky athletic gear, odor neutralizer sprays (on clearance!) and even pet bed soap and stinky pet cleaner. The website offers free shipping for orders over $100. A 3.2lb bag is just under $18, and ONE BAG can do up to 90 loads? HE machine users need
only 1 TBS of soap per load...that comes out to only about 19¢ per load!
They also have a rewards program, so the more you buy, the more discounts you get on future purchases. I recommend them highly :)