I received Molly’s Suds products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Laundry is a chore I don’t mind. I love the process. The sorting, the rotation, the warmth when they come out of the dryer. I love it all. Usually, I make my own laundry detergent, but recently I am using Molly’s Suds.
I’m going to step off my laundry bandwagon for a moment and share with you how I grew up with laundry. My mom washed shirts with bath towels. I admit I didn’t know any better at the time.
As an adult, my mom came to my house, and I was doing laundry. I happened to open the washing machine to add fabric softener, and that’s when I saw it…towels with my clothing! “MOM!” I was outraged. My meticulously washed clothing had been violated by bath towels!
I suppose there were giveaways along the way that my mom wasn’t doing laundry like other moms.
Like the time in fifth grade, I was sitting on the lawn with my friend, Landon. He took his shoes off and revealed pristine white tube socks–the kind with the color stripes at the top–to be fair it was barely the 1980s.
I remember asking him, “Did you get new socks?”
He said, “No.”
I had to ask, “Then how come they’re SO white?”
He replied, “I don’t know. My mom uses bleach”.
Now, continuing with this story, let’s fast forward to two years ago when my children and I visited my family. I hadn’t been home in ten years. My younger children had never been to grandma’s house. Miss M had a brand new–her MOST FAVORITE–Disney princess shirt. It was white and sparkled.
She wore it once, on the day she deemed special–meeting her cousins.
I should have paid attention.
I should have had my eyes wide open.
Instead, I emerged myself in the events of family.
There were several wardrobe changes by the children, and as we retired for the night, my mom brought a pile of folded clothes, among them Miss M’s favorite shirt. ONLY it was no longer recognizable. The white was now a pewter gray. The sparkle is gone.
My mom had done the laundry.
Miss M cried, and my mom just looked at me like a deer in headlight trying to figure out why her grand-daughter was crying when she had been attentive and made certain her favorite shirt was ready to go tomorrow.
So? Now that I have told you this, it should come as no surprise that I have used a lot of detergents in search of one that makes our clothes white and bright.
Through most of the 1990s, I used a well-known detergent by Proctor & Gamble. It was my favorite. It was what caused me to draw the line when my mother was on her boycotts for green living. When she called and said we were now boycotting P&G, I said, “Have fun. I’m out.”
Then I had a Miss M, who has sensitive skin. I learned to make my own laundry detergent (recipe here). It seemed a viable option–to control what went in. It took some work and trial and error. There were a lot of loads that looked like my mother had done laundry–dingy, gray and lacking sparkles.
Then we discovered something that didn’t require effort.
Allow me to introduce you to the dynamic duo of my laundry:
When it comes to laundry detergent, I want something that just works. To be fair, commercial laundry detergents have whiteners–they probably aren’t very good for the environment or us.
An earth-derived-ingredients laundry detergent might be fabulous!. I’ve done a load of whites with Molly’s Suds, and I’m thumbs up.
In fact, Molly’s Suds seems to be getting my laundry clean. It is working its magic. It seems to tackle grease well, and Li’l Man has yet to come in from playing outside with anything that can’t be removed from the denim and cotton fibers by Molly’s Suds. I am impressed.
Miss M also would like me to mention that Molly’s Suds smells like Peppermint. It makes our house smell crisp and clean. It doesn’t seem to carry over to the clothes, which was a huge disappointment to Miss M, but trust me, we do enough laundry that she is getting plenty of whiffs of the Molly’s Suds.
There is also an unscented version of Molly’s Suds.
Molly’s Suds is super-concentrated powder. With just one tablespoon required per load, it takes on what laundry brings effectively and affordable. Just as effective as conventional brands and more effective than natural brands, without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, fillers, carcinogens, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Works great in all water temperatures and hard water, and is septic-and High Efficiency (HE) washer-safe.
So? What happens after we wash our clothing? We move it to the dryer.
One of my kiddos did a science experiment once on how much energy can be saved by hanging clothing and not using a dryer. It turns out; we could save $22.34 each month by hanging our laundry to dry.
It was substantial. I did that for a long time.
Then we moved to the East Coast, where there is something called humidity. Our clothing never feels dry when I hang it. Heck, we sometimes have to ask each other if it’s dry coming out of the dryer!
Then I started using wool balls and my drying time was cut almost in half. The clothing came out fluffy, and there was no static–even without the use of those fancy dryer sheets.
With Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls I don’t have to worry about Miss M having a breakout from a dryer sheets chemicals. I can soften laundry naturally, and I don’t have to wait forever for a load of laundry to dry.
I love the jumbo size of Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer balls. I also love they are 100 percent fair-trade, hand-felted wool…to the core. The wool is unbleached.
They last almost 1,000 loads–about three years!
Drying time is noticeably reduced, by 15-30 percent. They can be used for all laundry including towels, comforters, clothing, delicates and cloth diapers.
They are SO easy to use. As in just chuck them in the dryer. That’s it! Don’t bother taking them out; just let them do their thing.
If you want to add some fragrance, try adding 2-5 drops of essential oil to the dryer balls for a safe scent you can customize.
One bag of three jumbo wool balls has a suggested retail of $20.00.
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Give your laundry a little TLC and try Molly’s Suds!